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SBDC is looking for the next great ideas from Metro East entrepreneurs and businesses

The Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is on the lookout for the next great ideas from entrepreneurs and businesses as the 2022 Metro East Startup Challenge gets underway.

This year’s MESC Kick-Off Event will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. on July 21 at Café Biz 618, located at 10850 Lincoln Trail #16, Fairview Heights, IL 62208.

To be eligible to participate in the 2022 MESC, a start-up must be a for-profit business located in the St. Louis Metro East area. If already in business, the venture must have been established after April 30, 2019. Opportunities for participating in the 2022 MESC include the potential of $25,000 in prize money.

To learn more about the 2022 Metro East Startup Challenge and its July 21 Kick-Off Event, visit online at or call Jo Ann DiMaggio May at (618) 650-2929.

1 Comment

  1. Marianne Naughton on July 15, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Just posted my idea on Twitter (about an hour ago, before I seen this on LinkedIn) told Business Insider those cruises they are disassembling (few can be used to house the homeless) they are apartments on the water already

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