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Town and Country Bank, SIUE to inform small businesses on funding opportunities

Town and Country Bank is partnering with SIUE’s School of Business and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide a free seminar aimed to educate business owners in the Metro East on how the Advantage Illinois and the Fund for the Advancement of Minority Enterprises (FAME) programs can help fund minority, women, disabled, and veteran-owned small businesses.

The event will begin at 12 noon on Sept. 29, 2022, in the International Room on the second floor of SIUE’s Morris University Center. Featured guest speakers will include Rob Pickerell, vice president and commercial banking officer at Town and Country Bank, and Jo Ann Di Maggio, director of the SIUE Small Business Development Center.

“Advantage Illinois is a program that provides small business owners another source of funding for loans they may not have otherwise qualified,” said Pickerell. “We want to share information on this little-known program with as many Illinois-based businesses as possible.” Advantage Illinois can help entrepreneurs and small businesses start up, expand, and create new jobs at a faster rate.

“I am happy to partner with Town and Country Bank and Rob Pickerell to share this valuable information,” Di Maggio noted. “The Advantage Illinois program is a valuable tool that aligns with our goal of helping small businesses grow. The SBDC and I look forward to bringing more awareness to this vital program.”

Interested parties can RSVP for the event by visiting

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