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Metro East Therapy in Edwardsville has expanded its business.

metroeasttherapyMetro East Therapy began in the Lexow Financial Building in Edwardsville. When the opportunity arose for owner Maggie Block to purchase property and move to the new, larger facility at 910 N. Main St., Block acted upon the recommendation of Jo Ann Di Maggio May, the director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Di Maggio May has assisted Block since the early stages of her business plan and also assisted in Block’s property acquisition to move to a new, larger location.

“Jo Ann is such a cheerleader,” says Block. “She has always been supportive and encouraging on the things I want to do with my business. You can tell she takes a lot of pride in her work, and she gets as excited for the business success as we do.

“Jo Ann is always willing to answer questions and provide resources. Every entrepreneur should be taking advantage of their local SBDC, because of the no-cost service they provide.”

Block earned a bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders from Illinois State University, and a master’s in communication sciences and disorders from Saint Louis University. She is a speech language pathologist who specializes in dyslexia. Block recently wrote an article for ASHA Leader called “Stand Up for Your Dyslexia Expertise.”

Metro East Therapy provides services for families and children.

Block is passionate about helping children to read. She believes that a child can make progress given the right set of tools and with the right social and emotional support from the therapy team, family and others.

“It has been a pleasure to watch Metro East Therapy grow. Maggie is doing a great job and is making a name for herself both as a professional and as a business owner. The SBDC is honored to assist their growth,” Di Maggio May said.

Contact Metro East Therapy at (618) 581-8304. For more information, visit metroeasttherapy.com. They can also be found on Facebook.

The Illinois SBDC for the Metro East assists start-up ventures such as Metro East Therapy, as well as existing businesses headquartered in the nine-county region of Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and SIUE as a service to Illinois small businesses.

To learn about the SBDC, contact the IL SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE at (618) 650-2929.