Highland News Leader

Highland to host seminar for budding entrepreneurs

Next month, the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in partnership with the c ity of Highland and SCORE, will present a unique learning opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and future business owners.

The SBDC’s informative “Starting a Business in Illinois” workshop will be held at Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th St., in Highland on May 14 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The workshop will instruct attendees on how to:

• develop a viable business plan;

• properly register business with state and/or local agencies; and

• explore business financing options.

All attendees will get the opportunity to ask questions about a specific business idea and any next steps in their start up process.

The course is recommended for anyone developing a new, for-profit business concept.

To register or get more details about the workshop, call Jo Ann Di Maggio May at (618) 650-2929 or email gdimagg@siue.edu. There is a $10 register fee to cover administrative cost. The SBDC will be unable to process a payment by credit/debit card at this workshop site. Registrants should anticipate paying by check or cash at the door. Checks should be made payable to SIUE.

The SBDC is a service to the community supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and SIUE School of Business.

SIUE operates two Small Business Development Centers and the International Trade Center. All Centers provide resources and information to Southwestern Illinois entrepreneurs, business owners, small business service providers, and the university community.

By assisting entrepreneurs and companies in defining their path to success, the SBDC network positively impacts the Southwestern Illinois Region by strengthening the business community, creating and retaining new jobs, and encouraging new investment.

The SBDC enhances Southwestern Illinois’s economic interests providing one-stop assistance to individuals by means of counseling, training, research, and advocacy for new ventures and existing small businesses.

When appropriate, the SBDC strives to affiliate its ties to the Southwestern Illinois Region to support the goals and objectives of both the SIUE School of Business and the university at large.

The state of Illinois has extensive websites dedicated to each of its departments. Many resources are available to help start a business.

Start with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website at www.illinoisbiz.biz. For information regarding state licenses, permits, registrations and assistance programs contact the First Stop Business Information Center by calling (800) 252-2923.

First Stop offers a detailed handbook, “Starting a Business in Illinois,” that includes a feasibility checklist and business plan outline, as well as regulations and issues facing new business ventures. The handbook is mailed free upon request.

First Stop identifies all applicable state regulations and services. Its extensive database of more than 500 entries profiles virtually every business license, permit, certificate and registration required by the state.

First Stop specialists also work to find answers and solutions to difficulties your business may be having with state regulations.