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The Illinois Small Business Development Center at
the Starved Rock Country Alliance

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Illinois SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance educational and community events are great opportunities to build your network, connect to one another, expand your knowledge, spark ideas, and create collaborative possibilities.

All small business professionals and budding entrepreneurs are encouraged to get involved!

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March 2023


Grant Prep - GATA Pre-Award & NOFO Preparation Sessions
IMPORTANT! When grants are released we want you to be prepared! Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award prep sessions will help you prepare to so you can immediately take action on Notice Of Funding Opportunities.

How to Start Your Business in Illinois

Interested in starting a business, but have questions? Join us for the Starting a Business in Illinois workshop where we go over the basics of starting a business, legal structures, licenses & permits, financing, and more.

Brand Your Business with Canva

Create professional-looking graphics, including logos, social media posts, business cards, videos, and more using Canva! Learn how to make this powerful tool work for you during this introduction to Canva workshop.

Create a Website Using Wix

Whether expanding your retail operation or launching a new offering, eCommerce is opening many opportunities for businesses to thrive. In this session, explain how eCommerce engines work and go step by step in building a website (and even a storefront) using Wix. We will talk about each of the different business models that can be built using this platform and how you can get started.

April 2023

Strategies to Fund Your Business

This workshop discusses four funding roadmaps that your business could use to gather the capital needed to launch your business idea. Adding their perspectives will be area lenders, investors, and capital fund managers. Ample time will be given for questions and discussion.

  • Date: April 5

  • Time: Noon-1 pm

  • Location: Virtual via Zoom or Streator Incubator

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