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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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June 2023
TAD Training

Build Business Credit and STOP Using Personal Guarantees

The presentation teaches business owners the differences between personal credit and business credit. The topics coved are: how business credit is built, the benefits of business credit and the risks of personal guarantees.


Starting 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. Zoom Webinar.

Brand Your Business With Canva

Learn all of the ins and outs with Canva. Create professional looking graphics, including logos, social media posts, business cards, videos, and more using Canva! Learn how easy it is to make this powerful tool work for you during this introduction to Canva workshop.

This training will be held Live in Streator, IL. This session is limited to 12 participants.

If attending in person at the Streator Incubator, please bring your laptop. If you do not have one, it is not required - a few desktop
computers are available. 

Create your website with Wix!

Whether expanding your retail operation or launching a new offering, eCommerce is opening many opportunities for businesses to thrive. In this session, we will 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.

Sales Tax is not a Dirty Word!

This class is great for individuals new to retail and especially those who are traveling retailers taking part in Art Shows, Farmers Markets, Flea Markets, and other traveling-type retailing or individuals with distributors in multiple locations. Online sales tax collection will also be addressed.

We will visit topics like making a sales tax plan, identifying correct rates, record-keeping, and bookkeeping methods, as well as end of year tax reporting.

TAD Training

Government Program & Policy Updates Affecting Small Businesses

Join this no-cost webinar series and receive quarterly updates from representatives of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Illinois Department of Revenue (ILDOR) and the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC). Updates include information about agency programs (including funding programs), policies and legislation affecting small businesses.

TAD Training

Creating Smart Presentations: Integrating Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Microsoft Office is known for integration capabilities. We typically work with Excel, Word and PowerPoint individually, and we may insert data from Excel into a Word report or a PowerPoint presentation. Each program has features specific to sharing data automatically among programs. Cathy will show you important time-saving techniques in creating truly smart presentations; determine when and how to use each type of integration effectively.

  • June 21

  • 1-2:30 PM

  • Fee: $25

  • Virtual via Zoom

  • Click here to register

Need free credits? Contact us: 844.369.8898 or

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