MT. VERNON – The Rend Lake College Small Business Development Center can help individuals planning to start their own business. Workshops which cost nothing to attend will be conveniently held at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace, on Potomac Boulevard, in Mt. Vernon.
The workshop, “Starting Your Business in Illinois,” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the RLC MarketPlace. For those who can’t make it during the day, an evening workshop will be offered from 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the RLC MarketPlace.
The SBDC provides assistance to all sectors of the local business community. From application to approval; the center’s mission is to assist small businesses in start-ups, expansions and purchases, while providing customized training programs, consultations and economic development assistance to larger industries.
Anyone thinking about starting a small business or purchasing/expanding an existing one is encouraged to attend “Starting Your Business in Illinois,” and benefit from the assistance provided by the center.
SBDC Director Curt Mowrer, a Certified Business Specialist through the U.S. Small Business Administration, will offer individuals his more than 30 years of experience in the industry by teaching these workshops. They are free of charge.
Topics that will be covered at the workshops include services available through the SBDC, legal structures for small business, registering a business, employee issues, developing a business plan and financing options. The workshop is a must for prospective business owners.
“Those who are thinking of starting a business or getting into a business are going to be putting their own money or someone else’s money at risk,” Mowrer said. “Those who fail are usually those who fail to plan. This workshop is the first step in that planning process.”
According to Mowrer, the center has assisted in loan packaging and grant development for more than $11 million worth of business ventures over the past four years. That includes assistance in writing business plans, finding a lender, getting the loan and beyond. Also, once businesses are established, the SBDC helps with cash-flow analysis, training, workshops, marketing plans, projection budgets and more, he said.
For more information about the SBDC, its workshops or additional materials; one may contact Mowrer at 618-242-5813.