Learn to start and protect a small business with two free workshops to be offered in October through Rend Lake College’s Small Business Development Center.
“Guide to Background Checks” (WKSP 5361-MP1) will be led by Detective Ray Gilbert of the Mt. Vernon Police Department. The workshop is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Room 354A. The purpose of this class is to assist local businesses in protecting themselves against criminals who seek employment to steal customer identities or carry out internal theft, or who simply misrepresent their qualifications and work histories. The business owner or manager’s best defense is a good background check.
“How to Start Your Own Business and Utilizing DCEO” (WKSP 5305-MP3) is set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the RLC MarketPlace in Room 343. This session will be led by John Gulley of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Curt Mowrer, Director of the RLC Small Business Development Center. This course is designed to guide business people to programs available through DCEO, the Illinois Entrepreneur Network and SBDC agencies. Topics to be covered include services available, legal structure for business, how to register a business with local, state and federal government, employee issues, developing a business plan and financing options. This workshop is a must for prospective business owners and entrepreneurs.
These workshops are made available through a cooperative agreement between the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Rend Lake College.
For more information or to register, contact Mowrer at (618) 242-5813, or e-mail to