Hillsboro entrepreneurs heard from the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) during a business forum at Black Rabbit Coffee in downtown Hillsboro on Tuesday evening, Nov. 5.
SBDC Metro East Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May told those present at the forum that her organization "can help any business at any stage."
Among services offered by the SBDC are one-on-one business advice and management assistance, assistance with the development of business plans, help with accessing market information and the development of marketing plans, assistance with accessing business financing programs, assistance with financial analysis and planning, access to business education and training opportunities, and specialized services in technology, innovation and entrepreneurial development. All of those services are at no cost, however there is a small charge for the office to host workshops.
The Metro East SBDC office has been housed on the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville campus for over 30 years and serves a nine-county region.
According to Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kaitlyn Fath, who hosted the meeting along with Hillsboro Interim Planner Johnathan Weyer, one of the goals behind the forum was to curate a list of interests and develop a series of seminars for 2020.
An e-commerce workshop is already in the works for Feb. 1, hosted by Brian Carver of Atlas 46.
Participants in the Tuesday forum answered a survey about doing business in the Hillsboro economy, and participated in a question-and-answer session with Fath and Weyer.