Upcoming Events

Contact the Illinois Small Business Development Center for assistance in starting or growing your business.

You can take advantage of a variety of services–from our growing catalogue of information-packed seminars to our extensive library of business and personal resources–or visit with any of our impressive roster of business advisors.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center for Central Illinois is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the United States Small Business Administration, the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and our local supporters. So, nearly all of our programs and services are available at no charge to you.

April

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April

2022 Website Marketing Trends

Wednesday, April 13, 2022. | 10am – 11am cdt

The Illinois SBDC for Central Illinois has partnered with Michael Buzinski, owner of Buzzworthy Integrated Marketing.  This one-hour virtual course will cover the trends in website marketing for 2022.

Learn the anatomy of the modern website as it pertains to small businesses along with five ways to increase inbound traffic and four outbound marketing avenues to drive more traffic to your website. Attendees will walk away with a solid understanding of the crucial elements of their web site’s homepage and many ways to drive more traffic to it.

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April

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award Training

Wednesday, April 20, 2022. | 12pm – 1pm cdt

Be prepared for Illinois grants! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will prepare you to act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

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April

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm cdt

Starting and owning a business can be exciting and frightening. If you’re thinking about starting your own business the SBDC can help!  Join us for this free seminar via Zoom.

May

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May

Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

Wednesday, May 11, 2022. | 10am – 11am cdt

The Illinois SBDC for Central Illinois has partnered with Michael Buzinski, owner of Buzzworthy Integrated Marketing.  This one-hour virtual course will cover understanding Today’s Social Media Landscape for Small Business

Peek under the hood of six of today’s most popular social media platforms for small businesses. Get a clear understanding of which is best suited for your business and how to best leverage each one to engage your target audience.

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May

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award Training

Wednesday, May 25, 2022. | 12pm – 1pm cdt

Be prepared for Illinois grants! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will prepare you to act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

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May

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm cdt

Starting and owning a business can be exciting and frightening. If you’re thinking about starting your own business the SBDC can help!  Join us for this free seminar via Zoom.

June

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June

Online Marketing for Brick and Mortar Businesses

Wednesday, June 8, 2022. | 10am – 11am cdt

The Illinois SBDC for Central Illinois has partnered with Michael Buzinski, owner of Buzzworthy Integrated Marketing.  This one-hour virtual course will cover Online Marketing for Brick and Mortar Businesses.

Discover the eight lanes of online marketing, how to choose which lanes best fit your business goals. We then look at how best to approach implementing online marketing and tracking the results of your efforts and making sure you are getting the best ROI from your investments.

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June

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award Training

Wednesday, June 22, 2022. | 12pm – 1pm cdt

Be prepared for Illinois grants! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will prepare you to act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

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June

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm cdt

Starting and owning a business can be exciting and frightening. If you’re thinking about starting your own business the SBDC can help!  Join us for this free seminar via Zoom.

July

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July

3 Keys to SEO Success for Locally Owned Business

Wednesday, July 13, 2022. | 10am – 11am cdt

The Illinois SBDC for Central Illinois has partnered with Michael Buzinski, owner of Buzzworthy Integrated Marketing. This one-hour virtual course will cover Three Keys to SEO Success for Locally Owned Businesses

Get a clear understanding of why ignoring SEO is hiding you from up to 68% of all consumers looking for your service or product. Then dive into the three keys to SEO success, how they can affect your bottom line, and how to best approach implementing them.

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July

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award Training

Wednesday, July 20, 2022. | 12pm – 1pm cdt

Be prepared for Illinois grants! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will prepare you to act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

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July

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm cdt

Starting and owning a business can be exciting and frightening. If you’re thinking about starting your own business the SBDC can help!  Join us for this free seminar via Zoom.

September

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September

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award Training

Wednesday, September 28, 2022. | 12pm – 1pm cdt

Be prepared for Illinois grants! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will prepare you to act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

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September

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm cdt

Starting and owning a business can be exciting and frightening. If you’re thinking about starting your own business the SBDC can help!  Join us for this free seminar via Zoom.

October

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October

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award Training

Wednesday, October 26, 2022. | 12pm – 1pm cdt

Be prepared for Illinois grants! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will prepare you to act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

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October

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm cdt

Starting and owning a business can be exciting and frightening. If you’re thinking about starting your own business the SBDC can help!  Join us for this free seminar via Zoom.

November

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November

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act Pre-Award Training

Wednesday, November 30, 2022. | 12pm – 1pm cdt

Be prepared for Illinois grants! The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Pre-Award preparation session will prepare you to act on Notice of Funding Opportunities.

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November

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm cdt

Starting and owning a business can be exciting and frightening. If you’re thinking about starting your own business the SBDC can help!  Join us for this free seminar via Zoom.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Growth Corp. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of the co-sponsor(s)’ or participants’ opinions, products or services. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.