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School of Business

November 2018

IL SBDC for Metro East Client Warm N Cozy Quilting Expands in Columbia

November 30, 2018

Warm N Cozy Owners and Employees

Increased clientele and the popularity of handmade gifts have led a pair of entrepreneurs to expand their quilting business.

Located in Columbia, Warm N Cozy Quilting is owned by mother-daughter pair, Debbie Chitty and Danielle Cyvas. Their recently expanded shop located on 816 South Main Street #2 now allows them to offer more fabrics, classes, additional services like sew days, and an area for their Quilts of Valor group to create quilts for veterans.

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Metro East SBDC at SIUE Supports PinMe Organics’ Gourmet Mushrooms

November 13, 2018

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PinMe Organics owner Maracus Scott started his PinMe Organics mushroom business as a hobby just a few short months ago. It grew rapidly and now has a promising future with help from the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville.

Scott works at SIUE in Information Technology Services. Capitalizing on his on-campus network, he contacted the SBDC for assistance. SBDC Business Specialist Marti Guntren offered one-o...

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IL SBDC at SIUE Welcomes First Record Store in Decades to Edwardsville

November 06, 2018

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When it comes to figuring out the process and perfect location to open the first record store in Edwardsville in decades, look no further than Trusty Chords Record Shop. The music store hopes to draw crowds at its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1514 Troy Rd., Suite C at 11 a.m.  Festivities will begin at 11 a.m.

Behind this musical venture are owners Colin Anderson and Scott Brunkhorst, who share common interests in music and entrepreneurship, along with the help f...

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