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One Legacy Nomination for 2018 RootsTech

November 09, 2017

SBDC Commends One Legacy Nomination for the 2018 RootsTech Family History Innovative Product of the Year

November 9, 2017, 9:40 AM

Mike Stith

Mike Stith, owner of One LegacyⓇ, has been nominated for the 2018 RootsTech Family History Innovative Product of the Year for his Legacy Sharing program.

One LegacyⓇ collects and shares real stories from everyday people through Legacy Sharing, a guided story-sharing program for groups of all ages.

Stith is humbled by the recognition. “Re...

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2017 Metro East Startup Challenge Winner

November 03, 2017

Pint Perfect of Alton is 2017 Metro East Startup Challenge Winner

November 3, 2017, 11:50 AM

2017 Metro East Start-up Challenge Winners

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge (MESC), a regional business plan competition for entrepreneurs and startups, announced its three cash prize winners today with Alton-based Pint Perfect earning first place and the grand prize of $10,000.

Idea Factory Educational Services (IFES), founded by Nicole Grimm, a former employment relations major at SIU...

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Collinsville Small Business of the Year

October 24, 2017

Metro East SBDC Client Code 3 Spices Repeats as Collinsville Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year

October 24, 2017, 10:50 AM

Chris Bohnemeier-Mike Radosevich

Code 3 Spices owners Mike Radosevich and Chris Bohnemeier accepted the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year Award on Wednesday, Oct. 18 for the second straight year.

“Code 3 Spices is the perfect example of the kind of power a small business can generate with passion and ambition,” said Illinois Metro East Small Bus...

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Murder Mysteries in Metro East

October 04, 2017

IL SBDC Helps Sly Hedgehog with Murder Mysteries

October 4, 2017, 11:48 AM

(L-R): Jessica Napier and Libby Sykes.

EDWARDSVILLE - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumni Jessica Napier and Libby Sykes are providing the local area with a live version of the board game “Clue” with their Murder Mystery Dinner events. Their next event is Saturday, Oct. 21, “Horrors in Hawkins: A Murder Mystery Inspired by Stranger Things” from 6-10 p.m. at the Wildey Theater in Edwardsville. The dinners involve murder,...

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Pinot's Pallette

August 04, 2017

Metro East SBDC at SIUE Salutes Pinot’s Palette for One-Year Anniversary

August 4, 2017, 8:40 AM

Jane Seymour, owner of Pinot’s Palette in Edwardsville.When most people retire, they usually look forward to relaxing and not working. For retired Roxana High School art teacher and Pinot’s Palette owner Jane Seymour, she wanted to stay active by opening her own business. Pinot’s Palette was the perfect way for Seymour to bring her love of art to the community in an entertainment venue. Pinot’s Palette is cel...

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Bridal Parlour

July 31, 2017

Entrepreneur Opens Bridal Parlour in Shiloh with Assistance from Metro East SBDC at SIUE

July 31, 2017, 12:55 PM

Heather Craft, Bridal Parlour owner

Heather Craft is a perfect example of an entrepreneur who has turned her passion into a business. With the opening of her Shiloh bridal boutique, Bridal Parlour, this week, she is eager to help brides find the perfect dress for their special day. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has assisted...

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Virtual Assistance Workshop coming July 27th

July 21, 2017

Metro East SBDC at SIUE and Signature Virtual Assistance Collaborate for Workshop

July 18, 2017, 8:30 AM

Lorie Nelson

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is teaming withSignature Virtual Assistance (SVA) to explain how a virtual assistant can help small businesses run efficiently and grow. 

A 60-minute workshop will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Pinot’s Palette, 1063 S. State ...

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Just Produce Farmers Market

March 10, 2017

Just Produce Opens First Illinois Location, Thanks to SBDC

March 10, 2017, 1:45 PM

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Twenty years of working in the produce industry duly prepared Belleville resident Darnell Lee for the March 9 grand opening of his company Just Produce’s second regional location, this one in the Metro East.

Thanks to one-on-one business counseling and expertise provided by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Lee is seeing phase t...

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Divine Immanence LLC

February 14, 2017

SIUE Alum Launches Beauty Supply Biz in Maryville with SBDC Expertise

14 February 2017, 9:20 AM

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After six years of planning and fine-tuning her business strategy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus Breon Green has opened the doors on her new beauty supply business, Divine Immanence LLC, in Maryville.

A 2010 SIUE School of Business graduate in business, economics and finance, and a 2014 Webster University MBA graduate, Green’s long-term goal has been to own a bus...

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Metro East Therapy

February 06, 2017

Speech Language Pathologist Launches Practice with Connections from SBDC

February 6, 2017, 1:20 PM

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After focusing on early intervention with students in the city of St. Louis, speech pathologist Maggie Block is now providing individualized therapy for Edwardsville-area clients through her practice, Metro East Therapy Inc.

Block’s practice analyzes, investigates, addresses, treats and helps to prevent an array of disorders related to speech. These disorders exist anywhere wi...

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One Legacy: The Family Historian

January 26, 2017

SIUE SBDC Helps Local Entrepreneur Launch Publication Dedicated to Preserving Life Stories

26 January 2017, 9:10 AM

OneLegacy

Bringing people together to share their life stories is what entrepreneur Mike Stith, founder of One Legacy LLC, has been doing for two years. With the help of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Stith launches phase two of One Legacy’s mission: The Family Historian, in February. Th...

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Rainbow Station Preschool and Daycare

December 22, 2016

Metro East SBDC at SIUE Helps Existing Daycare Business Expand

22 December 2016, 9:28 AM

LaDonnaTunstall

Rainbow Station Preschool & Daycare in Belleville is an ideal example of an existing business that tapped into the complimentary expertise available at the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

In August 2016, owner LaDonna Tunstall approached the SBDC for expertise in how to expand her business and to locate a larger space. She ...

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Built by Battle

December 06, 2016

SIUE SBDC Aids New Clothing and Branding Firm Built By Battle

6 December 2016, 9:55 AM

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Like many individuals, Danny Smith has faced his share of battles and has struggled with ways of overcoming them. Thanks to expertise from the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center, Smith has founded a clothing and brand company, Built By Battle, to inspire others to tackle their battles and succeed.

 “We all have battles in our lives,” Smith said. “It&#8...

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Warm n Cozy Quilting

September 22, 2016

SBDC Celebrates with Columbia Quilters on First Anniversary

22 September 2016, 8:05 AM

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A mother-daughter business in Columbia, Ill., is celebrating its first anniversary, thanks to its owners’ hard work and the expertise they received from the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center.

Warm N Cozy Quilting, located at 235 North Main St. in Columbia, fills a unique niche in the world of quilting. Co-owners Debbie Chitty and her daughter, Danielle Cyvas, specialize in ...

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Center Stage

September 14, 2016

Belleville Dance & Costume Store Owners Gain Expertise from SIUE SBDC

14 September 2016, 8:25 AM

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Purchasing an existing business can be complex, particularly for first-time business owners. That is why Roberta and Joseph LaSalvia, co-owners of CenterStage Dance Apparel & Costume House in Belleville, are grateful to the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for guiding them through the acquisition process.

The LaSalvias pur...

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Madewell

May 25, 2016

Home Inspection Business Launches with Help from SBDC

25 May 2016, 1:15 PM

Bob Madewell, owner of Madewell Inspections

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center client Bob Madewell will cut the ribbon and publicly launch his new business Madewell Inspections on Wednesday, June 1. The entrepreneur will give credit to his grandfather for instilling in him the skills and strong work ethic to be successful.

Madewell, of Rosewood Heights, says his grandpa Dean and uncle Tom, both of whom served in...

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