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IL SBDC at SIUE Client Metro East Therapy Expands

December 03, 2018

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced that SBDC client Metro East Therapy in Edwardsville has expanded its business.

The SBDC and Director Jo Ann Di Maggio May have greatly supported Metro East Therapy owner Maggie Block. Di Maggio May has assisted Block since the early stages of her business plan and also assisted in Block’s property acquisition to move to a new, larger location....

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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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IL SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE Celebrates Dog.Heart.Soul Anniversary

October 24, 2018

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The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its client, Dog.Heart.Soul.

The SBDC has helped Dog.Heart.Soul with a year’s worth of support and information. With SBDC’s one-on-one, no-cost business counseling services, owner Cheryl Newman has grown the business into something special. She meets regularly with SBDC Director Jo Ann DiMaggio May.

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Unique Woodworks Introduced to Metro East Through IL SBDC at SIUE

September 26, 2018

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Like most entrepreneurs, Unique Woodworks owner Timothy Smock has faced success and struggles throughout his business career. Now, he is faced with a fresh challenge of starting a venture in a new state.

Smock has learned what to do and what not to do after being his own boss. He has also discovered an enormous opportunity for his woodworking passion.

Unique Woodworks is known for custom wood signs, furniture, and myriad replications, as well as custom works with 3-D imprints, LED ...

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Metro East SBDC Client Sly Hedgehog Productions Makes Home in Alton

September 18, 2018

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Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been working with Sly Hedgehog Productions for over a year aiding in its growth and achievements in hosting interactive murder mysteries. Sly Hedgehog now has its own location in Alton in the Milton Schoolhouse.

Owners Libby Sykes and Jessica Napier agree that working with SBDC Director Jo Ann DiMaggio May has made the process of operating their business much more enjo...

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SBDC at SIUE Helps Godfrey’s Heritage Farm & Fruit Trees Flourish

June 25, 2018

SBDC at SIUE client Heritage Farm & Fruit Trees

An Alton native has turned his passion for plants, soil science and agriculture into a growing business with Heritage Farm & Fruit Trees based in Godfrey.

Owner Patrick Gibson is pursuing his dream while feeding the community and supporting other local businesses with his high-quality fruit trees. He has received invaluable assistance with his venture from the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

SBDC Director Jo Ann DiMaggio M...

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IL SBDC Helps Plant New Business in the Metro East With All Seasons Outdoor Solutions

June 07, 2018

Sean Jentsch with All Seasons Outdoor Solutions in O’Fallon.

The landscape service All Seasons Outdoor Solutions (ASOS) in O’Fallon has grown quickly since owner Sean Jentsch launched the new business in April. Aiding in his success has been the Metro East Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Jentsch is a Marine Corps veteran who was looking to give back to the community by offering his landscaping services, after gaining many years of experience working at golf courses and lawn ...

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SBDC Assists Metro East Start-Up Challenge Winners Pint Perfect in Pursuing Business Success

March 29, 2018

SBDC Assists Metro East Start-Up Challenge Winners Pint Perfect in Pursuing Business Success

March 29, 2018

Pint Perfect Owners Sammie Williams and Josh CoclasureJosh Colclasure and Sammie Williams have been friends since childhood. They have always talked about starting a business together and finally had the chance to put their idea for bar and restaurant draft line cleaning services to the test in the Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC).

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The Tibbett’s House: Bed, Breakfast & Books Welcomes All for the Holiday Season

December 10, 2017

Mindy and Brett Costo

When you stay at a hotel, do you get the warm comfortable feeling of a home?

Didn’t think so.

When you choose to stay at The Tibbett’s House: Bed, Breakfast & Books in Highland, you are greeted with the smell of freshly baked cookies, and genuine hospitality from owners Brett and Mindy Casto. They even have their company mascots to greet you, too … their two dogs.

You have access to snacks, drinks and toiletries during your stay, as well as some time to connect with othe...

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Retirement leads to Queen Beedz with the SBDC’s support

December 05, 2017

Susan Hackney, owner of Queen Beedz.
Susan Hackney, owner of Queen Beedz. 

EDWARDSVILLE - Susan Hackney was looking for a creative outlet as she eased her way into retirement. A lifelong learner, she decided the extra time on her hands provided the opportunity to learn new skills. Having an interest in growing her passion for jewelry making into a business, she learned about the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

She first attended the SBDC’s monthly ...

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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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2017 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Offers $15,000 in Prizes

August 02, 2017
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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

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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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