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"In November 2013, I formed a small business called, in Edwardsville IL. It's been an exciting journey all the way, with the expected, and unexpected glitches from time to time. Throughout the process, I have been supported in so many ways by SBDC. They have exceeded all of my expectations, by providing research assistance, referrals to community resources, they even reviewed my business plan. My business is live now and SBDC is still an active partner. It's great to have their support. A special thank you goes out to Jo Ann Di Maggio, of Illinois SBDC. She has been outstanding in her support of my business. I wouldn't be this far without her.  To anyone starting a small business, I highly recommend contacting SBDC. Thank you so much!"

-Mike Stith, Founder, One


"I truly have been lead in the right direction; I did NOT know where to begin considering this is the very first time I've ever reached out in this way as far as business is concerned. SBDC has provided me with the help I needed to get started, things are really looking good and I didn't go through any hassles or red-tape as some may put it. I received prompt, courteous help in a matter of days. Your believing in me has even boosted my motivation even greater than where I was before. I thank you all for what you've done and look forward to an even brighter future. Again, thank you soooooooo MUCH."

-La'Shounda D. Bennett