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

18 July 2017, 8:30 AM

Lorie NelsonThe Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is teaming with Signature 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 Route 157 in Edwardsville.

Workshop co-host Lorie Nelson has been running SVA since 2012 and specializes in working with s...

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Metro East SBDC at SIUE and YCG Accounting to Conduct Budget Strategy Workshop on July 21

14 July 2017, 9:10 AM

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will partner with Susan Young of YCG Accounting to offer practical expertise on budget strategies for small business owners. The Budget Strategy Workshop is set for Friday, July 21 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Reliance Bank, 1254 University Drive in Edwardsville.

The workshop is a 90-minute seminar designed to help business owners financially map out their company’s 3-5 year growth plan.

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ITC at SIUE and Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council to Host Discussion on Export Needs and Trade Initiatives

29 June 2017, 2:40 PM

Silvia Torres Bowman, director of the Illinois ITC.The International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in partnership with The Southwestern Illinois Trade and Investment Council, will host “Export Needs and Trade Initiatives for Southwest Illinois: Lunch and Dialogue with the Business Community” on Tuesday, July 25.

The event will be held from noon-2 p.m. in the Morris University Center’s International Room on SIUE’s campus, and will feature a networking lunch, followed by a roundtable discussion...

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SBDC at SIUE and WBDC Offer Woman Owned Business Certification Workshop on July 18

27 June 2017, 10:55 AM

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is collaborating with the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) to offer practical expertise to female small business owners looking to sell to corporations and the government. “Is Certification Right for You?” is a one-hour seminar designed to help business owners determine if the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) certif...

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SIUE School of Business Graduate Program Ranked 7th Nationally

26 June 2017, 7:50 AM

Riza Demirer, PhD, and director of SIUE’s master’s in economics and finance program.The economics and finance graduate program within the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business is ranked 7th in The Financial Engineer’s 2017 Financial Economics Rankings.

“It is always rewarding to have our program included among the prestigious schools on this list, and it is an honor to be recognized,” said Riza Demirer, PhD, and director of SIUE’s master’s in economics and finance program. “This is a direct reflection of the hard work ...

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Signature Virtual Assistance Wins First Round of 2017 InnovateHER Contest

5 June 2017, 11:25 AM

Lorie NelsonMetro East resident Lorie Nelson has captured first prize in the local InnovateHER Business Challenge and hopes to vie for a spot in the national competition this fall.

InnovateHER is a business plan contest organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The national competition is open to entrepreneurs and small business owners with products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.

In April, the SBA chose the Illinois Metro East Small Business Dev...

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Metro East SBDC Supports Air Force Vet in Take-Off of Appliance Repair Franchise

30 May 2017, 2:50 PM

Chad GrubofskiUnited States Air Force veteran Chad Grubofski is preparing to open Mr. Appliance of Mid-America, a Metro East-based franchise of a major appliance repair company, in early June, thanks to business plan expertise provided by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Shiloh resident’s Mr. Appliance of Mid-America franchise will serve residential customers from Edwardsville south to Waterloo and east to Lebanon. Grubofski&#82...

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SIUE Student-Athletes Continue to Excel Academically

23 May 2017, 9:20 AM

For 11 straight years, spanning 22 consecutive semesters, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student-athletes have finished with a departmental grade point average of better than 3.0. They completed the 2017 spring semester with a 3.281 GPA, marking the second-highest semester GPA in school history.

“As always I am proud of our student-athletes, staff, academic support and coaches for continuing this tradition of excellence,” said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt.

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Centralia to Host SIUE’s SBDC for the Metro East on June 21

18 May 2017, 10:25 AM

Jo Ann DiMaggio MayThe Centralia Economic Development Office invites local business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region to meet the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Small Business Development Center (SIUE SBDC) staff on Wednesday, June 21, at Centralia City Hall, located at 222 South Poplar Street.

The four-hour SBDC Community Day will begin at noon with a one-hour “Starting a Small Business in Illinois” workshop. One-on-one counseling sessions will be available from 1-4 p.m.

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SIUE Golden Graduates Honored During Special Commencement Ceremony

12 May 2017, 3:00 PM

Donning gold regalia, members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Class of 1967 were invited to campus to participate in a special Golden Graduate reunion. The distinguished guests received a commemorative medallion Saturday, May 6 as they walked across the stage during the final spring 2017 commencement ceremony.

“It was an honor to shake hands with this distinguished group of alumni, and present them with a commemorative medallion,” said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. &#8...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Celebrates Class of 2017

6 May 2017, 5:50 PM

Frankie Muse Freeman 2017 Spring Commencement

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville celebrated its 2017 Spring Commencement exercises for 1,957 graduates Friday and Saturday in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies are available on siue.edu/tv.

After Chancellor Randy Pembrook addressed the Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students Friday night, he bestowed degrees upon the Graduate School and School of Education, Health and Human Behavior graduates Saturday morning, the College of Arts and Scien...

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SIUE Spring Commencement Spotlights 1,957 Graduates

5 May 2017, 2:15 PM

pembrook-commencementSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook will oversee the 2017 Spring Commencement exercises tonight and tomorrow for 1,957 eligible graduates. The first of four exercises will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Vadalabene Center on campus. All the ceremonies will be streamed live on siue.edu/tv.

Frankie Muse Freeman will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Freeman has spent her lengthy career advocating for civil rights issues that have had a lasting impa...

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SBDC Seeking Innovative Products/Services for InnovateHER Challenge

3 May 2017, 8:05 AM

InnovateHER-logoThe Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is inviting competitors with viable products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families to compete in the national InnovateHER Business Challenge.

InnovateHER is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) national business competition sponsored by the Sarah Blakely Foundation. The SBA will choose 10 competitors from across the natio...

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SBDC Guides Creative Couple To Picture-Perfect Photography Studio Start-Up

27 April 2017, 1:15 PM

minney-johnnieProfessional photo sessions should be fun, creative and affordable, according to entrepreneur Johnnie “Miss J” Minney, owner of Speak To Miss J Photos, a new portrait studio in Shiloh that opened April 12.

Minney and her husband, Denon, who is the studio’s marketing director, have a creative perspective on photography that is markedly distinct and, arguably, more affordable than most. A 20-minute photo session allows individuals or a group of up to 15 people to choose their po...

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SIUE Selected as Peace Corps Site

25 April 2017, 9:55 AM

peacecorpspreplogoSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville is now a Peace Corps Prep site. This partnership agreement, signed by Chancellor Randy Pembrook on behalf of SIUE and the U.S. Peace Corps, is available only to students at participating partner schools.

 “This program provides an opportunity for students at SIUE to contribute to international peace, social justice and the development of full human potential,” said Mary Weishaar, executive director of International Affairs. “It su...

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TheOther40 Competition Showcases Students’ Innovative Business Ideas

21 April 2017, 2:55 PM

SIUE School of Business Interim Dean Tim Schoenecker stands alongside first place winner of TheOther40 Celeste Hughes and GAINZ by the Dozen co-founder Brennan Malham.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students presented their business ideas during the 7th annual “TheOther40” competition on Friday, April 7. The event featured presentations by the creators of eight businesses in a Shark Tank-like fashion to a panel of enterprise professionals, with MBA student Celeste Hughes taking first place for GAINZ by the Dozen.

The SIUE School of Business and the Entrepreneurs’ Club of SIUE hosted the competition. Since statistics show that arou...

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SIUE Celebrates Springfest 2017: “Cougars in the Outfield”

19 April 2017, 4:30 PM

Senior Joshua Herrera, participates in a relay race with the Hispanic Student Union during Springfest.The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus community is demonstrating its school spirit this week by participating in Springfest 2017, under the theme “Cougars in the Outfield,” through Sunday, April 23. The annual event is the longest running tradition on campus and promotes student engagement.

“Springfest is meant to celebrate SIUE students, faculty and staff accomplishments during this past academic year with one last hurrah before finals,” said Casey Vaclav...

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SBDC Helps Worden Restaurant Open, Partner with Competitor to Grow Community

13 April 2017, 11:30 AM

adkison-bethA Worden native turned entrepreneur is already showing her heart for building community and growing tourism in and around her hometown.

With invaluable assistance from the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center, Beth Behme Adkison is well on her way to pursuing her dream. On Saturday, May 6, she will celebrate the grand opening of The Wild Turkey, a family restaurant and bar she debuted in February. Rather than being a direct competitor of The Yellow Dog Cafe & Bar, a similar est...

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SIU Trustees Approve Denise Cobb as SIUE Provost

6 April 2017, 1:30 PM

Denise Cobb, PhD, SIUE provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs.The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved the appointment of Denise Cobb, PhD, as SIUE provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, during its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus.

Cobb served as interim provost since October 2015. Prior to that appointment, she was assistant provost for academic innovation and effectiveness, and then associate provost for academic affairs since June 2012.  

In the Office of the Provost, Cobb’s respo...

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SIUE Expands Integrative Studies Master’s Program with Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

28 March 2017, 2:25 PM

Agustin-ZeniaSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville has introduced three post-baccalaureate certificates as part of its integrative studies master’s program:

  • Marketing and public relations, which requires the completion of 18 hours of courses, split evenly between the Departments of Applied Communication Studies, and Management and Marketing
  • Sustainability, which requires the completion of 18 hours of courses, split evenly between the sociology and environmental science programs
  • Transportation ...

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SIUE School of Business Recognizes Record Donor Support for Scholarships

23 March 2017, 4:05 PM

SIUE School of Business Interim Dean Tim SchoeneckerThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Business celebrated 100 scholarship recipients at the 13th Annual School of Business Scholarships and Awards Program held Wednesday, March 22 in the Morris University Center’s Meridian Ballroom.

The School recognized record donor support with scholarships worth approximately $175,000 for its best and brightest students pursuing degrees in accounting, business administration, computer management and information systems, economics and ...

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SIUE Student Marketers Send Four to International Conference

23 March 2017, 2:35 PM

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association attended the 39th Annual American Marketing Association’s International Intercollegiate Conference (AMAICC) in New Orleans, March 16-18 to participate in professional marketing activities and presentations.

SIUE sent four juniors, Cassie Greenlea, chapter president-elect from Crystal Lake, Carly Becker, chapter vice president-elect from Macomb, Ashton Nobbe, of Waterloo, and Chloe Be...

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SIUE Graduate Admissions Hosts Open House for Prospective Students

22 March 2017, 9:40 AM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of Graduate Admissions will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of Graduate Admissions will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Morris University Center Oak and Redbud Rooms.

Prospective graduate students will receive information on SIUE’s more than 70 master’s programs, post-baccalaureate certificates, specialist degrees, doctoral degrees and cooperative doctoral programs. Information will also be available on graduate admission requirements and financial support...

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Record Number of Prospective Students Attend Preview SIUE

17 March 2017, 3:35 PM

Prospective SIUE student Jina Garry, of Springfield, visits with a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences during Preview SIUE.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville welcomed approximately 700 guests, including an all-time high of nearly 300 prospective students, to campus Friday, March 17 for Preview SIUE. This program, combined with the February Preview SIUE program, welcomed nearly 600 prospective students and more than 1,500 guests.

The day-long program provided opportunities for high school and transfer students to learn more about the University’s array of academic programming, student life opportunities...

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Register Now! SIUE Summer Session Offers Accelerated Learning Opportunities

15 March 2017, 4:30 PM

SIUE Summer SessionSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville summer session 2017 offers a quality education that features flexibility and convenience through nearly 1,000 available courses. Register now!

A variety of introductory general education and required upper-division classes are offered during summer session. Most courses meet for five weeks or fewer, and classes begin Monday, May 8.

“Summer session offers flexibility, a chance for students to stay part of SIUE and provides an important opport...

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L. Keeley Construction’s Perryman Named SIUE 2017 Distinguished CLI Alumnus

15 March 2017, 8:30 AM

Ryan Perryman receives 2017 CLI Alumni AwardRyan Perryman, vice president – Building Group for L. Keeley Construction, is the recipient of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s 2017 Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) Alumni Leadership Award. The ceremony was Friday, March 10 as a part of the CLI Alumni Day and Graduation celebration.

Program Co-Directors Chris Gordon, associate dean of the SIUE School of Engineering, and Kristine Jarden, director of executive education in the SIUE School of Business, presented the ...

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Just Produce Opens First Illinois Location, Thanks to SBDC

10 March 2017, 1:45 PM

just-produceTwenty 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 two of his dream coming true.

For nine years, Lee has been operating a thriving produce busin...

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SIUE Graduate School Hosts 21st Annual Symposium

8 March 2017, 8:15 AM

fields-gregSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville hosts its 21st Annual Graduate School Spring Research Symposium 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in SIUE’s Morris University Center. This year, the Graduate School is offering prospective graduate students an opportunity to participate by registering at siue.edu/graduate-visit.

“The annual Graduate School Spring Symposium celebrates and showcases the variety of research and creative activities taking place at SIUE,” said Jerry Weinbe...

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SIUE to Host Student Rural Health Careers Forum

1 March 2017, 9:20 AM

A Student Rural Health Careers Forum will be held at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to showcase the many career paths available for in-demand professionals with backgrounds in business, healthcare and information technology.

The SIUE Graduate School, Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) and Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network are hosting the event from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 25 in the SIUE Morris University Center’s Maple Room. Registration is due by ...

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SIUE Spring Enrollment is Second-Highest All-Time

1 February 2017, 11:20 AM

Class of 2020Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,276 students is the second-largest spring enrollment in the University’s history. Traditional undergraduate enrollment has reached an all-time spring semester high of 11,022 students. Overall university enrollment declined by only 70 students (0.52 percent) from last spring’s record total of 13,346.

 “The spring 2017 enrollment success is a reflection of the dedication, work ethic and creativity by ...

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Interface Construction’s Spurgeon is 2015 CLI Alumni Leadership Award Winner

17 March 2015, 10:40 AM

Becky SpurgeonBecky Spurgeon, president and chief financial officer of Interface Construction of St. Louis, is the recipient of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s 2015 Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) Alumni Award. The presentation was Friday, March 13, as a part of the CLI Alumni Day and graduation celebration in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom.

“CLI’s mission is to produce accomplished leaders to improve the processes and outcomes of construction,” sai...

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