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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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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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MESC 2017

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

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

smith-danny

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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Built by Battle

December 06, 2016

SIUE SBDC Aids New Clothing and Branding Firm Built By Battle

6 December 2016, 9:55 AM

smith-danny

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

Cyvas-Chitty

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

Lasalvia-Joseph-Robert

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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East St. Louis Initiative

September 09, 2016

SIUE Alum Wins East St. Louis Initiative’s First Pitch Contest

9 September 2016, 10:30 AM
Desserts Out The Jar and More founder and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Yashica McKinney earned first place in the first regional business plan pitch competition hosted by the
 
East St. Louis Initiative (ESLI). Meanwhile, two Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center clients finished in the top three.  

Formed in 2016, the Initiative...

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Never Industries

July 28, 2016

SIUE Alumnus Launches Marketing, Branding Firm with Support from SBDC

28 July 2016, 9:15 AM

Alexander Burkart, Founder and CEO of Never Industries, Inc.Never Industries, Inc., a Metro East-based marketing strategy and personal branding agency, got its name from Founder and CEO Alexander Burkart’s core values, which include never giving up.

The name fits Burkart’s venture, and it also describes the dedication of Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Specialist Jo Ann DiMaggio May. DiMaggio May has wor...

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