Posted 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...


Me 2 You Game Truck

Posted May 16, 2016

Mobile Game Truck Revs Up With Expertise from Metro East SBDC

16 May 2016, 1:10 PM

Game Truck

What’s 52 feet long, red and orange and fun all over? If you guessed a truck filled with interactive video games ready to play on-site at a birthday party or corporate event, you’re correct.

Granite City resident and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alum Wayne Felix, 35, created the Me 2 You Game Truck, a new business designed to deliver fun directly to the customer. The mobile game...


Gaslight Vinyl

Posted April 27, 2016

Vinyl Start-Up Connects with Metro East SBDC to Fine-Tune Business Plan

27 April 2016, 4:15 PM

Gaslight Vinyl

Brothers Gerald and Brian Bach have joined forces as co-owners of Gaslight Vinyl, a new high performance digital print studio in downtown Belleville.

Older brother Gerald was raised in print shops and schooled in graphic design, having worked for a major telecommunications company for more than 10 years. Younger brother Brian spent eight years in the Army with two combat tours in Afghanistan...


Nick & Vito's

Posted April 26, 2016

West Belleville Deli Slices up Success with Expertise from Metro East SBDC

26 April 2016, 9:25 AM

Nick Renfro

The loyal support of West Belleville patrons is a welcome sight for long-time resident Nick Renfro, owner of Nick & Vito’s Meat & Deli.

As Nick & Vito’s prepares to celebrate two years in business in mid-May, Renfro says the support from the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has also been a factor in his small ...


Art Gecko

Posted April 04, 2016

Art Gecko Creative Studio Opens in Downtown O’Fallon, Illinois

4 April 2016, 1:22 PM

Cory Hollerbach and her mother, Robin Springer, both SIUE alumni, have opened Art Gecko Creative Studio, in downtown O’Fallon, Ill.

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is celebrating along with its clients, a mother-daughter team who has opened a creative studio in downtown O’Fallon, Ill.

Art Gecko Creative Studio, 125 East State Street, is the brainchild of retired art teacher Robin Springer and her daughter and fellow designer, Cory Hollerb...



Posted March 14, 2016

Scoville & Co. in Finals of InnovateHER National Business Competition

14 March 2016, 2:15 PM


Dr. Agnes Scoville, winner of last year’s Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Start-Up Challenge, was selected from more than 200 companies across the United States as a finalist in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2016 InnovateHER Business Challenge. 

InnovateHER, a national business plan competition organized by SBA and sponsored by Microsoft, ...


Bright Ideas & More

Posted March 09, 2016

Retired Air Force Info Specialist Launches Business with SBDC Help

9 March 2016, 8:20 AM


After 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, O’Fallon resident Dwight Dettmann was ready for a change. With the help of the Illinois Metro East Small Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, he made the transformation from a trained expert in information security to small business owner by launching his own handyman business.

Bright Ideas & More, LLC, incorporated in Novem...



Posted February 25, 2016

SBDC Helps SIUE Grad with RunWell Grand Opening Feb. 27th

25 February 2016, 12:50 PM

 RunWell Logo

     For Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate and small business owner Jen Schaller, it has always been about sharing her passion for running. Starting on Saturday, Feb. 27, Schaller will have three times the amount of space to conduct her business of connecting with runners from across the St. Louis region.

     Schaller developed her love for ru...