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MESC 2017

Posted August 02, 2017

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Bridal Parlour

Posted July 31, 2017

Entrepreneur Opens Bridal Parlour in Shiloh with Assistance from Metro East SBDC at SIUE

July 31, 2017, 12:55 PM

Heather Craft, Bridal Parlour owner

Heather Craft is a perfect example of an entrepreneur who has turned her passion into a business. With the opening of her Shiloh bridal boutique, Bridal Parlour, this week, she is eager to help brides find the perfect dress for their special day. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has assisted...

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Virtual Assistance Workshop coming July 27th

Posted July 21, 2017

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

July 18, 2017, 8:30 AM

Lorie Nelson

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is teaming withSignature 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 ...

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WBE Certification

Posted June 29, 2017

 

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE and WBDC Offer

Woman Owned Business Certification Workshop on July 18

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 women small business owners looking to sell to corporations and the government. “Is Certification Right for You?” is a one-hour semin...

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Speak to Miss J

Posted April 27, 2017

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

April 27, 2017, 1:15 PM

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Professional 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 affo...

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Just Produce Farmers Market

Posted March 10, 2017

Just Produce Opens First Illinois Location, Thanks to SBDC

March 10, 2017, 1:45 PM

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Twenty 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 t...

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Divine Immanence LLC

Posted February 14, 2017

SIUE Alum Launches Beauty Supply Biz in Maryville with SBDC Expertise

14 February 2017, 9:20 AM

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After six years of planning and fine-tuning her business strategy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumnus Breon Green has opened the doors on her new beauty supply business, Divine Immanence LLC, in Maryville.

A 2010 SIUE School of Business graduate in business, economics and finance, and a 2014 Webster University MBA graduate, Green’s long-term goal has been to own a bus...

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Metro East Therapy

Posted February 06, 2017

Speech Language Pathologist Launches Practice with Connections from SBDC

February 6, 2017, 1:20 PM

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After focusing on early intervention with students in the city of St. Louis, speech pathologist Maggie Block is now providing individualized therapy for Edwardsville-area clients through her practice, Metro East Therapy Inc.

Block’s practice analyzes, investigates, addresses, treats and helps to prevent an array of disorders related to speech. These disorders exist anywhere wi...

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One Legacy: The Family Historian

Posted January 26, 2017

SIUE SBDC Helps Local Entrepreneur Launch Publication Dedicated to Preserving Life Stories

26 January 2017, 9:10 AM

OneLegacy

Bringing people together to share their life stories is what entrepreneur Mike Stith, founder of One Legacy LLC, has been doing for two years. With the help of the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Stith launches phase two of One Legacy’s mission: The Family Historian, in February. Th...

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Warm n Cozy Quilting

Posted September 22, 2016

SBDC Celebrates with Columbia Quilters on First Anniversary

22 September 2016, 8:05 AM

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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

Posted September 14, 2016

Belleville Dance & Costume Store Owners Gain Expertise from SIUE SBDC

14 September 2016, 8:25 AM

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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

Posted 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

Posted 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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Madewell

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...

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Madewell

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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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