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The Tibbett’s House: Bed, Breakfast & Books Welcomes All for the Holiday Season

Posted 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

Posted 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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Murder Mysteries in Metro East

Posted 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

Posted August 04, 2017

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 celebrating its one-year anniversary in Edwardsville this month.

The idea to open a paint and sip business was ...

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2017 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Offers $15,000 in Prizes

Posted August 02, 2017

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

Posted July 31, 2017

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 Craft in making her dream a reality.

Bridal Parlour’s grand opening will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 6-...

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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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Rainbow Station Preschool and Daycare

Posted 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

Posted 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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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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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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