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Carbondale, Belleville, Bloomington


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As a veteran, have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? Do you already own a business and want to improve it? The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC@WBDC) in Chicago, with sponsorship from Allstate Insurance, invites you to join the Veterans Small Business Roadshow. The tour will hold a workshop event in each of 3 Illinois cities - Carbondale, Belleville and Decatur.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Entrepreneurship For You! – Veterans Edition. This workshop introduces the concepts of small business ownership

  • Financing Your Small Business - U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Springfield

  • Kickstart Your Business! – low-cost, no-cost ideas for improving the profitability of your existing business

Tour stops:

September 26:

Illinois Small Business Development Center

Southern Illinois University

Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center

1740 Innovation Drive

Carbondale, IL 62903


September 27:

Southwestern Illinois College

2500 Carlyle Avenue, Liberal Arts Building,

Room 2311/2313

Belleville, IL 62221

September 28:

Illinois Wesleyan University

Beckman Auditorium

Minor Myers Welcome Center

1211 Park Street

Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Local resource partners, such as the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Decatur SCORE and the Veterans Business Resource Center St. Louis, will be on hand to provide an overview of their business development services available for veterans.

The events are open to Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service Members, Guard, Reserve and military family members who are interested in starting a business or who already own a business.

All events run from 9 AM to 1PM. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today for the Veterans Small Business Roadshow!

For further information, call 312.888.6620.

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