August 07, 2007

Business start-up workshops planned for fall

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Creating a successful small business doesn't just happen. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is offering vital information to help anyone considering starting their own business.

The fall 2007 workshop schedule includes four sessions of "Starting a Business in Illinois." Each two-hour informational seminar provides the basics of starting a business, including legal structure, startup requirements, finding financing and the basics of business planning. There's a $10 materials fee to cover the cost of the business startup kit, which includes a newly updated Business Plan Workbook, a business startup checklist and a copy of the presentation slides.

All workshops are in room 150 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road, Carbondale.

The fall series schedule includes:

• Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m.

• Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m.

• Nov. 20, 9-11 a.m.

• Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m.

Immediately following the Oct. 17 workshop, the center, along with the Southern Illinois Entrepreneurship Center, will sponsor "Finding Financing: Selling Your Ideas to Banks and Investors," from 3 to 5 p.m. This free seminar explains the different types of financing and details about securing financing to begin or expand a business.

Pre-registration is required for each of the workshops. To register, or for more information, call 618/536-2424, sign up online at, or email

The center serves existing and prospective businesses by helping with business planning and marketing, management issues, understanding business finances, financial counseling and information about securing financing. SIUC hosts the center and funding is from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the U.S. Small Business Administration.