May 22, 2018

Learn how to start or expand a business at SIU workshop on June 12

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Got an idea for a great business? Want to take your current small business to the next level? Southern Illinois University Carbondale is offering an informational workshop you’ll want to attend.

The “Starting a Business in Illinois” workshop will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 12 in Room 150 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale.

Participants receive presentation, toolkit and more for $20

The two-hour presentation incorporates all of the most current information regarding what it takes to create a successful business or expand an existing enterprise.

Topics covered include:

  • Start-up requirements.
  • Obtaining financing.
  • Legal structure.
  • Business planning.
  • Licensing and registration.
  • Marketing research and planning.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Workshop participants will also connect with certified business advisers who can help them assess their plans and reach their goals.

The cost of the workshop is $20 and that covers the business toolkit, in both print and electronic formats, as well. The kit includes various helpful checklists, guides, and resource booklets from the Illinois Small Business Development Center statewide network and the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as other helpful information.

Limited seating fills up fast

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited so organizers recommend early sign-up. Find additional information or register online. You can also call 618/536-2424 or email  

SBDC helps business owners in many ways

SIU Carbondale hosts the Illinois Small Business Development Center with funding provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The center provides a wide variety of services to current and prospective business owners and others. Learn more about SIU’s entrepreneurship and business development programs and services by contacting the Illinois Small Business Development Center at 618/536-2424 or by email at