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Workshop at IVCC geared to small businesses and entrepreneurs

The Starved Rock Country Alliance will be hosting the U.S. Small Business Administration and Illinois Small Business Development Center for a workshop to help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs learn how to start, grow or expand their businesses.

Called SBA Day, the event is scheduled 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Illinois Valley Community College.

The workshop aims to train attendees on ways to access funding and government contracting opportunities available through the federal government. The Small Business Administration local partners as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture also will be on site to provide one-on-one guidance.

“Our Rural Strong initiative provides entrepreneurs in rural communities with direct access to resources available to help them elevate the economic strength of their business and community,” said SBA Illinois District Director Robert “Bo” Steiner in a press statement. “Being a small business owner can feel isolating, but you don’t have to do this alone. The SBA and the Illinois SBDC at Starved Rock Country Alliance stand ready to be your partner in your entrepreneurial journey.”

More information and event registration can be found at:

More than 46 million Americans live in counties designated as rural by the U.S. Census Bureau, but small businesses in rural areas may lack access to capital and other resources available in more urban areas. The Rural Strong initiative aims to level the playing field and elevate small businesses by offering loan incentives and training entrepreneurs to access government contracting and export opportunities. The SBA and U.S. Department of Agriculture partnership is built on the priorities of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

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