December 6, 2023


education gives you strength

Mix of virtual and in-person classes help business owners hone skills

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance will offer multiple classes for business skills training this fall.

Most of the center’s education is offered virtually, although there are some in-person classes available in October.

Their first fall event, which focuses on e-commerce, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept.10.

Next on the schedule is a class about building credit, which begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 16, followed by a class at noon about starting a business in Illinois. A session about grant application preparation begins at 2 p.m. The trio of courses will be repeated in the same time slots on Sept. 30.

Another class about starting a business in Illinois will take place a 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Illinois Valley Community College’s Ottawa Center, 321 Main St., Ottawa. This will be an in-person session.

A course to teach current and prospective business owners about crowdfunding will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 23, followed by a course on protecting confidential information at noon.

In-person classes at the IVCC Ottawa Center include a course on creating an effective business plan at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. A class about funding a business will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 20, and another on marketing a business will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

More information is available at the Small Business Development Center’s website,

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