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Updates & Events: May – June 2019

// UPDATES & REMINDERS + GOOD TO KNOW:

CobraVenture Pitch Showcase at Parkland College – May 20, 2019
Aspiring student entrepreneurs from Parkland College will pitch their ideas before local venture capitalists, startup experts and community members as they vie for $3,000 in seed money. Parkland College’s Entrepreneurial Network (PEN) will hold its first-ever CobraVenture Pitch Showcase on Monday, May 20 from 5:30 to 8 PM in the Parkland College Student Union. The contest will highlight students from the CobraVenture program’s pilot student accelerator lab, which launched in January. Free and open to the public, the pitch competition will include a half-hour reception and business showcase followed by the pitch event. Entrepreneurship Facilitator Marc Changnon will serve as emcee. CobraVenture’s pilot cohort includes students from a variety of academic programs who want to start their own businesses while still enrolled in college. Learn more: https://www.parkland.edu/Main/About-Parkland/Newsroom/Parkland-News/ArtMID/1187/ArticleID/566/CobraVenture-Pitch-Showcase-May-20

Professional Resume Reviews – May 21, 2019
From 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on May 21, Champaign County EDC and UI Research Park are offering walk-in resume reviews prior to their Catalyze event. Three reviewers will be available, including one who specializes in software engineering and can provide expert feedback on tech-based resumes. All professionals in the Champaign-Urbana area are welcome. Reviews will be at EnterpriseWorks, located at 60 Hazelwood Drive in Champaign. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/346421076013527/

Entrepreneur Coaching Academy @ Douglass Branch Library – July-August 2019
Are you thinking about starting your own business? Wondering if entrepreneurship is right for you? Do you have an idea for a business but no clue where to go next? Come to the Entrepreneur Coaching Academy!  This intensive program meets Mondays and Wednesdays for five weeks, July 8-August 7. The Entrepreneur Coaching Academy is designed to mentor future leaders and entrepreneurs in developing their essential skills to influence and achieve high performance measures as small business owners. This event is presented by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, Champaign Public Library, and the Business Elevator of CU. Learn more + register (limited space available): http://www.cusbdc.org/event/entrepreneur-coaching-academy/

2018 Annual Report
We’re pleased to release our 2018 Annual Report (attached), representing metrics and milestones for January – December 2018. Created by local illustrator artist David Michael Moore, the report also features 5 local businesses: Petronics, Finish Line Delivery, Red Clover Reader, Champaign Outdoors / RuggedOutdoors.com, and Serionix. View the report online: http://www.cusbdc.org/about-us/annual-reports/

// YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING SBDC EVENTS:

Rural Illinois Small Business Forum
On May 21, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are co-sponsoring a rural small business lending forum in Effingham, IL. The forum is designed for banks, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), other non-profit lenders, and government agencies only. It will provide the opportunity to discuss small business lending needs in small rural communities of under 10,000 in southeastern Illinois. Roundtable discussions will focus on four topics:

  • Small business lending issues from a banker perspective
  • CDFI and loan fund services that support bank lending to small businesses
  • Bank/CDFI/small business development and lending partnerships
  • Impact State and Federal agency services have on small business development

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Location: Thelma Keller Convention Center – 1202 N. Keller Drive, Effingham, IL 62401
RSVP: The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
Link: https://web.cvent.com/event/d0f37892-ac4c-410f-95f7-b484fca3d179/summary

 SBDC Workshop: Starting Your Business in Illinois
Presented By: Don Elmore, Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
Thinking about starting a business in Illinois? This informative workshop helps entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements. You’ll be taken step-by-step through a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 9 – 11 AM
Location: Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC – 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820
RSVP: Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP at cusbdc.org, by emailing info@cusbdc.org, or calling 217-378-8535.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-workshop-starting-business-illinois-2/2019-05-22/
*This workshop is offered on a monthly basis. Visit our Events Calendar (http://www.cusbdc.org/events/) to see all upcoming dates and times.

SBDC Webinar: Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Trade Show Participation
Celebrating World Trade Month – May 2019
Trade shows can be an excellent venue to find new buyers, promote your products, and increase awareness of your brand. Learn the dos and don’ts of international trade shows, including preparing for, attending, and turning prospects into buyers after the show. Topics to be discussed:

  • Determining what trade show to attend
  • Funding your attendance
  • Preparing for a trade show
  • During the show: exhibiting tips
  • After the show: measuring your effectiveness, use of metrics

This webinar will be presented by Don Elmore (Director) and Mariel Huasanga (International Trade Specialist) of the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC.
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM
Location: Webinar
RSVP: Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org. Webinar instructions will be sent out closer to the date.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-webinar-maximizing-effectiveness-trade-show-participation/

 SBDC Office Hours at Champaign Public Library (Launch)
SBDC Director Don Elmore hosts open office hours (9:30 AM – 12 PM) at Launch twice per month. Launch at the Library business services include a walk-in coworking space, seminars, meeting rooms, and resources to help start, manage, and grow your business. Visit champaign.org/launch for more information.
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Location: Champaign Public Library – 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-office-hours-champaign-public-library-2/2019-05-23/

SBDC Workshop: Instagram for Business 101
Presented By: Clanin Marketing
This Instagram for Business workshop is for those looking to optimize their business presence on Instagram. This workshop will provide you with the skills and best practices to enhance your presence, account structure, creative use of visuals, and more. Plus, hear from a local business that has had much Instagram success – Hopscotch Bakery + Market.
Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Lodgic Champaign – 1807 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820
RSVP: Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. Limited space available. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, email info@cusbdc.org, or call 217-378-8535. All materials will be provided.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-workshop-instagram-business-101/

 SBDC Webinar: Introduction to Importing
Celebrating World Trade Month – May 2019
This webinar will cover all of the essential elements involved with importing goods into the U.S., including key topics such as finding a qualified supplier, tariff classification (HTS), logistics, import documentation, and customs procedures and compliance. This webinar aims to increase your confidence and awareness in working with overseas suppliers, freight forwarders and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Topics to be discussed:

  • Overview of the import process
  • Key considerations when importing into the U.S.
  • Selecting a qualified supplier
  • Import requirements and documentation
  • Import compliance
  • Entry process
  • Customs clearance
  • Drawback (refund of duty paid for imported goods if they are exported later)
  • Import resources

This webinar will be presented by Mariel Huasanga, International Trade Specialist of the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC.
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 12 – 1:30 PM
Location: Webinar
RSVP: Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org. Webinar instructions will be sent out closer to the date.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-webinar-introduction-importing/

SBDC Webinar: Introduction to Export Controls under the EAR
Celebrating World Trade Month – May 2019
This webinar will provide information on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which are administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It will cover basic export control concepts one needs to understand in order to execute essential global business operations in a compliant manner. Subjects include who needs to comply, general prohibitions, record keeping, navigating the Commerce Control List (CCL), how to classify items on the CCL, how to determine license requirements, applying license exceptions, and more. The webinar will include examples and interactive Q&A to ensure participants leave with a working knowledge of the regulations to immediately apply to their own processes. Topics to be discussed:

  • Basic concepts under EAR and regulatory framework
  • Navigating through the Commerce Control List (CCL)
  • Determining An Export Control Classification Number
  • Determining License Requirements
  • Deemed Exports and working with Foreign nationals
  • Restricted Party and Red Flag Screening
  • Preparing an Export Compliance Program

This webinar will be presented by Mariel Huasanga, International Trade Specialist of the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC.
Date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Time: 12 – 2 PM
Location: Webinar
RSVP: Free to attend – registration required to secure a spot. RSVP online at cusbdc.org/events, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org. Webinar instructions will be sent out closer to the date.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-webinar-introduction-export-controls-ear/

SBDC Office Hours at Champaign Public Library (Launch)
SBDC Director Don Elmore hosts open office hours (9:30 AM – 12 PM) at Launch twice per month. Launch at the Library business services include a walk-in coworking space, seminars, meeting rooms, and resources to help start, manage, and grow your business. Visit champaign.org/launch for more information.
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Location: Champaign Public Library – 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-office-hours-champaign-public-library-2/2019-06-06/

SBDC Workshop: Starting Your Business in Illinois
Presented By: Don Elmore, Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
Thinking about starting a business in Illinois? This informative workshop helps entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements. You’ll be taken step-by-step through a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 9 – 11 AM
Location: Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC – 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820
RSVP: Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP at cusbdc.org, by emailing info@cusbdc.org, or calling 217-378-8535.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-workshop-starting-business-illinois-2/2019-06-11/
*This workshop is offered on a monthly basis. Visit our Events Calendar (http://www.cusbdc.org/events/) to see all upcoming dates and times.

SBDC Workshop: Digital Marketing Essentials
Presented By: Clanin Marketing
This workshop will provide you with the tools and techniques to strengthen your digital marketing strategies. Ideal for those starting off in digital marketing or simply wanting to improve their skills, this workshop will address topics in search engine optimization and marketing, advertising through Google, Facebook campaigns, tracking website data, and more.
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Location: Champaign Public Library (Robeson A & B) – 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820
RSVP: Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP at cusbdc.org, by emailing info@cusbdc.org, or calling 217-378-8535.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-workshop-digital-marketing-essentials-2/

PTAC Services at CUSBDC
Keli Krueger-Huhra, Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at Bradley University
Need expert assistance with government contracting? We can help. Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) are resources for small businesses looking to enter the world of government contracting. The centers provide one-on-one counseling, technical information, marketing assistance and training to existing businesses interested in selling their goods and services to local, state, and/or federal government agencies.
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC – 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign, IL 61820
RSVP: Small businesses in our area who need expert assistance with government contracting may schedule appointments with Keli Krueger-Huhra, Illinois PTAC Director at Bradley University, by contacting us at ptac@cusbdc.org or calling 217-378-8535.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/ptac-services-cusbdc/2019-06-19/
*PTAC services are offered on a monthly basis. Visit our Events Calendar (http://www.cusbdc.org/events/) to see all upcoming dates and times.
**To learn more about and/or better understand PTAC services, watch this video: https://youtu.be/_mX88Sr18x8.

SBDC Office Hours at Champaign Public Library (Launch)
SBDC Director Don Elmore hosts open office hours (9:30 AM – 12 PM) at Launch twice per month. Launch at the Library business services include a walk-in coworking space, seminars, meeting rooms, and resources to help start, manage, and grow your business. Visit champaign.org/launch for more information.
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Location: Champaign Public Library – 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-office-hours-champaign-public-library-2/2019-06-20/

SBDC Workshop: LinkedIn for Business 101
Presented By: Clanin Marketing
Learn how to optimize your business presence on LinkedIn. Ideal for B2B (business-to-business) models, this workshop will cover the importance of company profiles, best practices, types of content to share, and creative campaign options from LinkedIn to help generate website traffic and leads.
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 12 – 1:30 PM
Location: Lodgic Everyday Community – 1807 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820
RSVP: Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP at cusbdc.org, by emailing info@cusbdc.org, or calling 217-378-8535.
Link: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/sbdc-workshop-linkedin-business-101/

// WHO WE ARE + CONTACT US:

To learn more about what the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC does and how it can help you, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pACBxITj1ds. To make an appointment with the SBDC, register on the website at http://www.cusbdc.org/ (click the red ‘Become a Client’ button), call us at 217-378-8535, or contact:

  • Don Elmore, SBDC Director: don@cusbdc.org
  • Mariel Huasanga, SBDC International Trade Specialist: mariel@cusbdc.org

Connect with the SBDC on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

 

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce, and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation; with additional support provided by EDC of Decatur and Macon County and the Midwest Inland Port.