Fall Registration & Schedule

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Fall 2019 Schedule

Tuesday, September 17th-

  • Welcome to the Journey 
    Starting your own company... Trials, Tribulations & some success too!
    Nicole Stewart, Owner
    Hartfield Book Co.
  • Business Plans: Your Playbook, Elevator Speech & Lifeline 
    Getting started, staying focused, building a plan to get there
    Don Elmore, Director
    CU Small Business Development Center
  • Finding Your Mission, Vision and Values in Your Plan & Profile
    How these can and should be reflected in your business practices and operations.
    Anne Matelonis, 
    VP Marketing & Development
    First State Bankcorp of Monticello
  • The Bootcamp Grant
    Rules, regulations and helpful hints when applying for the Bootcamp Grant!
    Callie McFarland
    City of Monticello
  • Downtown Monticello: A Virtual Tour**
    Great spaces, lots of potential! Find one that is perfect for your venture!
    Callie McFarland
    City of Monticello

Tuesday, September 24th-

  • Taxes, Reporting, Payroll.. How to stay on top of accounting  
    Know your numbers and how to use them (and avoid surprises!)
    Kelly Finet, Owner
    Kelly's Accounting Service 
  • Cover your... business- what type of insurance is necessary
    Protect your assets without going overboard
    Shelly Crawford-Stock
    Insurance Guru
  • (Re)Vamping your marketing strategy
    Learn ways to effectively market your business... better!
    Natalie Kenny-Marquez, Owner
    Grow Marketing + Communications, LLC
  • No Longer a Startup?
    What should your next step be? Expand? Retire? Sell?  
    Matthew Thomas, Owner
    L M Thomas Group

* Schedules are planned, but last minute changes may occur.

**This topic is presented based upon the interest of the class


October 1st-

  • Simple Steps for Starting Your Business... Legally
    LLC, Corporation... which setup is best for you and what it means
    Derke Price, Equity Partner
    Ancel Glink
  • Understanding, not underestimating credit   
    How credit can help (or hurt) you
    Bob Guido, Commercial Loan Officer
    Iroquois Federal Bank
  • A Man Walks into a bank...
    How not to be a bad joke when asking for a business loan
    Maci Campbell, Branch Manager
    cibm Bank, Monticello
     
  • How SBA Programs Can Work for You
    SBA Programming to help finance your venture
    Chris Crider, Vice President
    First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust 

Tuesday, October 8th-

  • Navigating Commercial Real Estate Agreements
    Learn tips and expectations for both landlords and tenants
    Jill Guth, Owner
    Guth & Associates 
  • Find (& Build) Your Brand, Grow Your Business 
    Don't advertise harder, advertise better  
    Samantha Koon, Owner
    Zybell House & Greenhouse Cafe
  • Sharing (Advertising) on Facebook  
    How to effectively use Facebook... and "Like" the results  
    Scott Clanin, Owner
    Clanin Marketing

Tuesday, October 22nd-

  • Where to go from here? Finding resources in your community
    Where to find help if you get stuck- anywhere!
    Callie McFarland
    City of Monticello
  • Bootcamp Presentations (the fun part!)
    Whether you're presenting or pitching your plan, let's hear about it!