Registration & Schedule

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Standard Schedule

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face mask requirements must be adhered to.  Additionally, the maximum number of participants for this program will be 20.

Week 1 -   "You vs. Entrepreneurship"

  • Tales from a start-up business owner
    Nicole Stewart
    Hartfield Book Co.
  • Business Plans: Your Playbook, Elevator Speech & Lifeline 
    Don Elmore
    CU Small Business Development Center
  • Finding Your Mission, Vision & Values in your Business Plan
    Anne Matalonis
    Clanin Marketing
  • Business Startup Roadmap
    Shelly Crawford-Stock, Monticello Chamber
    Callie McFarland, City of Monticello

Week 2  - "The Big Three"

  • Small Business Numbers
    Kelly Finet
    Kelly's Accounting Service
  • Cover Your... Business
    Kevin Feeney
    Burgess & Cline Insurance
  • Simple Steps for Starting Your Business... Legally
    Speaker TBA

    * Schedules are planned, but last minute changes may occur

Week 3 -  "Where & With What Details"

  • Show Me the Money! - Lending & SBA
    Mitch Birky
    First State Bank
  • Working with your Health Department
    Michael Schroeder
    DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department
  • The devil's in the details- Site Selection, codes & resources
    Shelly Crawford-Stock, Monticello Chamber
    Callie McFarland, City of Monticello

Week 4 - "Getting the Word Out"

  • (Re)Vamping your marketing strategy
    Natalie Kenny-Marquez
    Grow+ Marketing
  • What's Your Brand?
    Samantha Koon
    University of Illinois
  • Mastering Social Media
    Scott Clanin
    Clanin Marketing 

Week 5 -

  • What No One Told You Before You Opened (or at least you didn't listen when they did...)
    Shelly Crawford-Stock, Monticello Chamber
    Callie McFarland, City of Monticello
  • Business Presentations (the fun part!)
    Judges- 
    Floyd Allsop, High Road Consulting
    Michelle Gross, State Bank of Bement
    Rachel LeJeune, Willow Tree Missions