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Fall Registration & Schedule
                                                                            
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Spring, 2018 Schedule *
 Tuesday, February 19th-  Tuesday, March 5th-
 Welcome to the Journey   Understanding, not underestimating credit
   Starting your own company... Trials, Tribulations & some success too!     How credit can help (or hurt) you
   Matt Miller, Owner, Monarch Brewing Company     Bob Guido, Loan Officer, Iroquois Federal Bank
   
 Business Plans: Your Playbook, Elevator Speech & Lifeline    A Man Walks into a bank...
   Getting started, staying focused, building a plan to get there     How not to be a bad joke when asking for a business loan
   Don Elmore, Director, Small Business Development Center of C/U     Ryan Lowrey, Commercial Credit Officer, Iroquois Federal Bank
   
 Finding Your Mission, Vision and Values in Your Plan & Profile   How SBA Programs Can Work for You
   How these can and should be reflected in your business     SBA Programming to help finance your venture
   Anne Matelonis, VP Marketing & Development, First State Bank     Chris Crider, Vice President, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
   
 Tuesday, February 26th-   Simple Steps for Starting Your Business... Legally
 Taxes, Reporting, Payroll.. How to stay on top of accounting    LLC, Corporation... which setup is best for you and what it means
   Know your numbers and how to use them (and avoid surprises!)    Derke Price, Equity Partner, Ancel Glink
   Kelly Finet, owner, Kelly's Accounting Service   
     Tuesday, March 12th-
 Navigating Commercial Real Estate Agreements    (Re)Vamping your marketing strategy
  Learn tips and expectations for both landlords and tenants     Natalie Kenny-Marquez, Owner, Grow Marketing +
    Communications, LLC
   Jill Guth, Owner, Guth & Associates     Learn ways to effectively market your business... better!
 
 Cover your... business- what type of insurance is necessary    Find (& Build) Your Brand, Grow Your Business
   Protect your assets without going overboard     Don't advertise harder, advertise better
   Speaker TBD     Samantha Koon, owner, The Zybell House
    
 Downtown Monticello: A Virtual Tour**    Sharing (Advertising) on Facebook
  Great spaces, lots of potential!  Find one that is perfect for your venture!     How to effectively use Facebook... and "Like" the results
  Callie McFarland, City of Monticello     Scott Clanin, Clanin Marketing
    
   Tuesday, March 26th-
  The Health Department - They aren't just looking for food **
*  Schedules are planned, but last minute changes may occur.   When and how you need their approvals
**This topic is presented based upon the interest of the class.   Michael Schroeder, DeWitt Piatt Bi County Health Department
 
    Where to go from here?  Finding resources in your
   community
    Where to find help if you get stuck- anywhere!
   
     Bootcamp Presentations (the fun part!)
    Whether you're presenting or pitching your plan, let's hear about it!
 Registration begins January 2nd!