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  • KCC and Olivet Sponsor September 8th Accelerate 2016 Small Business Conference and Expo

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  • Successful Startup Entrepreneur Dane Christianson

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    Dane Christianson, the inventor of the X-Cube and founder of Moving Parts, LLC, wowed fellow entrepreneurs with his insights and experiences in bringing a new product to market. Over the course of less than 4 years, Dane has gone from building a prototype for his own enjoyment and posting a video on youtube that exploded in popularity to building a business that sells X-Cubes internationally.

    The informal conversation provided attendees with the opportunity to explore far-reaching issues of importance to their individual entrepreneurial undertakings. Valuable conversations occurred about intellectual property, finding manufacturing resources, marketing, raising funds, pricing, and dealing with distribution issues in both the brick and mortar and online worlds.

    Dane’s Meet the Entrepreneur conversation was hosted by Prairie State College and sponsored by SouthWorks MakerLab Park Forest. It is part of the Maker Entrepreneurship series created by the SouthWorks MakerLab Network to support local entrepreneurs developing physical products. Additional events and workshops will cover other manufacturing and entrepreneurship topics and provide additional training, including design and prototype, lean startup, navigating the manufacturing supply chain, finding funding, and online marketplaces.

    SouthWorks MakerLab Network is a collaboration of the region’s higher educational institutions, workforce development organizations, economic development entities, and other community partners to develop a network of MakerLabs across the Southland to provide improved STEM educational results, develop a strong manufacturing workforce for the future, support new creativity by artists and tinkerers, and support entrepreneurs building businesses around physical products.

    MakerLabs are spaces that provide new and traditional tools to make things, provide workshops to quickly learn new tools, and build a community of makers who share their knowledge. Currently, the MakerLabs at Park Forest, Prairie State College, and South Suburban College (Oak Forest campus) are open to the public.

  • KCC Offers Solar Power Training

    KCC Offers Solar Power Training

  • Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Course at SouthWorks MakerLab

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  • Business Organization Workshop at USF

    The University of St. Francis College of Business and Health Administration Business Incubator, in partnership with the Fox Valley chapter of SCORE, presents the fourth workshop in their business series.
    Titled “Forms of Business Organization—Legal and Financial Considerations,” this workshop seeks to explore whether incorporating is always the answer when undertaking a business enterprise.  Read More....

  • SSC Presents Small Business Tuesdays Series


    South Suburban College Business & Career Institute

    16333 South Kilbourn Avenue

    Oak Forest, Illinois 60452

    Contact Lorrin Paun:  (708) 596-2000 x3267

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    No Fee seminars

    SCORE South Suburban "Small Business Tuesdays" Program

    September & October, 2016

    Presented by SCORE, South Suburban Small Business Association and South Suburban College Business & Career Institute

    A Series of 4 Small Business Seminars:
    • How to Really Start Your Own Business
    • Financing your Startup: The Myths and the Reality
    • Marketing 101: How to Build Demand in a Crowded Marketplace
    • Optimizing your Web Presence: Engaging with your Customers online
    Register Today! No Fee Seminars

    Features 4 Free* mini-seminars for new and existing Small Businesses in the South Chicago Suburbs.  All seminars will include tips and best practices whether your business is still a concept or has been running for years and is in need of some new thinking.

    Each seminar will run for 90 minutes and includes practical examples to reinforce learning, as well as opportunities for attendees to interact within the group. 

    SCORE Mentors will be available after the seminar for additional brief 1-to-1 discussions and to schedule FREE follow-on Counseling sessions at locations across the South Suburbs.

    DATES: September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25
    TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
    LOCATION: South Suburban College - Oak Forest Campus


    Seminar 1: How to Really Start Your Own Business


    September 13, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, what are the first steps you should take? This seminar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need, and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream.

    Seminar 1: Register Now!

    Presenter:  Geoff Eccles & Dr. Carol Collum


    Seminar 2:  Financing your Startup: The Myths and the Reality


    September 27, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Understanding basic accounting principles and concepts are essential for decision making in any business. Learn to understand the correlation between sound financial management and success. This business finances seminar will also cover various ways that you might finance your small business, as well as the steps you can take to give yourself the best chances of success.

    Seminar 2: Register Now!

    Presenter:  Wilbur Pelt


    Seminar 3:  Marketing 101: How to Build Demand in a Crowded Marketplace


    October 11, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Marketing is vital in a business to give direction, to help to set goals and objectives that will contribute to business success, and to ensure that everyone involved is focused on the same targets. This introduction to Marketing will touch on the importance of "The 5 P's" to give your business a competitive edge.

    Seminar 3: Register Now!

    Presenter:  Geoff Eccles


    Seminar 4:  Optimizing your Web Presence: Engaging with your Customers online

    October 25, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    On the web, first impressions are everything - so make your business website as professional and inviting as possible. If you need to create a website for your small business - or want to improve your existing site, this seminar will help you to work with a designer and/or web developer and understand the collaborative process that it takes to build and run a successful website

    Seminar 4: Register Now!

    Presenter:  Rhonda Henderson

  • Join SouthWorks at the Maker Faire August 27th

     Join SouthWorks MakerLab Network at the Maker Faire

    See what STEM and Maker programs in the area are doing.

    Have hands-on Maker experiences

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