OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College students in Art Koudelka’s automotive service management class wanting to open their own businesses will be able to hit the ground running due to a visit to their classroom by Amy Lambert, executive director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the The Starved Rock Alliance.
Lambert started by telling students what services are available to them through the SBDC. The Illinois SBDC offers no cost, confidential, one-on-one counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Advisors with the Illinois SBDC are available to help students to start a business whether they have an idea for a product, are dreaming of opening a small business, or simply want to offer a service to the public. She further explained that one of the big trends in small business at this time is that “main street” entrepreneurship and sole proprietorships are opening up at a higher rate and surviving longer and more successfully than they have in the past.
To further help students, Lambert introduced them to the Business Model Canvas. The canvas provides entrepreneurs with a visual way to plan their business and quickly assess whether their business model can be profitable.
The Illinois SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance reaches clients across Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston and now Grundy counties with multiple office spaces hosted across the region. Anyone is this area can make an appointment and ask for assistance from the SBDC by calling 844-369-8898 or by signing up at www.alliancesbdc.org.