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Area small business office reaches milestone

PERU — The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance is announcing it closed 2018 with 151 clients.

Recognizing the critical need for SBDC services over the expansive region, the leadership of the Starved Rock Country Alliance designed the decentralized model of the Alliance SBDC.

The organization provides professional guidance for business growth through confidential advising, strategic business planning, market and industry research, along with financial analysis and capital access.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance has been established as part of a nationwide network with support from city and county governments, local banks and community businesses, as well as the federal Small Business Administration and Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

After seeing the potential to be filled within the business community in Bureau, LaSalle, Livingston and a portion of Grundy counties, Amy Lambert, executive director, is thrilled to spearhead such a vital program.

"I am excited to play a part in the growth of so many new and established business within our region and thankful for the support of the Starved Rock Country Alliance, our business services team, and all of the communities who work together to make this resource available at no cost within the region,” said Lambert.

Winter education and training offerings have recently been announced and can be found online at

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