In the news

Kevin Lust, director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, was interviewed yesterday by the Illinois Times about how local businesses have been coping with the pandemic and helpful resources available from ISBDC. He was also interviewed by NPR Illinois about the Paycheck Protection Program.

In the news

Kevin Lust, director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, presented “Valuable New Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)” June 12 as part of the free webinar, “All IN 4U and Other Opportunities for Small Businesses: Changes to Paycheck Protection Program and Local Business Activities,” sponsored by UIS and Innovate Springfield.

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Dee Krueger, director, LLCC-Taylorville was interviewed on the WTIM morning talkshow on May 28. She discussed the advantages of summer classes, the upcoming virtual LLCC experience and community education offerings including information on College For Kids.

Kevin Lust, director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, presented “Back to Business: What Not to Miss” as part of a series of 11 free webinars on reopening the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic sponsored by UIS and Innovate Springfield.

In the news

Kevin Lust, director, ISBDC at LLCC, was interviewed April 2 by WICS regarding services being offered to small business owners during the pandemic. The services being offeredy by ISBDC at LLCC were also covered by MDJOnline.com.

ISBDC at LLCC offering free assistance to small businesses during pandemic

America's SBDC IllinoisThe Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at (LLCC is reaching out to small businesses in the area to offer assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our small businesses are being affected due to closures and reduction in foot traffic,” said Kevin Lust, director of the ISBDC at LLCC. “These are difficult and unprecedented times that have forced changes in how all of us do business. We are on the front lines of gathering information on the latest local, state and national assistance, and can offer guidance to small business owners.”

Lust and his staff can provide assistance via video-conferencing, email or phone by contacting them at sbdc@llcc.edu or 217-786-4531.

A comprehensive list of available assistance for small businesses is also available at www.llcc.edu/sbdc including the Paycheck Protection Program, Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance, Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund, Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Business Relief Fund. In additions, the ISBDC at LLCC is a partner in the new website www.springfieldzoom.com that helps consumers find the status of their favorite local businesses and their services available.

In the news

Kevin Lust, director, ISBDC at LLCC, was interviewed April 1 by the State Journal-Register and WLDS/WEAI radio regarding services being offered to small business owners during the pandemic. He also participated in a webinar, COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, yesterday sponsored by UIS.

Illinois SBDC at LLCC moves to new offices

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at LLCC has moved to new offices at LLCC’s Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason St. in Springfield. The Illinois SBDC is open for appointments Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours available.

The Illinois SBDC provides professional guidance for individuals wishing to start or grow a business. As a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Illinois Department of Commerce and LLCC, nearly all SBDC services are provided free of charge. Clients are able to get assistance creating a business plan to get a loan, growing an existing business or moving a business dream to reality.

Kevin Lust, director, Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, was interviewed by WICS news on the Illinois SBDC move to new offices at LLCC’s Capital City Training Center. Kevin was also interviewed on WTAX this morning regarding the move and services offered at Illinois SBDC.

ISBDC to host minority entrepreneurship workshop Dec. 5

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at LLCC, located in Montgomery Hall, will host an Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship Business Workshop tomorrow, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The free workshop is sponsored by the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The workshop is designed to instruct new business start-ups and individuals who have an interest in entrepreneurship. Registration is available at https://adme-dec5.eventbrite.com or call 786-4530.