Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center and the EDC as we co-host a free workshop on “Starting Your Business in Illinois.” The event will take place from 8:30 AM to 10 AM on Tuesday, February 25th at the EDC office (101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur).

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • feasibility checklist
  • sources of funding including financing and grant options
  • business formation and registering your business
  • how to create or improve your business and marketing plans
The workshop is free to attend but registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP here, call 217-378-8535, or email info@cusbdc.org.

Decatur, Macon County Recognized in Area Development’s ‘Leading Metro Locations’

Decatur, Illinois – Decatur and Macon County, Illinois have been recognized in five separate categories in the Area Development Magazine’s 9th Annual ‘Leading Metro Locations’ Report. Decatur placed 2nd in the Top MSA Economic Strength Indicator Factors; 2nd place in Top MSA Year-Over-Year Growth Factors (1 Year); 4th place in Top Overall MSA by MSA Size: Small; 8th place in Top MSA Economic Growth Factors (5 Years); and 17th in the Top 50 MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) Overall.

The report ranked 399 MSAs and Metropolitan Divisions throughout the nation on a per capita basis across 16 key indicators designed to measure economic growth over one and five-year spans. According to Area Development, these results do not rank who is the ‘best’ versus other MSAs in their category, but which MSAs are experiencing the greatest statistical growth over the last five years.

“The recognition by Area Development is a significant feather in the cap of our community and brings international attention to how businesses are successfully investing in Decatur and Macon County,” said Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County. “We continue to see positive trends in major economic indicators such as total employment and wages earned. The many infrastructure investments made in recent years are beginning to bear fruit, allowing us to use this momentum to realize sustained economic growth for our region.”

Decatur and Macon County’s five separate rankings placed in the top 20 out of 399 cities. A city/MSA can be listed in a maximum of six categories. Launched in 2011, the annual study takes into consideration a mix of key economic indicators, sourced from the Emsi, U.S. Census ACS, BEA and BLS, to measure and rank the economic trajectory and growth of the United States MSAs. In addition to overall rankings, the study also segments results by economic and regional groupings. For more information on the recognitions and Area Development, visit https://www.areadevelopment.com/Leading-Locations/Q4-2019/leading-metro-locations-full-results-2019.shtml.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1: Decatur – Macon County’s Rankings in Area Development Magazine’s ‘Leading Metro Locations’

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About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

 

Contact:
Ryan McCrady, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

Additional Media Coverage:
NowDecatur

Celebrate International 3D Printing Day!

In celebration of International 3D Printing Day on December 3rd, the EDC will be hosting a 3D printing seminar with the leaders of the Illinois MakerLab at the Gies College of Business.

This will be an opportunity to learn how the application of 3D printing can help open new markets for your business and industry. The speakers will discuss how 3D printing has been applied to various industries and businesses. Also, 3D printers will be on site to help demonstrate these applications.

Ready to sign up for this fun luncheon? Click here. (The first 50 seats are FREE!)

Introduction to QuickBooks Online Workshop

Learn to manage the financial aspects of your small business quickly and efficiently using QuickBooks Online. You will learn the basics of using this tool to manage your business’ finances including how to navigate easily, manage customers and vendors accounts, record income and expenses, reconcile bank and credit card accounts, and more. This workshop is intended for new QuickBooks Online users with little to no experience.

Date: Friday, December 6th
Time: 1 – 3 PM
Location: EDC of Decatur – Macon County Office
(101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur)

The session will focus on:

  • Navigating QuickBooks Online
  • Company File Setup
  • Setting Up a Chart of Accounts
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Online Banking
  • Running Reports

RSVP: Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot (limited space available). Register here, email info@cusbdc.org, or call 217-378-8535. All materials will be provided.

*You are encouraged to bring your computer with you – wifi is available. This session will be led by Mariel Huasanga, a certified QuickBooks instructor.

Celebrating Manufacturing Day in Decatur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly 350 students from Decatur’s MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools and Heartland Technical Academy participated in Decatur’s 4th Annual Manufacturing Days held on October 17 and October 18 at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL.

The event encouraged students to get a closer look at available manufacturing career paths through facility tours and symposiums with local manufacturers.

“Manufacturing Day provides local students the opportunity to see firsthand the available careers that manufacturing has to offer in Macon County,” said Andrew Taylor, Manufacturing Day event coordinator and economic development officer at Decatur EDC. “It’s great to see students interacting with real potential employers.”

Studies show that the U.S. will need to fill 3.5 million advanced manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years. Events like Decatur’s Manufacturing Days are coordinated in hopes that the next generation of manufacturers will become inspired for careers in manufacturing.

Manufacturing Days would not be a success without the help from the participating manufacturers (listed below), Richland Community College, DPS 61, Heartland Technical Academy, and the generous sponsorship from the Community Foundation of Macon County and Decatur Industrial Electric.

ADM
Align Production Systems
Caterpillar
Decatur Industrial Electric
Mason Manufacturing
Mueller Company
O’Shea Builders
Ring Container Technologies
SMART Local 218
Tate & Lyle
T/CCI Manufacturing
Union Iron
Voestalpine Nortrak
Workforce Investment Solutions

 

Media Coverage
NowDecatur
Decatur Public Schools
Herald & Review

Mueller Water Products to Build State-of-the-Art Foundry in Decatur, IL Investment enhances company’s position as an industry leading supplier of American-made brass components; strengthens local economy

DECATUR, Illinois, August 7, 2019 –The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (EDC) joins leaders from Mueller Water Products, Inc. (“Mueller” – NYSE: MWA) to announce the company’s plans to build a new, state-of-the-art foundry in Decatur.

The foundry, planned for 2700 N. Jasper Street, will be one of the largest state-of-the-art, finished goods brass foundries in the world. The new facility will increase production capacity to meet current and future demands of Mueller customers and the industry.

“Mueller is committed to continuing to build and strengthen our American manufacturing footprint,” said Scott Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mueller. “Mueller has been in Decatur since the very beginning, and we are proud of the products that are built by our employees there. The new Decatur foundry is part of a multi-year project that will modernize our facility and provide operational efficiencies that will directly benefit our customers, employees and the local community. We look forward to continued work with the EDC and the city of Decatur.”

“We greatly appreciate Mueller for selecting Decatur for this exciting project,” says Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County. “Mueller has been a community partner since its founding in 1857, and their nearly 600 employees are a true representation of our community’s dedicated and high-quality workforce. This new foundry not only retains jobs in our community but will create jobs throughout the construction phase in Decatur and Macon County. The foundry will be the first of its kind to be built in the United States in generations.”

Up to 250 employees will work at the facility. Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in Fall 2019.

“We applaud Mueller for making this investment in the Decatur community,” said Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, City of Decatur. “This is another great example of growing our economy through our established business base, and we are thankful that Mueller chose Decatur for this new foundry.”

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About the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County
The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County (EDC) is a nonprofit public-private partnership responsible for non-retail business attraction, expansion and retention efforts in Decatur & Macon County. Composed of a combination of leading private sector employers, labor, educational institutions and a variety of governmental bodies, the EDC is uniquely positioned to address the needs of Macon County’s existing business and employer base along with prospective businesses looking to locate in and around the Decatur, Illinois area. The EDC works with local, state and federal partners to provide economic, technical and training assistance to businesses in the Macon County area.

About Mueller Water Products
Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE: MWA) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products
and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. Our broad product and service portfolio includes engineered valves, fire hydrants, pipe connection and repair products, metering products, leak detection, and pipe condition assessment. We help municipalities increase operational efficiencies, improve customer service and prioritize capital spending, demonstrating why Mueller Water Products is Where Intelligence Meets Infrastructure®. Visit us at www.muellerwaterproducts.com.

Mueller refers to one or more of Mueller Water Products, Inc. a Delaware corporation (“MWP”), and its subsidiaries. MWP and each of its subsidiaries are legally separate and independent entities when providing products and services. MWP does not provide products or services to third parties. MWP and each of its subsidiaries are liable only for their own acts and omissions and not those of each other. MWP brands include Mueller®, Echologics®, Hydro Gate®, Hydro-Guard®, HYMAX®, Jones®, Krausz®, Mi.Net®, Milliken®, Pratt®, Singer®, and U.S. Pipe Valve & Hydrant. Please see muellerwp.com/brands and krauszusa.com to learn more.

 

Contact:

Ryan McCrady, President
Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County
PH: 217-422-9520

Yolanda Kokayi, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
Mueller Water Products, Inc.
PH: 770-206-4131

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center, SCORE Decatur, and the EDC as we co-host a free workshop on “Starting Your Business in Illinois.” The event will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM on Friday, September 27th at the EDC office (101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur).

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • how to determine the feasibility of your entrepreneurial idea
  • the outline of a business plan
  • how to set up your business in Illinois
  • free and valuable resources and tools that are available to entrepreneurs
For more information and to register, please email Ch.Admin0296@ScoreVolunteer.org.

Become an EDC Insider!

Who are EDC Insiders? In short – you are. You grow when Decatur grows. That’s your bottom line and ours.

Your business needs employees, an exciting community and access to professional connections with the inside track. That’s what you get when you become an EDC Insider.

Here’s how we help:

  • Make connections for your business to the people and resources you need
  • Provide access to a small business development counselor
  • Connect to regional industry suppliers
  • Provide general industry research and local economic indicators and demographics
  • Guide site selections and site connections
  • Advocate politically for pro-business needs
  • Provide co-branded employee recruitment materials
  • Conduct business attraction efforts for Decatur
  • Support and guide community projects
  • Coordinate regional community efforts
  • Manage financial incentives for development

As an EDC Insider, here’s what you can expect to receive:

  • Annual personal meeting to discuss your needs to improve Decatur and your business
  • Annual forum with leadership training, EDC updates, and opportunity to voice your issues
  • Original, detailed research including survey creation and data analysis
  • Custom, annual and local market report focused on your industry and business
  • Targeted employee recruitment marketing with digital advertising and landing pages
  • Marketing toolkit with advice and guidance
  • Trailing spouse employment help
  • Individual project collaboration providing expertise on content, copy, graphic design, strategies and more

Interested? Click here for more information.

Starting Your Business in Illinois Workshop

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center, SCORE Decatur, and the EDC as we co-host a free workshop on “Starting Your Business in Illinois.” The event will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM on Friday, June 14th at the EDC office (101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur).

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • how to determine the feasibility of your entrepreneurial idea
  • the outline of a business plan
  • how to set up your business in Illinois
  • free and valuable resources and tools that are available to entrepreneurs
For more information and to register, click here.