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.

SBDC Hosts Free Webinars in May for World Trade Month

To help celebrate World Trade Month, the Illinois Small Business Development Center will be hosting three FREE webinars during the month of May. Click the links below for more information and to register.

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Trade Show Participation | May 22, 2019 | 2-3:30 PM
Trade shows can be an excellent venue to find new buyers, promote your products, and increase awareness of your brand. Learn the dos and don’ts of international trade shows, including preparing for, attending, and turning prospects into buyers after the show.

Introduction to Importing | May 30, 2019 | 12-1:30 PM
This webinar will cover all of the essential elements involved with importing goods into the U.S., including key topics such as finding a qualified supplier, tariff classification (HTS), logistics, import documentation, and customs procedures and compliance. This webinar aims to increase your confidence and awareness in working with overseas suppliers, freight forwarders and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Introduction to Export Controls Under the EAR | May 31, 2019 | 12-2 PM
This webinar will provide information on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which are administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It will cover basic export control concepts one needs to understand in order to execute essential global business operations in a compliant manner. Subjects include who needs to comply, general prohibitions, record keeping, navigating the Commerce Control List (CCL), how to classify items on the CCL, how to determine license requirements, applying license exceptions, and more. The webinar will include examples and interactive Q&A to ensure participants leave with a working knowledge of the regulations to immediately apply to their own processes.

Illinois workNet Center Hosts Hiring Events in May

The Illinois workNet Center, partnering with Workforce Investment Solutions and Illinois Department of Employment Security, are hosting several Hiring Events during the month of May. The first is with the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to fill many positions for their upcoming 2020 census. Anyone interested should come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois to speak with the U.S.Census Bureau Representative. These positions will not affect Government Benefits: Snap, TANF, and Medicaid. Must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. Citizen. All potential applicants should come with a resume and dress appropriately for an interview.

Another hiring event will be hosted for Green House Weatherization on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Potential applicants can come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois, and interview directly with Green House Weatherization hiring staff. The company is looking to fill Laborer positions. Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, The Kelly Group will have a recruiting event at Workforce Investment Solutions office, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois. Applicants can interview directly with The Kelly Group hiring staff. The company is seeking applicants to fill the following positions: Laborer, Welder, and Industrial Maintenance workers. Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

Another hiring event is for MPW Industrial Services, Inc., on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Potential applicants can come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois, and interview directly with MPW hiring staff. The company is looking to hire Laborers and Technicians, CDL Driver/Operators and Supervisors. Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

Turn to the Decatur Illinois workNet Center for assistance to connect to local partners, employers, explore job opportunities, and access to training programs for career pathways to employment
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For further information contact:
Jennie Wernecke, One Stop Coordinator
Workforce Investment Solutions
217-875-8707

Decatur Named A Best City for Electricians

A recent study by AdvisorSmith listed Decatur first as a best city in the country for electricians. The study compared electrician salaries, cost of living and job availability. It referenced that Decatur “retains its industrial heritage, as it serves as the home for large agricultural plants operated by Archer Daniels Midland and Tate & Lyle. It also hosts manufacturing facilities for Caterpillar. These plants provide many opportunities for electricians in Decatur, as the city has more than twice as many electrician jobs than the typical American city relative to the population.”

Read more about the ranking here.

Free QuickBooks Accounting Software Workshop

Gain a better understanding of QuickBooks software for your own business or your employer’s company with this free class presented by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is geared towards those who are new to or just starting out with QuickBooks.*

Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 9 AM – 1 PM
Location: EDC of Decatur – Macon County Office
(101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur)

The session will focus on:

  • Setting Up a Company File
  • Getting Around in QuickBooks
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Working with Items
  • Working with Customers
  • Selling
  • Receiving Payments
  • Working with Vendors
  • Entering Bills
  • Paying Bills
  • Banking
  • Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Setting Up Sales Tax

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

*This is designed for users who have less than six months of experience working with QuickBooks Desktop Version. Accounting basics will also be covered to serve as a foundation to operate the software correctly.

Illinois workNet Center Offers Job Readiness Skills Workshops

The Illinois workNet Center will be offering several useful workshops to assist the job seeker in bettering their chances of getting an interview and job offer.  In March, April and May, the Illinois workNet Center, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, will offer the following workshops:

The Interview Skills Workshop will focus on learning helpful tips on how to better prepare for an interview, how to answer some of the difficult interview questions, and how to make a positive impression at the interview.  This workshop is offered on March 4, April 3, and May 6, 2019 from 10:00 am-11:00 am.

The Resume Building Workshop will focus on understanding the purpose and features of a resume and learning how to avoid common writing mistakes and errors. This workshop is offered on March 14, April 11, and May 9, 2019 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

The Job Search Techniques Workshop will show the job seeker how to prepare and organize their job search, get a better understanding of job networking, and the benefits of networking and exploring online job sites.  This workshop is offered on March 18, April 15, and May 13, 2019 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

The Basic Computer Workshop will allow job seekers to brush up on their computer skills.  It will focus on a basic introduction to computers, email, Microsoft Windows, documents, and Internet browsers.  This workshop is offered on April 2, April 16, and April 30 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm,

The Basic Math Workshop will concentrate on how to solve basic math problems that that include fractions.  This workshop is geared to help the job seeker to be better prepared to handle the employer based math assessment tests that are a step in the employers’ employment process.  This workshop is offered on April 8, April 22, May 6, and May 20 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Turn to the Decatur Illinois workNet Center for assistance to connect to local partners, employers, explore job opportunities, and access to training programs for career pathways to employment.

For further information contact:
Jennie Wernecke, One Stop Coordinator
Workforce Investment Solutions
217-875-8707

Illinois workNet Center Hosts Hiring Events

The Illinois workNet Center, partnering with Workforce Investment Solutions, is hosting a Hiring Event for Ring Container on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Potential applicants can come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois, and interview directly with Ring Container hiring staff.  Ring Container is looking to fill Warehouse and Machine Operator positions.  Anyone interested should bring a copy of their resume and be dressed appropriately for an interview.

Another hiring event between the Illinois workNet Center and Workforce Investment Solutions is with the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to fill many positions for their upcoming 2020 census and anyone interested should come to Workforce Investment Solutions, located at 757 W. Pershing Road, Decatur, Illinois to speak with the U.S.Census Bureau Representative.  All potential applicants should come with a resume and dress appropriately for an interview.

Turn to the Decatur Illinois workNet Center for assistance to connect to local partners, employers, explore job opportunities, and access to training programs for career pathways to employment.

For further information contact:
Jennie Wernecke, One Stop Coordinator
Workforce Investment Solutions
217-875-8707

SBA Physical Damage Application for Illinois Residents Affected by December Storms

Release Date: Jan. 14, 2019
Release Number: 19-252, IL 15847/15848       
Contact: Michael Lampton  (404) 331-0333   Michael.Lampton@sba.gov

SBA Physical Damage Application Deadline is Feb. 19 for Illinois Residents Affected by the December Severe Storms and Tornadoes

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) encourages businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to apply for a disaster loan before the Feb. 19 deadline.  Anyone in the declared counties in Illinois with damages caused by the severe storms and tornadoes on Dec. 1, 2018 should apply for the SBA disaster loan assistance.

The declaration covers Christian, Macon, Montgomery, Sangamon and Shelby in Illinois.

Businesses and nonprofits can apply up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  Loans for working capital, known as Economic Injury Disaster Loans, are available even if the business did not suffer any physical damage. Homeowners can apply up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate.  Homeowners and renters can apply up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged personal property including automobiles.

Interest rates are as low as 3.74 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations, and 2.00 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s circumstances.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at Disasterloan.sba.gov.

Additional details on the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov.  Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Feb. 19, 2019. The deadline for economic injury applications is Sept. 23, 2019.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

SBDC Workshop: International E-commerce

Join the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on January 23rd for a FREE workshop on International E-commerce.

Date: Wednesday, January 23
Time: 9 – 11 AM
Location: EDC of Decatur – Macon County Office
(101 South Main Street, Suite 600 in Decatur)

This workshop is geared towards companies who export, and will cover the following topics:

  • e-commerce challenges and opportunities to exporters
  • selling your products on your website and/or on online international marketplaces like Amazon and Alibaba
  • marketing strategies to improve your online sales
  • logistics, customs compliance, and looking up duties and taxes in foreign countries
  • e-commerce payment methods and best practices

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.

Decatur Celebrates Manufacturing Day Local High School Students Participate in Decatur's Third Annual Manufacturing Day Event

Approximately 225 students from Decatur’s MacArthur and Eisenhower High Schools and Heartland Tech Academy participated in Decatur’s Third Annual Manufacturing Days held on October 18th and 19th at Richland Community College in Decatur, IL.

The two-day event encouraged students to get a closer look at available manufacturing career paths through facility tours and talking 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 (see list below), Richland Community College, DPS61, and the Heartland Tech Academy.

ADM
Air Caster LLC
Barton Manufacturing
Caterpillar
Decatur Industrial Electric
DPS 61
Heartland Tech Academy
Huston Patterson
Mason Manufacturing
Mervis Industries
Midstate Electrical Training Center
MRI
Mueller Company
Richland Community College
Ring Container Technologies
SMART Local 218
Stripmasters Services, Inc.
T/CCI Manufacturing
UA Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Local 137
Union Iron
Voestalpine Nortrak
Workforce Investment Solutions

Thanks to our local media for covering the event:
Byers & Co.
Herald & Review
NowDecatur
WAND TV