These events will help get your startup started, your business run better and connect you with other local entrepreneurs.

WordPress 101
August 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
The Nest
Peoria
Every third Monday of the month we will meet for some WordPress 101. Forget code, we will be focusing on getting started with WordPress with the basics.

Our meetings will be approximately two hours long, with the first hour being focused on that night’s topic and the second hour being an open “Happy Hour” (BYOB) to ask your WordPress questions, announce WordPress news, occasionally discuss recent topics in the WordPress world.

WordPress powers approximately 1/4 of the entire internet, it’s an impressively powerful and still very easy to use tool. Sometimes you just need a little help picking up the basics.
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Starting Your Business In Champaign County
August 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
Champaign
Session Description
This informative 2-hour workshop helps entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements of starting a small business in Illinois. You’ll be taken step-by-step through a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Speaker
Don Elmore, SBDC Director

In this seminar, you’ll learn:
•    Introduction to the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
•    Feasibility
•    How to create or improve your business plan – an important part of starting a small business
•    Startup costs, ongoing expenses, and forecasting
•    Business structure
•    Financing and grant options

Registration
Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot – limited space available. Materials will be provided. RSVP to carly@champaigncountyedc.org or 217-359-6261.

Workshop Location
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820

Sponsored By
Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC
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WordPress Chat
August 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
The Nest
Peoria
Our WordPress Chat meetups are on the third Tuesday of every month. Here we just meet to chat WordPress, what’s new with WordPress lately, and just chat about whatever comes up. Very informal but with a tendency to lean towards more advanced topics.
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1 Million Cups Peoria
August 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am
Heinold Banwart
East Peoria
Every week, entrepreneurs present their startup companies to their communities and learn how their community can help support their business to flourish.
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1 Million Cups McLean County
August 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am
Slingshot CoWork
Normal
Every week, entrepreneurs present their startup companies to their communities and learn how their community can help support their business to flourish.
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Writing Your Business Plan
August 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am
Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
Peoria
If you plan to seek financing from a bank or investors, a Business Plan is essential. But even if you don’t need outside money, a well-written business plan defines your goals, objectives, and process and becomes your guide to a successful outcome, This all-day workshop led by Lee Maki will get you started with a first draft of your plan.

This workshop is FREE, but registration is required. To register, call SCORE @ 309-676-0755 or click here to register online.
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Build Night
August 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
River City Labs
Peoria
This is our weekly get-together at River City Labs. Come work on projects and socialize with other makers at our warehouse district makerspace.

Members have 24/7 access to the space.  Non-members are free to stop by!  You have 4 passes to come on non-public build nights per year.  Public build nights are Third Thursdays of every month. For those interested, memberships start at $20/month here.

If you would like to use the dangerous equipment (cnc’s, mills, and the like) you must be safety certified first!  If not, contact ‘facilities at rivercitylabs.org’!
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Springfield MakerSpace Open Hours
August 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
Springfield Makerspace
Springfield
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