ECI SCORE provides workshops on a regular basis to serve the needs of the small business community. Our core offerings cover the basics of getting a small business started successfully: Starting a Small Business, Writing a Business Plan and Financing a Small Business.
You can browse the entire schedule, or try these links to check out our upcoming workshops and to register online:
Non-Profit Organization Workshop, 3:00 to 5:30 pm on August 14, 2014. Register
Writing a Business Plan, 3:00 to 5:30 pm on August 21, 2014. Register
Starting a Small Business, 3:00 to 5:30 pm on September 11, 2014. Register
Financing a Small Business, 9:00 to 11:30 am on November 8, 2014. Register
All workshops are held at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, located at the corner of Kirby and State streets in Champaign, IL (directions).
ECI Score needs business counselors! If you have a passion for helping small businesses get started and succeed, please join us and volunteer to share your knowledge and experience. Give us a call at (217) 359-1791 or email us
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