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:
Writing a Business Plan, 9:00 to 11:30 am on October 11, 2014. Register
Starting a Small Business, 3:00 to 5:30 pm on October 16, 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
Also take a minute to check out this informational video!
ECI SCORE groups and discussions are now available via Facebook. Please join us (and "like" us!) to get the latest thoughts, ideas, updates and reminders that can help you start up or grow your small business.
Just click on the link located at the top right corner of this page, or use this one:
Have you enjoyed looking at the articles we post on our front page? Once they have been on our front page for a few weeks we archive them, but they are still available in our Resources section.
They can be searched using a free text site search, or they can be accessed by topic. Take a look and find that long lost article you read that you might want to share with a friend!
The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce was recognized recently by the National Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for the work of the local chamber team; board leadership and numerous chamber members for lending a hand up to area businesses in need when disaster struck Gifford, IL. They took home the “Grand Award” and “Best in Show” for those efforts.
The chamber was also recognized for strong programming and received an “Award of Excellence” for their annual meeting last year. Be sure to save the date for the 2014 annual meeting on October 31!
Congratulations to our local Chamber of Commerce!
Do you feel lucky? Here's a clear-cut approach for improving your luck today. It might even help your business! Check out this article by Kevin Daum that was published in Inc.
Entrepreneurs need to learn on the fly, or they will be left behind. While many of the best lessons come from actual experience, business founders can also learn a great deal from listening to experienced entrepreneurs, talking to mentors and simply picking up a book. Here is an article from Entrepreneur magazine with a few good reads that might be helpful.