Succession Planning Workshop


What would happen to your business and employees if you passed away?
How do you sell or transition your business to the next generation?

Consider succession planning for the future of your small business. Join us and learn how to…

  • Get the greatest value when selling a business.
  • Transfer your business to a family member.
  • Begin writing a succession plan.

The hour-long lecture, which includes lunch, will be given by Steve Barnhart of IMEC:

Steve has more than 25 years of organizational development and operations leadership experience. He began his career at 3M, serving on the management team of several business units at the corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN where he was recognized for his innovation capabilities. Steve then spent seven years as General Manager of an Illinois food processor, leading the team to significant increases in profitability. For the eight years prior to joining IMEC, Steve worked as an independent consultant, delivering organizational development services to the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Steve has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Harding University and an M.B.A. from St. Thomas University. In addition, Steve is a certified Training Within Industry (TWI) Job Instructions and Job Relations Trainer and certified Change Management Professional.



Please contact Ryan Lilly, Entrepreneurship Center Manager, if you have any questions. 309-371-0473

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Innovation Workshop

“Developing Your Mindset for Breakthrough Innovation”
Shifting from Surviving to Thriving
A one-day workshop with Dr. Bruce Vojak Educator, Author and Innovation Practitioner


Innovation is seen as the key driver of business success and growth. At the workshop you will learn how to:

  • Develop your insight to see business opportunities;
  • Foster a culture of innovation in your organization;
  • Learn innovation thinking strategies;
  • Identify ‘good’ problems and develop solutions; and
  • Gain a knowledge of the tools used to innovate.

This workshop is for business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs who wish to develop an innovation mindset and improve their ability to develop new approaches to transform ideas and/or problems into opportunities.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Carl Sandburg College
CME—Building G
9:00 AM—4:00 PM
Cost: $125

For scholarship information contact Gary Camarano at 309-371-0474 or

Dr. Bruce Vojak

Bruce A. Vojak is an Associate Dean and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to joining the university in 1999 he was Director of Advanced Technology for Motorola’s non-semiconductor components business; earlier he held business development and research positions at Amoco Corporation and a research position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches and conducts research on the topics of innovation and strategic technology management.  With Abbie Griffin and Ray Price he is co-author of Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Midtronics, Inc. and periodically consults for Procter & Gamble.  Bruce holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


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Doing Business with Taiwan

95% of the World’s Population is OUTSIDE U.S. Borders…
Are YOU missing a customer?

6487878-three-dimensional-map-of-taiwan-in-taiwan-flag-colorsJoin the city of Galesburg and the EBI Network for an informational meeting for export-ready businesses. Learn about export and partnership opportunities with Taiwan, the world’s 18th largest economy. Taiwan is a valued U.S. ally and trading partner, an economic success story, and is a “gateway nation” to the Asian Pacific Rim.

The meeting will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Carl Sandburg College’s Business and Technology Center, Building G, Room 108, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Boulevard, Galesburg, IL 61401.

The schedule of events will be as follows:

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM –
Registration & Networking

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM –

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM –
Working Lunch & Networking

For more information, or for a reservation, contact Gary Camarano at or 309-371-0474.

View the flyer for this event (PDF) by clicking here.


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Advantage Illinois Presentation


Please join us Tuesday, April 23 from 2-3pm for a presentation from a representative of the Advantage Illinois program.

Binoculars_transparent_PNG_by_AbsurdWordPreferredAdvantage Illinois “will accelerate investments and ease the credit crunch for small businesses, thanks to more than $78 million from the federal State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.”

“Advantage Illinois consists of three programs to spur institutional lending to small businesses and one program to leverage private venture capital in start-ups and high-growth businesses.”

This event is being held at the Knox-Agri center, at the University of Illinois Extension Office at 80 South Soangetaha Road in Galesburg. Attendance is free, but we ask that you RSVP using this link:

More information on Advantage Illinois can be found here: 

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Incubator Story Draws Interest at Conference


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Galesburg, IL (March 12, 2013) – Galesburg’s success in attracting green and socially responsible companies to the Sustainable Business Center drew attention last week at the 24th Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference in Peoria. Attendees from around the state turned-out to learn about the innovative companies at the two year-old incubator and the progressive model developed to help them grow.

Eric Dilts and Ryan Lilly of the City of Galesburg’s economic development department delivered the presentation in two concurrent sessions. “We were impressed by how well our sessions were attended and humbled by the congratulatory feedback we received. Most encouraging, however, is that other economic developers want to replicate this model in some form elsewhere,” said Dilts.

Lilly agreed saying, “This was about more than sharing a success story. This was an opportunity to engage with other economic development professionals in meaningful dialogue about the future of startups — including those that are socially-responsible — in our rural communities.”

The conference, hosted by the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs (IIRA), aims in part to showcase novel approaches to community and economic development. “We certainly felt this was a stand-out project that conference attendees would be interested in learning about,” said Dr. Chis Merrett, IIRA Director. “At least one conference attendee remarked that it was the best session they attended that day.”

For more information on the Sustainable Business Center, contact Eric Dilts at (309) 371-0472 or

PDF Available Here

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Small Business Day 2013


Small Business Day Nomination and Luncheon Registration forms are now available!

Nomination FormPaper Form OR Online Form

Luncheon Registration FormPaper Form OR Online Form

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National Entrepreneurship Week Audio

Associated Articles

WGIL (Radio) –

WEEK 25 Peoria (TV) –

WQAD Quad Cities (TV) –

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Trade Shows 2013

Trade shows present a range of valuable opportunities for companies that participate, including meeting potential customers, finding new and better ways of doing business and building a more impressive reputation within an industry.

Trade Shows tradeshow1According to data from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), 88% of the attendees at a trade show usually haven’t been seen by a member of your company’s sales staff in the past year, and 70% plan to buy one or more products. On average, 76% of attendees ask for quotes and 26% end up signing purchase orders. Seventy-two percent of visitors say the show itself influences their buying decisions.

The positive impact of exhibiting at a trade show isn’t confined just to the event, as 87 percent of attendees will pass along some of the information they obtained at the show, and 64 percent will tell at least six other people about it. From a sales perspective, shows can also be highly cost-effective — it costs 22 percent less to contact a potential buyer at a show than through traditional field sales calls.

tradeshow2Below is a list of trade shows for consideration for 2013.

Trade Show Listing 2013

To see an extensive list of 2013 trade shows in a variety of industries, visit

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Incubator Tenants in the News

Salmon_CohoSitka Salmon Shares, a tenant at the Sustainable Business Center’s business incubator, was featured in a December article of Forbes magazine. To read the article click here.

solarpanelGary Lay, owner of Solar Wind Alternative Power (SWAP), has installed new solar panels outside the incubator. For full details, see the local article.

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BTC Academic Scholarships for Entrepreneurs


The Galesburg Business & Technology Center at Carl Sandburg College is again offering five $1,000 academic scholarships for students with a passion for entrepreneurship. For complete rules and details, see the flyer and application. Questions should be directed to Gena Alcorn at 309-341-5327 or

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