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Business learning workshops aim to provide attendees with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to be more effective in their jobs and achieve their professional goals. Facilitated by experienced business professionals or trainers, they cover a wide range of topics, including leadership, project management, communication, marketing, finance, and sales. Some are held in person or online. See below for a list of upcoming workshops; click the links to register:

SBDC Starting Your Business in Illinois

Interested in starting your own business but have questions? Join us for Starting Your Business in Illinois workshop where an advisor will discuss the basics of getting started and answer any questions you may have. This workshop is no-cost and will be held in-person at the Dunn-Richmond Building on the SIU Campus. 1740 Innovation Drive, Carbondale, IL 62903. For questions call 618-536-2424.

June 6, 9AM - 11AM 

July 12, 1PM - 3PM 

August 5, 9AM - 11AM 



SBDC and Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at SIU have a variety of free on-demand business-focused workshops. These workshops are available 24x7 and will save your progress, so you can watch them at your convenience.

Starting Your Business in Illinois

Understanding the GATA Pre-award Process

Digital Marketing 101



E-commerce 101 - By SCORE.ORG


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Discover an enriching no-cost workshop hosted by ZingTrain, renowned for its expertise in business management and customer service training. Attendees will acquire practical skills tailored to address regional challenges, fostering immediate applicability to their businesses. The interactive format encourages active participation through engaging activities and discussions. Investing in professional growth has never been easier, with valuable insights and strategies at your fingertips. Register now to secure a spot and enhance your business skills!

This workshop, we’ll delve into essential topics such as Appreciation Exercises, Extra Mile Brainstorming, Handling Complaints through Role-Play, Mastering the Stages of Learning a Skill, Harnessing the Power of Language, and Elevating Service over the Phone. Join us as we explore ‘The Art of Giving Great Service’ together!

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Adapt Zingerman’s renowned customer service approach to their own business or organization.

Utilize innovative tools and techniques, including role-plays, to strengthen internal customer service initiatives.

Access a supportive network of peers to overcome challenges and obstacles effectively.

June 17th, 2024 - One workshop, two locations. No-cost to attend, but must register due to limited seating.

Marion - Kokopelli
Registration 8:00 a.m.
Workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Murphysboro - 17th Street
Registration 3:30 p.m.
Workshop 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Register at:

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Apex Accelerator at SIU

Federal, state and local governments spend more than $800 billion annually and many of these opportunities are available for small businesses.  Regulations and red tape stop many businesses from applying, but the Illinois APEX Accelerator at SIU helps businesses identify opportunities and become more competitive in selling their goods and services to the government. For more information visit APEX Accelerator | Southern Illinois University (

Up coming APEX workshops - TBA