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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.

May 7, 1PM - 3PM 

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

Business Resource Meet Up

Discover the Community Navigator Program—your gateway to essential resources for business success in Illinois. Tailored services, invaluable connections, and expert guidance—all at no cost to you. Join us at our Resource meetups to learn more here.

Small Business Spotlight

Celebrate the launch of new businesses in our community at our Small Business Spotlight event happening Thursday, May 2, at the Dunn-Richmond Business Center. To learn more, click here.


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