• Elgin Area Small Business Academy
  • Elgin Area Small Business Academy

  • Sharing Experience For YOUR Business Success!

    If you are thinking of starting your own business or if you have been in business for less than five years, then you are in the right place! 

    The Elgin Area Small Business Academy will provide you with small business ownership fundamentals and assist you in expanding your network of contacts to help grow your business. 

    Through interactive workshops, networking and sharing environment the EASBA seeks to create a supportive community of motivated entrepreneurs and small business owners and business managers who are interested in starting and/or taking their businesses to the next level.

    Gain powerful insights from seasoned small business professionals on:

    • Reasons for Starting a Business

    • Marketing & Advertising

    • Sales Strategies

    • Operations

    • Management

    Join us at one or all of the FREE to ALL Businesses small business workshops:

    Thursday, February 24, 2022   Transform Your Dream into a Real Start Up   Presented by Score Fox Valley – Jim Screeden

    Do you have what it takes to start and run a successful business? If so, do you know what the start-up journey is like? Or what initial steps you need to take? This webinar will help you assess your prospects, give you the initial direction you need and inspire you to move forward to realize your dream. The webinar will also cover young businesses, pricing, promotion, competition, and marketing to give you a competitive edge.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.  Building Your Workforce   Presented by Manpower – Tom Mihelic

    Are you looking to hire you first employee or add additional employees to your business? If so, we will help you navigate the in and outs of employee recruitment, employee retention and employee growth. This webinar will talk about the current employment outlook, trends in the workforce and what you can expect.

    Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.  Financial Planning for Your Business  Presented by Rauschenberger Financial Advisors – Keith Rauschenberger

    Do you have a financial plan for your business? This webinar will help you to create a financial plan for yourself and your business. The webinar will cover cash flow, balance sheets, budgeting, growing your business, financial resources, and liquidity planning. Whether you’re a start-up or maturing business, it’s never a bad idea to review what you’ve been doing.

    Monday, May 23, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.  Tax Planning for Your Business  Presented by Livingston Taxes – Dekovia Livingston

    Do you know how to prepare for taxes? This webinar will help you prepare a plan, help you avoid the pitfalls that may affect your business, and answer your specific questions as they pertain to your business.

    Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.  Zoning Guidance  Presented by the City of Elgin Community Development Department – Marc Mylott

    Before you sign that real estate contract to lease or purchase a property for your business, it’s important to know zoning and what is allowed. This webinar will help you navigate zoning regulations, understand the reasoning behind zoning regardless of what city you plan to grow your business, and come away with a comfort level you have never had before in deciding where to locate your business. This webinar will also cover parking, signage, permits, zoning districts, and much more.



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  • Thank You to Our Small Business Academy Sponsor


    We offer Free Business Consultations so Come By and See Us!

    Do you have questions about…

    • Starting a business or thinking about starting one?
    • Developing your business plan?
    • Marketing and sales planning?
    • Accounting or tax advice?
    • Securing financing?
    • Managing your growth?

    Meet with an experienced business consultant who can help you with your business. Local and confidential!
    Schedule an appointment by calling the Chamber at 847-741-5660, stopping by at 31 S Grove or contact us.