What people are saying

Angel Urrea. Translation Go

Some time ago I had a dream. I wanted to be an entrepreneur and have my own business, but I was wondering where I could get some professional help. By Mid November 2017 I participated in a seminar held in the Rockford Public Library lectured by the Illinois Small Business Development Center. Today, barely 3 months after that session and with the amazing help of SBDC’s consultant Edward, I have a website in operation and the best encouragement and coaching to continue building up and marketing my business. Thank you so much Edward, Bo and SBDC for helping me to go through these stepping stones and for planting the seed that fuels my enthusiasm every time we meet and work together.

Ronit Golan. Ronit's Kitchen

I started my Ronit’s Kitchen business 5 years ago at City Market, but it was only seasonal and only on Fridays at the Market.  This year I decided I wanted to do something throughout the year.  After checking into the indoor market, in hopes that next year I can be there, I was given Bo Boger’s name and phone number.  I reached out to him and he set up a meeting with him and Edward Caceres.  They gave me the basics at the meeting on how to get my business started.  I subsequently met with Edward, who helped me write my business plan.  He also developed a website for my business.  Edward has given me ongoing guidance and support.  This is a fantastic resource, that is underutilized With his expertise and experience, I am sure that I will succeed.   I am very grateful for the help that Edward gave me and hope to continue to grow my business. 

Eduardo Cobos. ESCO Properties LLC

Around December 2017, I got assistance from Edward at the SBDC to create a business plan. We registered our business and received coaching to secure financing.

Shortly after completing our business plan, Edward referred us to a local lender and my business partner, and I have successfully closed on our business loan with Rockford Bank and Trust.  Jorge Herrera our Commercial Lender is a very pleasant and professional person to work with. Thank you SBDC for all the help you provide to Small Businesses in the Area.

Keayonia Starks. Kellie Cheree Candles

I am the Owner and maker of Kellie Cheree Candles. I have been in busy for 2 almost 3 years. I absolutely love what I do. Last April I had the privilege to do my first presentation at 1 million cups Rockford. One of the best experiences of my life. Soon after I met with Edward and he has helped me tremendously with my business. Since working with Edward I am more confident than ever and business is becoming everything that I’ve imagined. He’s always there when I need him for help or any questions I may have. I am so blessed that he is apart of my journey! Thank you Edward. 

SBDC rocks! 

Vanessa Burton. Essence of Solace

I absolutely LOVE the services that SBDC has to offer! They helped me develop my business plan, build a website, and now they are assisting me with marketing my business. I am so happy that I found them!! They guide you on how to develop yourself into a business person, and that combined with your talent equals continued success and true entrepreneurship!!! Thank you so much SBDC!! 

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