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What people are saying


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! 


Cherry Valley Garden Center

John and I purchased the Cherry Valley Garden Center on Valentine's day of 2020. We have lived in the village of Cherry Valley for the past 6 years always looking for properties in the area to invest in. Our real estate agent has been by our side for years and showed us many properties. When I saw this for sale John was the one who said we should take a leap, and reluctantly, I agreed. He is very knowledgeable with technology and repair which made the decision easier. It needed a lot of upgrades and maintenance. Plus he had more faith in me than I had in myself, pushing me way outside of my comfort zone. Our banker mentioned the SBDC and we met with them to help us write a business plan and dig through the P&L’s. By doing our due diligence with the SBDC It was definite plus knowing that we could be profitable and run a self-sustaining business.

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Kathy Crandall. Crandall Stats & Sensors Inc.

CS&S is so very fortunate to be working with an outstanding local organization, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Edward Caceres, a consultant at SBDC, has graciously worked with us to improve our social media and You Tube presence. This will help to get the word out that Crandall Stats and Sensors can help area businesses with wire sets, tool design and production, thru-hole circuit boards, and other high mix/low volume manufacturing. We also are the manufacturers of some legacy Barber Colman HVAC products.
The Rockford Area is so very blessed to have Edward Caceres and the SBDC! Thank you, Edward!

Spotlight On Success

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Cherry Valley Garden. John & Amy Randolph

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East State Antique Mall. Dennis Luinstra

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Crandall Stats & Sensors. Schscha Lofquist

Evendor & Evolution. Jalen Ponder

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