What people are saying

 Johann Hayag. Aktibo Athletics

"Mike provided us a solid foundation by giving us action items to accomplish which helped us build our business plan and create valuable connections. He has a lot of general advice from his own experience working as an entrepreneur, which helped us create our own vision of what we wanted to become.  Having an experience resource that we could ask questions at any time gave us the opportunity to get where we are today," said Johann, one of the partners.  In addition to the advising piece, Mike assisted them with the Growth Wheel, financial projections, and marketing strategies. 

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!! 

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!

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