SBDC Virtual Classroom

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How to start your business in Illinois

When: January 7, 2021. / 11 am CLOSED

Where: Online / Virtual Classroom

Presenter: Edward Caceres. SBDC


Join us to learn exactly what you need to do to officially launch your business in Illinois. Learn about state specific requirements, filings, and advantages available to you when you start a business in Illinois.

Social Media Trends for 2021

When: January 14, 2021. / 11 am CLOSED

Where: Online / Virtual Classroom

Presenter: Heather Kelley. SBDC


Understanding how businesses use Social Media to promote their goods and services is necessary in today’s marketplace. Learn the basics of Social Media marketing, how it can attract new clients, and why you cannot ignore it!.


Conflict Resolution in

the Workplace

When: January 21, 2021. / 11 am

Where: Online / Virtual Classroom

Presenter: Mike Mastroianni. SBDC


Conflict resolution in the workplace can be broken down into steps to simplify the process. By doing so, HR and managers can ensure more effective communication and a more effective conflict resolution process.

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Is your "business" a business or a hobby?

When: January 28, 2021. / 11 am

Where: Online / Virtual Classroom

Presenter: Vince Chiarelli. SBDC


Millions of people enjoy hobbies that are also a source of income. From catering to cupcake baking, crafting homemade jewelry to glass blowing -- no matter what a person’s passion, the Internal Revenue Service offers some tips on hobbies.


How to get a Business Loan

When: February 4, 2021. / 11 am

Where: Online / Virtual Classroom

Guest: Greg Lundquist. Blackhawk Bank


Participants will learn how third parties evaluate financial statements to make lending decisions. The goal is to provide a basic understanding of rudimentary underwriting parameters utilized by credit evaluators to determine loan eligibility.

Working as a Team in Virtual Environments

When: February 11, 2021. / 11 am

Where: Online / Virtual Classroom

Presenter: Edward Caceres

Guest Speaker: Katerina Gerdeman / FaceValue USA


In this class, you will learn to recognize your work partners Communication Type based on reading non-verbal facial cues. This knowledge will unlock insight to how to better relate and lead people at the work place – resulting in stronger relationships and better business outcomes. 


3D Printing Business Outlook for 2021

When: February 18, 2021. / 11 am

Where: Online / Virtual Classroom

Presenter: TBD. SBDC


Discover the potential that 3D printing can bring to your business! A collaborative event between the Rockford Small Business Development Center and the library aims to introduce all the elements you need to know to incorporate the fascinating technology of 3D printing into your business.