Groner of Nashville received the Illinois State Star award at the America’s
Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) national conference in
September. The award recognizes
individuals that have performed well in producing results and providing
effective assistance to their respective state organizations. One advisor in each state receives this award
annually, and Groner was selected from over 100 trained advisors in Illinois.
is the director of Kaskaskia College’s Illinois Small Business Development
Center (ISBDC), which serves approximately 300 clients annually in the counties
of Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington. The ISBDC works closely with lenders, elected
officials, chambers of commerce and the KC administration to enhance the
success of existing small businesses and start-ups in the region. In addition, the ISBDC conducts a number of
workshops throughout the KC district, and administers business incubator
offices located in the Kaskaskia College Education centers in the district.
Groner has served as the ISBDC director for over four years. He is a Certified Business Advisor within the
Illinois Network, and is required to complete 50 hours of professional
development each year, half of which takes place at the national level while
the other half takes place within Illinois.
This continuous training keeps him abreast of economic and legislative
changes and trends that affect small business development. He also serves as treasurer for the Illinois
professional development organization and sits on a statewide strategic
background includes a Masters in Business Administration degree from
Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
He spent much of his career in marketing and management for
manufacturing companies before coming to the Illinois Small Business
Development Center to provide mentoring, coaching, and teaching services to the
area. He has lived in Nashville for over