Nashville Education Center Campaign Meeting Held

The Steering Committee for the Nashville Education Center Campaign held its regular monthly meeting at Kretzer’s Restaurant in Hoyleton on Wednesday, April 30.


The committee is tasked with the design and fundraising for the new Nashville Education Center to be constructed on Highway 127 north of Nashville.  The 12,000 square foot building will replace the existing Center which operates in 3,500 feet of leased space at 450 North Kaskaskia in Nashville.  The committee is co-chaired by Brian Heckert of Financial Solutions Midwest LLC and Sheila Burcham, CEO of the Community Trust Bank.


The cost of the new Center is $3,055,000, of which $1,770,000 comes from extended bonds, leaving $1,285,000 to be raised in private donations.  To date, $514,538 has been raised, leaving a balance of $770,462.  It was reported that $37,470 has been raised since the last monthly meeting in March.


The committee reported on their efforts over the last month and brainstormed ideas for continued fundraising, including ideas for more promotional events to take place over the next few months.


A part of each meeting is devoted to a report on design elements of the new space.  This month, Steve Groner, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for KC spoke of the three Business Incubator Offices to be included in the new space.


Groner outlined the procedure for beginning businesses to be considered for one of the offices, and the criteria for eligibility to occupy the space.  He also spoke of the many benefits the occupants receive beyond the office amenities of a phone, computer, internet service, etc.., including the assistance from the staff of the Education Center, access to conference rooms and classrooms for meetings and gatherings, and the ongoing assistance from the SBDC in securing loans and overcoming many of the hurdles that beginning small business face.


Information on the new Nashville Education center and the campaign is posted on the Center’s website,  Inquiries for further information and donations may be made to campaign coordinator Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or by email at


Information on the SBDC and the Business Incubator offices is available from Steve Groner at 618-545-3260 or by email at​

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