The first meeting of the Salem Entrepreneur Club was held last Tuesday at the Kaskaskia College Salem Education Center. The club was started through a partnership between the city of Salem, Kaskaskia College, the Illinois Small Business Development Center and the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance with funding from a grant from the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurs and the Coleman Foundation. The purpose of the club is to provide education and networking opportunities to small businesses in the Salem area and grow local jobs by helping small businesses be successful.
Job growth across the country is primarily through the employment of small businesses. This partnership understands the value of working together to help promote local businesses to support that growth. The benefits of participating in this club include education for small businesses, networking opportunities, a place to foster and develop ideas, to get business advice from peers, to meet new friends and support our local community.
Mayor John Raymer welcomed everyone to the meeting and briefly talked about some future directions the city is pursuing. Art Borum, the director of the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of the club. Debbie Jones, a training specialist for Kaskaskia College, presented the educational component talking about internal and external customer service. Steve Groner, the director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center explained the services his Center provides at no charge to small businesses. At the end of the meeting, everyone spent time talking, networking and sharing ideas of how the organization to grow.
For more information, call Art Borum at the Kaskaskia College Illinois Small Business Development Center at 545-3401.