Open for Business: Development center offers resources for aspiring entrepreneurs

Open for Business: Development center offers resources for aspiring entrepreneurs

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – There’s usually an individual mastering one thing at the Minority Business Development Center in Peoria. Felisa Durr is just one of the men and women making confident that transpires. 

“We come here daily with a goal of just seeking to improve our neighborhood,” stated Durr, the center’s IT Application Manager.

Spearheaded by CEO Denise Moore, the non-gain provides dozens of grant-funded workshops, bootcamps and trainings for individuals on the lookout to get more sources in contractor enhancement, IT programming, workforce alternatives, and most notably entrepreneurship. 

Durr stated, “Anybody that have any idea—just a modest idea about a business—they can arrive listed here. We can begin from the napkin sketch of the concept, all the way to finding their businesses open.”

The MBDC touts successes of area, little firms like It’s A Vibe Selfie Studio in Peoria and Triple Dipple’s in Chillicothe, in which the entrepreneurs bought their starts with the support of the MBDC.

Durr mentioned, “The fact that somebody has gotten their company started and they created that first dollar and we can say we experienced a element in producing that thriving for them, that is in which we come across the pleasure from.”

But you really don’t have to have a huge organization plan to make use of the services right here. Eileen Cornish is mastering the smaller methods of how to use a computer system. 

“My grandkids are regularly telling me—no. I’m contacting them and they’re allowing me know, they don’t want to speak on the cell phone. They want me to text them and encounter phone them, and do all these matters,” Cornish stated. “So, I knew it was time that I stepped up and did some thing.”

Cornish and her classmates just lately completed the center’s 5-7 days Digital Capabilities All set Program, funded by AARP. It teaches those people 50 and up standard computer functions, like turning a computer on, developing an email and utilizing the world-wide-web.

“I did not know a large amount of this,” Cornish reported. “And these are things that on the occupation that I experienced, we just did not have this working experience. And now that we recognize it as we’re getting more mature, this is what we’re likely to have to offer with, regardless of whether we want to or not.”

As a grandmother of 18, Cornish is now equipped to join with her household in strategies she never ever would’ve imagined. 

“I’m capable to get on there and we’re ready to converse and search at a person a further and I’m ready to textual content them at evening. And they are ready to just do the things—show me factors that I didn’t know how to do until eventually I arrived below,” she reported.

The Minority Small business Development Center’s get to is also developing. In November, the non-profit expanded to the Twin Towns featuring more means for up and coming entrepreneurs at a new location in Bloomington’s Eastland Mall. 

“We can assist make improvements to Peoria, make it the area wherever it plays in Peoria,” Durr reported. “And actually, the individuals who come right here strolling out of our doorways, way much more comfortable, way a lot more proficient and way additional self-assured that they can go and accomplish whatever they aspiration.”

The Minority Business Improvement Center in Peoria is located at 2139 SW Adams St.