Campus Notebook

Kish College partnership supports local business

Kishwaukee College and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College created a formal partnership to service small businesses within the Kishwaukee College district.

Services to support small business development in and around the city of Rochelle currently are available and more are planned for the future. Various local organizations have invested in the partnership.

“Kishwaukee College is committed to supporting local businesses,” Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish College, said in a news release. “Thank you to the Illinois SBDC at Waubonsee for partnering with us to make it possible for businesses in our district to continue to develop and grow.”

The city of Rochelle approached Kish to explore ways to support businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs in and around the surrounding area. Kish, in collaboration with the SBDC at Waubonsee, formed a new partnership to help fulfill the city of Rochelle’s needs.

Initially, the partnership was designed to help people learn how to write business plans, understand financing options and learn other business development strategies.

More recently, the partnership has been facilitating webinars to help the Rochelle business community navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local organizations have already invested funds in support of the new Kish and SBDC partnership. Central Bank Illinois in Rochelle, city of Rochelle and the Greater Rochelle Economic Development Corp. have contributed. The Rochelle Chamber of Commerce also has been supportive. In total, the partnership has raised over $11,000.

For information about the Kish and SBDC at Waubonsee partnership, contact LaCretia Konan, Kish’s director of business & training partnerships, at Lkonan1@kish.edu.

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