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Start Strong. Grow Strong. Stay Strong.

We assist entrepreneurs in clarifying their faith-based vision, mission, purpose, and strategic initiatives that ensures the small business’ primary objectives are identified and achieved. We support the small business community by providing tools and methodologies that empower entrepreneurs to succeed.

As Illinois Small Business Development Center advisors for over ten years, Joanne Osmond and Claudia Pannell helped hundreds of small business owners find their path to success. Offering one-on-one consulting targeted to small businesses and entrepreneurs, they are dedicated to providing the best advice and resources. They are trusted business partners offering expert advice on business plans and development, loan readiness, financial, marketing, and operations. They have facilitated a variety of business workshops to sharpen the entrepreneur’s skills and have developed their own courseware and workbooks for in-person classes before turning their focus to online training and counseling.

Joanne Osmond and Claudia Pannell Pannell holds an undergraduate degree in business and a MBA from the University of Dallas. Osmond received an undergraduate degree in education from Purdue University.

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Joanne Osmond – SmallBusinessSpokenHere@gmail.com

Claudia Pannell – SmallBusinessSpokenHere@gmail.com

Our Services include: Developing Online Training – Hosting Online Training – Consulting with other SBDC Centers – Counseling / Mentorship – Promoting Small Business – Leadership and Development of Entrepreneurs – Supporting SBDC Advisors – Writing Books / Articles / Blog

Small Business Development Centers / Women Business Centers / Chambers of Commerce and other Not-for-Profit business organizations and programs.

Find your path to success with small business expertise. Offering one-on-one consulting targeted to small businesses and entrepreneurs, we are dedicated to providing you the best advice and resources. We are your trusted business partner offering expert advice on business plans and development, loan readiness, financial, marketing, and operations through a variety of business workshops to sharpen your skills.

Consulting Services – Appointments are available at locations across the state. A bilingual counselor may be available. Please contact your SBDC to set up an appointment today.

Workshop Series – Take charge of your future – Our workshop series; “Know to Grow” is designed to give you, the small business owner or the “small business owner to be” all the tools and techniques to make your venture a success. Whatever the question, we have an answer from accounting and finance to sales and marketing, from eCommerce and web sites to doing business globally, we can help you grow.

Funding Information -Contact your SBDC for more information about Loan Programs.

Questions, Free Counseling, Courses-If you have questions and want to discuss a topic, you can schedule an appointment with an advisor located at a center close to you.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at SmallBusinessSpokenHere@gmail.com