IESBGA Annual Conference

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May 17-19, 2017

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Champaign, IL

The Illinois Entrepreneurship & Small Business Growth Association will host its annual conference at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Champaign, IL.  You must register to attend.

This year’s theme: Catalyst for Breakthroughs

The conference will kick off with a luncheon in the Savoy Room. Breakout sessions will be held in the hotel Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday. There will be a reception at the hotel on Wednesday evening from 5:15-7 p.m. Please make plans to join us for networking, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks.

Plans are being made for other networking opportunities.  Stay tuned!!

Certification hours will be available for each session. A listing of all participants registered prior to May 12 will be available in the back of each general session and workshop. To receive credit for attending the session, please initial next to your name. If your registration was received after May 12, please print your name on a blank line provided at the end of each sheet.

IESBGA Conference Program

The Roger Luman Program Excellence Awards
The Roger Luman Program Excellence Awards will be awarded on May 5. The awards were created to recognize outstanding, innovative and best practices in the programs and services offered by member centers. These awards recognize specific programs developed by centers to meet a particular identified need and not the overall program or services offered by a center. It is intended that this awards program will facilitate the sharing of information regarding these programs with other IESBGA members resulting in their replication, and will be used to promote the excellence of Illinois small business assistance programs to small businesses and to similar small business assistance programs administered in other states.
All IESBGA members are encouraged to nominate one of their outstanding programs by describing the program, including its longevity, its strengths and its impact on small businesses and/or the impact on the community, region or state. The program must be ongoing and have a history of demonstrated success. It should be replicable by other centers and have involved other entities in the development and/or delivery of the program. Applications are due May 5 to Denise Franta

The award is named in honor of Roger Luman who was the Managing Director of the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship in the Foster College of Business Administration at Bradley University. As a founding member of IESBGA, he coordinated the Program Excellence Awards for many years. Prior to joining Bradley University, he was a faculty member, business owner, consultant, and volunteer. The award looks to recognize those organizations that embody Mr. Luman’s dedication to supporting small businesses in their communities.

Registration is required.

MEMBER Registration Fees By May 12

  • Full Conference Registration: $0.00  
  • Wednesday Only Registration: $0.00
  • Thursday Only Registration: $0.00   
  • Friday Only Registration: $0.00         

NON-MEMBER Registration Fees By May 12

  • Full Conference Registration: $250
  • Wednesday Only Registration: $155
  • Thursday Only Registration: $170
  • Friday Only Registration: $110

After May 12, non-members should add $10.

Certified Business Development Advisor

IESBGA Certification Form or IESBGA Re-certification Form

If you are a current IESBGA member and are seeking Certification or Re-certification for the Certified Business Development Advisor, you need to submit a completed application and supporting documentation to Jackie Welch by May 5. You can email them or send by mail:

Jackie Welch
Conference and Scheduling Services
Student Center – Mailcode 6705
Southern Illinois University
1255 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
101 Trade Center Drive, Champaign, IL  61820

Registration Options:

Please call Coordinator Jackie Welch at 618/453-5672 or send an email.