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Black Business Owner Tamara Turner to host Grand Opening of Silver Spoon Desserts in Chicago

By Terrie Simmons / 16 April 2022

Black Aurora business woman, Tamara Turner will be hosting a Grand Opening on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 for Silver Spoon Desserts. The Grand Opening will be at 10:00 am at…

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Trailblazing Women in Our Community

By Terrie Simmons / 26 March 2022

A discussion about celebrating trailblazing women from the community, their stories and experiences and hearing their advice to young women today. Our CEO, Terrie Simmons, was so honored and excited…

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American Airlines Silver Spoon Hero

By Terrie Simmons / 23 February 2022

Success Story: Tamara Turner founded Silver Spoon Desserts in her Aurora, Illinois, home. Through her passion, she helps create opportunities and change lives of people in her community. You can…

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Open a Brick and Mortar in IL

By Terrie Simmons / 31 December 2021

Ms. Jana came to us because she wanted to take her DELICIOUS candy making to the next level. Since then, Ms. Jana became a certified MWBE, successfully grew her business…

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Toy Drive

By Terrie Simmons / 10 December 2021

The Lewis Simmons Foundation partnered with other local organizations in the Aurora, IL and Batavia, IL to give toys to families 🤍! The partnerships we forged and the smiles we…

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2021 Woodforest Foundry Kickoff

By Terrie Simmons / 02 December 2021

Our 2021 Woodforest Foundry Kickoff was a huge success! Relive this great session and hear from seasoned entrepreneurs who shared their success stories and helped registrants to learn how to…

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Minority Business Development Agency Awards $13.9 Million in Grants

By Terrie Simmons / 29 September 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is awarding $13.9 million in federal funding to 35 grant recipients as part of its MBDA Business Center Program. The…

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Aurora-based Organization Granted the Minority Business Development Agency Grant to establish the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in Illinois

By Terrie Simmons / 06 August 2021

WHAT: Strategic Exceptions Professional Consulting Inc. was awarded the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Grant to establish the Illinois Minority Business Development Agency (IL MBDA) Business Center. The MBDA Business…

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Duckworth, Durbin, Foster Announce New Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in Illinois

By Terrie Simmons / 20 July 2021

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL-11), today announced $400,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s…

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4 Stores in 30 Days

By Terrie Simmons / 31 May 2021

Lisa Marsh of Ms. P’s Gluten Free: “This program really helped push me past my fear, helped me to focus and I did it!” Vision of Success: To get their…

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Increased Sales in 30 Days

By Terrie Simmons / 31 May 2021

Marce Del Toro, Director of Customer Service, Mao Concrete: “Terrie, thank you so much for all you do for us, and personally I would like to thank you for sharing…

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From 1 Client to 10 Clients in 6 Months

By Terrie Simmons / 31 May 2021

Strategic Exceptions and Terrie Simmons have really been critical to me realizing that I am capable of long-term success as well as helping me to get started on a journey…

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