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What’s in the New Infrastructure Bill for you?

By Terrie Simmons / 21 November 2022

BECOME A SPONSOR/PARTNER/VENDOR REGISTER AS AN ATTENDEE ONLY Register today to attend as a vendor, partner, sponsor, or attendee of this very special business showcase. Learn how you can access the…

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Business Credit Essentials Workshop

By Terrie Simmons / 31 October 2022

This Business Credit Essentials workshop replay is for new or existing business owners to better understand how financial institutions look at you and your business when applying for any commercial…

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The $10,000 Source Grow Grant

By Terrie Simmons / 20 October 2022

Cook County is offering $10,000 source grow grants for small businesses, prioritizing those owned by historically excluded populations and in sectors hard hit by the pandemic. Applications close on October…

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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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