Small Business

You have a dream. Don't Let it Turn Into A Nightmare.

Like every great adventure, an entrepreneur will be called upon to confront the unknown and overcome adversity to succeed. The journey is exciting but the outcome is far from certain. Only half of new businesses with employees survive past 5 years. Often, they don't have the experience or access to expert advice that veteran entrepreneurs can rely on at decisive moments in their company's development.

We can help with that! The Elgin Area Chamber can help streamline your road to your success. We'll connect you with the people, resources, and information you need to help make your dream a reality in our new Elgin Area Small Business Academy (EASBA). Our talented EASBA volunteer entrepreneurs leading the Academy have significant knowledge in owning and growing their own businesses and will share their real-world experience to help you achieve your goal.

We've put together a roadmap as you think about opening a business or are in the first few years of operating your own business. We'll meet once a month for conversation, collaboration, and community, as we will convene entrepreneurs who are just where you are in your business. Once a month for two hours. It's an incredible return on your investment! 

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Small Business Academy - January  - May 2018
Practical Skills for Starting and Running Your Own Business 
Are you a budding entrepreneur with a great idea for a business but just don't know how or even where to get started? Or, are you an existing small business looking to take your business to the next level? Then you'll want to register for the Elgin Area Small Business Academy. Our seasoned entrepreneur professionals will share their real-world experience with you on a variety of small business ownership fundamentals. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge base and a network of entrepreneur experts! 

Visit our Small Business Academy page to learn more! Questions regarding the next session can be made to