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September 18, 2020

 

 
 
 
 

The Champaign Public Library is offering a program, Creative Ways to Finance a Business, online October 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. The purpose is to help businesses which are responding and retooling due to current economic conditions. Financing a business is not always easy, and due to the restrictions on businesses during the pandemic, many business owners have seen their sales and profits decline. Sometimes this means that traditional bank lenders are unwilling to extend credit while small businesses are seeing their cash flows shrink. In addition, many start-ups lack the capital and credit criteria to initially borrow from traditional sources. In this workshop, participants will learn about the pros and cons of alternative business financing options. Register here for the zoom session.

 

 
 
 
 

Funding is available for organizations to administer AmeriCorps programs in Illinois. The grant places AmeriCorps Members in communities to improve education and health care, protect public safety, safeguard the environment, provide disaster relief, and promote civic engagement through service. Last year, Serve Illinois AmeriCorps programs invested over $104 million into Illinois communities and served over 400,000 people. AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment and training. Full-time members are eligible to receive a modest living allowance and health insurance. Members who successfully complete their service receive an award to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans. If the member is 55 or over, they may transfer the education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child. Applications are due by November 29, 2020. Funded programs will begin work in July or August of 2021. Details at www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

 
 
 
 

Illinois needs to plant milkweed, and a lot of it, over the next 18 years to ensure the state’s official insects, monarch butterflies, survive. Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, says the task of planting 150 million new milkweed stems by 2038, championed by the Illinois Monarch Project, needs public buy in. “Major statewide strategies, such as updated roadside mowing guidelines, creating habitat in natural areas, and allowing it to grow in farmland not in production, may not be enough,” Allsup says. “Monarchs may need homeowners to plant a larger patches of milkweed.” Anyone can grow milkweed in their yard or garden, Allsup says. “Do you have an alley that does a good job at growing weeds? Perhaps you are ready to move on from a ditch full of daylilies, or you have an empty garden bed. One 10-square-foot garden can hold 150 stems of milkweed. With permission from landowners, you can pick milkweed seed pods this fall rather than buying seeds or purchasing plants. Once harvested, you can either plant them in the fall or wait until spring.” Milkweed plantings can be submitted at monarchwatch.org/waystations/#register. Illinois gardeners can also register their habitat as a Pollinator Pocket or Monarch Waystation at extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/pollinator-pockets

 

 
 
 
 

On Tuesday, September 29 at 11 AM CT, Illinois Extension will co-host a webinar with the Richland County Development Corporation (RCDC), entitled Illinois CARES Act Update - International Trade Centers (ITC's) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC's), presented by Silvia Torres Bowman, Director of the International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The ITC serves businesses in southern Illinois by providing individualized, no-cost export consultation, identification of foreign buyers, agents and/or distributors through trade leads, international market analysis, and more. This presentation will cover the fundamentals and benefits of exporting as well as local, state and federal programs to help southern Illinois businesses get started with successful exporting or improve their current export efforts. Hear experiences about the challenges and potential rewards of selling abroad. For more information and registration, visit https://go.illinois.edu/LGE.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 21 - 25 - Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop

September 23 - North Central Illinois Council of Government's Community Prosperity Virtual Summit

September 26 - 2020 Farm Aid Festival

September 29 (Webinar)- Illinois CARES Act Update - International Trade Centers (ITC's) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC's)

September 30 - Deadline to Complete the Census

October 12 - Creative Ways to Finance a Business

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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