The pandemic we’re existing inside has brought a lot of self-reflection for many of us. Are we on the right career path? Are we on the right life path? Are we looking for something more fulfilling?

While those are deep and thoughtful questions, sometimes you’re just tired of the virtual rat race. Sometimes, your boss is still a jerk on Zoom or phone calls. Maybe you want to simply become your own boss.

But, you didn’t know how to take that third step.

Third step? What about the first two? Well, since you’re thinking about it, you’ve taken one step. The second step is getting over the fear that comes with making a bold move like this – fear of failure, fear of loss, or fear of the unknown.

Did you know that there’s a great resource in the region? It’s the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College in partnership with Kishwaukee College and it’s nearly a one-stop shop for everything you need to know to start and grow a small business. And, many of its resources are available to you at no cost – unlike many of the “programs” or “courses” you see floating around social media these days.

In 2021, 94.9 WDKB has partnered with the Illinois Small Business Development Center to host a series of virtual events to give you a behind the scenes peek at life as a small business owner and operator. These panel discussions will be available for live viewing via the 94.9 WDKB Facebook page. We’ll keep all the episodes archived for you to enjoy at your leisure, below! Check back on a regular basis as we continue to provide new panels.

Ep. 7 – Using A Lawyer When Starting A Business

The panel discusses the importance of working with a Lawyer when starting a business with Shawn Lowe, Dr. Jock Somese, and Larry Stein, an assistant
Clinical Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University.

Ep. 6 – Lessons Learned

The panel discusses “Lessons Learned” in business with Shawn Lowe, Dr. Jock Somese, and Mike Carr.

Ep. 5 – Small Business Entrepreneurs

The panel discusses “Small Business Entrepreneurs” and some do’s and don’ts of starting a business with Shawn Lowe, Dr. Jock Somese, and Andy Parker, Northern Illinois Entrepreneur.

 

Ep. 4 – “Growing Your Business

The panel discusses “Growing Your Business” with Shawn Lowe, Dr. Jock Somese, and Bryan McDonald, owner of OnPurpose Growth.

Ep. 3 – “Cyber Security”

The panel discusses “Cyber Security” with Shawn Lowe, Dr. Jock Somese, and Joe Roberts from the FNIC Group.

Ep. 2 – “Retention, Engagement and Recruitment in a Resignation World”

The panel discusses “Retention, Engagement and Recruitment in a Resignation World” with Shawn Lowe, Dr. Jock Somese, and Natalie Sundquist. Natalie has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources working in the communications and health care industries. She is currently Managing Director, Talent Management at Real Chemistry, a health care communication company.

 

2022 Series – EP. 1 – “How to Find The Right Customers & Develop Relationships”

The panel discusses “How to Find The Right Customers & Develop Relationships” with Shawn Lowe, Dr. Jock Somese, and Justin Letheby, Owner of The JBL Team and a Professional Trainer.