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|Business Leaders Outline Vision for Starting Your Own Business
|The economy may not look so good right now, but a panel of local experts and business leaders all say one thing: if you want to start your own business, there's no time like the present.
That was one of the areas discussed during the fourth of six Galesburg community visioning sessions Thursday night at Carl Sandburg College. Panelists on the subject of business retention, attraction, and expansion all said that while it may be harder now than just a few decades ago, starting your own business is definitely worth it.
Joe Mangieri owns Mangieri Electric and is the Business and Technology Center Board Liaison to the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association, and says should you start your own business, know that you don't need to do it alone.
"The tools are there for anybody," Mangieri said. "If you don't know how to fill out a form that you need to turn into the government, there's people in town, there's busiensses, there's organizations that will guide you by the hand and walk you through it."
Western Illinois Entrepreneurship Center Director Cat Garza agrees. "Know what you don't know," Garza said. "Too often, small business owners, for savings or whatever it may be, want to do it all, when it's best left to those that do it for a living, or offer guidance."
Discussion group members, among other things, suggested that the city create some sort of a one-stop shop for various business services, as opposed to going to a different place for each need.
You can download the panel discussion a summary of group discussions from last night's session by CLICKING HERE.
(One of eight tables of participants watches the panel discussion during Thursday night's Galesburg visioning session. The group is led by Galesburg Community Development Director Roy Parkin. Looking at the camera is Greg Bacon, Chairman, Knox County Board. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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