Kish to offer free classes for entrepreneurs and small business owners


MALTA - Kishwaukee College will offer several classes for entrepreneurs and small business owners in October and November. The courses will help develop important aspects of small business ownership and operation.

Classes are free and conducted virtually via Zoom. All classes will take place from 6-7:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Dr. Jock Sommese from the Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College in partnership with Kishwaukee College will lead the following courses:

Intro and Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile: Oct. 13 - Where are you today? Define a clear business concept and assess your skills and capabilities to create a business foundation.

Defining Market Needs: Oct. 20 - How will you get there? Become sensitive to the needs, wants, and habits of your market. Learn how you will create demand.

Setting Financial Goals: Oct. 27 - What are your financial reasons for starting a business? What does financial success look like? Explore tools and techniques for forecasting and financial analysis.

Penetrating the Market: Nov. 3 - Know the competitive advantage of your product or service and the ability to connect with that market. Learn strategies and tactics to build a strong brand.

Building the Organization: Nov. 10 - Do you need to build a management team? Form a group of advisors or board of directors? Or both? Learn insights about critical tasks that must be accomplished. Learn effective strategies to address growing pains.

For more information about the classes or to register, visit or contact LaCretia Konan, Dean of Workforce and Community Education, at or (815) 825-9791.