Our Vision: Pekin, Illinois: The community of choice for
home, business, and recreation.
Our Mission: To foster and promote a vibrant business environment that improves the quality of life in the Pekin area.
The U.S. Census Bureau shows that the number of
women-owned businesses increased by 45% from 2007 to 2016, a rate five
times faster than the national average. Women-owned businesses are just
as successful as men-owned businesses when it comes to revenue, job
creation and longevity. However, our new infographic shows that female
entrepreneurs face greater challenges with obtaining business financing
than male entrepreneurs.
You Need to Know for Starting and Growing a Business
5 @ 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
How are you protecting your
This webinar will discuss how
intellectual property protects the various parts of your
business. It will also help you understand how to create and
maintain a competitive advantage over your competition.
Meghan Ely always knew that she wanted to be a wedding
industry consultant. By the time she launched her consulting firm in
2009, Ely had approximately 200 weddings under her belt. "I
absolutely loved doing events, but I loved doing public relations more,
and I was confident there was a way to combine those two loves,"
How SCORE helped:
SCORE mentor Emmett Richardson helped Ely institute effective HR
policies, determine which clients were right for her, and set price
points. Ely says: "Emmett is the perfect combination of advisor,
sounding board, informal therapist and shoulder to lean on ... Over the
last nine years, he's helped me tackle every major challenge that has
come my way, seeing me through to the other side."
Ely continues to meet with Richardson every six weeks or
so. Additionally, she now gives back to SCORE by leading workshops on
how to be your own publicist.
A SCORE mentor can help you turn your dream into a reality.
The journey to starting a business (or taking your business to the
next level) may not always be smooth sailing, but we'll help you
navigate choppy waters when times are tough.