Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Established Businesses Gear Up for the SmartStart Small Business Conference in Morton, IL



Morton, IL (February 29, 2024): The SmartStart Small Business Conference, a collaborative effort between SmartStart Business Development, the Morton Economic Development Council, the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Delavan, will be held April 29th, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The conference will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 616 W David St, Morton, IL.


This one-day event is designed to empower aspiring entrepreneurs and established small business owners in Tazewell County and surrounding communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to:


  • Connect and network with fellow entrepreneurs and local business leaders.
  • Gain valuable insights through interactive workshops covering critical topics such as:
    • Marketing strategies for attracting and retaining customers
    • Funding your business: exploring financing options
    • HR 101: making your first hire and managing a growing team
    • Overcoming common business challenges and turning them into opportunities
    • Scaling your business from the kitchen table to a thriving storefront
  • Discover valuable local resources and connect with organizations dedicated to supporting small business success.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch included with the registration fee.


Early bird ticket sales are now open! Secure your spot at the conference and save $10 by purchasing your ticket by April 2, 2024. Visit for more information and registration.


Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities:


Organizations and businesses interested in supporting the SmartStart Small Business Conference and connecting with a vibrant community of entrepreneurs are encouraged to inquire about sponsorship and vendor opportunities.




Marci Goodwin


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