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First Midwest Bank donates to KC for business development workshops

First Midwest Bank donated a $2,000 grant to Kishwaukee College’s workforce and community education department to support small business workshops. Pictured (from left) are LaCretia Konan, director of business and training partnerships at KC; Lesley Flores, vice president, community development manager at First Midwest Bank; and Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish.
First Midwest Bank donated a $2,000 grant to Kishwaukee College’s workforce and community education department to support small business workshops. Pictured (from left) are LaCretia Konan, director of business and training partnerships at KC; Lesley Flores, vice president, community development manager at First Midwest Bank; and Laurie Borowicz, president of Kish.

MALTA – Kishwaukee College recently received a $2,000 grant from First Midwest Bank to support small-business development workshops offered through the college.

“Kish was selected because of the business development program they offer to the community,” Lesley Flores, vice president, community development manager at First Midwest Bank, said in a news release. “The grant will support free small-business development workshops.

“We believe that fostering these entrepreneurs will help support and encourage economic growth and additional employment opportunities that will benefit not only the local community, but the entire DeKalb County,” Flores said in the release.

An upcoming workshop series at Kish is designed to help local entrepreneurs and small-business owners grow their business. The program covers a range of topics, from creating a business success plan to developing a three-year budget to analyzing the marketing cycle to best sell, promote and distribute a product or service.

“Kish is excited to continually support small businesses and entrepreneurs,” LaCretia Konan, director of business and training partnerships, said in the release. “Kish takes pride in working to meet the needs of our community. Kish is honored to partner with First Midwest Bank and all our partners to further our mission.”

The small-business workshop series runs through April 1. There are six free workshops in total and registration is required. To register for the workshops or for information, visit www.kish.edu/smallbusiness.

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