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Steve Groner of the Illinois Small Business Development Center Wins State Star Award

Steve Groner of Nashville received the Illinois State Star award at the America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) national conference in September.  The award recognizes individuals that have performed well in producing results and providing effective assistance to their respective state organizations.  One advisor in each state receives this award annually, and Groner was selected from over 100 trained advisors in Illinois.

Groner is the director of Kaskaskia College’s Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), which serves approximately 300 clients annually in the counties of Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington.  The ISBDC works closely with lenders, elected officials, chambers of commerce and the KC administration to enhance the success of existing small businesses and start-ups in the region.  In addition, the ISBDC conducts a number of workshops throughout the KC district, and administers business incubator offices located in the Kaskaskia College Education centers in the district.

Steve Groner has served as the ISBDC director for over four years.  He is a Certified Business Advisor within the Illinois Network, and is required to complete 50 hours of professional development each year, half of which takes place at the national level while the other half takes place within Illinois.  This continuous training keeps him abreast of economic and legislative changes and trends that affect small business development.  He also serves as treasurer for the Illinois professional development organization and sits on a statewide strategic planning committee.

Groner’s background includes a Masters in Business Administration degree from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.  He spent much of his career in marketing and management for manufacturing companies before coming to the Illinois Small Business Development Center to provide mentoring, coaching, and teaching services to the area.  He has lived in Nashville for over twenty years.​



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