Upcoming Webinars

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Unlock the potential of your manufacturing enterprise with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), your partner in driving growth and achieving global competitiveness. Join the Business Navigator Alliance for an insightful webinar as we discuss IMEC’s comprehensive suite of solutions designed to propel Illinois manufacturers to new heights of success.

On May 30th at 10:30am, attendees will discover how IMEC’s team of improvement specialists and technicians are dedicated to equipping organizations with the tools and techniques needed to create sustainable, competitive futures. From leadership development to operational efficiency, from customer engagement to workforce optimization, IMEC guides companies through every stage of their journey towards excellence.


Past Webinars

New Market Tax Credits 101

Learn about the New Markets Tax Credit Program with Brian Hollenback, Central States Development Partners, Inc. and the Economic Growth Corporation

Presented on: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Illinois Small Business Development Centers

Within the last year, there has been new leadership and an expansion of the Small Business Development Centers servicing Southcentral and Southeastern Illinois.

Presented on: Thursday, March 28, 2024

State Small Business Credit Initiative

Illinois will receive up to $354.6 Million to administer four programs as part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI 2.0).

Presented on: Feb 29, 2024

Leadership Crawford County

Business Navigator Alliance webinar Leadership Crawford County.

Presented on: Feb. 1, 2024

Hometown Holiday Happenings

This online event highlighted seasonal happenings from across the region.

Presented on: Nov. 16, 2023

Manufacturing & the Crucial Role It Plays in Our Regional Economy

The State of Illinois celebrates manufacturing for the entire month of October. In recognition of this celebration, on Thursday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. the Business Navigator Alliance of Southcentral and Southeastern Illinois will host a webinar focusing on the crucial role manufacturing plays in the regional economy.

Presented on: September 28, 2023

Crawford County Housing: A Community Building Together, Building Stronger

Attendees will learn about Crawford County’s recent housing planning analysis and the launch of collaborations between local government and private industry to meet the goal of providing more than 200 new residential units before 2027.

Presented on: August 31, 2023

Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act Live Stream

Earlier this year, Illinois passed the Paid Leave for All Workers Act into law. This act provides employees with up to 40 hours of paid leave during a 12-month period.  This act makes Illinois the third state in the nation to mandate paid time off to be used for any reason.

Presented on: July 27, 2023

Illinois Finance Authority PACE Program

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is a tool that can be used to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on commercial property.

Presented on: June 22, 2023

Mental Wellness & Its Impact on Business

In 2023, mental health in the workplace continues to be a major focus.

Presented on: Thursday, May 18, 2023

Data for Decision Makers

Deep dive into regional demographic, business and economic data for Clark, Coles, Crawford, Edgar, Effingham and Moultrie Counites.

Presented on: April 27, 2023

New & Updated Initiatives for Businesses

Recent legislative changes to a variety of Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) business programs are aimed to help businesses access capital and assist them in expanding their workforce and start-up activity.  

Presented on: March 30, 2023

Business Solutions and Support for Child Care Businesses

Child care businesses, whether licensed in home family providers or centers, are foundational to a community’s present and future economic success.

Presented on: February 23, 2023

Economic Tools to Build Your Community

Understanding and utilizing economic development tools like Tax Increment Financing Districts, Business Districts and Enterprise Zones is key to growing successful communities.

Presented on: January 26, 2023

Hometown Holiday Happenings

Shop and celebrate close to home this holiday season.

Presented on: December 1, 2022

National Women’s Small Business Month

Celebrate National Women's Small Business month as we highlight regional business leaders.

Presented on: October 27, 2022


Energy costs have been top of mind for businesses and residents across East and Southcentral Illinois.

Presented on: September 29, 2022

State of the Region

The Economic State of East and Southcentral Illinois Region

Presented on: August 25, 2022

Local Business Resilience

Examples of local business resilience fostered by fantastic customer service.

Presented on: July 28, 2022

Local Apprenticeships

Learn how to establish an apprenticeship for your business.

Presented on: June 26, 2022

Regional Childcare Initiatives

Child care is economic infrastructure. Learn how your community and businesses can address child care shortages.

Presented on: May 26, 2022

Regional Housing Initiatives

Lack of housing is a challenge for most communities - leveraging public/private partnerships can help.

Presented on: April 28, 2022


Utilizing local apprenticeship opportunities

Presented on: March 31, 2022

Intro to SBCD & DCEO

Highlights programs and resources the State of Illinois has made available to help businesses reach the next level

Presented on: February 24, 2022

Access to Capital

Learn more about accessing resources that can stimulate recovery and provide support as the economy rebounds from the pandemic.

Presented on: January 27, 2022

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