Small Business ConnectionFest

Join us for the inaugural Small Business ConnectionFest, in partnership with the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, April 17 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kroc Center | 405 Vermont St. | Quincy, IL 62301

Admission is FREE and open to the public

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Vendor Hall

Meet with the experts from finance, marketing and bookkeeping to legal, insurance and real estate. Learn more about starting and growing your businesses.


Learn about owning your own business, how the Small Businesses Development Center and Small Business Administration can do for you, as well as tips on Succession Planning and what pitfalls to avoid.

8:00 | Jennifer Breeden, Assistant Professor of Business at Quincy University & small business owner

8:30 | Jim Boyd, Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University

9:00 – 9:10 BREAK

9:10 | Charles White, Small Business Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration

9:40 | Rob Newbolt, IMEC – Succession Planning

10:10 – 10:20 BREAK

10:20 | Quincy University Students – present their business plans & Craig Hemming, Doors N More, Inc. – His story and ask/answer from QU students

11:20 | Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce – Business Plan Competition & Golden Bridges, Inc. – Business Plan Competition experience



Your expertise is needed at Small Business ConnectionFest. Help the next generation of small businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their new business adventure from concepts and ideas through retirement!Sign up and reserve your table today. $25 fee includes table and chairs

ConnectionFest Booth

All service industries welcome to join our partners; marketing, finance, legal, banking, real estate, accounting etc.(217) 223-4313 |

Organizing Partners:
GREDF & Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce

Adams County Works Team Organizations:
John Wood Community College, Quincy University, West Central Region Education for Employment System #240, United Way of Adams County, Inc. (Adams County, IL), and Workforce Board of Western Illinois.