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Local business experts at Downers Grove realtor group

Attorney Bill Price of GrowthLaw.com spoke about how organizing corporate structures for real estate ownership provides opportunities for professionals to purchase rather than rent office space in the March 12 morning meeting on Business Resources and Strategies hosted by MORe, the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors. Three other local businesspeople rounded out his panel on business opportunities. Bob Brackett of Crandall & Brackett, Ltd. (Wheaton, www.crandall-brackett.com) spoke about setting a value on businesses. Mary Los of 5/3 Bank covered various SBA financing options, explaining how the SBA works with banks like 5/3 to make money available to businesses. Ellen Huxtable of Advantage Business Concepts (Batavia, www.advantage-biz.com) recommended taking a fresh look at how you do business, to see how changes in the marketplace can become opportunities for you.

The four speakers on the other panel of the morning outlined how start-up and smaller businesses can find the Small Business Resources they need. Dave Gay, Manager of the COD SBDC, reviewed the free services his SBDC can offer area businesses. Hillary Burkinshaw, Director of CenterPoint at Governors State University, told listeners about the federal governments SBA loan programs available to help businesses get access to financing. Luanne Mayorga, Program Manager for the Illinois International Trade Center, explained how the center can help Illinois businesses make contact with international markets. Josh Grodzin, Director of Economic Development at Choose DuPage, explained how his organization helps businesses that want to move to or expand in DuPage County.

MORe, located at 6655 Main Street in Downers Grove, offers informational meetings like this one, other education and networking opportunities, member discounts with various business-related vendors and other real estate sales-related benefits. To learn more about MORe, visit their website, www.SucceedwithMore.com or call 603-324-8414.

Bill Price and Ellen Huxtable are two of the founding sponsors of the CEO Series that brings local CEOS to talk about business issues on the second Thursday of each month at IITs Rice Campus in Wheaton. Get more information at www.growthlaw.com/ceo_series or register for the April 8 event at http://ceoseriesapr2010.eventbrite.com.

Bill Price has been helping business owners organize their business, find funding sources, buy or sell businesses, and handle the legal questions and regulatory hassles that arise for many years. He helped write the current legislation covering limited partnerships and LLCs. He can be reached at 800.630.4780 or www.growthlaw.com.

[Contributor Susan N.C. Price is PR manager for GrowthLaw. She also writes a pet column as the www.examiner.com/x-3030-Chicago-Pets-Examiner, which she occasionally reposts to TribLocal.com.]

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