Oregon County Smart Start: Developing a Successful Business

Do you dream of starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? How do you validate your startup idea before you quit you day job? What chance does your idea have of being profitable? It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the early stages of launching a company. Learn the first steps to starting your own business and how to pave the way to success. This workshop will outline the first steps you need to take, how to create a business plan, and how to get a handle of the finances from the start. 


Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Location: United Methodist Christian Worship Center located at 100 Vine Street, Alton, MO

Price: FREE

Register: Click Here 

Deadline to register: Friday, June 25th at 2 p.m.


Facilitated by: 

Ila Sloan

As the Chief Financial Officer, Ila manages OzSBI’s microloan programs, the finances of the incubator, mentors clients and teaches workshops. She moved to West Plains with her husband Mark from San Antonio, Texas, and brought with her over 25 years of banking experience. Ila most recently worked for the Bank of San Antonio as their Credit Manager where she managed the credit analyst department responsible for reviewing, monitoring and underwriting new and existing commercial loans. Ila graduated from Baker University in 2005 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Heather W. Fisher 

As the Chief Executive Officer, Heather oversees all OzSBI’s programs, recruits new clients, and mentors businesses. She is a certified Business Advisor with GrowthWheel and LaunchU. Heather moved to the West Plains in 1998 and with her husband Chrys and has two sons. She holds a Masters in Social and Economic Development from Washington University. Previously, Heather served in the Peace Corps, was the Economic Developer of Thayer and Oregon County, and owned a grant writing business.

Date of Event: 
Jun 29 2021 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm