Ken Stoner is the new director of SIU’s Illinois Tiny Company Development Center

March 30, 2022

Ken Stoner is the new director of SIU’s Illinois Little Company Growth Center

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Sick. — Ken Stoner, a former educator and company proprietor, is the new director of the Illinois Little Enterprise Improvement Centre at Southern Illinois College Carbondale. 

Stoner has labored as a modest organization professional at the SBDC together with former director Greg Bouhl considering the fact that June 2013 and given that then has previously assisted more than 500 new and current enterprise proprietors from during the area. He said that as a former educator and organization operator, he delivers serious-lifetime working experience to the situation and he functions challenging “to change that into advising and instruction that is concrete and actionable rather than theoretical. Staying a element of these facilities has been an incredible expertise, as I get to engage in an energetic part in the financial progress of Southern Illinois, a spot I really like dearly, and I am hunting ahead to continuing to perform with our region’s small firms.”

Double alumnus

Stoner is a lifelong Southern Illinois resident and done his bachelor’s degree in education and his master’s degree in workforce schooling and enhancement at SIU. 

His experience contains doing work as a language arts/reading through teacher and technologies coordinator at Egyptian Superior School, technological know-how integration coach for the Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents and proprietor of Kemardia Consulting, a internet site development and IT service company for corporations.

He has also concentrated on experiential training, serving as a facilitator for Jackson CEO, a youth entrepreneurship system. He is active in the group as nicely, serving as treasurer for the Jackson CEO Board of Administrators, volunteer at the Anne West Lindsey District Library, as a citizen adviser to the finance, financial development and operations committee for the town of Carterville and in other roles.

In depth influence

In the course of his tenure with the SBDC, Stoner’s clients have been included in quite a few enterprise startups and expansions, injecting almost $5 million into the region’s economic system whilst creating 223 jobs and retaining an additional 220 work opportunities, and his companies ended up all furnished at no expense.

As director of the SBDC, Stoner will continue on to aid and guide workshops on setting up a enterprise in Illinois, finding enterprises on the web, trade exhibit best practices, 3D modeling/printing and a huge range of other subject areas. He and his workers will also continue on to supply confidential, individualized enterprise advising companies and methods.

“In this new role, I want to ensure that our center is doing every thing we can to aid our region’s little businesses,” Stoner claimed. “According to the Small Business Administration, 99.7% of U.S. employer companies are small businesses, and they make 64% of web new private-sector employment. This further reveals the incredible great importance of tiny enterprises to our economy. We want to arrive at those thinking of starting off a business as perfectly as all those previously in business. Also, it is pretty important that we aim on underserved populations and make absolutely sure that all people appreciates we are below to assist and information them as they undertake or go on on their journeys.”

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