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Alana Turner, Poopsies

"In the few short months that we have been attending the Build it • Grow it program, the sessions have helped us come up with new ideas for our store, better ways to run our business and helped us network with other local businesses.  Build It • Grow It is by far the most productive and beneficial business program we've participated in over the past 5 years.  It is a great program that can help strengthen any business.  More successful businesses can help in building a thriving community."

Alana Turner
Poopsies, Galena, IL

Build it - Grow it


Want to start a business or grow your business to the next level? In Northwest Illinois, we offer customized services to grow like a pro!

Our Build it Grow it program combines special educational sessions and private, confidential consultations with an expert business professional.


Brian McIntyre
Brian McIntyre

CBDA, CFBA, ABPA; President, Thames Management Resources LTD

Mr. McIntyre has experience in operations, sales, management and small business development. He has been an entrepreneur, and has held key positions in both manufacturing and technology. He will instruct on growing your business to the next level.

The Director is available for one-hour, personalized, private and confidential business counseling sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Join our Build it Grow it businesses!

Schedule an appointment by selecting “Book a Consulting Appointment” button at the top right side of this page.

Education and Consulting sessions are held in 2 locations:

1. DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main Street, Galena, IL – 4th Thursday of the month from January – October, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. FastTrac Growth, Kauffman Foundation – $40 for each education session; $100 for 400+-page workbook; consulting is free

2. Riverport Railroad, 2226 Main Ave., Savanna, IL – 2nd Thursday of the month from January – October – 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. No charge for each education session and consulting is free.

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