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2018 Entrepreneurial Scholarship

TCEDA’s Build it • Grow it Program Offers Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Tri-County Economic Development Alliance (TCEDA) is excited to announce its first-ever Build it • Grow it Entrepreneurial Scholarship. All high school seniors in Jo Daviess, Carroll and Whiteside Counties are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship and an opportunity to meet with business expert, Brian McIntyre, to learn about self-employment.

The application is available for download pdf or at high school guidance counselors’ offices. The scholarship application does not include G.P.A. or financial need requirements. Students will explain why they believe they would like to own their own business and any product or service they would like to create. Applications are due to TCEDA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 2. The scholarship will be awarded at TCEDA’s Annual Meeting March 15 at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, IL.

“The Entrepreneurial Scholarship is a natural extension of our Build it • Grow it business program, which has shown positive results for micro-businesses since its inception. Teaching young people how to be self-employed is increasingly important,” explains Lisa McCarthy, TCEDA Executive Director. According to the National Small Business Association, 70% of small businesses in the U.S. are owned and operated by a single person. 

"As the gig economy grows, the traditional economic development metrics will change. Important metrics will become gig workers’ productivity and impact on the local economy. The communities that support their entrepreneurs will position themselves as attractive locations to do business,” according to Janet Ady, Ady Advantage, a site selection and economic development company located in Madison, WI.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 815-858-4491.





TCEDA Awarded Nonprofit of the Year: The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce awarded TCEDA its Nonprofit of the Year Award at their Annual Meeting on November 17, 2016 for its Build it • Grow it program, National Manufacturing Day tours and workforce development collaboration.

TCEDA Awarded the Business Certificate of Appreciation: Northwest Central Illinois (NCI) Works awarded TCEDA the Business Certificate of Appreciation Award at their annual employer meeting in Mendota October 14, 2016.