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Danville Library Program hopes to assist Small Business

DANVILLE, IL.- In partnership with the Small Business Development Center at DACC and Vermilion Advantage, the 
Danville Library Foundation is bringing together a consortium of business leaders to offer advice to area small businesses 
beginning Wednesday, April 6th at 8:00 AM at the Danville Public Library and continuing the first Wednesday of every 
month.
Members of the community looking to start a business or existing businesses looking for a fresh perspective are invited 
and encouraged to attend and seek input from people representing a broad base of experience; from staffing to finance to 
marketing and more.
“As I’ve stated repeatedly when building the concept, we’re hoping to create a very relaxed environment. A chance for 
current small businesses to interact with retired and veteran professionals, representing a wealth of knowledge” states 
Library Foundation Executive Director, Peter Blackmon. “I’ve brought together a great group minds to share information 
over a cup of coffee; and all for free.”
The program is intended to be a “First Step” in offering assistance. 
“It’s not our attempt to duplicate services as entities like Vermilion Advantage and SBDC have the resources.” Blackmon 
continues. “It’s why they are part of the program. We want to create a very relaxed, low pressure environment for people 
to gain some advice and, if necessary, get them to the outside resources afterwards.”
The Library Foundation, in partnership with the Danville Public Library, is hoping to continue to expand programs like 
this.
At the end of April, DPL and Foundation is partnering with the United Way and Vermilion Advantage to bring the 
“Human Library” National Program to Danville.

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