Current and future small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to join the Circles of Seven business mentoring programs sponsored by The Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs. The programs focus on business growth for existing owners and business planning for new start-ups.

The Mentoring for Business Growth program brings five to six business owners together monthly to discuss current issues and various methods of solving problems. During the sessions mentors and participants explore the unlimited opportunity that an entrepreneur mindset can provide. The Business Planning Group focuses on the challenges facing new start-ups and provides mentorship and support in developing business plans.

Registration deadline for both programs is Sept. 1. For registration information phone (309) 438-1941 or visit

The Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs seeks to foster economic development by addressing the educational and business development needs of emerging entrepreneurs. Services include coaching, direct assistance, individualized consultation, mentoring and educational service. The Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs is a joint initiative of Illinois State University and the Economic Development Council of the Bloomington- Normal Area.