Communicate Your Business Story Using Social Media

Activity Description

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If you have difficulties registering on this (GEW) website, please send e-mail to  Please include your name, organization name, e-mail, and phone number.  To Register by phone contact: South Suburban College, Business & Career Institute at  (708) 596-2000 X6055.   If you have special dietary needs, please send email no later than Monday, November 12, 2018 to

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), The Village of Hazel Crest, Economic Development Commission; South Suburban College, Oak Forest Center; South Suburban Small Business Association and SCORE, will host a free workshop for entrepreneurs and small businesses about the importance of communicating through telling your business story, using social media and while networking.


8:15 - 8:45 Check-In, Coffee/Continental Breakfast

8:45 Welcome Vernard Alsberry Jr., Mayor, Village Of Hazel Crest

9:00-10:30 Using Social Media – Erial Ramsey, Business Owner and Score Business Mentor Using social media isn’t as hard as you think! We will cover the basics of how to use social media platforms in your business. You will learn key terminology, identify which social media platforms are right for your business and get basic tips and tricks for getting started with the most popular social media platforms. Come with your questions!

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Telling Your Business Story - DiMarkco Stephen Chandler is an entrepreneur, author and publisher, as well as a master storyteller.  You will be immersed in this workshop in exploring the value of and how to tell your business story.  Your entrepreneurial story isn't a timeline, its a culmination of key moments, lessons learned, pivots, motivation, frustrations and successes that can be used to present, inform and persuade others regarding your business proposition and benefits.

12:15 Lunch Networking for Success – Dianne Needles, South Suburban College, Business & Career Institute Anyone can walk into a room and call it networking. However, to get what you want out of networking, you should have realistic goals and a plan. The importance of building relationships and opportunities to drive your business success is key.  The ability to network is one of the most crucial skills any entrepreneur can have.  How else will you meet the clients and contacts necessary to grow your business?  This workshop provides practical tools and advice for generating and expanding connections than can be a catalyst for business advancement.  Learn some quick tips in this brief presentation.

12:50 Closing    Village of Hazel Crest--South Suburban College, Business & Career Institute--South Suburban Small Business Association  LEADERS

Register Today Seating is limited! Don’t miss this chance to enhance your business communications toolbox!  



Village of Hazel Crest, Economic Development Commission purpose is to promote and encourage business development within the Village of Hazel Crest. The Village is represented by a President, currently Vernard Alsberry Jr., six trustees and a village clerk all elected at large.  The Village of Hazel Crest is a diverse community of 14,075 people located in Cook County Illinois, 25 miles south of Chicago.  Hazel Crest is situated on 3.4 square miles and the estimated median household is $60,114 according to, while the estimated median house or condo value is $178,903.  Hazel Crest has been named a Tree City USA for 25 consecutive years by the National Arbor Foundation.  

South Suburban College Business and Career Institute- Oak Forest  offers high quality training and consultative services to business and industry to help companies optimize their workforce and their businesses as a whole.  We provide traditional facilitator-led training, technology based learning, or a combination of both to ensure customized solutions that work!

South Suburban Small Business Association (SSSBA) is a registered Illinois non-profit regional organization dedicated to the concerns and issues affecting small and minority businesses located in our service area, which includes seventy-nine communities within an area approximately bounded by Evergreen Park to the North, Gary Indiana to the East, Peotone to the South, and Joliet to the West.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 10,000 volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.



Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people through local, national and global events and activities. From large-scale startup competitions and workshops to small, community discussions – GEW reaches new audiences and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step, no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey.  

Across the globe, more than 35,000 events are planned across 170 different countries by a wide variety of organizations including: colleges and universities, entrepreneurial support organizations, government agencies, economic development groups and more.