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Wednesday, April 4th 

Meeting Presentation

Betty Jean Hartwig, Senior Business Advisor at the SBDC will be presenting  at our meeting on our the Shah Center in McHenry. Betty will be covering the “cradle to grave” approach the SBDC employs in supporting our area businesses. Additionally, she will also cover the importance of business planning and the dynamic nature the plan has in terms of a long term sustainable strategy for business success. Betty will be happy to take any questions that attendees may have in relation to her presentation or in regards to the services offered by the center.

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Characters of Character NFP Inc.

Not For Profit Organization to teach children strong civic values

P: 815-403-0217



Paradise Financial Partners

We help business owners and individuals define and prioritize their financial objectives for today and the future.
P: 815-363-1117


Characters of Character is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization whose mission is as follows: “To provide a firm foundation for children to establish strong civic values” and if you have ever spoken with Joni, she often shares that she has a Ph.d., She has Passion, she has Heart and she has Determination to “Make A Difference One Child At A time.”  Please read through some of the testimonials on the website, I think they speak volumes.

We are accomplishing this mission by sharing our characters and resources at community events, workshops, conferences, after school art and social skills club, libraries, summer camps and more. Walking to the train station, my husband and I had on character tee shirts, mine said, DO NOT BULLY and my husbands said, MIND YOUR MANNERS. A mom stopped us, said to her boys, “read this” and pointed to our tee shirts. She thanked us and we went on our way. It’s that simple, a visual reminder is pretty empowering, engaging and can enrich the lives of our children. Remember to be a role model, children are watching what we do, listening to what we say and wanting to be like us when they grow up.

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