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Through grant funding from the Edwardsville Community Foundation, the Illinois Small Business Development Center for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will launch a podcasting studio within their Edwardsville office, located in Alumni Hall on the SIUE campus.

SBDC Director Jo Ann DiMaggio May worked alongside Pam Farrar, the foundation's executive director, to plan the studio, which will serve a variety of purposes to benefit the community.

“ECF is pleased to give this COVID-19 Relief Project grant, supported by ECF and its local business partners, to the SBDC to increase its virtual technology,” Farrar said. “The SBDC at SIUE has a proven track record of supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs from the Metro East, and we are proud to assist with their important work.”

Thanks to the generosity of the foundation and its partners, the SBDC has been able to purchase all of the necessary equipment to get the studio up and running, with the hopes of having it ready for use in the upcoming weeks.

SBDC clients and SIUE students will be able to access the podcasting room and equipment at a low cost. The SBDC also plans to utilize the studio for podcasts, webinars and content creation.

Additionally, the SBDC hopes to collaborate with the SIUE Department of Mass Communications for production and editing assistance for clients and students who use the studio.

“We are appreciative of the Edwardsville Community Foundation and sponsors that contributed to help us put together this valuable podcasting space,” DiMaggio May said. “It will be a great way to enhance our SBDC services and outreach through informative webinars and podcasts. We will also allow clients to create podcasts and other marketing materials for their businesses, increasing exposure and cash flow.”

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