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Carthage Community Development to Host Business Succession and Transition Planning Workshop

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2014

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs in partnership with Carthage Community Development will host a Business Succession and Transition Planning Workshop on Thursday, April 24, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Location will be Carthage City Council Chambers at 538 Wabash, Carthage, Illinois. The workshop will focus on family/closely-held businesses and the information and services needed for a successful transition plan.

The workshop will be conducted by Steve Barnhart, Technical Specialist from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC). Barnhart has more than twenty-five years of organizational development and operations leadership experience. Barnhart provides training and business improvement services to Illinois companies, drawing upon IMEC’s extensive state and national resources to help companies be more productive and competitive. His presentation will address succession and transition planning issues in all types of family/closely-held businesses, regardless of whether they are in the manufacturing sector.

There is no cost for the workshop. Business owners are encouraged to attend and learn more about the components of a company transition as it relates to business planning for the future.


The workshop is sponsored by the Illinois Cooperative Development Center, a USDA-funded program of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. The workshop is also supported by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Seating is limited and participants are asked to RSVP to Amy Graham by April 17, 2014 at (217) 357-3800 or ccdc@carthage-il.com.




About IMEC

IMEC was established in 1996 with the goal of improving the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois' small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and through fees paid by Illinois manufacturers for IMEC's services. IMEC has helped more than 2,000 Illinois manufacturing companies to achieve more than $1 billion in improvements in productivity, sales and cost savings. IMEC has 11 offices statewide and 40 full-time manufacturing improvement specialists. To learn more about IMEC or other supporting organizations, contact Amy Fitzgerald, at 309-677-2977 or afitzgerald@imec.org, or visit www.IMEC.org.