BOLINGBROOK – Home-based businesses are alive and well in Bolingbrook based on Saturday’s Home-Based Business Expo.
The expo, hosted by the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, enlightened local owners and residents on the ins and outs of building a company without the typical brick and mortar façade.
The overriding message was clear: as the nation emerges from its economic recession, opportunity rears its head in a variety of ways; and, home-based businesses present a viable option for entrepreneurship, ingenuity and creativity.
After concluding its second home-based seminar in as many years, Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Michael Carpanzano explained that interest surrounding the home-based business culture is growing.
“The interest in exploring entrepreneurial outlets is really booming,” Carpanzano said. “That American Dream spirit is again rising and already in motion. We had a good turnout at this year’s expo and we are seeing home-based businesses emerge as viable companies.”
Held at the Bolingbrook chamber offices, about 25 different home-based exhibitors attended the expo and seminar.
The event kicked off with a lunch and learn session in which a variety of resource speakers gave tips about starting and maintaining a business from a residence.
“The toughest part is creating a foundation – sitting down and writing a plan,” Carpanzano said. “Creating your business and marketing plan is crucial to your success. A lot of people miss the fact that you need to consult with a professional beforehand.”
In addition to the bankers, insurance providers, lawyers and marketing professionals who addressed the group, Illinois Congressman Bill Foster spoke about his own experience starting Electronic Theatre Controls from his parents’ basement.
ETC currently employs more than 650 people worldwide and manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States. When addressing the Bolingbrook crowd, Foster emphasized that home-based businesses are the “backbone of the economy, spearheading innovation for future generations.”
Following the information session, chamber members and residents toured the expo and networked with local home-based business owners, including photographers, jewelers, designers, software engineers and wedding planners.
Chamber staff also educated the home-based business owners about ways that the Bolingbrook Chamber can assist the small business community.