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It was obvious to see that Darryl Tyler was popular with the crowd that gathered at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Learning Resource Center (LRC). However, the room full of women was not focused on the tall and elegant SIUE alumnus for his fashion sense alone – but for his vital business advice.

Tyler, Vice President / Commercial Banking Officer at Carrollton Bank and Owner and Designer of Tailored Gents Custom Clothiers in Clayton, presented “How to Start a Business: A Step-by-Step Guide” during the Lunch and Learn From Workshop. LRC on December 10.

“I want to help you establish or grow your business. It takes diligent research, good information and hard work, ”said Tyler, who received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing concentration from SIUE in 2003 and served on the School of Business advisory board during. of the past four years.

Tyler listed 10 business milestones as written by Andreas Rivera, editor for the Daily business news:

  • Refine your region
  • Write a business plan
  • Assess your finances
  • Determine the legal structure of your business
  • Register with the government and the IRS
  • Take out an insurance policy
  • Build your team
  • Choose your suppliers
  • Brand yourself and advertise
  • Grow your business.

Tyler shared with the audience how he started his business, learned how to grow his customer base, and how to market his business.

Illinois SBDC for the Metro East at SIUE Director Jo Ann DiMaggio May, who was in the audience, also offered wise business advice.

“He was extremely informative and easy to understand. I have my LLC, but I learned a few things about the best way to start one. I also learned good marketing strategies, ”said Ora Lockett, Advisor for Building Futures at SIUE East St. Louis Center and CEO and Founder of The Gr8full Company.

“My business is located online at and focuses on health and wellness activities. We provide everything natural in hair care, skin care, men’s grooming and body supplements.


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