Academy for Entrepreneurs, LLC holds ribbon cutting

(O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert)

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert)

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for Academy for Entrepreneurs, LLC, 220 East State Street, Suite 1E, O’Fallon.  The ceremony took place at 11:30 a.m. on August 25, 2016.

“We are happy to welcome Academy for Entrepreneurs, LLC to O’Fallon,” said Chamber Executive Director Debbie Arell-Martinez.

Millie’s passion has always been assisting small businesses.  It began when she was first selected to be a Small Business Specialist for the federal government in 1994. Although most of her 35 years were spent in various contracting positions, her most rewarding and fulfilling time was spent in helping small businesses.

To continue realizing this, she accepted a position with the University of Missouri – Extension in 2011 shortly after retiring from the government. There, she assists small business owners in St Louis to receive federal, state, and local government contracts.  She also assists small businesses to become certified as a women-owned small business (WOSB), veteran-owned small business (VOSB), service disabled veteran owned small business, among others. Her assistance was rewarded by 23 of her clients receiving a total of $27M worth of federal contracts this past year.

Millie created the Academy for Entrepreneurs, LLC, in O’Fallon, Illinois to help small local businesses in Illinois. The Academy will focus in assisting small businesses to receive federal, state and local contracts.  This will be done through one-on-one counseling sessions, educational workshops, seminars, and entrepreneurial training programs.  These will range from “how to start a business in Illinois” to financial assistance, business plan, marketing, mentoring and business support services.  Furthermore, her services include getting certifications to leverage your business with the government.

Millie is currently providing free seminars and free one-on-one counseling sessions. Seminars, workshops and other services will be posted on her website:

Please call her at 618-979-5079 or email at for an appointment.