SBDC helps translate skills into ownership

Friday, December 12, 2014

By Southern Business Journal

CARBONDALE — When three Southern Illinois women found themselves unemployed, they created a business to put their 60 years of combined experience into use. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU has been on board with valuable assistance.

Rose Cartwright, Sue Endres and Karen Page are all certified professional coders and members of the American Academy of Professional Coders. They worked together at a regional medical practice until it relocated, leaving them unemployed. One of the physicians, however, suggested they contact the SBDC to explore the idea of starting their own business, utilizing their skills and expertise.

There, the trio participated in workshops to gain insights of owning a business and they were even able to lease office space through the Small Business Incubator program. Midwest Medical Practice Management launched in 2004, offering a variety of services to medical providers and physicians including complete office set-ups, practice management, credentialing, billing and other professional consulting services.

Initially, Endres said, they helped physicians transition easily to Southern Illinois. Through word of mouth, they gained additional clients and that led to hiring additional employees.

“From that point, we were getting so many referrals that we actually started outgrowing the office we were in and decided to get a bigger space,” she said.

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