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Lansing Chamber’s Amy Todd to speak in business start-up webinar hosted by SSC

Wednesday, August 5, 12:00pm—Opportunities & Pitfalls to Starting a Business during the Pandemic

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Above: Lansing business owner Amy Todd is excited about opening a new business, even during a pandemic. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (July 26, 2020) – The Business & Career Institute (BCI) of South Suburban College has scheduled a webinar entitled Opportunities & Pitfalls to Starting a Business during the Pandemic. The webinar will feature local expert Tom Byelick along with an additional contribution by local business owner and Chamber Director Amy Todd.

The 75-minute open forum will be hosted online on Wednesday, August 5, from 12:00–1:15pm. It is designed to help potential entrepreneurs determine whether now is the right time to proceed. Byelick will provide a snapshot of the current employment scene and prospects for a start-up business, with discussion around the pros and cons of starting a business in difficult economic times.

Byelick is the owner of three small businesses: Ingenuity Small Business Collaborative, a consulting firm; Tomfoolery Fun Club, a comedy-based variety series; and Pretty Amazing!, which specializes in restoring and revitalizing driveways, patios, porches, and decks.

Todd is the Director of the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce and owner of Mancino’s Pizza & Grinders (3300 Ridge Road in Lansing). She and her family are also in the process of opening a wine bar in Lansing, The Pour on Roy (18155 Roy Street).

There is no cost to attend thanks to event sponsors ComEd, South Holland Business Association, Ingenuity Small Business Collaborative, and South Suburban College. The workshop will be held virtually and reservations are required:


South Suburban College
South Suburban College
South Suburban College offers a wide selection of career education and college transfer credit programs. Based in South Holland, Illinois, with a satellite campus in Oak Forest, SSC offers non-credit customized training, short-term instruction for business, and dozens of special interest classes.


  1. Hi Amy,

    Congratulations on your new venture! My name is Deb Top, and I teach business classes at Illiana Christian HS. (formerly in Lansing for 50+ years and now in Dyer, IN) I am teaching a new class this year called The Principles of Business Management, and it has a unit on entrepreneurship. I love your entrepreneurial spirit, and I was wondering if you would consider speaking to my new class sometime this fall? I would love for them to hear from a business owners the pro’s and con’s, risks, benefits of starting a new business. I’m sure they would appreciate hearing from you a lot more than reading about it in the book. 🙂

    I know Melanie Jongsma if you want a character reference. 🙂 I live in Munster and am more than willing to meet with you first. My email is [email protected] and my cell is (219) 775-6670.

    Thank you for your consideration.


    • Hi Deb, nice to hear from you! And what a great idea to have Amy speak to your students! She won’t automatically be notified that you’ve left a comment here, but I will forward the link to her to make sure sees it and responds.

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