Spring 2021 Intern
Emma Cottrell is a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University, and also in her third semester as an SBDC intern.
Emma chose her English major because she loves to study humanity through literature. She selected a Hispanic Studies minor because she loves the language as well as learning about the history and culture. Emma looks forward to a career in Communication, Human Resources, and/or Diversity initiatives because she is passionate about making others' voices heard. In her free time, Emma is an avid reader and enjoys drawing and painting. You also may have seen her at the David Davis Mansion last year, as she was a tour guide and dressed in period typical clothing for their special events.
The SBDC caught Emma's interest because she wanted to gain marketing experience. Over the course of her three internships with the SBDC, Emma has done extensive research and community outreach to improve our marketing and community engagement with the underserved small business communities of McLean County, which is now being put into action throughout our center's operations and marketing strategy. Emma has also provided valuable work on two client projects, the first a social media strategy, and the second a new website. During her internships, Emma has learned the importance of listening to the needs of those she wants to serve as well as how collaboration and unity are vital to community-wide empowerment. Emma is also proud of her contributions in "helping the SBDC become an equitable, diverse, and accessible place for the community."