Extension Professional Staff
County Extension Director
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Amanda Cole has been with University of Illinois Extension since January of 2005. She serves as the County Extension Director for Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties. She previous held the position of Extension Educator in Community and Economic Development. Amanda holds a bachelor of arts in business (2002) and a master's of business administration (2004) from Eastern Illinois University.
Her professional development training included attending Years 1 through 3, and the Advanced Level of the Midwest Community Development Institute from 2005 through 2008. She has attended both the 2009 and 2010 Annual Conference of the Illinois Development Council and the International Economic Development Council's 2010 "How You Build It Conference."
Past successes include working with the Hearts United Small Business Incubator, helping local entities secure over $520,000.00 in grant funds, working with the establishment of the Montgomery County Revolving Loan Fund program, and helping with the creation of the Montgomery County Comprehensive plan. Amanda also provides one-on-one counseling for those interested in starting small businesses, working with local units of governments on long-range planning, and provides budgeting classes upon request.
Previous work experience includes C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation as an Outreach Housing Counselor and the former American Express Financial Advisors as a financial advisor. She has previously served on the Montgomery County FEMA board from January 2006 through June 2009, and is currently a member of the Illinois Association of the Community Development Professionals, Extension Partners of Illinois and the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).
Tele-Institute, Local Government Education Programs
"Night of Networking"
"The Business of Small Business" Small Business Owners Seminar
"How to Write a Business Plan" Seminar
"Customer's First, Service is Key" Customer Service Training