Irma Bates talk to Business Columnist Jim Kendall (dailyherald.com)
12/22/14 - Women who graduated in October from the first Project CEO, offered by the Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage facilities in Lisle,talk to Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.
Irma Bates sought "affirmation, to make sure I was doing everything correctly." Vice president at Montenegro Inc., a Roselle supplier of paper, printing, packaging and facilities supplies, Bates and her partner "were for a longtime working out of our homes. He was sales. I was the office." Five years ago, however, growth brought the need for staff, office space and somewhat greater sophistication. Among Bates' reasons for joining Project CEO: "I wanted to make sure I can read the financials. And contracts." She can now."