Local Chiropractor Opens Business with the Help of JJC Small Business Development Center

If you drive through downtown Manhattan, Ill., you may see a sign on one of the shop windows that says “Fall Into Good Health with Manhattan Family Chiropractic.”
On the other side of that window is the only chiropractor in town: Dr. Brian D. Hillary, D.C. He is the latest business to open in Manhattan representing the optimism of a small town trying to survive a tired economy.
Dr. Hillary’s dream of opening his own practice began last February when David Zang, senior vice-president of First Bank of Manhattan, referred him to Joliet Junior College’s Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
“We’re always happy to help new businesses, which is why we referred Brian to Joliet Junior College,” said Zang. “He seemed like a perfect candidate to get some insight from them.”
Carol Turney, business analyst for the SBDC, helped Dr. Hillary write a business plan and complete the paperwork necessary to file for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan.
“I knew that Brian had a good business idea and the potential for success,” said Turney. “He just needed a solid proposal that would address all the concerns the SBA would have about extending a loan to a new business.”
The plan was a success and Dr. Hillary received an SBA loan from the First Bank of Manhattan. “They had faith in the business,” said Hillary. “They knew it was viable and had a good chance of succeeding. Carol was great helping me with the business plan and filing process.”
On October 4 – eight months later – Dr. Hillary opened Manhattan Family Chiropractic at 104 South State Street in Manhattan. The space has two therapy rooms, an office, a play area for children, and a pleasant reception space. The office also has a fresh coat of paint compliments of Dr. Hillary’s office manager, Kristy Byers.
Dr. Hillary got interested in chiropractic medicine as a teenager when he hurt his back in high school and had to see a chiropractor himself. The doctor he saw recognized Hillary as a good candidate for chiropractic medicine and began counseling him about a chiropractic career.
“I developed a good relationship with him,” said Hillary. “Originally, I wanted to teach and coach, but my chiropractor kept talking to me about a career in this field and, eventually, I changed my mind.”
After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in biology, Dr. Hillary attended Logan College of Chiropractic where he graduated with honors. He spent three years working for another chiropractor before opening his own practice.
To learn more about Manhattan Family Chiropractic visit their website at www.manhattanfamilychiro.com, or call 815-478-3220.
To learn more about Joliet Junior College’s SBDC, call (815) 280-1400, or e-mail sbdc@jjc.edu. People can also visit www.sbdcjjc.com for more information.
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Joliet Junior College is one of the small business service providers in the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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