‘Make a Connection’ networking and resource program promotes economic growth of small and diverse businesses

The administration of Governor Bruce Rauner announced today it will host a resource and networking event in Aurora geared toward promoting the economic growth of small and diverse businesses at the Aurora Campus of Waubonsee Community College on Friday, June 5, 2015. The goal is to increase the number of state certified vendors by providing small and diverse entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources used to participate in the state’s procurement and contracting processes.

The Make a Connection: “Connecting Communities to Illinois Business Opportunities” event, hosted by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) Business Enterprise Program (BEP) in collaboration with Congressman Bill Foster, Senator Linda Holmes, Representatives Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa-LaVia, Aurora Mayor Tom Wesisner, the Kane County Board, Seize the Future Development Foundation, and the Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College, is open to the public at no cost. This event is one in a series of ongoing events around the state and will be held on Friday, June 5, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Campus, 18 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506-4134.

“This upcoming Business Enterprise Program event provides an excellent opportunity for Aurora and its surrounding communities to learn about doing business with the state of Illinois,” said CMS Acting Director Tom Tyrrell. “Our hope is that the event will bring area entrepreneurs, business owners, and key stakeholders together to lay the foundation for successful relationships that will help them grow dynamically.”

Workshop presentation topics include CMS’ Illinois Business Enterprise Program, which promotes the economic development of businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its certification programs; the Bureau of Strategic Sourcing on state agencies’ buying process; and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center for one-on-one guidance. Booth exhibitors of other state and local resources will also be on hand to share information about their programs.

CMS hosts community outreach events throughout the year to foster an inclusive and competitive business environment that will help more businesses increase their capacity, grow revenue, and enhance credentials. Registration for all CMS events is recommended. For more information and to register, please visit www.CMS.Illinois.gov/Events.