Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Day on March 29th
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
March 29th is National Mom and Pop Business Day across America. The hard-working and innovative small business owners of the I-72 Corridor contribute to the vibrancy and character of our communities, while employing many of our local residents. It's these locally owned businesses that help to define our community and what it's like to live here.
Small businesses make communities an enjoyable place to visit and live
When people visit communities within the I-72 Corridor, they are likely to enjoy our specialty boutiques, local art galleries, or cafés serving the best locally brewed coffee. We have local business owners to thank for that.
Show your appreciation by visiting a mom-and-pop business on March 29th
Show your appreciation for the local business owners who contribute to our community's vibrancy and success. It's as simple as choosing to spend your dollars at local businesses. Instead of dining out at a chain restaurant, spend your dollars at locally owned cafés and restaurants. Instead of shopping at a big box store, visit a local boutique or gift shop to buy gifts for your friends and family. When added up across our population, these small daily decisions can make a significant impact on the amount of revenue that mom-and-pop businesses generate in a given year. It’s important for us all to make active choices to keep money within our community, where local businesses are creating local jobs and giving back.
We offer support for local businesses
In addition to patronizing mom and pop businesses, the I-72 Opportunity Corridor, with our regional and state partners, offers support for businesses based in the I-72 Opportunity Corridor. This support includes access to information and resources, training assistance through the SBDC, grants and incentives. These are a few of the programs available to local businesses:
- Environmental Assistance Program
- Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit
- Revolving Loan Funds
- Capital through Advantage Illinois
- Tax Increment Financing
Anyone who is interested in starting a business locally should contact us for information, support and assistance. If an entrepreneur requires something that we cannot provide, we will make the introduction to other support services to ensure they can receive what they require.
Thank you to all our small business owners
We want to send a huge thank you to the small mom and pop businesses that make our community such a special place to live and work. Your contribution to our community is invaluable. #MomPopBusinessOwnersDay