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Small Business Round Tables

Small and mid-sized enterprise representatives in the Whiteside County/northwestern Illinois region will have an opportunity to talk about challenges and obstacles they face next week.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, is looking for information on the state of rural entrepreneurship.

With that purpose in mind, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Whiteside County Economic Development Department, and Sauk Valley Community College have scheduled two business round table meetings July 13 to allow local groups to identify the challenges and obstacles they face in doing business, propose possible solutions, and comment on current and future federal initiatives to help rural businesses.

A morning session will be at 10 a.m., July 13 at Sauk Valley Community College with an afternoon session at 1:30 p.m. at Manny's Too in Fulton.

Businesses that want to participate should contact Sandy Prescott at (815) 772-5182 or The information collected from these sessions will be delivered to Duckworth.

“The ‘sound off’ meetings will allow [people] the chance to voice their concerns, suggest solutions, and give their opinions on policies that affect them directly," Laura Ortega, executive director with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, said.

"We’ll collect the information and deliver it to Senator Duckworth for use with the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. We view this as a great opportunity for businesses to connect with their legislators, and are happy to be working with our colleagues in Northwest Illinois.”