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Business & Economy Resources

Illinois and our local city and county municipalities provide grants, assistance programs, networking opportunities, and more to businesses and those in the workforce to promote economic development. Please contact the below organizations directly for more details on their services, and feel free to contact us if you we can help you navigate any of these resources.

 

If you know of any other resources we should add, please let us know us know by contacting us at info@repyangrohr.com.

Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce serve  to promote local businesses and economic development, by providing a way to network with other businesses, professional development, and legislative advocacy.

Below are a few Chambers of Commerce in the District:

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

DCEO works to enable the existence of an economy that benefits taxpayers, business, workers, and communities by providing different types grants and assistance programs to businesses, the workforce, and the community so that all people are able to succeed. 

DCEO also includes the Office of Regional Economic Development, the First Stop Business Information Center, and the Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment.

Go to this website for more information on the assistance provided by DCEO: www.illinois.gov/dceo

Women's Entrepreneurship Hub

WEHub is for women entrepreneurs who are looking for community and other resources. Accounts are free to make and provide members with trainings, guides, and mentors. Visit their website at www.wehub.org to learn more.

Economic Development Organizations

Economic Development Organizations seek to improve overall quality of life by providing residents connections to jobs and a solid tax base, while also assisting existing businesses in hiring and retaining workers. 

Will County's Center for Economic Development can be accessed on this website: www.willcountyced.com

Choose DuPage (the DuPage Economic Development Alliance) can be accessed on this website: www.choosedupage.com

Workforce Centers

Workforce Centers aid those in the workforce by training jobseekers in how to begin or advance their career, developing the workforce through talent initiatives, and connecting businesses and jobseekers.

Access DuPage County's federally funded workNet DuPage Career Center's website through this link: www.worknetdupage.org

Visit the website of Will County's Workforce Center here: www.will.works

COD's Business Development Center

This center offers assistance in the areas of management, marketing, finance, and operations to small business owners along with a variety of other resources. Visit their website to learn more: www.cod.edu/business-development-center

Business & Economy Legislative Highlights

Legislation from 41st District

  • HB1378 iGROW- Illinois Grow and Retain Our Workforce Act

    • $2 million appropriated through the FY2024

  • HB1568 Public Access - Navigable Waters (DuPage River access) 

  • SB1824 Changes to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

Legislation Passed Into Law

To view the legislative highlights of a specific year, please click on the associated year below.

  • HB2300 Illinois Works Pre-apprenticeship Program incentives (cosponsor)

  • HB3516 Allows employees to take up to 10 days of leave for organ donation

  • SB0328 Requires clear and conspicuous disclosure of automatic renewal contracts

  • SB1963 Creates and extends a number of tax credits and exemptions – Expanding the Historic Preservation Tax Credit and EDGE Act credits while also creating new credits for volunteer emergency workers and business who support them in emergency efforts

  • SB2368 Creates building codes for commercial building

  • Budget Highlights

    • Budget surplus of $183 million

    • Further contributions will help the Rainy Day Fund surpass $2 billion

    • Fully eliminated the bill backlog

    • $4.4 million allocated to 41st District Capital projects:

      • $700,000 to Naper Settlement Innovation Gateway

      • $1 million to 9 schools in Indian Prairie CUSD 204

      • $100,000 to Johnson Elementary in Wheaton Warrenville CUSD200

      • $400,000 to the City of Naperville for an emergency deployment facility

      • $200,000 to the City of Warrenville for Multi-Use Paths

      • $800,000 for an extension to the Naperville Riverwalk

      • $450,000 to Naperville SD203 for new classrooms

      • $450,000 to Turning Pointe Autism Foundation for an outdoor classroom

      • $142,000 to the Bolingbrook Park District for playground replacements

      • $158,000 to the 95th Street Naperville Library

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