Next MBE Outreach Meeting at Peoria NEXT

Peoria County’s Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Ad-hoc Committee is holding its next public meeting for minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners and entrepreneurs (collectively, MBE’s) at the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting, and all remaining MBE Outreach Meetings, will give local MBE’s an opportunity to meet informally with MBE Committee members and County Board members to discuss challenges or obstacles that may make it difficult for MBE’s to either expand or start their business in Peoria County.

The intent of these outreach meetings is to learn the needs of MBE’s, what assistance or resources would most benefit minority business owners or entrepreneurs. The MBE Committee will then use this information to develop a strategy for helping MBE’s overcome obstacles that stand in the way of either expanding an existing business or starting a new business in the community. Each meeting is hosted by County Board members and will include an introduction by Rachael Parker, MBE Committee Chairperson and County Board Member; an informal discussion; and a survey conducted in conjunction with students from Bradley University’s Senior Consultant Program. This survey is also available online at

Minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners, or those interested in starting a business in Peoria County, are encouraged to attend next week’s meeting or one of the other remaining public outreach meetings to share their ideas, challenges, and suggestions.

March 20, 6:00 p.m.
Peoria NEXT Innovation Center
801 W. Main St, Peoria

March 22, 5:30 p.m.
Tri-County Urban League
317 MacArthur Highway, Peoria

March 23, 3:30 p.m.
2000 W. Pioneer Parkway Suite 18A, Peoria

March 31, 9:30 a.m.
Alpha Park Library
3527 Airport Rd, Bartonville

March 31, 1:00 p.m.
Peoria Humane Society
2600 NE Perry, Peoria

For more information on the MBE outreach meetings, please call Jenny Fulton, Director of Strategic Communications, at (309) 672-6918.

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