Peoria County’s Minority Business Enterprise Ad-hoc Committee is planning a series of public meetings for minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners and entrepreneurs.


Peoria County’s Minority Business Enterprise Ad-hoc Committee is planning a series of public meetings for minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners and entrepreneurs.

These meetings will give local business owners an opportunity to meet informally with MBE committee members and county board members and discuss challenges or obstacles that may make it difficult for business owners to either expand or start their business in Peoria County.

The intent of these outreach meetings is to learn the needs of these citizens, 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 citizens 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 a county board member and will include an introduction by Rachael Parker, MBE Committee chairwoman and county board member; an informal discussion; and a survey conducted in conjunction with students from Bradley University’s Senior Consultant Program. Each meeting is expected to last about one hour.

Parker also is the Chillicothe economic development director.

Minority, women, and disadvantaged business owners, or those interested in starting a business in Peoria County are encouraged to attend one of the following public outreach meetings to share their ideas, challenges, and suggestions.

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave.

Other meetings include:

• 1 p.m. Feb. 29 at South Side Mission, 1127 S. Laramie, Peoria

• 6 p.m. March 15 at Brimfield High School Library, 323 E. Clinton St.

• 6 p.m. March 20 at Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, 801 W. Main St., Peoria

• 9:30 a.m. March 31 at Alpha Park Library, 3527 Airport Road, Bartonville

• 1 p.m. March 31 at Peoria Humane Society, 2600 NE Perry, Peoria

Dates and locations of two additional meetings will be forthcoming once finalized.

For more information on the MBE outreach meetings, please call Jenny Fulton, director of strategic communications, at 672-6918.