Getting Ready for Hannover!

By Kim Uhlig, Director of Business Attraction Next month, I will be heading to Hanover Germany to promote Greater Peoria at the largest trade fair for industrial technology in the world, Hanover Messe. The event attracts 250,000 visitors and over 6,500 exhibitors. We are attending the show with the European American Investment Council. This site consulting group works with industries…

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Young Business Owner Invests in First Expansion!

By Sally Hanley, Director of Business Assistance Zimmerman Detailing and Power Wash recently invested $430,000 to expand into a brand new 7,500 square-foot facility in Goodfield, Illinois.  The company, offering detailing and power washing service for commercial vehicles, has grown steadily over the last six years since it was founded by Eureka native Alan Zimmerman - when he was only…

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Mayor Ardis to recognize the American Federation of Teachers during president’s visit

Mayor Ardis to recognize the American Federation of Teachers during president’s visit

PEORIA — The American Federation of Teachers will be formally recognized with a proclamation from Mayor Jim Ardis for their support of the Peoria Pathways to Prosperity initiative during a visit from their national president Randi Weingarten to Woodruff Career and Technical Center on Feb. 28. “There is nothing more important than prioritizing education for our children, the future leaders…

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Startup Supports Junior Achievement and Offers Travel Grant

Startup Supports Junior Achievement and Offers Travel Grant

By Randon Gettys, Startup Peoria Coordinator Startup Peoria is off to a strong start in 2017! We're trying a lot of new stuff this year and I'm thrilled to report that the community is responding positively.  At our Winter Startup Mixer, the first in a series of mixers to connect the GP startup community, we set an attendance goal of…

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Illinois to Help Generate Business Leads

Illinois to Help Generate Business Leads

By Kim Uhlig, Director of Business Attraction At the end of January, officials from the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) along with Andria Winters, President of Intersect Illinois, met with the Greater Peoria Attraction Team. Intersect Illinois and DCEO are working together to launch a more aggressive marketing and business attraction effort for the state.…

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Existing Businesses Report Growth and Needs

Existing Businesses Report Growth and Needs

By Sally Hanley, Director of Business Assistance Each year, I get to meet with 100 of our regional employers to understand their progress, challenges, and future plans, and to provide assistance whenever possible. The visits are a part of our business assistance program, a program we call Elevate Greater Peoria. Of the 101 employers I met with in 2016, 31 are…

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OSF HealthCare Opens Their Arms to High School Interns

OSF HealthCare Opens Their Arms to High School Interns

By Brent Baker, Peoria Pathways Coordinator Across the country, communities are working to connect high school students to their careers of interest by creating internships. As you may imagine, connecting students to healthcare careers proves something of a challenge, given the various regulations. Lucky for us here in Greater Peoria, OSF HealthCare was up for the challenge.  They created internships…

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Startup Peoria Funds New Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Program

Startup Peoria Funds New Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Program

PEORIA –Startup Peoria entered into a five-year agreement with Junior Achievement of Central Illinois to provide seed capital to launch a high school entrepreneurship program in each of the five counties served by the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council. The announcement was made last Thursday at the Startup Winter Mixer, the first of a series of Startup Peoria events this…

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Governor and Department of Commerce Announce Inaugural Cohort of ADME in Peoria

Governor and Department of Commerce Announce Inaugural Cohort of ADME in Peoria

PEORIA – Governor Bruce Rauner today launched the inaugural cohort for the Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program in Peoria. The program, which is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce, is a community investment program developed to strengthen Illinois’ start-up and small business ecosystem by tapping into the potential of minority business owners and entrepreneurs. The first…

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