Illinois Black Business Survey

On July 20, 2023 the Equity and Engagement Department hosted Matthew Simpson from the Illinois Office of Economic Empowerment to discuss the results of the Black Business Survey and the Overall Economic Improvement Plan. This survey was conducted in early 2023 to get a comprehensive look on the state of Black Owned Business in Illinois. Matthew shared results of the survey, which showcased the need for a community wide plan to address the issues identified by entrepreneurs. More than 50 community leaders and members were in attendance for this event and were able to enjoy a catered lunch. Attendees were also able to ask questions related to the survey and speak to ways organizations could be of service to new small businesses.