"Startup Peoria" formed in early 2013, but it has gained momentum recently with the increasing development in the Warehouse District.
They held a "start with the why" networking event Friday night.
"Startup Peoria" is a newly formed group to help provide entrepreneurs with the tools and resources to help launch a successful business and keep it in the Peoria area.
"They're looking at Central Ollinois to come back to our full employment levels in 2016-2017," said co-founder Amy Lambert. "We need to get there faster. one of the best ways to do that is to create jobs via the entrepreneurial system."
Peoria County presented a 40,000 dollar check to the group at Friday night's event.
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