Small businesses in Central Illinois receive recognition

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PEORIA, Ill.– Bradley University’s Small Business Development Center celebrated 10 successful small business Tuesday at the university’s alumni center.

Business owners received a Turner Center for Entrepreneurship 2019 award for being dedicated to making a positive impact in the community.

Director of the Turner Entrepreneurship Jim Foley said recognizing these companies were long overdue.

“You see the passion, and the excitement in all of these companies and the work they’ve done to succeed,” Foley said. “So when they got the award, it was a very exciting moment.”

Award recipients were initially nominated through staff, then selected through the advisory board. U.S Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) took part in celebrating the winners.

LaHood said small businesses are the backbone of the economy.

“To see these businesses prospering and doing well has a ripple effect throughout our economy. So, happy to be here to play a small role in honoring the business and congratulate them on their success,” LaHood said.

The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship plans to keep an eye out for striving businesses in Central Illinois. Foley said he will continue to honor business owners through this award ceremony annually.

Awards presented:

  • Startup of the year
  • Exporter of the year
  • Innovation of the year
  • New exporter of the year
  • Rural business of the year
  • Small business of the year
  • Community partner of the year
  • Small business advocate of the year
  • Rural community partner of the yea
  • Government prime contractor of the year.

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