Pekin hosts open house to assist new business owners

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PEKIN, Ill. — A local organization is taking steps to help entrepreneurs start a new business.

The Pekin Main Street Board held an open house Thursday afternoon in the downtown area. Members said the purpose was to entice people who may be interested in opening or relocating a business.

There were 14 commercials properties for people to tour, all of which were available to purchase or lease.

Baylee Gambetti, president of Pekin Main Street, said the downtown area is a perfect location for potential business owners to plant their seeds.

“Downtown Pekin has a lot of nostalgia from people who’ve lived here before,” Gambetti said. It’s really forged a path for new businesses with the energy the downtown area provides.”

The open house also included specialists such as bankers, lawyers and the city’s economic development chair to help advise potential business owners in their ventures.

Andrew Ngui, the Director of Innovations and Start Ups at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, was presented and gave tips on what entrepreneurs should do when starting a new business.

“You should first identity what problems are you solving,” Ngui said. “Are you solving symptoms of a problem or are you the root cause of a problem?”

Ngui said having a clear understanding of the reason for starting a business and assuring there’s a client base are keys to being successful.

Gambetti said anyone interested in learning more about the available properties or available resources for potential business owners can go onto Pekin Main Street’s Facebook page.

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