JOLIET, Ill. – State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, recently joined business leaders from across the community at the inaugural meeting of the African-American Business Association, a new organization within the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“I truly enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate Joliet’s diversity with so many of our community leaders,” Manley said. “I look forward to working with the African-American Business Association to find ways we can better help businesses create jobs and make sure people have the job training they need to succeed.”

Manley, local elected officials and community leaders attended the first meeting of the African-American Business Association. The organization will focus on address concerns of African-American business owners and employees, well as career and workforce readiness within the African-American community.

“Our organization wants to focus how we can help businesses grow and create jobs throughout the region,” said Jennifer Jobe-Gavin, board member of the African-American Business Association. “We also know that this depends on make sure that members of our community have the skills they needed to succeed. We were grateful to have support form community leaders, including Rep. Manley, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

For more information, please contact Manley’s constituent service office at 815-725-2741 or

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