EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is hosting virtual workshops for certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm owners to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
“Rising inflation has created challenges for our local businesses, especially those in underserved communities, and they deserve a hand during such a trying time,” Greenwood said. “IDOT workshops provide less-supported business owners the tools they need to build a stronger future and bolster local economies. I encourage all entrepreneurs in our community to take part.”
IDOT will be hosting a variety of “Building Blocks of Success” workshops on a variety of topics throughout November. These topics include accounting best practices, improving a business’s credit score, expansion of work category codes and others. Workshops are free for all certified DBE firm owners, and will continue regularly through next April. For more information or to register, anyone can visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe or call IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at 312-939-1100. Prior registration is required to attend.
“The lingering impacts of COVID-19 as well as recent inflation were both particularly hard on underserved businesses,” Greenwood said. “IDOT is providing opportunities that will help negate the unequal hardships that are unfortunately prevalent in our society.”