BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – State Rep. Sharon Chung, D-Bloomington, is celebrating local small businesses being recognized for their excellence. Three businesses across Normal and East Peoria: Edge of Normal Workshop LLC, Rader Family Farms and Bear’s Bites, have all been recently inducted into the Illinois Made program. This program, run by the Illinois Office of Tourism, identifies outstanding local businesses for the unique and quality products and services they provide to the state.
“From Normal and Bloomington to Peoria and Bartonville, small businesses make our communities special,” Chung said. “Owners of thriving small businesses are not just living the American dream, they are helping build a unique, and more economically secure, identity for where they live.”
Rader Family Farms has been owned and operated by the Rader family for generations. Since 2009, they have opened up the farm to the public each fall for family fun and education about agriculture. Edge of Normal Workshop is a family owned and operated shop providing services such as sharpening, bladesmithing, woodworking and glass blowing. Bear’s Bites sells locally made, single-ingredient, all-natural dog treats. These three businesses join 45 other Illinois businesses inducted this year.
“Our community is lucky to be home to so many fantastic people building fantastic businesses. I am glad to see some of the people that make us proud being given the credit they deserve,” Chung said. “I hope this recognition helps teach others about the great things being done in our part of the state. I encourage everyone to continue shopping local, and supporting the businesses that most support us.”