D.C. Small Business Owners Optimistic on the Economy, Cautious on Hiring

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Cecilia and Nestor Torres are the mom and pop owners of Casa Papel, a boutique paper design and print company on North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties. Fintech lenders are part of the emerging small business credit market providing new sources of capital, but many of these businesses are still in the early stage of development and not fully solving this systemic market issue.

"We understand how important small businesses are", said Munger, who delivered a proclamation, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, that designated April 30 through May 6 as Small Business Week in IL.

More than 100 small businesses have taken advantage of the Office of Economic Development's technical assistance program since 2014.

"We've always known that as a collective group, small businesses are critical to the success of our economy", said Ross Carey, head of business banking at U.S. Bank.

When you run a small business, time is money.

The week will kick off in Washington, D.C. where McMahon will honor the 54 Small Business Person of the Year state and territorial winners from across the country, announced on March 16, 2017.

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And the week wraps up with a Boulder event on opportunities in getting Small Business Innovative Research grants.

The Small Business of the Year was awarded to Bogie's Downtown Deli owners Philip and Heather Ratliff.

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating small business week.

This state-funded organization, one of many locations in the state that helps small business ideas flourish into lucrative businesses that help the local infrastructure grow, has been helping people with small business ideas find resources and build business plans since 2005.

Dollars spent in local small businesses also stay in the community, adding to the local economy in a variety of ways. They'll oftentimes have more experience in certain areas, and can share their own lessons learned and advice on fostering growth. It's got business plan guides for startup owners and information on how to obtain loans or qualify for government contracts. A Maximum Impact Value Indicator will measure the economic value of businesses and determine how the centers are serving entrepreneurs.