State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston says he’ll host a Small Business Roundtable Discussion to develop ideas with the business community for reenergizing Illinois’ economy on Friday, Feb. 11.

The meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Glenview Police Station at 2500 East Lake Ave. will be co-hosted by the Illinois Small Business Advisory Council.

“Before I took office, I sought out new ideas from residents so I could draw on their knowledge and experience,” Biss said. “Economic indicators suggest that our economy is finally stabilizing and I am eager to work with the local business community to make sure their investments succeed in accelerating our recovery and job creation.”

Biss says he recognizes the difficulties that businesses have faced in the last few years. With declining profits, restricted loan access and unabated rising costs during the recession, businesses have struggled to remain competitive.

In the last year alone, the employment cost index has increased 3.4 percent. He says the legislature has taken steps to improve the business climate and help employers defer the added cost of hiring full-time employees by approving tax credits for small businesses that create new jobs. To ensure employers have all the tools possible to remain strong, Biss is looking to local businesses to discuss new ways of fostering economic growth and development in the region.

“By working together, I am confident that we will find the solutions necessary to improve the economic climate of our state,” Biss said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and that is why it is vital to our community that we have these discussions to bring in different perspectives and input.”

The event is free of charge and open to the public. To RSVP, or for more information, call (847) 568-1250 or email RepBiss@gmail.com.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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