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Schakowsky tours small businesses

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston, after a tour of small businesses in her district today, said business owners are "dealing with a lot of pain right now" and that the federal government needs to keep working to help them.

Schakowsky with her staff member Dave Davis and David Paul, the president of Precision Biomarker Resources at the Technology Innovation Center in Evanston.

Schakowsky didn’t have to go far to find some of the businesses she visited — the Technology Innovation Center is in the same building at 820 Davis St. as her Evanston office. There she toured five start-up businesses and held a roundtable discussion with representatives of four more.

She also visited firms in Chicago, Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Norridge and Skokie.

"Trying to launch a new business or develop a new technology is tricky enough," she said, "but doing it in this economic environment is especially tough."

Schakowsky said she told the business owners about new small business tax credits for health care coverage and ways to secure a loan from the Small Business Administration.

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