CHICAGO, ILÂ â€“ Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka joined dozens of small business leaders in Chicago recently to announce POWER, a new program run by her office to assist small and minority-owned businesses in competing for state contracts.Â Created through legislation, POWER teaches business owners about the state certification and procument process, provides free counseling from leading executives, and ensures members are alerted to state contract opportunities.
â€œThe success of our small businesses is key to getting our economy moving again, to creating the new jobs that are so badly needed,â€ Topinka said. â€œAnd at the same time, POWER will expand our state contractor network, which will increase competition and ultimately save the state money.â€
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Photo Caption: Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (second from left) with Senator Tori Hutchinson, David Kirshner, Chicago SCORE CEO and Sheila Morgan, President of the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council joined more than 50 area business leaders in Chicago recently to kick off POWER, an initiative launched by the state to assist small and minority-owned companies in competing for government contracts.Â Photo by: Teresa J. Potasiak