ALTON – Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and State Senate candidate Rachelle Aud Crowe sat down with Alton-area small businesses Monday afternoon and discussed the unique set of challenges facing River Bend employers.
“Small businesses are the backbone of Illinois’ economy,” said Aud Crowe, candidate for State Senate in the 56th District. “Not only do they employ a majority of our workforce, but they are also anchors in our communities and key towards revitalizing neighborhoods across our region.”
Local businesses attending today’s roundtable event included Today’s Beauty Supply, Shampooches Dog Grooming, Macias Insurance, The Loading Dock, Alton’s Best Cabs, Jensen Fabrication, Poputopia, It’s Raining Zen, Sherry’s Snacks and Robert’s Motors.
Some of the attending businesses were recently selected by Small Business Revolution – Main Street, a television show on Hulu that highlighted the city of Alton and worked with local small businesses on ways to increase sales and marketing.
“Over the last few decades, as American corporations have downsized and outsourced their workers, America’s small businesses have become a growing force in our economy,” said Durbin. “Fostering conversation in our communities about what tools small businesses need to succeed is the first step in ensuring we are working to break down barriers to growth and empower our entrepreneurs.”
The event was held at the Post Commons on Alby Street.
Aud Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon, faces Hal Patton, the mayor of Edwardsville, in the race for the 56th.
PHOTO: The gathering Monday at the Post Commons.