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Illinois CMS to host business workshop

Educational workshop and networking opportunity for business owners.
Educational workshop and networking opportunity for business owners.

Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) will be hosting an educational workshop and networking opportunity for business owners on Tuesday January 28, 2014 at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Cultural Center-Main Level, Chicago from 9 a.m. - Noon. The workshop is free and open to the public with free parking available at venue parking lot.

The workshop is supported by Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, Sen. Mattie Hunter, Dist.3; Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, Dist. 5; Rep. Arthur Turner, Dist. 9; Rep. La Shawn Ford, Dist. 8; Rep Derrick Smith, Dist. 10; Ald. Walter Burnett, Ward 27; Ald. Robert Fioretti, Ward 2; Commissioner Robert Steele, Dist. 2.

It is one of the community outreach events that helps businesses learn about the process for State contracting, certifications, prompt vendor payment, loans, and will have access to one-on-one guidance. Attendees are encouraged to register on-line.

Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Dist.5) sponsored Senate Bill 1659 that expanded the maximum tax credit for businesses who hire qualified ex-offenders from $600 to $1,500. The bill passed with a 41-14 vote and was signed into law on August 5, 2013, if became effective immediately. This law allows a business to claim a one time tax credit for any ex-offender hired within three years after release from an Illinois correctional facility, sex offenders are excluded.