Small businesses are an integral part of the American economy. In Cook County alone, entrepreneurship remains an essential key to helping achieve prosperity and promoting employment. Supporting small businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship are essential to strengthening our economy at large. As the president of a law firm employing over 50 attorneys and over 100 people including staff, I am intimately aware of the importance of entrepreneurism.
As Commissioner, I will continue to:
- Support and encourage private investors to help finance hundreds of new and expanding companies in the County, City and State;
- Support and promote initiatives promoting entrepreneurship for women of color. This initiative is especially significant among Black and Hispanic women, who are among the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the county;
- Identify new, creative ways to increase access to capital, especially for women and people of color. This initiative is especially significant for minority business owners, who rarely share the same level of access to capital as their white counterparts, and for female entrepreneurs, who must also contend with ingrained gender bias; and
- Prioritize resources for Minority-, Women-, and Person with Disability- Business Enterprises