Rockford minorities encouraged to become small business owners


Rockford’s community leaders are urging local minorities to start up their own businesses, and there’s a financial incentive to do it.

Minority residents can apply to receive funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce to cover their start-up costs. 

One local small business owner says all that’s really needed to get started is passion.

“I just believe that you do not become what you want, you become what you believe,” said Brandy Gardner, who owns Brandy’s Candies at 113 N. Rockton Avenue.  “And so, if you believe in a talent, in a gift that you have, that’s all it takes. I’ve helped people start a business for under $200.”

A workshop will be held later this month at the Nordloff Center, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 24th. A representative from the Illinois Department of Commerce will be there to discuss how to get started and plan a business model.

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