Local small business owners join social support group

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A stateline program is keeping the local economy strong through an entrepreneurial social network aimed at those willing to become their own boss.

“One Million Cups” is a national organization which brings local entrepreneurs together over a cup of coffee.

There are close to 150 chapters across the country. In Rockford, the local chapter meets on Wednesday mornings.

Area entrepreneurs talk about issues they’re having with their businesses. The round table allows them to pitch their ideas and listen to feedback from those who’ve been in their shoes.

Those involved say the resource helps keep their doors open.

“If you can connect with other entrepreneurs and other small and midsized business owners who have walked that path, they know what it’s like,” said Jason Todd, owner of Thinker Ventures, at 317 W Jefferson Street.

“They know the personal struggles you deal with,” he continued. “They know the professional struggles you’re going to deal with. And, if you come to One Million Cups, if you need a banker, you need an accountant, you need a lawyer, you need just a friend, or a shoulder to cry on, that becomes part of the social network.”

One Million Cups is hosted at Thinker Ventures every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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