20180314 KS 3900 RSSPRINGFIELD – A new measure in the Illinois Senate aims to give veterans the tools to launch business start-ups in Illinois.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is the sponsor of the measure, Senate Bill 43, which strengthens the veteran small business loan program that was enacted last legislative session under her leadership.

Senate Bill 43 ties up a technicality to allow for the administration of loans and expands upon the existing program to help encourage Illinois’ veterans to open up shop in communities across the state. It will also allow the Illinois Finance Authority to administer an increase in low-interest agri-business loans.

“Illinois’s economy relies heavily on small businesses,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Expanding the scope of this vital veterans loan program will help encourage our returning heroes to consider a profession in agriculture.”

Nearly half of World War II veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University‘s Institute for Veterans and MilitaryFamilies. But now less than seven percent of returning veterans own their own businesses, in part because veterans have fewer resources than their predecessors did.

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices for our country,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to empower them to channel the life skills and training they received in the field as they transition back to civilian life.”

Senate Bill 43 passed out of the Illinois Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee Thursday with bipartisan support and will move to the full Senate for consideration.  

Bertino-Tarrant urges veterans to visit www.il-fa.com to learn more about this veteran loan program or contact her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211 for more information.

2018 Pet Expo Flyer d2PLAINFIELD- State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is searching for local pet and animal businesses and organizations to participate in her free Pet Expo.

The pet expo is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd, Plainfield, IL).

The pet expo provides area residents a free and fun educational event for animal lovers and families

“As a dog owner, I understand firsthand the importance that pets play in our everyday lives and in our families.” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I look forward to hosting this event every year and I am excited to join families and their pets from our community.”

There are openings currently available for local pet businesses and animal organizations. Bertino-Tarrant invites interested businesses and organizations to register at www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com. Once registered and approved, interested participants will receive an email confirmation at a later date.

Registration is free.

Local animal businesses will be on hand to showcase their services. Information will also be distributed to attendees regarding recent animal legislation.
Anyone going to the pet expo is encouraged to bring their pets. Nail Trimming for pets will be available. Photos can also be taken at the event of people with their animals.
For more information please call Bertino-Tarrant’s office at (815) 254-4211 or visit www.SenatorBertinoTarrant.com

Pet Expo

Date: Saturday, May 12

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Clow Stephens Dog Park (16676 S. Lily Cache Rd., Plainfield, IL)

american flagPLAINFIELD – Veterans looking to start a new business in Illinois now have a new resource available thanks to legislation supported by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).  

Last week, the Illinois Finance Authority released criteria for the loan program that allows veterans to apply and receive business loans for new companies.  

“Our veterans come home with remarkable leadership skills and on-the-job training,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This program will give our returning heroes an outlet to channel their entrepreneurship spirit to create new businesses and generate jobs in our own communities.”

Bertino-Tarrant worked on this program with Lynn Lowder, a former Marine officer and advocate for veterans becoming small-business owners. The program would be similar to agribusiness and farming programs administered by the state treasurer.

Nearly half of World War II veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University‘s Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

But now less than seven percent of returning veterans own their own businesses. Today’s veterans have fewer resources than their predecessors did.

“Our veterans have made great sacrifices to serve our country,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s our duty to empower them to channel the life skills and training they received in the field as they transition back to civilian life.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges veterans visit www.il-fa.com to take advantage of this resource or contact her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211 for more information.

Tax Reform Details FlyerPLAINFIELD- To help them better understand new federal tax policies in Illinois, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is inviting Will County residents to attend a Tax Reform Details workshop.

The event hosted by Bertino-Tarrant’s office and the AARP will be held on March 1 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Presence Senior Healing Arts Pavilion (500 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville).

“This informative workshop will help residents better understand how the newest tax reform laws will affect them and their families,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Knowledge is power. Local residents have the right to know about all changes to tax laws and codes to ensure they are taking advantage of possible savings.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges residents to contact her office at (815) 254-4211 to register for the workshop to ensure there proper accommodations are available for all interested participants.

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