Willis Moves to Create New State Website to Help Entrepreneurs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Local entrepreneurs and those wishing to relocate their businesses to Illinois will have a new website to simplify the process under a new proposal in Springfield supported by state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison.

“When somebody wants to start a business or bring their existing one to Illinois, the last thing they should have to deal with is a confusing process and dizzying red tape,” said Willis. “This new website will be a one-stop-shop where entrepreneurs will be able to quickly access the resources and information they need to get down to business.”

Currently, people who want to start a business in Illinois face an often time-consuming process about how and where to file the proper paperwork and acquire the correct licensing. Much of the online information is spread over multiple websites and some of the material is even missing due to broken hyperlinks. Senate Bill 659 will create a new website that will compile all of the resources into one location to help individuals access the information they need to quickly and efficiently set up their business.

“If we’re going to bring jobs to Illinois we need to make sure we are supporting the entrepreneurs who want to start their businesses,” said Willis. “This website is a common sense way that not only helps future small business owners, but also helps current ones bring their business to Illinois.”

The legislation has cleared the state Senate and awaits further action in the House of Representatives.

Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.