Illinois Tollway to Host Small Business Financial Planning Event












Registration is now open with presentations and resources from leading financial institutions on financial best practices, access to capital and growth strategies for small businesses

The Illinois Tollway is hosting a Building the Road to Success: Financial Planning for Small Businesses event in Chicago this week to share tips and resources to support diverse and minority-owned small businesses with financial management and capital development. necessary for success in heavy industry highway construction.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at the Malcom X College Conference Center, 1900 W. Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Registration and information are available here.

Financial planning is essential for any successful business, but the process can be complicated,” said Cassaundra Rouse, Executive Director.

“Small business owners often have to wear many hats, often work long hours and deal with so many stressful decisions, and expert financial advice can help confirm they’re on the right track.”




Illinois Turnpike.  Courtesy of Illinois Tollway Authority
Illinois Turnpike. Courtesy of Illinois Tollway Authority

To help guide their small businesses towards sustainable growth, owners can consider working with financial experts in a number of areas to help use their resources efficiently and ensure business success, including setting clear goals. , budgeting and managing cash flow, mitigating risk, planning future operations, raising capital, and tracking and measuring performance.

The Building the Road to Success event will provide businesses with direct access to commercial banking industry experts as well as information on construction opportunities in the region’s transportation network:

      • “The Changing Economy and Future Building Opportunities” – Erin Aleman, Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
      • “Alternative Ways to Raise Capital” – Phillip Sweeney, CPA and member of the Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL)
      • “Planning for Sustainable Growth” – Micae Brown, Assistant Vice President and Business Advisor, US Bank
      • “Meeting with financial institutions: how to prepare and questions to ask” – Letticia Flores Poole, Senior Manager-Industry Vertical; Geovanni Soto, director; and Diana Talpa, Relationship Manager, BMO Harris Bank
      • “How to Weather a Financial Storm” – Khadija Ganiyeva, Small Business Banker, Wells Fargo

The Illinois Tollway is focused on promoting, supporting, and ensuring diverse participation in all aspects of tollway operations, including construction contracts and consulting, with programs and resources supported by the Illinois Tollway providing technical assistance, training, mentorship and business development opportunities for companies.

Additionally, as part of its commitment to increasing diversity, the Tollway sets contract amounts ranging from under $1 million to over $100 million so that they are accessible to companies of various sizes, including small businesses and minority-owned businesses.

More than $10.5 billion has been invested by the Illinois Tollway since the Move Illinois The program began in 2012, with more than $2.7 billion of that total committed to small, diversified, veteran-owned businesses.

For more information on the toll’s business opportunities, visit the Doing Business section of the toll’s website www.illinoistollway.com.

About Move Illinois

Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion investment program, Move Illinois: Illinois’ Tollway Serving the Future, improves mobility, eases traffic congestion, reduces pollution, creates up to 152,000 jobs and connects economies across the region. The first 10 years of Move Illinois are on time and on budget, delivering the rebuilt and expanded Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) as a state-of-the-art 21st century corridor and opening a new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294 ) to I-57. Progress continues on projects addressing the remaining needs of the existing toll system, completion of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project, and reconstruction of the Tri-State Central Toll (I-294).

About the Illinois Turnpike

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operation. The agency maintains and operates 294 miles of highways in 12 northern Illinois counties, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I- 90), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80), and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.






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