State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R- Winthrop Harbor) was recently given a "Guardian of Small Business" award by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The NFIB is Illinois' leading small business association, representing 11,000 businesses across the state. Every two years the organization scores legislators based on key small business votes they take in Springfield. Rep. Jesiel received the award for her 83% positive voting record.
“As major sources of job creation, ingenuity, and services, small businesses are and will continue to be essential any state’s thriving economy.” Rep. Jesiel said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my record of support and I am committed to fighting for our struggling small business community and future entrepreneurs.”
The State as a whole receives poor marks in the area of small businesses. A recent small business survey from Thumbtrack found that Illinois got Fs in overall friendliness, ease of starting a business, employment, labor and hiring, tax code and licensing. Illinois was second to last among the 50 states, with Connecticut ranking as the worsts. This is the third year in a row Illinois has received a failing grade from Thumbtack surveys.
Illinois small businesses make up 98% of all Illinois businesses and employ nearly have of the workforce. Last year, Illinois grew at an annual rate of 1.6% which was slower than the overall US growth rate of 1.9%.