Rockford, Illinois and surrounding cities and towns in northern Illinois are home to many energetic, hard-working businesspeople whose primary language is not English. Some came as refugees fleeing war-torn countries. Others arrived here searching for their piece of the American dream. They want to restart their lives utilizing the expertise they had in their home country.
Winnebago Emerging Small Business Services is committed to helping bilingual entrepreneurs do great things the right way.
Our clients are small companies that service specific market segments in Winnebago County. By capitalizing on the multicultural makeup within the city of Rockford and its surrounding area, we provide support in navigating the following:
We help ensure that newcomer entrepreneurs understand the legal guidelines they must maintain in doing business in the United States. Many of these business owners had businesses in their home countries and do not understand the new requirements in this country. We help them overcome their hesitation in dealing with government entities while fostering a positive attitude for compliance.
Many of these businesses are started on limited budgets with sweat equity being the main asset contributed by these entrepreneurs. We want to capitalize on their aspirations and help them succeed in creating profitable businesses that make up the backbone of our community.
“We are committed to creating good citizens by providing our immigrants with a respectful experience that challenges them to reach for their dreams while not allowing language barriers to prevent them from achieving their goals. We help in bridging cultural barriers that prevent our new arrivals from becoming productive members of our community.”