News from the Reference Desk Category: Community

Local Charities

Looking to donate to a deserving cause this holiday season?

Here are some local options to consider this season:

Minority Entrepreneurship Program Launched in Illinois

In August, Governor Bruce Rauner announced that applications for the Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program are now being accepted. ADME will identify high-potential minority entrepreneurs and provide them with resources to start and grow their business. Governor Rauner announced the program in February. It is run by the Illinois Department of Commerce with collaboration from Intersect Illinois. Program participants will be selected through a competitive application process, including the Entrepreneurial Profile 10 assessment, a research based talent assessment designed specifically to measure and help develop an individual’s innate entrepreneurial talent created and administered by Gallup. ADME pairs the EP10’s predictive power with resources and support to help minority entrepreneurs thrive. Selected applicants will receive access to education and training, capital, an entrepreneurial support system, connections to Illinois’ business community and other tools.

The Illinois Department of Commerce will develop and administer ADME’s training and facilitate investment opportunities through the Department’s Advantage Illinois program and community partners. Intersect Illinois, in addition to hosting the ADME website, will manage applications and assist with program marketing. The first year of the program will focus on minority communities, including women and veterans, in Chicago, Peoria and Rockford with the goal of expanding statewide. ADME is part of the Rauner Administration’s commitment to support minority and women-owned businesses and increase diversity in businesses and within the Illinois economy. Applications are available online at www.admeillinois.org and will close October 23, 2016.

EPA Emissions Testing Notices

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Due to the budget crisis in Illinois, the Illinois EPA has suspended the mailing of emissions test notifications.  If you have plates expiring at the end of March 2016 you’ll be the first group of drivers who do not receive a mailed notification for the emissions test.

The EPA encourages drivers to get their emissions test done several weeks before the plate sticker expiration date, particularly should you need to have repairs done if you don’t pass the initial test.  You can have your emissions test done 4 months in advance of when your plates expire.  If your emissions test is not completed and in the system it can cause problems when renewing your plates or drivers license.

The Illinois Secretary of State has an online tool to determine whether your vehicle is due for an emissions test http://www.ilsos.gov/regstatus/

For further information please visit Illinois Environmental Protection Agency: Vehicle Emissions Testing Program

Vehicle Sticker Renewal Notices

motorcyclelgMany of you may have heard, but please be aware that the Secretary of State is no longer mailing out vehicle registration renewal notices due to the state budgetary issues.  The last group of paper notices was mailed out in early September for those who had stickers expiring in October. If your sticker expires in November or after that you won’t be getting your reminder in the mail.

There is an alternative though; you can sign up to get an e-mail notification when you need to renew your  license plate stickers.  You’ll need your registration ID and PIN. The link to the online notification sign-up is https://www.ilsos.gov/greenmail/

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Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative

There’s exciting news for the Mount Prospect business community in the formation of the Mount Prospect Entrepreneurs Initiative (MPEI). The MPEI is a new and comprehensive partnership between the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Mount Prospect, the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association and the Mount Prospect Public Library.

For years, these organizations have collaborated and partnered on various programs and program series like Jump Start Your Business (aimed at small business owners) and the Entrepreneurs Cafe. But in 2016 this collaboration will move to the next level as existing projects, as well as several new ones still in development, are rebranded under the MPEI toward a more streamlined focus on providing support, education and inspiration for the local Mount Prospect business community. Joining forces as the MPEI allows individual partners to further embed themselves into the success and progress of Mount Prospect by sharing resources, ideas and effort toward a common goal, as well as strengthen each member’s role as a community partner with vital resources and opportunities for everyone to discover and utilize. Stay tuned!