New HIRE360 small-business development center receives $3 million investment

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gathered alongside Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and local business leaders Monday to celebrate a $3 million investment for a new Training and Business Development Center on the Near South Side that will support the growth of small businesses throughout Chicago.

It’s the next big step for HIRE360, which since 2019 has worked to help underrepresented populations, such as women and people of color, to scale up their businesses and find work and apprenticeship opportunities in construction and hospitality sectors.

It hopes to make those industries more inclusive, and to increase female and minority participation in important development projects. According to Bob Reiter, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, $100 billion in mega construction projects will begin in Chicago over the…

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