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Weaver Appointed to Business Diversity Task Force

State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) has been appointed to serve on the Diversity Task Force on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE).


“As both a businessman and legislator, I hope I can lend my unique skill set to this important cause,” said Weaver. “I look forward to working with colleagues, stakeholders, and members of the business community to increase participation for disadvantaged, minority and women-owned business enterprises.”


The Task Force, created by Senate Resolution 259, has been tasked with identifying ways to remove impediments and create opportunities for disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses to operate within Illinois.


According to the resolution, these businesses, “are often unable to compete with larger established firms because of capacity issues, lack of access, and available capital resources.”


Weaver will be one of 15 members to serve on the board, which includes legislators and members of the business community who do work with DBE, MBE, and WBEs.


The Task Force will meet throughout 2019 and 2020, submitting a final report to the Senate by July of next year. The report will detail short and long-term solutions, recommendations and suggestions for future legislative action that could increase capacity and participation for these businesses in Illinois.