Small Business

Ready... Aim... Fire - Target Marketing

A company with the right marketing and the right products, but aimed at the wrong target, is like a hunter firing wildly into the air hoping that a trophy will fly by at the exact moment his buckshot arrives. Such a hunter has little chance of needing a taxidermist.

Redefining Construction Contractors

The Illinois Employee Classification Act has gone into effect as of January 1, 2008. This law addresses construction contractors misclassifying workers as independent contractors. Independent contractors can still be hired as long as they meet the requirements.

Harmonized System and Classification

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, also known as the Harmonized System (HS), allows trading partners to “speak the same language” by identifying products in a standardized fashion.


Improving Global Trade from Central Illinois

In 2007, the Peoria Economic Development Council (EDC) targeted ten industry clusters to focus on for growth in the region. Realizing the importance of globalization and current trends in the market, the Global Trade Strategy Group (GTS) was initiated.