Q: What are businesspeople here talking about right now?
A: Businesses are mostly talking about the state budget and the mounting debt issues in the state and its overall effect on taxes. Of course Obamacare is another hot topic among the small businesses.
Q: What big things is the chamber working on?
A: The chamber along with Guidance Development, a custom website firm located in Gurnee, has designed a new mobile resource called "All Things Gurnee." The custom app/mobile site can be found at www.GurneeChamber.com and will be available at both the Apple Store and Android market. It is designed for residents and visitors as a resource for local business, entertainment, shopping, dining, festivals, community events, village services and more. While it is still under construction, the mobile site is currently live and we anticipate the app to be available by the end of August.
Q: Are there any new initiatives coming up?
A: Illinois Chamber initiatives we are following are the Market-Based Health Benefits Exchange, workman's comp reform and bill HB
2901-Protecting Property Taxpayers And Taxing District Budgets.
Q: What are the biggest challenges facing the Gurnee area?
A: I think in today's economy, the biggest challenge is keeping the small businesses in the area lucrative. Our focus has been to help support these businesses through promotion, educational seminars and networking events.
We believe the addition of our new mobile app will be a huge …