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New survey shows small business climate suffering in Illinois

Nearly 200 Illinois business owners surveyed say the state’s business climate is worse than any other in the country. So how does that stack up locally?

Delta Tire and Custom Wheels has been in business in the Gem City for more than 50 years. Lately, Owner Dave Steinkoenig says he’s noticed disparities between Illinois and Missouri, specifically workers comp.

"It’s a lot higher than it is across the river," said Steinkoenig. "I don’t have any details on that. We just got used to it over the years. Being here so long we just pay it but we have checked into it and it is a lot less expensive to do business in Missouri."

Online Services Company Thumbtack released the results of its annual small business survey saying business owners in Illinois gave the state an F on overall business friendliness. 

"I can understand why businesses think Illinois is a bad place to do business," said Marcel Wagner, President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation."However, we’re seeing the antithesis of that in Quincy and Adams County."

While the survey showed that Illinois business owners think the state is more interested in attracting large corporations than small business, Wagner says that’s not the case in Quincy. 

"For us to bring in a large employer, where are they going to get their employees from?" said Wagner. 

For entrepreneurs, Quincy offers various incentives to help folks get their businesses up and running including the downtown rental rehab program and business grant programs.

"The City of Quincy is perceived, in the downtown, as a great place to do business," said Wagner. "It’s a business friendly environment."

The District in Downtown Quincy offers various programs throughout the year to encourage people to shop local, one of those being this weekend with Shop Local Saturday. 

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