A new program to help minority-owned businesses will focus on making connections, not providing loans.  Gov. Bruce Rauner says his new program will be a mostly volunteer-driven effort to make introductions for new business owners, which will hopefully provide them with advice and even startup capital.

Rauner argues that's more likely to succeed than providing businesses with publicly-funded loans.

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The program will be called ADME, or Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship, The first year  will focus on businesses in Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford, with Rauner hoping to eventually expand it statewide.


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