Business owners say recent push for small business markets help local economy

PEORIA (HOI) — Since March of last year, there has been a greater push to shop local and shop small. Now, Central Illinois has seen a resurgence of farmer’s markets to help support even the smallest of businesses.

CEO of the Minority Business Development Center, Denise Moore, organized the Outdoor Marketplace to showcase minority owned businesses in the area.

She was not alone in the push to shop local. East Peoria has multiple markets throughout the week as well as Peoria.

Moore said people used to only really here of the Riverfront Market in Peoria, but since the pandemic, there had been a shift.

“If you can have folks employed in their own communities, in businesses that are thriving, it keeps the dollar circulating, it improves the economic opportunity for everyone in that community,” said Moore.

Real estate developer, Katie Kim, is an organizer of the Keller Station Farmer’s Market held every Wednesday. She said…

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