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Two central Illinois businesses are included in the Illinois Made | program Community

CHICAGO (WAND) — A sign company with deep roots in Springfield and an eclectic Effingham cafe have been recognized by the Illinois Tourism Authority.

Ace Sign Company and Sign Museum and Joe Sippers Cafe were among 30 businesses included in this week’s Illinois Made program. Each year, the Illinois Office of Tourism selects a group of small businesses that represent hidden gems, experiences and one-of-a-kind products.

“I could not be more proud to announce the Illinois Makers Class of 2022 as the most representative of our diverse state since the inception of the Illinois Made program,” said Governor J. B. Pritzker. – Here, in Illinois, we have everything: wonderful woodcarving, delicious pastries and the tastiest barbecue in the country – all thanks to our small business. With Small Business Saturday right around the corner, I encourage all residents and visitors to check out the 30 newest manufacturers that make Illinois, Illinois. Congratulations, Illinois Makers Class of 2022!”

According to a release from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Class of 2022 is the most diverse since the program’s inception, with more than 60 percent of businesses owned by women or people of color.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our Illinois economy, and their distinctive products and experiences help make communities unique and give locals and visitors many reasons to explore our great state. We are excited to announce the new Illinois Makers class just in time for Small Business Saturday on November 26,” said Sylvia I. Garcia, DCEO Director.

The rest of the list of Illinois businesses for 2022 can be found at enjoyIllinois.com.

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