AURORA, IL – Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin has been selected by the United States Conference of Mayors as the recipient of the organization’s 2019 Small Business Advocate Award.

“Mayor Irvin has demonstrated his commitment and support of small business in Aurora by creating a business friendly environment for businesses to grow and prosper,” said Jeffrey Bean of the United States Conference of Mayors. “His efforts have helped many new entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams and start a business.”

Each year, the United States Conference of Mayors selects a recipient this distinguished honor from among its 1,400 members. Representatives from the United States Conference of Mayors will travel from Washington D.C. to Aurora next month to present Mayor Irvin with the award and to salute Aurora’s business community for its consistent growth and development.

“As a small business owner, I remember the red tape I had to cut through to open my business many years ago,” said Mayor Irvin who opened his private law practice in downtown Aurora. “As mayor, I knew we needed to streamline the process for new businesses and strengthen the support for existing businesses. Our internal team and external partners are working in tandem to support business attraction, retention and growth in Aurora.”

During the presentation, Mayor Irvin will recognize the efforts of Aurora’s economic development sector by presenting awards to the City of Aurora’s Economic Development Team, Invest Aurora, the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Quad County African-American Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Downtown and other key developers.

The 2019 Small Business Advocate Award presentation will be held during a morning reception on Monday, September 9 in downtown Aurora.

Business owners and representatives interested in attending should contact the Mayor’s Office at 630.256.3010 or [email protected].

Past recipients of this award include Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Elizabeth, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin among others.

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