UPDATE: Doing Business in Rockford Committee finishing work

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A committee dedicated to making it easier to do business in Rockford is finishing nearly six months of work.

The Doing Business in Rockford Committee was formed to take a look at the way the city of Rockford works with businesses.

Committee members say the main focus was finding a way to make it easier and quicker for businesses to start in the area and work on ways to create partnerships that help with that process.

Committee members have also focused on making an online permitting process for potential business owners.

"The perception has always been that the city of Rockford is hard to do business with, and we wanted to show the city that's not true. We have a lot of struggles, but we also have a lot of areas that we do a great job on," said 14th Ward Alderman Joseph Chiarelli.

The recommendations from the Doing Business in Rockford Committee will go to the codes and regulations committee and then to city council for approval.

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Posted November 7, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Doing Business in Rockford Committee will be meeting for the next few months to evaluate ordinances and regulations to make Rockford a business-friendly environment.

Committee members say a few of the goals are to increase economic wealth, encourage woman and minority-owned businesses to come to the city and figure out where technology could advance Rockford.

The committee will advise city council in 180 days.