Trump cabinet member visits Research Park, highlights small businesses
A member of President Trump's cabinet visited Champaign Monday, highlighting the work of small businesses.
Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, toured EnterpriseWorks at Research Park. She met with various start-ups in the incubator.
She said it's one of the top three incubators in the country.
The administrator said her goal is to help support places like EnterpriseWorks that provides resources for new entrepreneurs.
"They can't always afford it, so, when you can come to a place like EnterpriseWorks...this is fantastic," McMahon said.
The director of Research Park said they work with about 45 startups at a time. Since they've opened, they've help launch more than 250 businesses.
They said it takes support from the government and investors to keep it going.
"So, pairing both the importance of private investors taking a risk on companies and the federal government using its resources to really inspire more creativity amongst the companies that will change our economy," said director Laura Frerichs.
Monday was part of a national tour by SBA to highlight the programs the administration offers.