Nonprofit in Rockford Receives Large Donation and Establishes Business Partnership with Local Bank

Rockford nonprofit sees ‘Big’ donation, business partnership with local bank

Rockford, Ill. (WIFR) – A local nonprofit has been the beneficiary of a generous donation and a beneficial business partnership that will help to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Rockford area. Midland States Bank has granted $20,000 to the nonprofit Think Big, in addition to providing financial empowerment sessions for community members. Think Big’s mission is to promote women and minority-owned business development through mentorship and networking opportunities, like an annual expo. “This project is an impactful way to invest in the Rockford community and its women- and minority-owned businesses,” commented Martesha Brown, Director of Community Economic Development at Midland States Bank. “We are excited to continue to partner with the organization to invest in entrepreneurs and small business development.” Midland is also a lead sponsor for the “Business to Legit” 2023 Think Big Expo, which concentrates on supplying in-person opportunities for women- and minority-owned business leaders through networking with industry professionals in Illinois. “We are thankful for this donation from Midland States Bank and delighted to have them as a continued partner in fostering entrepreneurship in the Rockford Region,” said Dr. Sheila Hill, Co-Founder of Think Big. “We invite the community to keep an eye out for the upcoming Think Big Expo and Business to Legit event this summer.” Copyright 2023 WIFR. All rights reserved.