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ROCKFORD – September 20, 2021The primary objective of the ACE Conference & Expo is to bring entrepreneurs and business resources together for learning and networking. Organizers want to ensure this is a safe and successful event for all involved. To ensure this happens, the event is postponed until early 2022. Dates will be announced shortly.

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Upcoming Expo Connects Area Entrepreneurs with Business Experts

ROCKFORD – August 20, 2021 – Locally-owned small businesses are a source of pride, jobs and economic vitality in the Northern Illinois region, and several organizations are combining efforts to support aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

The Accelerating Creatives & Entrepreneurs (ACE) Conference & Expo will take place on October 7 and 8 at the Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main Street in Rockford, and bring together the region’s most trusted business resources, speakers, and peers. Attendees will receive key takeaways on starting and growing a business and make connections with business influencers, partners, innovators, creators, and other entrepreneurs.

The first day will revolve around three separate sessions, each one geared toward entrepreneurs of varying experience levels. Day two will focus on applying the knowledge learned the previous day.

The event is being put on by several local organizations including Transform Rockford, Illinois Small Business Development Center, EIGERlab, Rockford Public Library, Growth Dimensions Economic Development, Greater Freeport Partnership, and Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“We want Rockford to be a place where new and young businesses can thrive,” said Spitty Tata, program manager at Transform Rockford. “This conference will be a great opportunity for people to learn how to open their own business, grow their existing business, and connect with valuable people and resources in our region to help them on their journey.”

A two-day ticket costs $30 if purchased before September 10. Vendor booths and event sponsorships are also available. Learn more at