Chicago, IL. Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – A Safe Haven President and co-founder Neli Vazquez Rowland served as a guest speaker at the Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) and Reboot Illinois- Mobilization and Town Hall Meeting. She participated on a panel with other community leaders impacted by the eight month Illinois budget impasse. According to SBAC, the purpose of the meeting was to bring together the small business community, non-profit organizations, college students, local municipalities, and everyone else being hurt by the conduct of Illinois’ politicians. Participants sought to send a strong and unified message to elected state officials to pass a responsible budget and enact the reforms necessary to pay their bills for services rendered and move forward.
Addressing her participation, Vazquez Rowland stated: “I was honored to have joined the prestigious panel and impactful conversation with Reboot Illinois and SBAC. True community impact is often the result of sharing knowledge and ideas, so I was truly thankful to share my thoughts and to advocate for the homeless, for criminal justice reform, for small businesses and for Illinois taxpayers. We need resolution for a smart Illinois Budget Now!”.
The event host- the Small Business Advisory Council-is an organization dedicated to promoting the success of small business through political advocacy, support services and educational programs in the Chicagoland area. Reboot Illinois is a nonpartisan, independent website and social media effort dedicated to involving Illinoisans in the key issues facing our state. Across the State non-profit organizations and small business are among the hardest hit by the budget impasse. By advocating for action and standing in solitary, community leaders across the state are calling to attention the devastating effects of inaction on the success and wellbeing of business, non-profit organizations and individuals alike.