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Businesses are so proud to be part of the community here, more so than just about anywhere else. And the community is proud of them. While driving through, people will see banners that state “Midlothian means Business.”

New businesses are welcomed into the neighborhood. And grand openings are a frequent occurrence. The Midlothian Area Chamber of Commerce is always prepared to assist businesses in the community.

One of the things they do is provide a network for the small businesses in conjunction with the big franchises. They sponsor special events that are both functional and fun.

New members continue to join the Chamber, and its numbers have risen to approximately 150. Residents are reminded to shop locally as well as to use local services, for as the Chamber puts it, “go where everyone knows you by name.”

The Chamber has a close working relationship with the Economic Development Committee (EDC). The committee was established in 1995 to assist the Village Board to promote and encourage quality economic development within the Village of Midlothian.

It is composed of seven volunteer village residents and up to three voting members who are not paid, and need not be village residents.


The EDC puts together a listing accessible on the Internet of all available commercial sites in the village with basic, pertinent information for each. People interested in the Midlothian area should check these facts and look for the contact number.

In addition, as part of the implementation of the newly revised Village of Midlothian Comprehensive Plan, professional consultants, Camiros Ltd., are contacting businesses that would be well suited to the village’s overall concept. Also, the Planning Commission is working with Camiros on a revision of the zoning ordinance to reflect the community’s vision.


The EDC and the Chamber continue working together. Previous joint ventures include the Magnetizing Midlothian Project, the Community Calendar Annual Program, and the Plan for Beautification and Community Pride in the Business District.

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is active in the community. This organization is outstanding, and sponsors fundraisers that raise money for scholarships.

Business assistance is available through Moraine Valley Community College’s Small Business Development Center. Services include small business consulting where people can expect advice from an experienced professional. For example, the Center can help with the target market, demographic information or the strategies of marketing. Classes are taught by leading industry experts. Workshops and seminars are offered throughout the year.

Another useful source is Center Point, located at Governors State University. They help with loans, marketing, accounting, finance, business planning and more.

Simborg Industrial Real Estate, located in Posen, specializes in the sale and leasing of industrial office and corporate property. They have developed more than 100 industrial and office buildings for their corporate and investor clients to lease or to own. They are experts at controlling costs, scheduling, project management, and are known as the “South Suburban Specialists.”

In summary, most people in the area are employed in managerial, professional or public administration positions. Retail is the second most common occupation. Other occupations, listed in descending order are administrative support, operations/ fabricators/laborers, precision products/craft and repair operations, manufacturing, technical/sales, financial/ insurance/real estate, services, construction, transportation, wholesale trade, and communication/other utilities.

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