The Free event featured dozens of guest speakers who shared their knowledge of local, regional, state, and federal resources.
Also, discussed at the forum were programs and opportunities for Central Illinois businesses.
The idea is to help grow local business right here in Central Illinois.
Tony Rolando from the Illinois Department of Commerce says manufacturing in Peoria is booming these days.
Many small manufacturers are desperate for good quality employees, and there are jobs in the region for the right candidates.