New digital regulations could harm Illinois small businesses, including mine

dailyherald | February 26, 2019

Illinois small businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology and business tools. Doctors, artists, retailers, restaurants and accountants rely on digital platforms and data for marketing, customer service, staff management, payments and more. Digital technology is a key factor in small business success, and one of the main reasons why Illinois small businesses employ more than 2.4 million people.

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