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Dateline Dixon: City eyes mentorship program for new businesses

King Kat fishing tourney set for June 5-6

Mayor Jim Burke’s plan to create an “entrepreneurial ambiance” in Dixon is continuing.

That’s the phrase Burke used in February during an early meeting about what would later become the Dixon Business Competition.

That competition ended in June with Genesis Hey, of Dixon, and her company, Genesis Hey Productions, winning first place and receiving $5,000.

About a month later, Burke scheduled a meeting with about 24 business representatives to talk about ways to help new businesses and entrepreneurs.

There was some discussion of a fund that could offer some start-up capital, but after the meeting, Burke said the attendees agreed that a mentorship program was the best direction to take.

Another meeting is likely soon to further discuss the mentorship program, which would help to connect local entrepreneurs or local residents interesting in starting their own businesses with already established ones.

City Council roundup

• The City Council placed an agreement with King Kat Trail Inc. on file Monday night. The agreement is for the annual catfish tournament, which is scheduled for next year on June 5 and 6.

• The council approved an ordinance to sell two vehicles, a Dixon Fire Department sign, and a piece of sewer cleaning equipment.

• The city received no bids for the flowers, trees, bushes and shrubs that will be planted as part of the downtown streetscape plan, so now will reach out to businesses for the landscaping.

• A lease agreement between the city and Essex Telecom Inc. for antennas on the water tower at 1740 Brinton Ave., near Timber Creek Golf Course, was placed on file Monday night. Essex Telecom will pay the city $1,200 a year. The terms of the lease were comparable to other communities in the area, City Administrator David Nord said.

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at or at 815-625-3600, ext. 5529. Follow him on Twitter: @MattMencarini

SVM reporter at Books on First today

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini will have "office hours" from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Books on First, 202 W. First St.

Feel free to stop by and let him know what's on your mind. Is there a story in Dixon you think should be reported? Stop by to share or just to say hi.

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