Dot’s Pots in Moline Wins Rare Honor in Statewide ‘Illinois Made’ Travel Campaign
Dot’s Pots in Moline has been chosen as the only Quad Cities company to be one of Illinois’ 28 small businesses under the Illinois Made program, the Illinois Tourism Board said on Wednesday.
The program recognizes each business as a “hidden gem for locals and visitors to discover, offering unique products and experiences statewide,” according to a statement released Wednesday. “From vegan dessert makers, alpaca and hemp growers, and a Chicago candle maker on a mission to provide young moms with essential skills in vocational training – each of the small businesses featured are helping to make the difference. Illinois a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors. “
The Illinois Made program, launched in 2016, inspires residents and visitors to discover the authentic people, products and experiences created by one-of-a-kind small businesses in every region of the state. This new category of “Makers” is announced in time to provide consumers with even more options for buying local produce during this year’s holiday shopping season.
“Illinois is home to a diverse and vibrant small business community that attracts visitors from across the country and around the world,” Governor JB Pritzker said in the statement. “Through our Illinois Made program, we celebrate the unique contributions of small businesses in our communities and give people another reason to explore all aspects of Illinois. I would like to congratulate the 28 New Illinois Manufacturers for this distinguished honor and encourage our residents and visitors to plan a visit to learn about products and experiences unique to Illinois.
The Illinois Made program now includes more than 200 people from all parts of the state and continues to drive foot traffic to local small businesses across the state.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy and offer the food, products and experiences that make a visit to all parts of Illinois special,” said Sylvia I. Garcia, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, which includes the Tourism Board. “We’re excited to expand the Illinois Made program to include 28 additional small businesses that offer unique products made in Illinois and to highlight why people should visit communities in our great state. “
“This new Illinois Made class is a diverse representation of the unforgettable experiences visitors can find across our state, from the great city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs, to the hills of southern Illinois,” said Karla Flannery , deputy director of the Illinois Tourist Board. “We look forward to finding new and exciting ways to promote this group of small businesses, their owners and their communities to national and international visitors. “
This year, more than half (18) of the companies represented are owned by women or people of color.
Dot’s Pots at 2822 16th St., Moline, sells pottery created by Dorothy “Dot” Beach-Lawrence and her husband Dan Lawrence. Dot and Dan create pottery by wheel, hand and slab, using food and microwave glazes, and by firing in gas and electric ovens. Dot also makes Raku pottery in small batch fires.
“I am so honored and excited to be recognized for doing what we love to do and to be able to share my clay work with others,” Dot said in the statement. “I’ve been making pottery most of my life since high school and we still love to do it. “
“The Illinois Made program and its recognition of small businesses statewide is essential to our visitors’ economy and our authentic experiences,” said Dave Herrell, President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities. “QC is where our small Quad Cities businesses set us apart and define the history of our regional destination. We are incredibly proud of Dot’s Pots for being recognized by Illinois Made and grateful for everything they do for the community.
The Illinois Made program builds on the state’s efforts to highlight small businesses as a tourist attraction in itself, to celebrate its diverse communities, and to stimulate tourism activity to support local economies across the country. State. Additionally, directing traffic to tourism and tourism-related small businesses – among those hardest hit during the pandemic – is a key part of the Pritzker administration’s plan to guide a nation-wide economic recovery. State after COVID-19, according to the press release.
The Illinois Tourism Board encourages residents to nominate businesses for the Illinois Made program year round. They review nominations and choose companies based on program criteria as well as local business representation across the state. To propose a company to the program, click here.
To learn more about Illinois Made, visit EnjoyIllinois.com/IllinoisMade.