CHICAGO – Many local Chicago businesses were recently awarded over $2.5 million in funding from the Back to Business Program to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to support from State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago).
“Chicago business owners have struggled with the impact the pandemic had over the last two years,” Martwick said. “This grant money will help so many Chicago businesses bounce back after facing the difficulties of reopening and recovering from COVID-19.”
The B2B program grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget. So far – thanks to strong support from Martwick– DCEO has provided $111 million in B2B grants to nearly 3,000 small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas.
In the district Sen. Martwick represents, 61 businesses were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 to help them cover the costs of safely staying open in these unpredictable times. Businesses ranged from restaurants to dance studios and barbershops and more.
“The Illinois Back to Business program works to focus on the hardest hit sectors of business,” Martwick said. “During this difficult time, it is important to assist our local businesses and lead the nation by example through our support.”