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CHAMPAIGN – In celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month and to assist business owners with the application process for the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is encouraging female small business owners to sign up for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s “All in for Women: BIG Webinars.” 

“Supporting our small business community is especially important right now as we continue to navigate these tough economic times,” Bennett said. “For those that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and plan to apply for a BIG grant, consider signing up for a webinar this month.”

During the month of October, the department will offer webinars focusing on women-owned businesses, helping owners navigate eligibility requirements and the application process for the BIG program.
 
The BIG program is a $636 million program created to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. The program uses federal funds provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19-related losses for Illinois small businesses.
 
In the second round of grants, $220 million will be allocated to provide relief for all types of small businesses, including women-owned small businesses. Funding can be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs, rent, utilities and other operational costs.

“These funds respond to the needs facing our business community and help provide assistance where it’s needed most,” Bennett said.
 
The webinar will be presented in four sessions, and technical assistance support will be provided for the last 30 minutes of every session. The date and time of each webinar is listed below, along with links to register.

  • Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. Register HERE
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Register HERE
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Register HERE

More information about the second round of BIG grants can be found here.

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