CHAMPsmallbizopen2 052820AIGN — As many small businesses across the state face financial hardships created by the COVID-10 pandemic, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced new funding for small business development centers to help businesses get through this difficult time.

“We can’t bounce back as a community until our small businesses recover,” Bennett said. “This additional funding for small business development centers will ensure they have the resources and assistance they need to be successful moving forward.”

A $7.3 million investment announced by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Wednesday will flow from the U.S. Small Business Administration to the Illinois Small Business Developmental Center program. The statewide program focuses on supporting Illinois businesses and entrepreneurs in starting, growing and maintaining their businesses.

The money will go toward additional resources for education, training and professional business advising to small businesses that have experienced supply chain disruptions, staffing challenges, a decrease in gross receipts or customers, or a closure as a result of COVID-19.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has played an important role in connecting businesses with support resources and assistance programs designed to help keep them from shutting their doors permanently.

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