small biz 102521CHAMPAIGN – Dozens of local businesses in Champaign and Vermilion Counties were recently awarded $5.28 million in combined funding from the Back to Business Program to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the support of State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

“Businesses have been working hard to keep their doors open while also keeping their employees and the community safe,” Bennett said. “With businesses’ bottom lines still hurting, the Back to Business program has been a great resource to help.”

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 Bennett – DCEO has provided $111 million in B2B grants to nearly 3,000 small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas.

Eighty-nine businesses in Champaign County and 12 businesses in Vermilion County were awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 to help them cover the costs of safely staying open in these unpredictable times. Businesses ranged from coffee shops to art studios and more.

“Restaurants, salons, fitness centers and organizations focusing on the arts have suffered the hardest blows throughout the pandemic,” Bennett said. “I'm thrilled the B2B program is giving these businesses some relief.”

Grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis. Visit the DCEO website for more information on the B2B program and view a full list of grantees here.

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