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Chambers Members Don't Miss Out! Big Partners Host 2 Webinars

Join the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, The Resurrection Project, Greater Auburn Gresham CDC, Chicago Urban League, and Accion on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 for webinars (English & Spanish) to walk through the Business Interruption Grant application process with small business owners.

We Will Cover

  • Eligibility
  • How to fill out the application
  • Necessary documents
  • Timeline for documents
  • The most common reasons applications are denied

We will also have a Q&A with IL-DCEO representatives and BIG Program administrators. 

Important Application Updates: * Applications for the second round of funding are now live. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois. If you have questions or are experiencing technical difficulties, please submit a question via the following forms for assistance with your application in either English or Spanish. * Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with funding priorities outlined below. Please take your time to submit a complete and correct application. Additional time needed to submit will not impact your eligibility or chances of receiving a grant.

Calling all Chicago and Cook County Small Businesses!

Do you need help getting back on your feet after suffering a drop in business because of the pandemic? The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Assistance program is here to help. Small businesses across Chicago and Cook County can apply for free business advising to address issues ranging from acquiring new capital and customers to understanding risk management. Additionally, suburban Cook County businesses with 20 or fewer employees who have seen financial losses due to the pandemic may qualify for a $10,000 grant to help get their business back on its feet.

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The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, announced the addition of nine new members today. IIN now has 15 hubs, including all of Illinois’ public universities and spans the entire state.

Led by the University of Illinois System, IIN launched last August with its first hubs at the three U of I System institutions and a fourth at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in downtown Chicago. Northern Illinois University joined IIN in September and Peoria, which is home to a regional academic medical center, joined in December.

Governors State University will establish a Supply Chain Innovation Center and Business Incubator in University Park, Illinois. The center will provide faculty consulting to businesses and startups in Chicago’s southland region, as well as employee training and management development programs to assist in the creation of new businesses and the creation and retention of jobs. Building on the university’s existing partnerships with industry and non-profit organizations in the region, the center will help drive both local and regional economic development, including underserved communities in the region.

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