The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has launched the new $250M Back 2 Business grant program. This program offers funding opportunities for small businesses, hard-hit industries and disproportionately impacted businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to help you apply and secure the funds.

Prepare to apply by gathering:

  • 2019 and 2020 Federal tax returns
  • Two business bank statements: March through December 2020 & your most recent statement
  • Business owner ID (ITIN accepted)

What you need to know:

  • $5,000 – $150,000 grants to cover operations / staff / overhead costs
  • Must have revenues of $20 million or less in 2019 and a reduction in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Priority given to industries & communities hard-hit by COVID-19 as well as businesses who have yet to qualify for state or federal assistance (including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), Business Interruption Grant (BIG), and more) have yet to qualify for state funding or federal assistance

For assistance, call the Cook County B2B Hotline:
872.304.2785

*Masks are mandatory at all in-person events

Illinois Restaurant Association

B2B Grant Info Pop-Up Event
(No reservations or registration necessary - Doors will be open and business owners can just come by)

Illinois Restaurant Association
33 W. Monroe, Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60603
illinoisrestaurants.org
September 13th • 9 am - 12 pm*
September 20th • 9 am - 12 pm*
September 27th • 9 am - 12 pm
* IRA class being offered in Spanish

Once per week during September, the Illinois Restaurant Association will hold “B2B Grant Info" pop-up events from 9am-noon in our downtown offices. Member and nonmember businesses alike are welcome to visit and learn about the B2B Grant program and how to apply.

Illinois Restaurant Association

B2B Grant Info Webinar
Applying for the Illinois Back 2 Business Grant - Update for Restaurants

September 16th • 10 am*
* IRA class being offered in Spanish

Get an update on the Back 2 Business (B2B) Grant Program and what restaurants and bars need to know about applying for these funds.

Preparing Your Business for Financing Prepárese para solicitar cualquier programa de financiamiento.

Finance Info Webinar
Learn how to get your business “application ready” so you can apply for any federal, state or local programs.

September 21st • 11 am*
* disponible en español

Join us and you will leave with the knowledge and tools you can use to get financially organized and position yourself to get funding.

Cook County – Chicago Business Advising Program

We provide one-on-one business advising that helps you address the unique needs of your business, including acquiring new capital and customers, understanding financial, change and risk management, adjusting business models, and operating under new safety regulations.

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