small biz 110520CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging local businesses to take advantage of Back to Business grants before the Oct. 13 deadline.

The B2B program allocates $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars for small businesses experiencing COVID-19 losses, and grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our small business owners worked overtime to survive this economic hardship,” Bennett said. “I am thrilled to see businesses in our district receive more than $1 million in B2B grants in the first wave, and it’s vital that more businesses apply before the deadline.”

Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply by visiting the DCEO website. To help restore operational losses incurred during the pandemic, the B2B program will provide grants ranging in size from $5,000 to $150,000, commensurate with losses experienced.

To help local businesses take advantage of B2B grants, Bennett and his staff will be available to assist business owners with their applications at his upcoming remote office hours from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Rantoul Public Library, located at 106 W. Flessner Ave.

Bennett encourages residents to reach out to his office at 217-355-5252 or visit with questions and concerns.

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Office Info

Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507