Local Chambers of Commerce Awarded Grant Funds from Back to Business Program

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Today, 151 Chambers of Commerce were awarded $5 million in grant funds through the Back to Business (B2B) Chambers program. Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded the grant funds to provide additional support for local chambers of commerce that experienced negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of B2B awardees can be found here.

Small businesses are the backbone of our growing economy,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “That’s why my administration is providing support to local chambers of commerce through the B2B Local Chambers grant program. The 151 grantees announced today will amplify our efforts to help small businesses who may have been overlooked by previous pandemic aid efforts access the necessary marketing and development resources they need to thrive.”

Geneseo Chamber of Commerce – $21,700.52
Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development IVAC Peru – $43,106.13
Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry – $50,000.00
Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce – $50,000.00
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry – $50,000.00
Princeton Chamber of Commerce – $50,000.00
Streator Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry – $50,000.00
The Greater Quad City Hispanic Chamber Moline – $50,000.00

“Through the B2B Local Chambers grant program, the State of Illinois is providing support to dozens of chambers of commerce in communities that were hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,”said DCEO Director Kristin Richards. “Economic development in every corner of the state will continue to grow as local chambers have newfound access to resources to promote marketing and development.”

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