b2b grantsCHICAGO — With support from State Senator Natalie Toro, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recently announced the latest round of Back to Business grants awarded to businesses in the restaurant industry. 

“Small businesses are essential to our economy and our communities,” said Toro (D-Chicago). “These grants give them the opportunity to rebuild after setbacks from COVID-19.”

The Back to Business grant program provides recovery grants for small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on businesses in the hardest-hit industries. Through the Back to Business and Business Interruption Grant programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Twenty one restaurants in Toro’s district will receive a combined total of $860,000 through this round of Back to Business grants.

“The Back to Business grants have been essential in keeping our local restaurants open after facing so much uncertainty during the pandemic,” said Toro. “I am glad this program is continuing to support local businesses and business owners, and I applaud the uniqueness and innovation of these restaurants.”

For more information about B2B grants visit DCEO’s website.