ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) wants small businesses in the Rockford area to know that an expanded public service is available to help them access subsidy programs for economic recovery.
“Our local businesses are working hard to rebuild financial stability as we emerge from the pandemic,” Stadelman said. “I urge owners and managers to work with a navigator if they need help finding funding to help them get back to normal.”
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities has invested an additional $ 9 million in its Community Navigator Outreach Program, with new partners serving the Rockford area.
“This expansion of the existing Community Navigator program builds on 13 organizations that will provide support to small businesses that need help navigating the billions of dollars in financial assistance available. Community Navigators will carry out intensive outreach to make sure small businesses and hard-to-reach businesses are aware of economic relief funds, ”according to Stadelman’s announcement.
The DCEO trained 13 new regional partners to facilitate technical assistance to small businesses at the local level. These 13 organizations, which were selected through a competitive process, will work with over 100 community organizations based in low to moderate income areas. The American Business Immigrant Coalition and the Illinois Public Health Association will coordinate efforts in Winnebago County.
To ensure the smallest and most vulnerable businesses are prioritized, browser partners will provide small businesses with direct application support, as well as language support, field outreach, webinars, sessions technical assistance and more.
For more information on recovery programs and how to get help, companies can visit the DCEO web page or call the First Stop hotline at 1.800.252.2923.
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