• National Small Business Week

    Gov. Pritzker Announces $250 Million in Back to Business Grant Awards for Small Businesses 
    During National Small Business Week, DCEO announced the final awards for its Back to Business (B2B) grant program. Through the program, a total of $250 million was distributed to nearly 6,500 businesses in 475 cities and towns across Illinois. The B2B program focused on hard-hit industries and communities, and more than half of the awards went to businesses owned by people of color. 
    A list of Illinois B2B grantees can be found here
    To learn more about resources for small businesses, visit Illinois.gov/DCEO or contact DCEO’s First Stop Business Information Center.
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    Join DCEO in celebrating National Small Business Week (NSBW) May 1-7! Small business owners have played a tremendous role in powering our state and nation’s historic economic comeback. DCEO has many resources available for current or prospective small business owners. This week and beyond DCEO encourages Illinoisans to support local businesses – which are the backbone of our economy. Businesses looking for training and support are encouraged to check out the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) training events website.
    National Small Business Week Spotlight
    DCEO and the Office of Trade and Investment are also commemorating World Trade Month throughout May. Join us on May 17 at 9:00am for a webinar highlighting "Global Export Strategy" to assist Illinois exporters with speakers profiling five regions in this year’s global market forecast. Register HERE.
    For information about trade missions and other resources available through the State of Illinois' Office of Trade and Investment, please visit exports.illinois.gov .
    REMINDER: LIHEAP funds are still available for eligible households to get help paying for home energy services. This includes assistance with heating, gas, propane, and electricity. You can still apply through your local administering agency through May 31, 2022.
    Learn more HERE or call 1-833-711-0374. Assistance is available in 30 languages!