Senator DeWitte to host online Back to Business Grant webinar

State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) is partnering with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to help local businesses receive recovery funding through a state grant program implemented to help those greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinar will take place online via Zoom on Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m., and representatives from DCEO will be available to provide information and assist businesses with the application process.

“Restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations were among the hardest-hit since 2020, and these grants will go far in helping return these businesses to solid financial footing,” said DeWitte. “Any owner of an above-mentioned business is encouraged to register and participate in this informational webinar.”

The Back to Business program’s new round of grants has $175 million available to provide to qualifying restaurants, hotels, and creative arts organizations. All applicants will receive a grant as long as they meet eligibility requirements and submit proper documentation and attestations required by the program.

Registration is required for this webinar, and prior to the May 3 event, registrants will receive the Zoom link that enables access to the online event. Those wishing to participate should send an RSVP email to The email must include the business owner’s name as well as their business name, address, and phone number.

WHAT: Back to Business Grant Webinar

WHO: Eligible Business Owners

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3, 2023

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Virtual. Zoom link will be provided upon registration

Applications for the Back to Business program are due by Wednesday, May 10. More information on the program can be found here.

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