small biz wood 102920DES PLAINES – With stricter mitigation measures now in effect in suburban Cook County, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is reminding business owners to apply for available aid through the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program.

“The majority of our small businesses are doing the right thing and following health and safety guidelines, and we need to lift up those establishments to ensure they can survive these tough times,” said Murphy. “They need support, both from the state and from the community, to keep them afloat. The BIG program is one crucial resource to help our local businesses cope with losses.”

Applications for the second round of the BIG program are available now and will offer $220 million in funds for small businesses hit hardest by the ongoing pandemic.

The second wave of funds from BIG aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses, with a focus on heavily distressed industries and businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas. Application information for the second round of funds and can be found here.

Murphy also encourages residents to support the local restaurants and businesses working hard to keep customers and staff safe.

“With the holiday season approaching, there are many ways to lend a hand to our small business community,” said Murphy. “Order carryout, purchase a gift card or leave a local business a positive review online to give them a boost.”