connor 033022LOCKPORT – Local businesses in Will County were awarded more than $3.3 million in assistance from the Back to Business program thanks to advocacy and support from State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport).

“As we see the pandemic subside, businesses are still in recovery from the past two years,” Connor said. “The support brought to our communities through the Back to Business program has made the difference between some businesses having to close their doors or continue to thrive.”

The B2B grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget.

So far – thanks to strong support from Senator Connor – DCEO has provided $200 million in B2B grants to small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas. With nearly $50 million left to go, more businesses will have the opportunity to get a share of the relief funds.

“Will County will see great change from the financial help provided to the community,” Connor said. “I’m grateful for the Back to Business program funding to get the state’s local businesses back on their feet.”

Grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis. Visit the DCEO website for more information on the B2B program or check the status of an existing application by logging into the portal.