Sen. Mark Walker

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Five local chambers of commerce have been awarded grants to help businesses bounce back from the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to support from State Senator Mark Walker.

“Small businesses drive job creation throughout our state, but many continue to face challenges in adapting to changing consumer habits in the wake of the pandemic,” said Walker (D-Arlington Heights). “These grants will give our chambers of commerce the tools they need to foster a strong economic environment where residents and local businesses can succeed.”

Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, grants through the Back to Business Local Chambers program will be used by chambers to market and develop localities, provide small businesses with professional development and support small businesses and entrepreneurs while bolstering economic development.

The grants – which were introduced through Walker-sponsored legislation in the House – were awarded to chambers of commerce dedicated to improving business development in their communities, particularly those that suffered negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 151 chambers were selected, including the following within the 27th District:

  • Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, $50,000
  • Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce, $50,000
  • Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce, $ 49,827
  • Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce, $ 50,000
  • The Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, $50,000

A full list of grantees can be found here. For more information about the B2B Local Chambers program, visit DCEO’s website.