What's New?

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has launched the new $250M Back 2 Business grant program. Cook County was chosen to serve as one of 13 “Hubs” for the Illinois Small Business Navigator program.  This program offers funding opportunities for small businesses, hard-hit industries, and disproportionately impacted businesses in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to help you apply and secure the funds.

  • As a “Hub,” Cook County engages and coordinates ten partner organizations, also known as “Spokes,” 
  • “Spokes” provide direct 1:1 assistance to help businesses apply for B2B grants
  • Call the Cook County Back2Business Hotline: 872.304.2785 with questions about this program
  • Two ways to apply:

Visit our website with resources for small businesses all in one place: https://cookcountysmallbiz.org/ 

To sign-up for free small business one-on-one business advising servicessign-up here.


Please feel free to reach out to any of our partners for assistance.

Business Service Organizations:

Chicago Urban League, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Women's Business Development Center

Support Business Service Organizations:

Allies for Community BusinessBerwyn Development Corporation, Chicago TREND, Cook County Black Chamber Corporation, Next StreetSouthland Development Authority

Referral Partners:

Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, Chamber 57, Chicago Heights Economic Development Corporation, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Chicago Southland Economic Development CorporationCook County – Chicago Business Advising ProgramEconomic Strategies Development Corporation, Far South Community Development Corporation, Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, Ignite Technology & Innovation, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, Illinois Restaurant Association, Indo-American Center, Mid-South Business Association and Resource Center, Mujeres Latinas En Acción, National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), Next Level Northwest, Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Rogers Park Business Alliance, Schaumburg Business Association, Somercor, Southwest Collective, Sunshine Enterprises, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

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