open 208368 1920CHICAGO – Nearly 160 businesses in the district represented by State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas received a total of $5.58 million in financial assistance through the Back to Business program.

“Small business are the heartbeat of our communities, and so many have struggled during these last two years,” said Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago). “The B2B program has helped businesses keep their doors open in such unprecedented times.”

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.

DCEO has provided $250 million in B2B grants to small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on hard hit sectors, such as restaurants, bars, barbershops and salons, with an emphasis on providing support to disproportionately impacted areas.

“From our favorite restaurants and shops, to other important businesses like gyms and art galleries, the B2B program has kept our neighborhoods economically robust,” Pacione-Zayas said. “I am excited to be able to continue to support these business as we continue toward recovery.”

Due to fiscal responsibility, the state saw an increase in funds available to assist small businesses.

Pacione-Zayas urges small businesses to visit the DCEO website for additional resources or contact DCEO’s First Stop Business Information Center Services at 800-252-2923 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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