pexels christina morillo 1181605CHICAGO – During Women’s Small Business Month, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will host a series of virtual webinars titled, “All in for Women: BIG Webinars”, and State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is encouraging businesswomen to take advantage of the opportunity.

“It’s important that women are equipped with all the resources they need as they move up in the business world,” Van Pelt said. “These webinars are specified to the needs of women in business, and will be especially useful during the pandemic.”

The Business Interruption Grant program was created to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. Using more than $600 million in federal funds provided by the CARES Act, the program aids in offsetting COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses.

For the second round of grants, $220 million will be allocated to provide relief for all types of small businesses, which can be used to help women-owned businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs, rent, utilities, and other operational costs.

The webinars will provide women-owned businesses with information regarding eligibility, program details, and the application process, with technical support available for the last 30 minutes of every session.   

The first of four webinars will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Here are the remaining webinars being offered this month:
o Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. Register HERE
o Tuesday. Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Register HERE
o Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Register HERE

More information about the second round of BIG grants can be found here.


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