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Metro East businesses hit by pandemic receiving Back to Business grants

By offering support to small businesses, Illinois is working to provide stability to local economies, state Sen. Rachelle Aud Crowe said this week, highlighting the significance of Back to Business grants sought by firms.

Crowe, D-Glen Carbon (shown), said seven locally-owned businesses in her district are among those able to demonstrate financial loss from the pandemic, and as a result will receive operating assistance from the state.

Awarded a combined $155,000, B2B grant recipients in the 56th Senate District include:

  • Bojac’s Sports Bar in Wood River;
  • Budget Signs, Trophies and Plaques in Wood River;
  • Piasa Body Art in Alton;
  • Lovejoy Weddings and Events in Alton;
  • Subway in Wood River;
  • Quality Inn in O’Fallon; and
  • The Wooden Nickel Pub and Grill in Glen Carbon.

The B2B program allocated $250 million in American Rescue Plan dollars for small businesses hurt financially by the pandemic. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $150,000 and could be used to cover a wide range of operations, such as staff and overhead costs.

“If applicable, try to shop, eat and think local this holiday season,” Crowe said. “Purchasing gift cards, telling a friend about services or simply engaging on social media can support our small-business community.”

A full list of B2B grant awardees can be found on DCEO’s website.

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