SHOREWOOD – As Women’s Small Business Month kicks off, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) is encouraging female business owners to take advantage of a number of free webinars to help them learn more about Business Interruption Grants. 

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“Many women business owners had to work extra hard to achieve success, and I want to see as many women-owned businesses as possible make it through the pandemic,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Any female business owner who needs assistance is encouraged to attend this virtual event.”

The BIG program is a $636 million program created to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. The program uses federal funds provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. 

The webinars, hosted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and pegged as “All in for Women: BIG Webinars” will focus on women-owned business, instructing owners on how to navigate eligibility and the application process for BIG grants offered by the state.

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

During the webinars, women-owned businesses will learn about eligibility, program details, and the application process. Technical assistance support will also be provided for the last 30 minutes of every session.   

The dates and time of each webinar is listed below along with links to register.

  • Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. Register HERE
  • Tuesday. Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Register HERE
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Register HERE

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