Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

State of Illinois Business Interruption Grants: An Update with DCEO Director Erin Guthrie

Small businesses are facing an unprecedented disruption as a result of COVID-19. In order to support and provide economic relief to small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly developed the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program. Small businesses experiencing hardship are eligible to receive a BIG grant to use toward working capital expenses, including payroll costs, rent, utilities, and other operational costs.

Join the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to learn more about the grants and application process.

To date, DCEO has already awarded 4,000 grants across Illinois, with an average grant size of $23,000. Additional funding remains, with grants available in amounts of up to $150,000. Details and eligibility guidelines can be found online at


Erin Guthrie

Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Jason Horwitz

Policy Development, Planning, & Research, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Jack Lavin

President & CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

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