small biz 102521OAKBROOK TERRACE – To recognize the efforts of small businesses, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) is highlighting recipients of Back to Business grants and encouraging residents to shop local as the holiday season approaches.

“To receive operating assistance from the state, nine locally-owned businesses were able to demonstrate financial loss from the pandemic,” Glowiak Hilton said. “By offering support to small businesses, Illinois is working to strengthen our communities.”

Awarded a combined $550,000, B2B grant recipients in the 24th Senate District include:

  • Davanti Enoteca in Western Springs;
  • Gia Mia in Elmhurst;
  • Subway in Westmont;
  • Maize + Mash in Glen Ellyn;
  • CluedIn Escape Rooms in Glen Ellyn;
  • Budget Inn and Suites in Glen Ellyn;
  • Holiday Inn Express in Downers Grove;
  • Jumpcut Pictures in Glen Ellyn; and
  • Subway in Lombard.

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.

“Shopping local can make a difference in our communities this holiday season,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Buying gift cards, recommending a local service or simply interacting on social media can offer support to our small business community.”

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