The Small Business Community Navigators Program is a support program for small businesses in the State of Illinois. The program targets businesses in Illinois who are identified as underserved including minority, rural, veteran and women owned businesses. The Small Business Community Navigator Program is specifically targeted at alleviating these issues and reducing the barriers underserved businesses often face when trying to access relief program dollars.
The program brings together community organizations, community navigators, from across the State of Illinois who will perform intensive outreach to ensure that small and hard-to-reach businesses are aware of economic relief funds available. Community Navigators will be tasked with informing the Illinois business community of state small business relief grants, as well as federal support available from the Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury. These navigators will provide access to economic support and cutting-edge resources vital to the recovery effort our businesses are now facing in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
What do Community Navigators do?
Community navigators provide the following services:
- Outreach to hard-to-reach or underserved businesses to raise awareness of opportunities for federal or state support
- 1-on-1 technical assistance to small businesses to help them understand eligibility and apply for economic support
- Offer services in multiple languages
- Share information on small business barriers with DCEO to ensure programming is accessible
Looking for assistance with your small business?
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