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If you have already applied for this grant you need to check your email everyday to find your acceptance email and accept the grant funds once you have been approved. You MUST act within 72 hours to accept the funds. Be sure to monitor your junk mail on you email account so that you do not accidentally miss your acceptance notification.
The Sullivan Chamber and Economic Development has been hard at work serving Sullivan and Moultrie County. This summer we joined a group and wrote a grant for the 2021 Small Business Community Navigator program. I am pleased to inform you that we are being awarded a grant to participate in a regional collaboration in South Central and Southeastern Illinois. In covering our region, I am partnering with professionals in the Counties of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Edgar, and Effingham. Community Navigators will work with small businesses to take advantage of available resources that can help them bounce back from the pandemic-induced recession and thrive during our economic recovery.
The Community Navigator’s purpose is to provide professional outreach to businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 and technical assistance in applying for state and federal economic relief programs. Our mission is to ensure that small businesses in our region are competitive in applying for necessary resources. Our goal is to position these businesses for success by accelerating business recovery and growth.
To assist in outreach efforts and provide a central point for information, we have recently launched a website: www.ILBusinessNavigators.com. Community Navigators will host webinars, outreach events, virtual office hours, and offer 1-on-1 technical assistance.
The Business Navigator Alliance is hosting a webinar on Thursday, August 12th at 11:00am. We will discuss upcoming grant opportunities and detail eligibility criteria, key priorities, and application requirements. Register Here
Business Navigator Alliance Webinar - August 12th @ 11:00am
The SCED is excited to be a true regional partner in South Central and Southeastern Illinois. Thank you to our members for their support. Much work remains ahead of us to ensure the hardest-to-reach businesses that are most in need of support are aware of these opportunities. If you are not already a member, please join us as we continue to support our local business community.