imagesPLAINFIELD – State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood) is urging local businesses to take advantage of Back to Business grants before the Oct. 13 deadline.

The B2B program allocates $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars for small businesses experiencing COVID-19 losses, and grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis.

“Throughout the pandemic, our small businesses have stood up to support our communities in endless ways,” Loughran Cappel said. “As I talk to small business owners across Will and Kendall counties, we must continue to work toward providing them with economic stability to help ensure they have the resources they need to keep their doors open.”

Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply by visiting the DCEO website. To help restore operational losses incurred during the pandemic, the B2B program will provide grants ranging in size from $5,000 to $150,000, commensurate with losses experienced. The administration will continue to accept applications for B2B grants through Oct. 13, 2021.

“I am excited to see businesses in our district receive nearly $350,000 in B2B grants during the first wave,” Loughran Cappel said. “This is a great first step in recovery; however, I urge local eligible local businesses to apply before the deadline.”

To highlight and support local businesses in the 49th District, Loughran Cappel has launched a small business tours series and requests entrepreneurs to invite her to visit their businesses. She hopes to meet a variety of business owners and workers, including retail shops, manufacturing businesses and businesses in the service industry – from salons to optometrists.

“Small businesses continue to overcome challenges throughout the pandemic,” Loughran Cappel said. “I look forward to touring our local businesses, hearing their stories and helping promote their contributions to our communities.”
Business owners can submit their information at to be considered for a tour. Once an application is received, a member of Loughran Cappel’s team will reach out with additional details.

Loughran Cappel urges residents to reach out to her office at (815) 267-6119 or visit with questions and concerns.