36 local businesses receive back-to-business grants


SPRINGFIELD — Three dozen area businesses are among the recipients of state Back to Business grants announced Thursday by Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

Since the program’s first round of grants last September, 2,913 grants totaling more than $111 million have been awarded to small businesses across the state, including one in Greene County, two in Jersey County and 33 in Madison County.

“What a wonderful opportunity to have the support of the Back to Business (B2B) grant to further our mission, inspiring the creative spirit through education, exhibitions and events,” said Melissa McDonough-Borden, Managing Director of the Edwardsville Arts Center which received a state grant of $30,000.

State officials said businesses and organizations will continue to be notified of the status of their application over the next several weeks until all funds are exhausted.


“These are not loans, so businesses that receive assistance won’t have to pay back a penny to the state,” Pritzker said.

In total, the B2B grant program will award $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars to help small businesses rehire staff, cover operating costs and take additional safety measures for customers . Grants will continue to be awarded to applicants until the full $250 million is allocated.

Grants range from $5,000 to $250,000, depending on each company’s losses during the pandemic. Midwest Property Management, doing business as Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, was one of the recipients of $250,000.

The Green Tree Inn in Elsah also received a grant in Jersey County. Goetten’s Sierra Motel in Carrollton is also among the latest recipients of B2B grants.

Madison County recipients included:

• Alton: the way to fashion; Assertive physical condition; Alton Symphony Orchestra; Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge; At CatDaddy; Jacoby Arts Center; Beall Manor; Morrison’s Irish Pub; Lovett’s Soul Food; Mayan companies; My just desserts; Piasa Body Art; Scott M. Wolter DMD; The Vineyard of Alton; Lovejoy weddings and events; The Old Bakery Beer Co.; and Mac’s Time Out lounge.

• Edwardsville: Comfort Inn; Edwardsville Center for the Arts; and Towneplace Suites.

• Glen Carbon: The nickel wood pub and grill.

• Granite City: Budget hostel; Econolodge Inn & Suites; and La Quinta Inn & Suites.

• Madison: Slo-Jo’s Bar & Grill.

• Troy: Holiday Inn Express; Motel 6; Red Roof Inn; and Super 8 Motel.

• Wood River: BoJac Sports Bar; Signs, trophies and budget plaques; Caldieraro Family Dentistry; and Metro.

For a list of all the recipients who were part of Thursday’s announcement, visit https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/B2B.aspx.


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