Rockford, IL - State Representative Maurice West (D-Rockford) announces an additional $540,000 of Back to Business Grants were allocated to businesses within the 67th District. With all $250 million of Back to Business grants now allocated, total allocations for businesses in the 67th District reached $3,020,000.
"It is so important that we invest in our local businesses and ensure that those most affected by the pandemic get the support they need," said West. "I am so happy that these grants have provided millions of dollars to 68 local businesses, and I remain committed to finding additional ways to support our local businesses and workforce.”
Back to Business grants went to small businesses that average a 41% decline in receipts between 2019 and 2020. They helped hard to hit industries (61% of awards), businesses owned by people of color (53% of awards), and women-owned businesses (37% of awards).