Community Navigator system aims to get local businesses connected with government assistance
PEORIA (WEEK) — Small businesses across central Illinois have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and even with government funds available, many are having trouble accessing those funds.
But now, the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council is working to make it easier for area businesses to capitalize on government funding opportunities.
CEO of the GPEDC Chris Setti says the statewide Community Navigator system will connect even the hardest to reach businesses.
“And so, this is really geared to especially help minority owned, women owned businesses, rural owned businesses, which really have struggled to take advantage of some of the programs that have been out there,” Setti said. “… We know that these large state programs are coming out. It’s going to have a couple hundred million dollars. We want to make sure that our businesses are able to access those dollars.”
The GPEDC will connect businesses in six counties to one-on-one help finding grant money and other government support when the state launches its $300 million Back 2 Business program later in July.