Granite City mayor goes door-to-door in grant promotion effort

Granite City mayor goes door-to-door in grant promotion effort


GRANITE CITY — When Granite City Mayor Mike Prkinson wanted to let businesses know about the city’s small business grants, he took the message to them himself — door by door.

Working with the Small Business Development Council at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Parkinson canvassed Granite City businesses to bring awareness to the state’s Back2Business grants and to announce Granite City’s upcoming small business grants.

“I wanted a more aggressive approach to letting businesses know of the available funding to keep their doors open,” he said. “Walking into businesses, talking directly to owners and explaining the city’s upcoming small business grant program, was a great way to make sure businesses knew how I want to help.”

The canvas was the first of two events planned to connect with Granite City businesses. The second — planned 5-7 p.m. Sept. 9 at city hallx, 2000 Edison Ave. — will provide one-on-one help for businesses from SBDC staff on how to apply for the Back2Business grants.

The state program, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, plans to distribute $300 million to small businesses to help offset losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With funds from the American Rescue Plan, the city is near approval on its Small Business Grant Program,” Parkinson said.

“By the end of the year, I anticipate the city will have provided nearly $1 million in various grants to our local small businesses,” he said. “I know this won’t make-up for all losses from this pandemic. But I hope we can support our local businesses to get through this.”

More information on the grants is available online at or by contacting Cathy Hamilton, Economic Development Director, at [email protected]

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