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Illinois Small Business Development Centers Expanding Reach

July 1st, 2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity joined the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and community members to celebrate the opening of 7 new Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) around the state. An $11.5 million investment to the SBDC program will add new community-based centers and expand the reach of existing centers. With many businesses facing losses amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, SBDCs play a critical role in providing businesses with support needed to apply and qualify for state and federal emergency assistance programs.

As a result of new investments, the following brand new SBDC locations have opened or will launch in July:

• Puerto Rican Cultural Center – Chicago
• Joliet Junior College – Joliet
• South Shore Chamber of Commerce – Chicago
• Elgin Community College – Elgin
• Build Bronzeville/Urban Juncture Foundation – Chicago  
• Rogers Park Business Alliance – Chicago 
• Chinese Mutual Aid Association – Chicago 

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