The Small Business Community Navigators Program is a support program for small businesses in the State of Illinois. The program targets businesses in Illinois that are identified as underserved including minority, rural, veteran, and women-owned businesses. Underserved businesses may find resources difficult to access, or simply be unaware of services and resources available. The Small Business Community Navigator Program is specifically targeted at alleviating these issues and reducing the barriers underserved businesses often face when trying to access relief program dollars.
The program is a hub and spoke model, bringing together community organizations from across the State of Illinois. The spokes will offer grassroots engagement with small businesses to assist with access to grants, financial planning, marketing outreach, and technical assistance. Community Navigators will be tasked with informing the Illinois business community of state small business relief grants, as well as federal support available from the Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury. Community Navigator assistance may include applying for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Shuttered Venues Operators’ Grants, Restaurant Revitalization Grants, traditional SBA loans, and opportunities such as Back 2 Business economic recovery grant program from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. These navigators will provide access to economic support and cutting-edge resources vital to the recovery effort our businesses are now facing in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
What do Community Navigators do?
Community navigators provide the following services:
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Illinois Community Navigator Program at the Far South Community Development Corporation's Intake Specialist, Patricia Ballay at email@example.com or by phone at (773) 831-7107.
Illinois Community Navigator Program @ Far South Community Development Corp
837 West 115th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
P: (773) 831-7107
Kathryn Jackson, Center Director
Direct: (773) 830-6237
Crystal Birl, Intake & Marketing Specialist
Direct: (773) 830-6294
Monday - Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the LISC Chicago and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
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