The SBAC was thrilled that policymakers enacted a program to support Illinois chambers of commerce still struggling to recover from the pandemic. Here is the link to our initial blog about this program and the corresponding appropriation of funding allocated in the budget.
Here is the latest information we have received from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on the chamber relief program.
- We just received word that GATA Pre-qualification and SAM.gov are not needed for chambers to apply. An exception is for chambers that received 80% or more of their annual revenue last year from federal sources.
- We understand that chambers may be able to apply in November, although December seems more likely.
- DCEO will provide extensive technical assistance and partner with SBAC on outreach for eligible chambers once the program is up and running.
As we move into 2024, we would be honored to have you engaged with EMPOWER as one of our supporters. Thank you again for your unwavering support; we look forward to staying connected in the future!
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