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This February, we’re celebrating the 3,000 small businesses that received a 2023 Source Grant, gearing up for tax season with events and resources to set your small business on the path for success, and highlighting grant opportunities from Cook County. Discover more below!

The Source Small Business Spotlight

Celebrating Small Business Resilience: The 2023 Source Grant

2023 Source Grant Recipients at the 2/6/24 Celebration. From left to right: Cheryl Vargas, Studio 928, Cook County Commissioner Tara Stamps (1st District), Beverly Packnett, Plaques Trophies & Gifts by Perci, and Tracy McGhee, Ms. Jetsetter. 

The Cook County Small Business Source celebrated the successful disbursement of $50 million through the 2023 Source Grant to 3,000 small businesses throughout Cook County with an event on February 6 at The Hatchery in Garfield Park. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle shared, “Small businesses have shown a unique tenacity and staying power in surviving the pandemic, and they are important assets to our community.” President Toni Preckwinkle was joined at the event by Cook County Commissioners and the Source’s network of community support organizations, alongside a number of grant awardees. 

Cheryl Vargas, owner of La Grange-based Studio 928, shared that it was “Beyond exciting” to receive the 2023 Source Grant. “I’ve been a solo-entrepreneur for quite awhile” shared Vargas, who has recently leveraged her grant funds to hire an administrative assistant. “I’ve never had someone behind the scenes helping me with operations and administrative functions... it’s the best move I’ve ever made.” Cheryl also extended her gratitude to the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), a Source BSO, for the support she received throughout the grant application process. “The WBDC has been very instrumental in supporting my business… the WBDC is how I found out about the grant and they continue to support me today.”

The Source congratulates the 2023 Source Grant recipients, and extends our many thanks to our extensive network of community organizations that helped to ensure the success of the grant program. Read the event press release here.

Please find the list of 2023 Source Grant Awardees here.

2023 Source Grant recipients are pictured with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

and Cook County Commissioners.

The Source in the News

Funding Opportunities

Cook County Manufacturing Reinvented - Now Available for Chicago Manufacturers!

Are you a small to mid-sized manufacturer located within Cook County? Manufacturing Reinvented, a $5 million grant program supporting manufacturers with the implementation of projects to improve a business’ competitiveness and resiliency, is now accepting applications from manufacturers within the City of Chicago. The program, which launched in 2022, was previously offered exclusively in suburban Cook County. Learn more and apply today at

Cook County Arts Nonprofit Relief Grants

Arts and culture organizations were among the hardest-hit industries in the COVID-19 pandemic. Cook County Arts Nonprofit Relief Grants will provide $5,000 or $10,000 grants to eligible arts and culture nonprofit organizations located in suburban Cook County. Cook County Arts is partnering with Arts Alliance Illinois to provide 1:1 support throughout the application process: access the help desk here. Applications close on February 29; learn more and apply today at

February's Webinar Wednesday

Tackle Tax Season with the Source!

Don’t miss our February Webinar Wednesday event featuring the Illinois Restaurant Association, learn more below!

Worthy Tips for Tax Season

Join the Illinois Restaurant Association and tax experts from accounting firm Plante Moran for this topical webinar offering ideas and guidance when preparing your restaurant's taxes and making the most of the credits available. Webinar facilitated in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 

Hosted by The Source & The Illinois Restaurant Association

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT

Register Here

Join The Source and one of our featured Business Support Organization (BSO) partners on the last Wednesday of each month for our Webinar Wednesday series, bringing you the resources and information you need for your small business to thrive! 

Stay tuned for more information on the March 27, 2024 Webinar Wednesday with IHCC on how to be procurement ready!

Tax Tips for Small Businesses

It’s tax season! Is your small business ready? Discover our 2024 Tax Prep Checklist, filled with resources and upcoming events from our extensive network of Business Support Organizations to ensure your small business can breeze through filing!

2024 Tax Prep Checklist

Upcoming Events

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