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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Unveils Historic $37 Million Investment to Support Small Businesses

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Assistance Program is now the Cook County Small Business Source — a name reflective of the County’s continued commitment to the small business community in response to the pandemic and as our efforts shift from relief to growth.


On May 6, 2022 President Toni Preckwinkle along with Cook County Commissioners Frank Aguilar, Alma Anaya, Kevin Morrison and Bureau Chief of Economic Development, Xochitl Flores, announced the launch of the Cook County Small Business Source and a $37 million investment in small business. The announcement was a part of the County’s celebration of National Small Business Week. 


“Our American Rescue Plan Act investment in small businesses through the Cook County Small Business Source will be groundbreaking and transformative to local businesses, the backbone of our communities". The Board President was quoted as saying, “The Source, as we call it, will help small businesses access the funding and services they need to continue to weather the ongoing storms of COVID-19. We’re aiming to help these businesses establish long-term infrastructure to thrive and build community wealth over time.”


The Cook County Small Business Source strives to support, grow and elevate small businesses by providing no-cost business advising, resources and access to events. Learn more at www.cookcountysmallbiz.org


To sign-up for one-on-one business advising click here. Learn more about upcoming events like our upcoming webinar series focused on the State of Illinois’ Strengthen and Grow Childcare Grants here.

Cook County Small Business Source Launch Event

May 6, 2022 at Connie's Family Restaurant, 3271 S Harlem Ave., Berwyn, IL

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Leading small business experts participated in an engaging panel discussion moderated by President Preckwinkle (left to right): David Hulseberg (Berwyn Development Corporation), Toni Preckwinkle (Cook County Board President), Hortensia Aldana (Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), Charisse Conanan Johnson (Next Street), Andy Sotiropoulos (Connie’s Family Restaurant), Kevin Morrison (Cook County Commissioner).

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Toni Preckwinkle

President Preckwinkle made keynote remarks highlighting the County's historic $37 million investment in small businesses, the backbone of our economy.

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Domini Brewton-Gamble and

Yaminah Noonoo

Small Business Program Managers

Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

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President Preckwinkle and representatives from The Source’s network

of over 30 partner organizations.

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The Cook County Small Business Source provides no-cost one-on-one coaching, group webinars and events, and online resources to help small businesses thrive and grow.


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