Fifty-three local restaurants, hotels, arts organizations receive small business grant awards from Back to Business program

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity today announced Friday the conclusion of the Back to Business Restaurants, Hotels and Arts program with $156 million provided in relief funds.

Through these three programs, nearly 4,000 grants went to businesses in more than 500 cities, towns and localities in 95 counties. Fifty-three restaurants, hotels and arts organizations in Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike and McDonough counties received money from the program.

“Illinois’ small business are the backbone of our economy and a cornerstone of our pandemic recovery,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a press release. “Since day one, my administration has been committed to supporting every business in our state — ensuring that every business owner and entrepreneur has the opportunity to succeed. Across the state, the Back to Business program kept thousands of restaurants, hotels and arts organizations open, protected thousands of jobs, and kept our communities thriving.” 

B2B Arts and B2B Restaurants grant award amounts were determined based on a percentage of revenue declines. Funding for the B2B Hotels awards was allocated based on the number of rooms. Grants had an average award amount of $39,484, with different ranges of funding available depending on the business type. The grant program utilized American Rescue Plan Act funding and was designed to offset losses and support job retention in the industries hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The Back to Business program has been a lifeline for thousands of Illinois businesses in recent years, and the latest round of grants will help keep the doors open for restaurants, hotels, and arts organizations in every corner of the state,” DCEO Director Kristin Richards said. “Supporting employers and the state’s world-class workforce is a top priority for DCEO, and the B2B program is providing much-needed assistance to businesses while bolstering the economy.”

To reach hardest-hit populations, DCEO enlisted a robust network of approximately 100 community navigators to conduct outreach and provide technical assistance in communities across the state, as well as industry-specific navigators for restaurants, hotels and arts, as well as additional support from other industry partners. 

Back to Business Restaurants, Hotels and Arts program recipients

Business NameDoing Business AsCountyCityAward Amount
Great River Hospitality, LLCThe Atrium Hotel on ThirdAdamsQuincy$121,299
Shil & Saloni, LLCQuincy Inn & SuitesAdamsQuincy$51,391
Tracy Holdings, LLCQuality Inn & SuitesAdamsQuincy$45,746
Twenty Two Hospitality LLCMicrotel Inn & SuitesAdamsQuincy$74,038
Gokul of IL Inc.Bel Aire MotelAdamsQuincy$23,518
Partners Inn HI LLCHoliday InnAdamsQuincy$84,490
Irish House, LLCIrish House HotelBrownMount Sterling$27,002
Nauvoo Vacation Villas LLCHancockNauvoo$34,841
Macomb Hotel LLCMcDonoughMacomb$44,682
Shubhango IncAmerica's Best Value Inn MacombMcDonoughMacomb$33,970
Sprague's Kinderhook Lodge, LTDPikeBarry$2,880
Jonson Inc.Green Acres HotelPikePittsfield$2,873
J. Petty & CompanyWilliam Watson HotelPikePittsfield$12,194
Monroe Street SuitesPikePittsfield$225
Neel Investment CorporationRodeway InnPikePittsfield$15,905
Cassano's of Quincy LLCAdamsQuincy$50,000
El Rancherito of Quincy LLCAdamsQuincy$50,000
Gem City Pizzeria, Inc.AdamsQuincy$50,000
LZMZ Properties, Inc.State Street Bar & GrillAdamsQuincy$35,000
On the Rail Sports Bar and GrillAdamsQuincy$50,000
Sprouts Inn, Inc.AdamsQuincy$50,000
Kelly H. and Brenda L. LoganBaxter's Vineyards & WineryHancockNauvoo$15,000
Warsaw Brewery LLCHancockWarsaw$45,000
Buwick Corporation, Inc.Gelsosomo's PizzeriaMcDonoughMacomb$35,000
Tiny's PlacePikeBarry$10,000
J2 Beverages LLCRumors Have ItPikeGriggsville$30,000
Wattsup CaféPikeNebo$5,000
Lindsay's TavernPikePittsfield$50,000
Swartz & SwartzPikePittsfield$50,000
Hopewell Views Hunting Club, Inc.Hopewell WineryPikeRockport$30,000
Malisha CrowderAtlas CaféPikeRockport$50,000
Golden Historical SocietyAdamsGolden$5,000
Adams County Olde Tyme Association Inc.AdamsMendon$5,000
Friends of the Castle, Inc.AdamsQuincy$10,000
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams CountyAdamsQuincy$5,000
Midsummer Arts FaireAdamsQuincy$10,000
Quincy Art CenterAdamsQuincy$10,000
Quincy Brewery & ArtsAdamsQuincy$5,000
Quincy Civic Music AssociationAdamsQuincy$20,000
Quincy Community TheatreAdamsQuincy$45,000
Quincy Park Band, Inc.AdamsQuincy$5,000
Quincy Symphony OrchestraQuincy Symphony Orchestra AssociationAdamsQuincy$10,000
The Budding ArtistAdamsQuincy$5,000
The Quincy Museum, Inc.AdamsQuincy$10,000
Quincy Public Schools' Friends of the Performing ArtsAdamsQuincy$15,000
V'Neatbeatent, LLCThe Beat Arts AcademyAdamsQuincy$5,000
Vancil Performing Arts CenterAdamsQuincy$10,000
Cheryl Loatsch Studio and Fitness ComplexAdamsQuincy$5,000
RH Design StudioAdamsQuincy$5,000
Quincy Concert Band Inc.AdamsQuincy$5,000
Mind and Sole Dance Company, LLCHancockCarthage$10,000
The Legacy TheaterHancockCarthage$20,000
S&S School of Dance, Inc.S&S School of DancePikePittsfield$5,000

Data on Grant Distribution

  • A total of 3,951 businesses were provided grant awards, including:
    • Hotels: 720
    • Restaurants: 996
    • Arts: 2,235
  • Businesses received an average grant amount of $39,484 with the following median awards amounts broken out by sector:
    • Hotels: $62,458
    • Restaurants: $50,000
    • Arts: $5,000
  • 85 percent of recipients did not receive any prior B2B or Business Interruption Grant (BIG) relief
  • Average Revenue declines between 2019-2020:
    • Hotels: As outlined in statute, revenue decline was not a factor for evaluating hotel awards. 
    • Restaurants: 28 percent
    • Arts: 44 percent
  • Funding Distributed Per Industry:
    • Hotels: $70.4 million
    • Restaurants: $37.9 million
    • Arts: $47.7 million

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