Duckworth, Durbin Announce $750,000 to Help Minority-Owned Businesses in Chicago
[CHICAGO, IL] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $750,000 in federal funding to help provide technical assistance and business development services to minority-owned businesses in Chicago. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council for the MBDA Exporting Project, which is intended to provide technical assistance and business development services through federal financial awards to generate increased financing, contract opportunities and greater access to new and global markets for minority business enterprises.
“If we want to create new economic opportunities for working families, we need to make it easier for minority-owned businesses to access funding and development opportunities,” Duckworth said. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing this funding for Chicagoans, and I will continue working with local advocates and federal officials to help encourage economic growth and create jobs across our state.”
“Today’s funding will help ensure that minority-owned businesses around Chicago have access to the technical assistance and resources needed to grow and prosper. The success of these businesses will in turn help our entire economy,” Durbin said. “Since it was established 50 years ago, MBDA has helped businesses succeed, boosting economic development and creating jobs. Senator Duckworth and I will continue advocating for these important federal investments.”
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