Much of 2022 was spent finding our way to a new normal as we learn to coexist with COVID-19 as safely as we can. This year, Commissioner Britton committed to ensuring that small businesses were able to connect with County resources to bounce back.
This year, Commissioner Britton cultivated meaningful relationships with the small business community during numerous visits to businesses in the 14th District. The Commissioner visited businesses of all kinds that keep neighborhoods thriving, from restaurants and grocery stores to manufacturers, salons, afterschool programs, and retailers of everything from birds to wine to jewelry. These visits fostered honest discussions about the needs of the small business community and how Cook County can best support them as they continue to recover.
This year also involved a great deal of growth for The Source - Cook County's small business hub. In addition to providing $10,000 grants to small businesses throughout the County, The Source provides no-cost business advising, resources, and events. To date, more than 3,800 businesses across the County have been supported through direct assistance from The Source.
The 14th District is home to a number of manufacturers. The Cook County Manufacturing Reinvented Grant will provide a $25,000 grant to support local, suburban manufacturers with the implementation of projects to improve a business’s competitiveness and resiliency in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic environment.
It's been a year of determination and growth for the business community in the 14th District, and Commissioner Britton is proud to have played a part in that forward trajectory.