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This Medicare resource that's translated to Spanish helps guide senior and disabled immigrants and their families through the Medicare enrollment process. It answers common questions about the different parts of Medicare and walks through what is and isn’t covered by the federal health insurance program.

Educational Opportunities

Free Virtual Fall Program 2022: Biogen Community Lab & Lemelson-MIT Program 

Join Biogen’s Fall Biotech in Action program, a free science education program. This is a virtual Community Lab in partnership with MIT and is open to high students across the country (10th - 12th grade) and 14-18 year-old students internationally. Priority will be given to students from low-income households and groups historically underrepresented in the sciences. Please download the PDF to read more information. 

Business Development Opportunities

GATA Prequalification – learn more by visiting our website and also reference the grantee pre-award process guide attached.

Also, local SBDCs usually hold webinars about the GATA Pre-award process monthly. You can use the SBDC locater tool to find the SBDC in your area:


Advantage Illinois
The State participates with approved lenders  for Advantage Illinois Participating Institutions to provide financing to various small businesses, with the department's share, being primarily subordinated and at lower interest rates. The Advantage IL Loan Participation fills in gaps that prevent businesses from obtaining financing such as equity and collateral shortfalls or for new and rapidly growth in businesses, historical cash flow. DCEO’s participation is subordinated to approved Lender in most cases. Pre-Application Forms – Lenders must complete and submit forms for the Department to enroll your institution in the Advantage Illinois program. More information on this program can be found on the Advantage IL One Pager attached, including percent of participation and criteria to define if applicants may be eligible for FAME (Fund For the Advancement of Minority Enterprises).


Minority-Owned Business Capital and Infrastructure Program – upcoming grant opportunity

The program leverages bonded capital funds to support infrastructure investment in economically disadvantaged areas, as well as to contribute to the growth of minority-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups in priority community investment areas. Connect with the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment to learn more about resources and opportunities available for minorities-women-, persons with disabilities-, and veteran-owned businesses.


Back to Business for Start-ups – coming soon

The B2B program will reimburse business startups in Illinois for COVID-related expenses. The B2BSG program will provide sub-awards ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 to small business startups for COVID-related expenses. Must have begun operations on January 1, 2020, or later.


B2B ReVAMP (Reactivating Vacant and Mainstreet Places) - coming soon

The B2B ReVAMP program will provide reimbursement grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 for costs incurred after March 13, 2020, to re-activate retail and commercial properties in Illinois business districts that have been, or were, closed for at least 90 days.

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