NBDC Cultural Specialist

About the project

Presently, the Chicago Metropolitan area has the largest and most established Polish community in the world outside of Poland, which includes about 150,000 Polish-born residents, by far the largest European ethnic group of the area. Polish is the third most widely spoken language in Chicago, behind English and Spanish.

As a part of Chicago’s BACP-NBDC program the goal is to intensify its provision of culturally-specific mentorship and assistance to Polish immigrants interested in accessing mainstream business services and support mechanisms offered as part of Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Current Resources: B2B Grants Information in Polish

The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries. Through the state’s B2B and Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Programs, DCEO has provided more than $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Eligible restaurants, hotels and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in available grant funding as part of our efforts to support ongoing recovery in hard-hit industries.

Links to the B2B Grants Information in Polish:

Eligibility Guidelines Documents: Eligibility Information