While COVID-19 has us all sheltering in place, the Dwight Economic Alliance has not halted operations. Face to face meetings and hand shakes might be the best way to do business, but cell phones and Zoom meetings can keep momentum going even if we have to do it from home. It feels like a different Read More
This federal relief program is for non-ag businesses with less than 500 employees and for sole proprietors with or without employees in addition to some others. Complete information and the application is here.
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund Under the leadership of Governor JB Pritzker, DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000. Businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than Read More
To help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, DCEO is launching the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted for job training, tourism promotion, and other purposes. Grant funds are available to support working capital like payroll and rent, as well as job training, Read More
Congratulations to Trojan Basketball player, Brandon Ceylor. Brandon is advancing to state in the IHSA 3 point competition. Good luck Brandon!
During casual conversations, a lot of people tell me that they would like to help the Dwight Economic Alliance, but they don’t feel they have a lot to offer. I’m certain that’s not true. Everyone in town has some experience, skills, or network that would move the needle in Dwight if it was focused on Read More
Dan Kaiser was selected as Principal of the Year for the Illinois Principals Association! Dan retires at the end of the year. Congratulations to Dan on his many achievements. Lindsey Jensen received the National Education Association award for Teaching Excellence. This follows Lindsey’s 2018 Illinois Teacher of the year award. Dr. Jancek was chosen by Read More
Fulfilling our Mission We are excited to have received a space from the Bank of Pontiac that will allow us to focus our efforts on a small business incubator. This has been on our wish list for some time. We have increased our budget in Operations and Maintenance to allow for increase building related costs. Read More
Every opportunity I get to sneak in ten minutes of the show called “Small Business Revolution” on Amazon Prime, I take it. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s about a large design company in Minnesota that chooses a small town to help revitalize. They pick six businesses in that town and throw all their Read More