The City of Urbana would like to acknowledge those Urbana businesses that have received COVID-19 relief funding since last summer 2020. 

“City of Urbana businesses have received over $3 million in grant funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) fund, CURES – Economic Support Program, as well as Illinois Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Round 1 and 2. Paycheck Protection Program loans ranging between $150,000 and $2 million dollars have been awarded to 67 businesses which will allow them to retain over 3,880 jobs,” Sheila Dodd, Manager of the City of Urbana Grants Management Division said. 

The City’s Economic Development and Grant Management Divisions have been working diligently to help businesses secure these crucial funds that will help defray costs of operating a business during the pandemic. 

“These business assistance grants have provided critical financial support during the most challenging year in recent memory,” Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin said. 

City of Urbana COVID-19 Grant and Loan Recipients:

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) launched the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program to help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are used to support working capital, like payroll and rent, job training, and technology to support shifts in operations including increased use of carry out and delivery.


•Rose Bowl Tavern


State of Illinois Business Interruption Grant (BIG) – Round 1 and Round 2

The BIG program was developed to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. An initial “Round 1” of funding was directed to restaurants, personal care services, gyms and fitness clubs, and businesses. “Round 2” of BIG provided relief for all types of small businesses, with a particular focus on downstate businesses.

Round 1 Recipients:

•Amara Yoga & Arts


•Broadway Food Group

•BBQ Premium Chicken

•Merry-Ann's Diner

•Bab Plus Korean Restaurant

•Cafeteria & Co/Sipyard

•Basil Thai

•Urbana Gardens Restaurant

•Wood N’ Hog

•H2O Salon


Round 2 Recipients:


•Allied Mechanical Services

•Amara Yoga & Arts

•Analog Wine Library

•Art Coop

•Ascend Consultation in Health Care

•Bellebeau Aesthetics, LLC

•Bender Mattress Factory

•Blackbird (NOLAS)

•Blessed Beginnings Hair & Makeup Studio


•Caffee Bene 

•Caffe Paradiso Corp

•Campus Cooperative Preschool

•Comfort Suites

•Crane Alley

•Creative Innovations

•CU Adventures in Time & Space

•Dancing Dog

•Dear 72

•Debrah Fell Art Quilts

•Eighty Three Vietnamese Cuisine

•Einsteain Bros Bagels

•Fishrace, LLC

•Gracie Barra Champaign

•H2O Salon

•IDEA Store

•Illinoiseminars Inc.

•J. Barry Howell, DDS PC

•Masijta Grill

•Memory Lane Photography

•Michelle's Bridal

•Motel 6

•Piato Catering

•Ricks Bakery

•Rodeway Inn


•Soccer Planet

•Soul Care Urban Retreat Center

•The Canopy Club

•TCT Construction

•Terri A. Mason Massage

•The Rose Bowl Tavern

•The Scotsman's Kitchen

•Transcendence Broadcasting

•Urbana Acupuncture, LLC

•Urbana Business Association

•Wood N' Hog

•Ye Olde Donut Shoppe Inc.


Big Child Care Restoration 

The Governor and the Illinois General Assembly have directed at least $270 million of the state’s allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established through The CARES Act to support the economic health of child care providers as our economy reopens in the coming months through the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program.


•Child Development Laboratory

•Child Development Laboratory

•Children's Center Day Care

•Little Hearts & Hands Inc.

•McGaughey, Terri M

•Rogers, Juanita N


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

CDBG is a flexible program administered by Housing and Urban Development which provides funding to states. CDBG funds have helped with recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the business community. The CARES Act enabled additional HUD support to CDBG grantees. 


•Art Coop

•Ashar African Market


•Best Western


•Brittany's Sweet Spot


•C-U Adventures

•Dear 72

•Defy Gravity

•DP's Beauty Supplies

•Econo Lodge

•Gracie Barra Champaign



•La Mixteca

•Ms. Angis Hair


•Po’ Boys

•Rose Bowl Tavern


•Shear Impressions


•Soul Care

•Sugga Shaii Sweets

•Urbana Acupuncture

•Urbana Hair Lounge

•Wood N’ Hog



This past fall, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity announced a round of funding called CURES-ES whereby cities could apply for funds to create their own round of economic support grants for businesses. DCEO awarded the City of Urbana $500,000 in CURES-ES funding in late November and the City began accepting applications for grants in early December. As grant eligible expenses were required to have been incurred and paid for between March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020, the timeline to receive, review, and award grants was very quick.


•American Oil Chemists' Society

•Art Coop

•Best of Africa Food Store

•Best Western

•Bluestem Hall


•Burger King

•Caffe Paradiso


•Common Ground Food Co-op

•Courier Café

•CU Holistic Health


•East Central IL Service Group dba: Mr. Rooter Plumbing

•Econo Lodge (RAM Hotel Group)

•Hampton Inn

•Heel to Toe Inc.

•Karma Trade


•Kofusion, LLC

•LL Sushi



•Official Kutz

•Po' Boys


•Salt & Light

•Siam Terrace

•Silver Creek

•The Weiner Companies Ltd.

•Toro Loco

•Transcendence Broadcasting


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a program authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that is administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA).


•A&R Mechanical

•A&R Mechanical Services Inc.

•Aladdin Electric Inc.

•Allied Mechanical Services

•American Oil Chemists' Society

•Andrae's Harley Davidson Inc.

•Applied Pavement Technology Inc.

•B.K. Davis, LLC

•Barber & Deatley Inc.

•Beckett Law Office

•Berns, Clancy & Associates

•Blager Concrete Company

•Boast 001

•Borchers Decorating, LLC

•Carter's Furniture

•CU Nursing & rehab

•Champaign-Danville Grain Inspection Depts. Inc.

•Clark-Lindsey Village Inc.

•Clifford V. Lloyde Piano

•Cochran & Heller Inc.

•Common Ground Food Co-oop

•Country Arbors Nursery Inc.

•Creative Thermal Solutions

•Cross Construction Inc.

•Cunningham Children's Home

•Davis-Houk Mechanical Inc.

•Eastern Illinois Foodbank

•Eastland Suites - Urbana

•ESCA Consultants

•ESS Clean Inc.

•Frasca International Inc.

•Glesco Electric Inc.

•Gulliford Services Inc.

•Heel to Toe Inc.

•Hendrick Dorms Inc.

•Hutchcraft Van Service Inc.

•Illini Fire Equipment Co.

•Illini Fire Services

•Illini Glass Solutions

•Little Hearts & Hands Inc.

•McCormick Distributing and Service

•McGuire Enterprises, LLC

•Mid Illinois Concrete & Excavation Inc.

•Midwest Commercial Coatings

•Napleton Automotive

•Napleton Urbana Imports

•New Prairie Construction Co.

•Olympic Construction, LLC

•ON the Job Consulting

•Pass Program

•Potter Electric Service

•Prairie Winds of Urbana

•Quality Med Transport Inc.

•Reynolds Towing Service

•Runtime Verification

•S.W. Glassman

•Salt & Light

•SecurityDoor & Hardware

•Shaff Implement Co. Inc.

•SJ Broadcasting, LLC

•T. Scott Dillman Ent. Inc.

•TCT Construction

•T/KAT Inc.

•TAG Investment, LLC

•The Courier Café

•The Vineyard Church

•The Wesley Foundation at U of I

•Tom Davis Electric

•Upkeep Maintenance Services

•Vermillion Valley Produce

•Webber & Thies, PC


This list does not include funding from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) Layoff Aversion Grant, as recipients are not reported specifically by name.    


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