DuPage County Allocates $15 Million For Small Business Hit Hard By Pandemic, Rush To Apply Is Quick – CBS Chicago

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — We don’t have to tell you – hardships from the past year have been tough all over, but especially for our local small businesses.

CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra took a look Tuesday night at the rush for help in DuPage County.

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It is the personal attention that keeps customers coming to Dean’s Clothing in Naperville.

“Those are the people that make the difference for Dean’s,” said owner Greg Degeeter. “You can buy clothes anywhere.”

But for the first time in more than 60 years in business, the family-run shop was at risk of losing the staff that makes Dean’s what it is.

“It’s been a struggle – I mean, trying to take care of the bills and meet the payrolls,” Degeeter said.

Degeeter, the second-generation owner, doesn’t sugarcoat it. The Paycheck Protection Program helped him keep all his employees on staff when his business was…

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