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2021 will be a charitable summer for ESPN 1000 in Chicago. The broadcaster announced another edition of its Supporting Small Business campaign this year after helping Breaking Bread Catering and Deli survive the pandemic through last year’s program.

To receive the $ 50,000 ad campaign on ESPN 1000, local small business owners must complete a form on the Good Karma Brands website along with a 300-word or less explanation of why their business should win.

The competition is open to companies meeting the following criteria: 30 or fewer full-time employees, annual revenue of less than $ 5 million, based in Illinois, SE Wisconsin, NW Indiana, or the Quad Cities, and at least two in business for at least 30 years Years.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with First Midwest Bank to help a local small business succeed,” said Mike Thomas, ESPN 1000 Market Manager. “Supporting local businesses in our community is for both ESPN 1000 and the First Midwest Bank is central. This is a great opportunity for us to introduce a small business to the passionate sports fans in our region. ”

The campaign numbers to prevent another local company from going under after the pandemic rocked this economic sector for the past 18 months.

“The past year has reminded us of the importance of small businesses and the role they play in creating job opportunities and the momentum for economic growth in their local neighborhoods and across Chicago,” said Jim Stadler, chief marketing and communications officer of the First Midwest Bank. “We are proud to partner with ESPN Chicago for our second year to bring valuable and well-deserved public attention to these important companies.”

The announcement comes weeks after host David Kaplan confirmed a 24-mile walk with Bernie’s Book Bank CEO Darrin Utynek to raise awareness and donations for Bernie’s Book Bank. These celebrations are scheduled across the city of Chicago on Thursday, September 23rd. More information on the Supporting Small Business campaign can be found here.