COVID-19 Business Resources

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Local Economic Development Resources

Regional Efforts

  • DuPage County Small Business Relief Program: UPDATE: additional funding of $2.5 million has been approved for restaurants and food establishments in DuPage county. Eligible businesses may be awarded grants up to $15,000 depending on qualifications. Applications go live on Wednesday, November 18 at 8:00am.
  • DuPage Business Resources: Detailed lists of business and industry resources related to COVID-19, updated frequently.
  • Cook County: COVID-19 response and support for the business community. The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers advising for small businesses in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County and the unincorporated areas. Applications are live Wednesday, September 16, 2020 and will close on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5:00pm. 

State of Illinois

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: Disaster assistance loans are being offered to help businesses through disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Disaster Loan Assistance: Details on the low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property.
    • Applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for the Civil Unrest occurring between May 26 through July 30, 2020 are available until July 13, 2021.
    • Local Assistance: The SBA’s Illinois District Office will host free webinars covering loan eligibility, use of proceeds, terms, filing requirements, and access to additional small business resources.

U. S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Coronavirus Loan Guide: Outlines the steps small businesses should take now, and prepare to access much-needed funds to help keep workers on the payroll during this disruptive period.

Upcoming Events

  • CO-Blueprint: Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Co-Blueprint is a six part series of free webinars for businesses reopening their doors. The virtual events take place every other Wednesday at 2:00pm ET.
  • Cook County Webinars: View a list of archived webinars in support of local businesses, or register for upcoming webinars hosted by Cook County.
  • SBA PPP Webinar: Join Stephen Konkle with the SBA on Friday, November 6 at 10am to learn how businesses who have a PPP loan of $50,000, or less can be forgiven.