COVID-19 Business Resources

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Local Economic Development Resources

Regional Efforts

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. UPDATE: The second round of Payment Protection Plan (PPP) funding is available. Read the full press release here.
    • 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 The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • 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.
  • Small Business Majority: Free webinars dedicated to small businesses navigating the pandemic. 
  • First Stop Business Information Center: The First Stop Business Information Center provides comprehensive information and technical support to businesses with questions and concerns about government regulations and assistance programs.