Small Business Assistance

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Small Business Grants, Loans, Guidance

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act 

Small Business Administration District Office 

A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act has been published to help businesses understand resources. For assistance with these programs, contact your banker or your local Small Business Administration District Office.
Last Updated: May 29, 2020

State of Illinois Coronavirus Response for Business IDCEO’s COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Businesses IDCEO’s Business Interruption Grant Application

The State has created programs to assist small businesses and the hospitality industry. In addition, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (IDCEO) COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Businesses provides quick summaries and links to federal, state and other assistance programs for small, midsize and large businesses. Through the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program, IDCEO will issue grants to businesses for operating cost expenses incurred during periods of limited capacity or closure. Specifically, the program provides support for childcare providers, bars and restaurants, fitness centers and salons.
Last Updated: June 23, 2020

Illinois Department of Revenue 

The Illinois Department of Revenue has established a website with resources to provide information and resources to help Illinois taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus. Several programs are of interest to businesses including payment and penalty deferrals.
Last Updated: June 4, 2020

US Small Business Association’s:

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is receiving updated information daily regarding the response from federal and state agencies to address the impact of COVID-19 on businesses. SBA has opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center with customer support representatives to assist applicants with completing applications. Email FOCE-Help@sba.gov and call 571-422-6016 or 470-363-6079. SBA’s Customer Service Center can be reached at 800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339. For business assistance email Harriet Parker, Illinois Small Business Development Center Manager.
Last Updated: June 26, 2020

Small Business Development Center webinar registration 

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee is offering a number of free online workshops to help businesses pivot and/or address post COVID-19 workplace issues. Details on the topics to be covered are on the registration page.
Last Updated: June 4, 2020

COVID-19 Information for Small Business 

IDCEO website has COVID-19 Information for Small Business and guidance for essential operations.
Last Updated: May 29, 2020