The Illinois Department of Commerce has assembled a list of federal and state programs its encourages businesses to take advantage of, covering small to large businesses, personal protective equipment (PPE) facilitation, and more.

Posted: Friday, April 3, 2020

Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Grocery Stores, a novel coronavirus that has emerged and caused coronavirus disease. Public health experts continue to learn about SARS-CoV-2, but based on current data and similar coronaviruses, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (those within about six feet) via respiratory droplets.

Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today is National Census Day! By April 1, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of today, April 1, 2020.

Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Food and beverage businesses that generated less than $1M in revenue and hotels that generated less than $8M in revenue in 2019 are eligible to apply to Governor Pritzker's Illinois Emergency Business Assistance Initiative, which is awarding lottery grants on April 4. Applications close tomorrow at 5PM.

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Applications for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund are now live! Loan applications will be administered through the City's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners.

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by directing $349 billion towards job retention and business operating expenses. If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Here are the questions you may be asking — and what you need to know, brought to you by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020

In response to the excessive gatherings of people along Chicago's Lakefront, Riverwalk and 606 Trail this week, effective immediately, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has issued an executive order closing these spaces to the public until further notice. The Mayor made the announcement alongside city officials and mayors from surrounding communities that are also grappling with the issue of social and congregate gatherings in their communities while the state’s ‘Stay at Home’ order is in effect.

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Food and beverage businesses that generated less than $1M in revenue and hotels that generated less than $8M in revenue in 2019 are eligible to apply to Governor Pritzker's Illinois Emergency Business Assistance Initiative, which is awarding lottery grants on April 4.

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020

In an effort to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced an expansive series of measures waiving various County fines, fees and deferring tax collections.

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno today announced guidance for Chicago’s residents to be aware of and avoid consumer fraud related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, including false advertising, phishing and price gouging. Following an increase in reports of fraudulent practices, BACP is reminding consumers to report suspicious consumer fraud activity to 311.

Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Applications for the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund will begin to be accepted on March 31, 2020. Loan applications will be administered through the City's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) partners.

Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update its interim guidance as additional information becomes available.

Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that a "stay at home" order will go into effect Saturday at 5PM. All Illinois residents are prohibited from leaving their homes except to purchase groceries and fuel, seek medical care, walk outside, and travel to and perform essential work. All local roads, including the interstate highways and tollways, will remain open to traffic. Chicago Public Libraries and Parks will close.

Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

In a speech delivered to Chicagoans last night, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced a new $100 million economic relief package to support Chicago's small businesses that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

Through partnership with Catalyst Fund and private sponsors, the City will provide much-needed cash flow relief and extend tax payments for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020

If you are or expect to be a small business or private-nonprofit in Cook County affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can now apply online for a federal disaster loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The application filing deadline is December 18, 2020.

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020

At the direction of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady today signed a Public Health Order requiring all residents in the City of Chicago with confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) illness or who are exhibiting symptoms of the illness to stay home to help stem the further spread of the virus. Under the Order, any resident of the City of Chicago diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms, with few exceptions, may not leave their place of residence, go to work or any group settings. Sick residents will be permitted to seek essential services, including necessary clinical care or evaluation, and life sustaining needs, such as obtaining medicine or food.

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020

The region's health and human service organizations are experiencing a surge in demand for services from neighbors and communities significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s critical that these organizations have the resources they need to continue to operate at the highest capacity. Please consider making a donation to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund that will support the agencies ensuring our neighbors can access basic needs in this time of crisis.

Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin will provide an update on the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offer insights on how the business community can help. He will also take your questions.

Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Commissioner Rosa Escareno today issued guidance for restaurants and bars to comply with Governor Pritzker’s order to close taverns and restrict on-site consumption of food or beverage to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020

If you are a business that has or expects to be impacted by the outbreak of the coronavirus, please provide us with information so that we may better arrange resources and facilitate your unique needs. Please note that effective Monday, March 16 at 9PM, Governor J.B. Pritzker has mandated that all Illinois restaurants and bars cease dine-in operations through March 30. During this time, restaurants may offer delivery and pick-up.

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Department of Housing (DOH) are closely coordinating with the Mayor’s Office and the Chicago Department of Public Health to assess how City Hall-based staff can continue to provide vital customer services while helping to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in Chicago.

Posted: Monday, March 16, 2020

Any establishment that sells or serves alcoholic liquor shall restrict its occupancy to 50% of its legal capacity, further subject to a maximum occupancy of 100 people. Lines or other gatherings of people at or in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to any establishment within the City of Chicago that sells or serves alcoholic liquor is prohibited.

Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has received authorization to provide assistance to small businesses that have been or will be potentially impacted by COVID-19 through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This program can provide low interest loans of up to $2M to businesses and private non-profits.

Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020

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