DuPage Business Resources Related to COVID-19
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Choose DuPage is committed to assisting and connecting businesses in DuPage County with the resources they need during this time. Below is a list of business and industry resources related to COVID-19.
For more information, questions, or if your business is in need of assistance and you are not sure where to turn, please contact Greg Bedalov at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Miceli at email@example.com.
You can also join us on social media, where we are sharing information about what businesses and residents in DuPage County are doing to help, and demonstrate the #DuPageDifference.
Click below to view business resources related to COVID-19
Choose DuPage Board Members have volunteered their expertise to assisting businesses in DuPage County in the coming weeks. If you would like to be connected to an expert in banking, education, insurance, legal, or marketing, please contact Lisa Miceli, firstname.lastname@example.org.
View our message to the community from Choose DuPage President & CEO, Greg Bedalov.
The DuPage County Health Department has put together information for businesses on COVID-19, including guidance, food facility guidelines, water sampling, CDC guidance, education, outreach and more. Click here for details.
- If there is a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case identified at your agency or business, please contact the DuPage County Health Department Communicable Disease and Epidemiology program at (630) 221-7553 (8:00AM – 4:30PM) or (630) 682-7400 after hours for consultation and next steps.
- For any questions or concerns about COVID-19 call (630) 221-7030.
- Updated Quarantine Recommendations for persons living, learning, or working in DuPage County can be found here (as of Dec 11, 2020).
- To sign up for the COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly Update, click here.
- Click here to view a webinar recording available to businesses that may want to encourage Spanish-speaking employees to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Businesses that can provide respirators, ventilators, and personal protective equipment or other medical devices should contact DuPage County at email@example.com or click here for more information.
- State of Illinois COVID-19 information and resources, including current Executive Orders issue by Governor Pritzker: Click here
- Illinois COVID-19 Hotline (800) 889-3931
- Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance and Resource Page: Click here
- Illinois Department of Revenue Taxpayer Resources (Employers): Click here
- Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Information for Employers: Click here
- Illinois Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers Information: Click here
- State Treasurer’s announcement to make low-interest bridge loans available for businesses, click here. For future updates, click here.
- Hospitality Emergency Grant Program: Click here
- For additional resources for economic assistance, Click here
- For Phase 5 guidance for businesses and venues, click here
- First Stop Business Information Center, Click here
Back to Business (B2B) Grant Program
As part of Illinois’ COVID-19 economic recovery program, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) launched the $250 million Back to Business (B2B) grant program to support the continued recovery of small businesses across Illinois. The first in a series of economic recovery programs by the administration, B2B will offer the hardest hit industries grants of $5K-$150K to help offset losses, bring back workers, and take continued steps to rebuild amid the fallout from the pandemic. Learn more about B2B, requirements and how to apply.
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses located outside the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019, low-interest loans of up to $50,000. Click here for details. NOTE: DCEO and its lending partners are continuing to review the large number of submitted loan applications. To allow more time to process received applications quickly, they are temporarily suspending the acceptance of applications.
Business Interruption Grant Program (BIG)
This program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs. For more information, click here.
For small business guidance and loan resources, click here.
Illinois Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Illinois businesses low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For Information on SBA COVID-19 related assistance, including loans and other business relief, click here.
- Disaster loan assistance: Click here or click here
- Stay up-to-date: Click here
- Register for webinars on the Economic Injury Disaster Loans by clicking here. The trainings will cover program eligibility, use of proceeds, terms, filing requirements, and additional small business resources.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by eight weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
- Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
- SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
- On January 11, the SBA opened the portal to Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) to accept First Draw PPP loan applications for those borrowers who have yet to receive a PPP loan before the program closed in August 2020.
- On January 13, participating CFIs may begin submitting application information to SBA for Second Draw PPP loans eligible to borrowers that previously received a PPP loan, generally have 300 employees or less, and has suffered a 25% reduction in gross receipts.
- A few days later, additional lenders will be able to submit First and Second Draw PPP loan applications.
- For information on the Payroll Protection Program, click here.
- On February 4, Choose DuPage held a webinar to discuss the PPP program and other resources available. To watch, click here.
7(a) Borrower Relief
SBA will pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months, beginning with the first payment due on or after March 27, 2020. The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to Sept. 27, 2020. Your lenders will be receiving more guidance on this program soon.
SBA Express Bridge Loans
Small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender can access up to $25,000 to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. Contact your existing lender to see if they can participate in this program.
Contact Information for the U.S. Small Business Administration
Local staff is on-hand and ready to assist.
- Questions regarding SBA programs: DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov
- Chicago Office: (312) 353-4528
- Springfield Branch: (217) 747-8249
- Illinois District Office: Illinois.DO@sba.gov, visit website
- Locate your nearest Small Business Development Center here or text LOCATE to 7234
- Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter
- Subscribe to the email list for more updates
The programs and initiatives in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non- profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here.
Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need….
- Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you (see page 2 in the guide).
- A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into the Emergency Economic Injury Grant (see page 7 in the guide).
- To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help (see page 6 in the guide).
- Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet, click here.
The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available, click here to view.
Tax Deadline Changed
The deadlines to file and pay federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.
The workNet DuPage Career Center has funds available to cover the cost of retraining your staff so that their jobs can be repurposed and layoffs can be averted. For information on these grants, please contact Ron Schlager (630) 955-2037, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have to layoff staff, there are resources available free of charge for those individuals (including up to $10,000/person of funding assistance for necessary job training.) Affected workers should visit www.worknetdupage.org to access services.
- Illinois Department of Public Health (for providers and facilities)
- American Medical Association
- Illinois Health and Hospital Association
- Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center
- Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
- Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s Manufacturing Sourcing Center – this was created to help Illinois manufacturers and other businesses procure the appropriate masks and personal protective equipment.
- Illinois Retail Merchants Association
- InStore provides communities with a platform to set up an online marketplace for your town. This platform gives local businesses the ability to sell their products on this marketplace in their own “store”, while providing a seamless shopping experience for the residents and customers. InStore will work with the communities to set up their individual marketplace at no-charge and will also work with retailers to set up their on-line “store” and upload their products, also at no charge. The fee structure is established upon the purchase of an item where 10 percent of every sale is taken, 3% of which goes back to the community. Click here to view a presentation provided for Choose DuPage.
- Hospitality Emergency Grant Program: To help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is launching the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted for job training, tourism promotion, and other purposes. Grant funds are available to support working capital like payroll and rent, as well as job training, retraining, and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery. Bars and restaurants that generated between $500K and $1M in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000, and bars and restaurants that generated less than $500K in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000. Hotels that generated less than $8M in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000.
- DuPage County Health Department Food Facility Guidelines: Click Here
- Illinois Restaurant Association
- Illinois Restaurant Association’s Employee Relief Fund: this fund provides one-time grants of $500 to support restaurant employees facing an unforeseen hardship due to COVID-19. Grants will help to cover basic living expenses such as rent, food and utilities. Click here for more information and to apply.
Arts & Entertainment
- Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines FAQ, updated March 30, 2021 for theaters, outdoor festivals and entertainment venues.
- Illinois Museum Guidelines
- Illinois Theater Guidelines
- League of Chicago Theaters Resources & Discussion Forum
- Arts DuPage
- Five Things to Know About the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, by from Arts DuPage
- Center for Disease Control, Interim Guide for Business and Employers
- Apple and CDC, together with the White House and FEMA, launched a new website to provide important updates, click here to view.
This page is will be updated throughout the next few weeks. Check back for more information about DuPage business resources related to COVID-19.