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Posted on: March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for Business

The following COVID-19 informational resources may be of interest to area businesses. This page will be updated regularly. To sign-up for notification emails when this page is updated or for other Village emergency and informational notices register on the NotifyMe module. The Village COVID-19 general announcement page can be found here

NOTICE OF PENDING DEADLINES: Lowe’s/LISC Grant applicaitons close August 3rd.  PPP applications are scheduled to close August 8th.  HartBeat of Main Street grant applications limited to 500 applicants.  Details on follow.

  • Reopening Guidance:
    • Restore IL Phasing Update: On July 15th In an effort to prevent resurgence of COVID-19 in Illinois, Governor Pritzker announced changes to the Restore IL plan. Counties have been grouped into areas that may be subject to further business operation restrictions should health figures indicate additional risk. Review the Plan for details on the new tiered approach for specific industries should health metrics dictate further action. The current Phase 4 Industry specific guidelines, signage and toolkits announced on June 22nd for Phase 4 continue to be available. 7-16-20 edit
    • Fitness Business Use of Public Property for Classes: interested businesses should complete the application and submit along with required documentation.
    • Temporary Outdoor Dining Application: Complete this application to request permission to offer temporary dining locations on public or private property at a restaurant, as needed due to COVID limitations on indoor dining service.
    • Other Reopening Guidance:
  • Financial Assistance:
    • Lowe’s/LISC Grant: Grants of $20,000 to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include: rent and utilities, payroll, debt to vendors, upgrading technology,  immediate operational costs, etc.  Priority will be given especially to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses.  Application due August 3, 2020. Learn more about this program and apply here. 7-29-20 edit
    • HartBeat of Main Street Grant:  This grant of $5000-$15,000 is for businesses which operate in an older or historic main street, downtown or commercial district in the U.S.  Applications are due by August 23rd or upon receipt of 500 applications. Details here. 7-29-20 edit

    • CARES Act Resources for Business:  Note application for the Emergency Disaster Loan (EIDL) is applied for online through the SBA while other programs such as the Payroll Protection (PPP) are through financial institutions. Funds have been re-appropriated with changes to eligibility and extended terms.  07-08-20 edit
      • PPP: Acceptance of applications resumed July 6th with an August 8th application deadline. Program details here. To apply for the PPP, it is suggested you first contact your local banker. A list of lenders can be found on the SBA search module (note many listed will only take application from existing customers). Additional lenders accepting application from new or non-bank customers include firms such as Inland Bank, Great Lakes Credit Union, PayPal, Square, Betterfin, Kabbage, and Intuit-QuickBooks, as well as those listed in this article. A portion of the PPP loan may be forgivable. The SBA has released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application-- this document includes a worksheet to calculate your PPP Loan usage, and information on on how to calculate your FTE total. 07-29-20 edit
      • EIDL and EIDL Advance: The EIDL online application has reopened. Additionally, the SBA announced that as of mid-July it is restoring eligibility for the EIDL Advance to those who did not check the box indicating the desire to be considered for the EIDL Advance of up to $10,000 and whose loan status is either withdrawn or declined.  The SBA will begin distribution of the Advance monies if the original application requested the funds. SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. Program application and details here.  07-08-20 edit
      • Subsidy for Current Loan Payments and Express Bridge Loans: The SBA will cover up to 6 months of principal and interest payments that are owed on most existing SBA loans. 5-7-20 edit
    • Illinois State Treasurer’s Small Business Relief Program: The program is an impact investment loan program to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 5-7-20 edit
    • Employee Retention Credit: Treasury Encourages Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 to Use Employee Retention Credit. 5-7-20 edit
    • IL Department of Commerce (IL DCEO): guide of emergency funding sources from various agencies 5-7-20 edit
      • ILDCEO Small Business Loan; announced 3/25/20; loan continues but application temporarily halted for processing of existing submittals; hospitality grant application closed. 5-7-20 update
    • BIG Grants:  Application now closed. Beginning Monday, June 22nd, the State of IL began accepting application for the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program. BIG is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. Specifically the program provides support to Bars & Restaurants, Barbershops & Salons, and Gyms & Fitness Centers. The program is administered through the IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. There has been indication that additional rounds of BIG grants may be announced. This information will be shared here when available. View the program website for details.  edit 07-16-20
    • Lake County Small Business Recovery Grant Program: The County is reviewing applications with funds anticipated for release by check in mid-August.  Applicaitons were accepted for this program from July 7-July 20, 2020.  Eligible businesses may receive up to $30,000 to cover up to four months of occupancy costs and other related expenses, restrictions apply.  Information and application can be found here. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available. 07-29-20 edit
    • Alternate Funding: explore alternative funding opportunities such as SBA Express Bridge Loans, Business for All Grant by Hello Alice, Salesforce Care for Small Business Grant, Sam Adams Restaurant Strong Fund, and the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. 07-08-20 edit
  • Various Resources & Guidance:
  • Restaurants & Liquor Service:
  • Health & Safety:

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