Business Assistance Programs During COVID-19

ComEd is Offering One-Time Grant for Small Businesses

ComEd, Chicagoland’s electrical supplier, is offering up to $1,000 in electricity bill credits for small businesses that are struggling to pay their electricity bill. Please click here to view more information and for eligibility requirements

State of Illinois DCEO is Offering a New Grant Program for Qualified Businesses

State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced a new grant program called Back 2 Business which can assist businesses that witnessed a revenue decline in 2020.  There are eligibility requirements for this grant that can be viewed by clicking here. This grant announcement also identified areas of Illinois that will receive higher priority on applicants and the 60090 zip code is part of this priority area. 

Applications for this grant will be accepted starting on August 18, 2021. If your company is interested in applying for this grant, then your organization will be working with a designated non-profit entity. For Wheeling, that organization is Allies for Community Business and the direct contact provided for our area is Brad McConnell. Mr. McConnell can be reached either at 312-275-3000 or via email

State of Illinois Treasurer's Office Offers Near-Zero Interest Loans to Assist Businesses

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office has made up to $500 million available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 as a zero interest loan.  Qualifying businesses need to work with approved lenders and credit unions to apply for this loan.  A list of financial institutions that are participating in this program can be viewed by clicking here.

Funds associated with this program are still available. For more information, please click here to go to the Illinois State Treasurer’s Website.

Cook County Resources for Local Businesses

Click on this link to see resources for local businesses:

Cook County has posted several webinars on topics from marketing to business operation suggestions. These suggestions come from industry organizations. The webinars can be accessed by clicking on this link:

Cook County is also offering direct one-on-one assistance to small businesses to advise business decision makers finding themselves in uncharted waters due to COVID-19. The advising sessions are free and can be accessed by clicking on this link:

Please check back periodically as Cook County continues to provide a variety of information and services.

COVID-19 Economic Disaster Loans

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all the U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief for such businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently accepting new EIDL applications from all qualified small businesses listed above. 

For more information on EIDL and to learn how to apply visit: .

The loan application can be accessed directly here.

If business owners have questions about the EIDL application or problems providing the required information, please contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or visit:

Frequently asked questions