Business Assistance Programs During COVID-19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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: https://www.cookcountyil.gov/content/webinars-and-events
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.