The State of Illinois has developed tool kits to prepare businesses and employers to implement new safety guidelines and bring many residents back to work. Tool kits include business guidelines, checklists, posters, signage, and social media graphics.
Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. This includes guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and all types of activity, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.
For industry-specific guidelines and tool kits, see below:
If you're a small business owner or you operate a nonprofit, there are local, state, and national programs and resources to help you weather this crisis.
1. Begin with an overview of Governor Pritzker's 5-phase plan to fully reopen Illinois: Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State, a PDF from the State of Illinois (published May 5, 2020). To view current status, check here (the Chicago area is included in the Northeast Region of the state).
2. Then, get tips from the Small Business Survival Guide Coronavirus (COVID-19) Northeastern Illinois, a PDF published by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the College of Lake County.
3. Finally, partner with a local resource to secure the help you need -or- read on to learn about and apply for available loans.
This fund offers low-interest loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses that...
If approved for the loan, your business will owe nothing for six months and will then begin making fixed payments at a below-market interest rate for the remainder of a five-year loan term. Get the info.
The state Treasurer has partnered with approved financial institutions to provide loans—either lower rate loans or loans to a business or non-profit that would not otherwise qualify—to Illinois small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Get the info.
Small businesses, private nonprofits, or those who are self-employed and facing financial hardships related to the coronavirus pandemic can get help during this difficult time. On March 19, 2020, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the state’s eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 Illinois counties due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans.
Apply online: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
View all SBA coronavirus relief options: www.sba.gov/funding programs
Contact the SBA customer service: call 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S .Congress to assist business owners and nonprofit organizations with their needs during this time of crisis.