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COVID-19 RESOURCES & LOCAL SUPPORT


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The Stay at Home order for Illinois has been extended. Information changes quickly and this page is updated when new information becomes available. We are mobilizing every resource at our disposal and collaborating with national, state and local partners to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response to the virus. Do your part. Stay home. Save lives.

Keep checking the City of Chicago COVID-19 page for most up-to-date information!
https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html









Government Resources

  • Workplace Safety (OSHA Guidance)
  • Wages, Hours and Leave (Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act)
  • Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities
  • Injured Federal Works Compensation Act, and more.
     
  • U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION:  The SBA has a broad range of programs that can help small businesses through these challenging times including business advisory and lending services.  Call or email the Illinois District Office (312-353-4528, illinois.do@sba.gov) or go to www.sba.gov/ilfor more information. Additional SBA COVID-19 resources include:
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    • Guidance for Businesses and Employers
    • SBA Products and Resources
    • Government Contracting
    • Local Assistance

Financial Resources


  • BARTENDER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  The USBG National Charity Foundation offers a Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. If you believe you meet the Selection Criteria and Eligibility Requirements, fill out the online application and make sure to include the required supporting documents.
    CHICAGO ARTISTS RELIEF FUND: This fund is organized by an independent group of artists in the Chicago area, not officially affiliated through anything other than a shared love for community, that is raising funds to support their colleagues in our community.
    CHICAGO EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE: The City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services offers an Emergency Rental Assistance program that is available for people suffering financial hardship due to a crisis such as loss of job, home fire or illness. The program is intended to allow families to maintain housing during the time it takes to regain stability.
    CHICAGO SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCY LOAN FUND:  The City of Chicago is launching the new Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund as of March 19, 2020.  The new fund will provide more than $100 million in low-interest loans to severely impacted small businesses over the coming months, targeting historically under-resourced communities with an emphasis on minimizing hardship for those businesses and their employees.  View the full press release for complete details.
    FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) and the Federal Home Loan Banks are taking steps to help people who have been impacted by the coronavirus. If your ability to pay your mortgage is impacted, and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae, or Freddie Mac, you may be eligible to delay making monthly mortgage payments for a temporary period.
    ONE FAIR WAGE: One Fair Wage has set up an emergency coronavirus tipped and service worker support fund. Cash assistance is being provided to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, and more.
    SBA DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE:  The U.S. Small Business Administration administers Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters.  View eligible U.S.disaster areas, apply online, and check your application status.

Business to Business Resources


  • Datalake IT Advisors- can offer to help with remote set-ups for businesses. Give them a call!  (773) 231-2310 datalakeit.com

  • NAMSCORP- Can offer small business loans. https://namscorp.com/

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Public Health Resources


  • CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION: The Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
    CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Stay up-to-date on information from the Department of Public Health by visiting the COVID-19 resource webpage. You will be able to sign-up for news alerts, see frequently asked questions, and learn what you need to do to remain safe and healthy.
    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH:  Find interim Business and Organization Guidance that may help prevent workplace exposure to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings.  The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks.

Business Toolkit


  • NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION: To ensure that restaurants have the latest information about coronavirus, NRA has created an industry-specific guidance for owners and operators.
    CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE TOOLKIT: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled CDC's coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. They continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. Resources include sharable graphics based on the CDC's latest guidance for businesses and employees.
    RESILIENCE IN A BOX: Developed in partnership between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and The UPS Foundation, Resilience in a Box is based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.
    KEY EPA RESOURCES ON COVID-19: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing information and resources on disinfectants for use against coronavirus, as well as on drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public.