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As we continue to monitor COVID-19, please visit these trusted agencies for the latest information: 

For a copy of the Governor’s Executive Order, please click here. The Essential Business Checklist from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is available here, and an essential business flowchart is available here.




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- The SBA has opened up much-needed relief for businesses that everyone should be aware of. Many businesses under 300 employees will be able to apply for a “Second Draw” PPP loan from participating lenders. This opportunity closes on March 31st.


Businesses can learn more about PPP by clicking HERE.

 Arts venues and museums can apply for a federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. 

The SBA has not yet opened up applications, but you can learn more by clicking HERE.


To help your constituents understand these new programs, DCEO has a plethora of webinars being offered by our Office of Regional Economic Development (RED), our Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE), and our partners at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). You can find a webinar listed for nearly every day by clicking HERE. In addition to COVID-19 resources, topics include government contracting, businesses management, and exporting. Please don’t hesitate to forward this information to constituents and community leaders.


- Vaccine Distribution: Phases 1A and 1B - IDPH


- Gov. Pritzker announces Region 2 COVID-19 mitigations moved to Tier 2

- Livingston County and GLCEDC announce COVID Relief Stimulus Grant


Phase 1A and 1B of Vaccine Distribution in Illinois


PPP Round 2 Opens

The #PaycheckProtectionProgram has reopened! Key updates include: 

• PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;

• PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;

• The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;

• The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;

• Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and

• Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Learn more and check your eligibility at SBA's site 


Check out THIS WEBINAR from NFIB on the latest round of PPP loans! 



New grant opportunity to Main Street District Businesses

Applications to the "At Your Side" grant open on January 21 and close on January 28. Take a look over this grant to see if your business is eligible and make plans to apply!


Tier 2 Mitigations


We are hopeful that our region will for our region will drop to Tier 2. We will all know more on January 15th but for now, here is a link to Tier 2 mitigations.