Resources for Businesses

  1. State of Illinois Assistance

- Phase 3 Guidelines for Reopening Businesses and Returning People to Work Safely - uploaded 5/26/2020

- Phase 3 Business Toolkit - uploaded 5/26/2020

Essential Businesses & Operations Frequently Asked Questions - uploaded 4/16/2020

- Department of Employment Security Waiving Penalty for Employers - uploaded 4/9/2020

- Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program Grant Guidebook  - uploaded 4/8/2020

- Emergency Resources Available to Businesses and Communities - Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - uploaded 4/8/2020

- Attached is the new Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity North Central Region Newsletter. It is full of information to assist businesses and people of Illinois. - uploaded 4/6/2020

- Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program - uploaded 4/6/2020

- IL Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program - uploaded 3/31/2020

- The Illinois District Office is hosting twice daily webinars on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Businesses and other stakeholders can register for these trainings at These trainings will cover: Program Eligibility, Use of proceeds, Terms, Filing requirements, Additional small business resources

- Help for small businesses - Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity  

- Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity - Federal Coronavirus Loan Program 

  1. Federal Assistance

- SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic - uploaded 6/16/2020

- Paycheck Protection Program Loans Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - uploaded 4/26/2020

- Save a Small Business Fund Grant for employers with 3-20 employees - uploaded 4/20/2020

- COVID-19 Requests for Public Assistance Deadline - FEMA - uploaded 4/6/2020

- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Emergency Loans  - uploaded 3/31/2020

- All Illinois small businesses (according to SBA’s size standards) and private non-profits can now apply for loans of up to $2 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. If your business has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, this program offers working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. Apply now at

- U.S. Small Business Administration - Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources 

- U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet - Economic Injury Disaster Loans - uploaded 3/19/2020

- U.S. Small Business Association Administration in Response to the Coronavirus - HANDOUT

- U.S. Department of Labor - COVID-19 and the American Workplace 

  1. Congressman Adam Kinzinger
  1. Other Helpful Business Links and Information

- WEBINAR Scaling UP Illinois Restaurant Operations: Financial Considerations - uploaded 5/21/2020

- Learn safe, effective ways to open Illinois restaurants - uploaded 5/21/2020

- The Illinois Department of Human Rights has issued a helpful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document today, FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19. That document is available via this link. - uploaded 5/12/2020

- The Illinois Liquor Control Commission issued updated guidance today through their COVID-19 Compliance Frequently Asked Questions document, which is available via this link. This updated FAQ addresses several issues regarding beverage consumption in outdoor seating areas and the sale of “cocktails to go,” among other issues.  - uploaded 5/12/2020

- The Governor’s Office has posted a list of “Restore Illinois” Frequently Asked Questions, available via this link.  - uploaded 5/12/2020

- Bank of Pontiac Funds 229 Loans Totaling Nearly $30 Million - Uploaded 4/27/2020

- Be a part of the solution with clear messaging for Social Distancing - Uploaded 4/27/2020

- Mediacom - Assisting with personal and business needs - Uploaded 3/31/2020

- From the Illinois Liquor Commission regarding rumors that have circulated on alcohol sales in Illinois

- The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has issued two new guidance documents. The first is an enforcement reminder, available via this link, regarding “to-go” sales and delivery of premixed cocktails. The second is a notice, available via this link, clarifying the continuance of alcohol sales. 

- Illinois Department of Revenue - Short-Term Relief from Penalties for Late Sales Tax Payments due to COVID-19 Virus Outbreak

- CDC - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

- The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has established a helpline for business owners who have questions about whether they are considered essential. That number is 1-800-252-2923.

- Information for contractors looking to connect with state agencies regarding coronavirus-related goods and services can be obtained by contacting the Governor’s office at

- Unemployment Benefits - Illinois Department of Employment Security Website