The information in this post was last updated on April 8, 2020.
To help entrepreneurs and small business owners find the help they need in this time of great uncertainty, we have compiled a list of resources targeted at COVID-19 related business challenges. This list will be updated as new information and resources as they become available.
The College of DuPage Business Development Center website is being updated daily with information for COVID-19 Small Business Assistance.
See something we missed that should be included? Shoot us a message at ID@InnovationDuPage.org.
Loans and Grants
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act was unanimously passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020 and is the largest economic stimulus package in American history. This act involves multiple areas of assistance and this link will help you better understand what may apply to your small business. For additional information, check out the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist’.
Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Relief Loan
This loan brought to you by the SBA can be used for: Fixed Debts, Accounts Payable, Payroll, other Bills. For more details and information on how to apply, check out our dedicated ‘SBA Disaster Injury Loan’ post.
Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
The WBDC knows that access to capital is critical for business success. They provide loans to small businesses who otherwise cannot get a loan from a bank.Loans are available to small businesses located in Northwest Illinois and targeted towards businesses with less than $1 Million in annual revenue.
Illinois Department of Commerce Loan
Small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy, and the Advantage Illinois program is there to assist. By working with the state’s banking community and venture capitalists, they help entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund
The Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund will help to provide small businesses with emergency cash flow during this immediate health crisis. Applications will begin to be accepted on March 31, 2020.
Facebook Small Business Grant Program
Facebook is offering cash grants and ad credits to businesses that may be experiencing disruptions in these uncertain times. The money given can support your workforce, help with your rent costs, connect with more customers, and cover operational costs.
Community sourced loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 via the crowdfunding platform. Honeycomb is offering 45-day payment free periods, 6-month interest-only periods and reducing their posting, success, and investor fees.
Google Ad Credits
$340 million in Google Ads credits available to all small and medium-sized businesses with active accounts over the past year. Credit notifications will appear in their Google Ads accounts and can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across our advertising platforms.
IRS Tax Relief
The IRS has announced the extension of tax filing and federal tax payment deadlines to July 15th. In addition, a plan is in place to implement a Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses.
Illinois Tax Help
In an effort to assist eating and drinking establishments impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is waiving any penalty and interest that would have been imposed on late Sales Tax payments from qualified taxpayers.
What is Available to Employees as a Business Owner?
COVID-19 Changes to Unemployment Rules
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Please review this link for the information to assist your employees.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
This program helps those with low-incomes buy the food needed for good health.
Tips for Working from Home
Github’s Guide to Remote Work
GitHub has curated a remote work emergency toolkit for leaders and managers and a remote work starter guide for employees to assist businesses during this time in order for everyone to maintain optimal productivity and stability.
Facebook Minimizing Business Disruption During Emergencies
Facebook is helping workplaces stay connected by helping minimize disruptions to businesses during emergencies. Utilize their multiple channels to stay in touch with customers and employees.
Video Conferencing Services
The following are video conferencing resources allowing businesses to stay connected and productive while working remotely.
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DuPage County Business Help
The College of DuPage Business Development Center
The Illinois SBDC/PTAC/ITC at College of DuPage, as expert advisors, are here to advise and guide small businesses within our community. They post a weekly COVID-19 Small Business Update answering questions they receive.
Choose DuPage is volunteering their expertise to assist businesses in DuPage County. Get help with Banking, Education, Insurance, Legal, and Marketing. Join the conversation on social media about what businesses and residents are doing to help during these times by using the #DuPageDifference.
DuPage County Health Department
A resource in maintaining the health and safety of residence of the DuPage county. Stay up to date on what is happening in your area.
Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce
View the WDCC’s informational fliers in relation to COVID-19 and how they are supporting businesses during this time .
Western Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The WSSCI is committed to serving regional businesses and community prosperity through best practices, advocacy, access to leaders, economic development, collaboration and business education. Check out their page for a list of resources available to those impacted by COVID-19.
Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce
View what professions are considered essential and non-essential along with a list of local grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices and other critical services located near Glen Ellyn.
New Policies and Legal Resources
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
IDFPR has announced new guidance on license expirations dates, continuing ed deadlines, and more to help licensees maintain their licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can find the official press release here .
Insurance Interruption Coverage
Your business insurance may contain interruption coverage you can use during COVID-19, learn more by clicking the title.
Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act
On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was passed and signed. These are two provisions providing paid leave to employees forced to miss work because of the COVID-19 outbreak: the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act, and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. Learn more about how this could serve you in the link.
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