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Resources for Businesses

Updated 4.7.2020

With frequent changes taking place, we are continuing to update information and resources for businesses on a regular basis and will share them here. Interested in updates via email? Please get in touch with us at




Paycheck Protection Program

General Information:  The PPP program is designed to help small businesses maintain payroll in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible businesses who enroll in the program will receive a forgivable loan to use for payroll purposes, in addition to helping pay for utilities, rent, mortgage interest payments, and more. Details are included in the links below.


To Apply: Businesses need to apply to the approved 7(a) lender directly – the application process for small businesses has launched and the start date for independent contractors and self-employed individuals to submit PPP loan applications is April 10, 2020


Be prepared so that you have what you need when the lender opens up their online application. Have the following information:

  • The date you started your business
  • Detailed information to calculate the average monthly payroll costs.
  • Your annual revenue
  • Your business mailing address


Lender Information: PPP loans will be 100% federally guaranteed but handled by SBA-certified lenders.  Lending institutions that are not currently SBA-certified but want to participate should email


Resources: The Small Business Administration distributed additional guidance from the U.S. Department of the Treasury on how the Paycheck Protection Program is going to be implemented and what both lenders and borrowers need to know.  The following documents were provided:


Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

General Information: The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program received significant funding in the Families First Act, which was the 2nd COVID-19 stimulus package.  These SBA loans provide small businesses with a long-term, low interest loan of up to $2 million to pay for expenses they would have met if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note that these are loans, not grants, although refinancing an EIDL into a PPP Loan is a possibility, provided you used the fund for the proper purpose.  Additionally, applicants can apply for both EIDL and PPP loans simultaneously, although the funds cannot be used for the same purpose.

Application Process:  The SBA has an application process that is available here.  Note that if your business needs short term assistance, and you applied before this week, you may need to re-submit your application (see below). If you have already applied for funds through EIDL and do not need the $10,000 advance, your application should continue to be processed without additional steps.  You may check on the status of your application by calling 800-659-2955.

Local Municipalities

Small Business Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration

State of Illinois 


World Health Organization