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Information for Local Businesses

The City is committed to supporting local businesses during this time, understanding that our small business owners are making great sacrifices to support city- and statewide measures to protect public health. This page consolidates information about resources available to businesses and compiles in one place the information the City is sharing regularly with our business community. To receive these updates in your inbox, please sign up for our Business Development eNews.  

Quick links to sections:

Business Development eNews | Business Resources | State of IL Small Business Relief | SBA Disaster Assistance Loans | Information for Employers

Business Development eNews: Special COVID-19 Editions
March 19, 2020: SBA Disaster Assistance Loans; Gov. Pritzker announces sales tax deferrals for bars and restaurants
March 19, 2020: Responding to COVID-19, Liquor delivery; Curbside Pick-up parking signs; Guidance for employers
March 13, 2020: City closes municipal buildings to the public/other closures; SBA Disaster Assistance Loans; Community resources list development

Business Resources
The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce has prepared a toolkit for businesses to assist in managing the coronavirus pandemic. Sections in the toolkit include healthbusiness information, and more.

The Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center at the College of Lake County has prepared a COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide to assist small businesses in navigating  and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

State of Illinois Small Business Relief
Governor JB Pritzker has announced the launch of two new emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These initiatives include:

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program
To help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, DCEO is launching the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program. Grant funds are available to support working capital like payroll and rent, as well as job training, retraining, and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000.

For more information visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's website.

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans:
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing disaster assistance loans of up to $2 Million to help businesses through any disruption that may be caused by the coronavirus. The following links bulleted below provide important information on how to apply for an SBA loan.  Details of the program are available in a press release. 

For additional assistance on SBA Disaster Assistance Loans or the application, please contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800.659.2955 or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Information for Employers
Employers play a key role in promoting healthy communities. The CDC recommends that employers encourage sick employees to stay home, especially if they have had a fever of 100.4°F or higher. Employees should be symptom-free for at least 24 hours before returning to work. For additional best practices, the CDC offers guidance for an informed response from employers. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has prepared a useful fact sheet for businesses and employers

The CDC provides updates for business and leisure travelers as information becomes available. View CDC’s specific guidance for travelers at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china.

Special guidance for healthcare professionals is also available.