COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Phase 5 - Restore Illinois

Effective Friday, June 11, Illinois entered Phase 5 of Restore Illinois. The Phase 5 guidelines (LINK) replace the industry-specific guidance that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity published previously as part of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The Phase 5 guidance includes recommendations for all types of businesses and venues, customers, and employees in order to help maintain healthy environments and operations, as well as lower the risk of COVID-19 spread.

General Health Guidelines for Business Owners

The Illinois Department of Public Health has provided guidance for business owners (LINK) to aid in reducing workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control offers guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces (LINK).

Small Business Administration (SBA) Updates

Sign up for SBA email updates on their website (LINK). The SBA provides a guide to all small business COVID-19 relief options (LINK) on their website.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

DCEO has compiled a list of resources for small businesses along with helpful links. Small Business Development Centers across the state are available to assist businesses with accessing resources. Please visit their website (LINK) for more information.

State of Illinois Updates

Keep up-to-date with Governor’s press announcements and the IL Department of Public Health on their website (LINK).

Cook County Updates

Cook County recently announced the Community Recovery Initiative (LINK) to provide economic relief to small businesses, non-profits, community service organizations and independent contractors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cook County Technical Assistance

To help businesses understand the different support programs being offered, Cook County and partners are providing a wide variety of technical assistance, including webinars on various funding programs. For more information and webinar dates, visit their website (LINK).

Unemployment Information

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 as possible. Please visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website (LINK) to review the information to assist your employees

Utility Updates

Below are links to several of the local area utilities regarding their response to COVID-19:

Local Partners

The La Grange Business Association (LINK) and the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LINK) offer pertinent COVID-19 information for businesses on their websites. 

Other Assistance

Grubhub is offering assistance to independent restaurants. Please visit their website (LINK) for more information.

UberEats is offering assistance to independent restaurants by waiving delivery fees and enabling same-day payouts for any UberEats restaurants who request it, to increase cash flow certainty. Please visit their website (LINK) for more information.