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Bureau of Economic Development Update as of September 23, 2020

New Resources for Small Businesses

Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the

Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, and Next Street, announced the
launch of the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program,  a business advising,
education, and grant program designed to help small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch on Facebook live.   View Press Release

New Small Business Resources Available


  • $10,000 Grants – Small  businesses in suburban Cook County impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a recovery grant.
  • Business Advising Program helps businesses address their unique needs, including acquiring new capital and customers, understanding financial, change and risk management, adjusting business models, and operating under new safety regulations.

Applications close October 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm.


Apply now 


New Mask Mandate for Restaurants and Bars. Updates August 26th. 

Governor Pritzker announced last Tuesday, new restaurant guidelines that require patrons at bars, restaurants, and other establishments statewide to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with staff. This includes when wait staff are taking orders, delivering food and beverages, or attending to service at tables in general.
“In restaurants, face coverings must be worn in indoor and outdoor seating, and during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers, and any other restaurant employee.”
EDUCATE: To establish a pleasurable experience for all guests, we highly recommend educating your staff and patrons on the new mandate. When seating your guests explain the new rules mandated by the state of Illinois that requires restaurant guests to wear their masks when approached by wait staff, food service workers, and any other restaurant employee. 
Say, “Your safety is of utmost importance to us. We would like your experience here to be enjoyable. We are asking that when you would like service, all you need to do is to put on your face-mask. Wearing your face-mask will be our signal to approach your table. When you are not wearing your face-mask, we will not approach your table.”

“Mask up, server shows up; mask down no server around.”

Click Here for the IDPH document regarding the new restaurant mask mandate, updated August 26th.  

The Cook County Recovery Initiative is offering quick relief loans, technical assistance and outreach for Suburban Cook County small businesses and gig workers. 
Click Here for Program Information.

Governor Pritzker Announces Restore Illinois:
A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State

Restore Illinois Health Regions

Phase 3 Recovery, Industry Specific Guidelines and Toolkits

Here is the link to the IL DCEO page with industry specific guidelines and toolkits:

Here is the link to the all business toolkit including guides and graphics you can use in your workplace and on social media for your employees customers and clients:

Paycheck Protection Program

Not sure what the Tax implications are during the crisis?

Click Here for Information from the IRS

Need information on Unemployment for yourself or your employees?

Monday, April 6, 2020, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar with officials from the Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Employment Securities (IDES) Director Thomas Chan discussed via webinar the vital information for businesses on unemployment requirements for employees and contractors as outlined in the recent federal CARES Act. The recording can be found here. Additionally, frequently asked questions and answers can be found on the Department of Labor’s website and also via IDES’s website. To view the Federal Stimulus Package Unemployment Benefits click here.