The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is tracking the COVID-19 crisis closely, evaluating our programs and events on a daily basis, and working hard to provide you with the most updated facts and data. These are challenging times with information changing daily. As always, if you have any questions about COVID-19 or you are seeking best practices or resources for your company, please call us or visit our website. We are here for you as a resource and advocate to help. Together, we will move forward and weather these uncertain times.
We are hosting webinars with elected representatives, public health officials, and state and city economic development and business departments.
- March 30: Funding Training for IL Small Businesses: Applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan
- March 27: COVID-19 Update with DCEO Director Erin Guthrie
- March 19: “COVID-19 Update” with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the Illinois Small Business Administration
- March 13 “Fact vs. Myth: Update on COVID-19” with the Chicago Department of Public Health and Edelman Public Relations
Public Health Resources
We know the health and safety of your employees, clients, and customers is of the utmost concern for you and all Chicago-area businesses. We encourage you to be planful in how this virus will impact your business and to reference the guidance of public health officials.
- City of Chicago
- Cook County Tax Relief Package
- BACP Notice: Statewide Closure of Restaurants & Bars FAQ
- BACP Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Businesses, Consumers and Employees
- State of Illinois
- Gov. Pritzker Executive Order: Shelter in Place
- Shelter in Place Executive Order FAQ
- Arts of Illinois Relief Fund
- Hospitality Emergency Grant Program
- DCEO COVID-19 Information for Small Business
- DCEO Essential Business Checklist and FAQ sheet
- Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic OpportunityHelpline 1-800-252-2923
- Help Contact Email Address: CEO.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Bill and Summary
- CARES Act Summary
- CARES Act 3.5 Summary
- Centers for Disease Control
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- A shareable, printable one-pager with Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees
- A shareable, printable one-pager with Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus
- A quick take on the economic impact of the virus from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Important Announcement Regarding 2019 Federal Tax Filing Due Date Extension:
- Filing season extension: The federal income tax filing due date is automatically
extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. IRS news releases in English and
Spanish are on the special coronavirus page.
- Payment extension: The IRS also has updated the payment extension statement to July 15, 2020.
- New business refundable credits: Small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to promptly and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
- Federal Families First Coronavirus Relief
Small Business Resources
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist
- City of Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund
- The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans
- U.S. Small Business Administration: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fact Sheet
- Official Declaration
- Application – Apply for Assistance
- Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance Step-by-Step Guide
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
- SBA Disaster Assistance Response to Coronavirus Handout
- Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Advantage Illinois
Chicagoland Chamber Events
With the health and well-being of our members and staff in mind and based on guidance from Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, and public health officials, at this time we are postponing our upcoming in-person events through the end of April.
Any questions about Chamber events can be directed to our Events Team at email@example.com. These are challenging times, but rest assured the Chamber is here as your business resource and advocate.
All of our members are navigating new changes and obstacles and it is important to know that the Chamber is your partner moving through the COVID-19 crisis. The restaurant industry has experienced unprecedented hurdles with the state-mandated closure but their innovation and incredible work ethic have resulted in new delivery services, curbside pick-up and takeout options to support all Chicagoans at this time.
Click Here for a list of our member restaurants, their hours, offers and contact information and show your support however you can.