UPDATES 1/12/21

U.S. Small Business Administration:

PPP Opened Today for First Draw PPP Loan Applications


Updated PPP Loan Applications and Process Details:

Guidance on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran and Women-Owned Business Concerns

Overview: First Draw PPP Loan Application: First Draw PPP Loan

Overview: Second Draw PPP Loan Application: Second Draw PPP Loan


Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity:

See the Full List of Illinois BIG Grant Recipients


Internal Revenue Service:

Webinar: Retirement Plans for Small Employers and Self-Employed – Jan. 21 @ 1 pm


Guidance on Deductions for Eligible PPP Expenses

EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace

Village of Skokie: 2020 Year in Review


Skokie Health & Human Services Department

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Skokie Residents


State of Illinois Vaccination Planning Website

State of Illinois Business Toolkits – Signage, Posters & Other Resources


UPDATES 11/11/20

Village of Skokie: NEW COVID-19 Web Page

New COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for Region 10 – including Skokie

State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Page

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Restore Illinois

US Small Business Administration:
Simpler PPP Loan Forgiveness Application for Loans of $50k or Less
(Click here for instructions link)

Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Assistance

SBA Corona Virus Recovery Information Center


UPDATES 9/8/20

Updated Outdoor Dining Guidelines – Effective August 27

Phase 4 Updated Restaurant & Bar Establishment Safety Guidelines

Village of Skokie Economic Recovery Plan

Village of Skokie – CodeRED Emergency Notification System Information

SBA Corona Virus Recovery Information Center


Illinois Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Webinars:

COVID-19 and Workers’ Comp Claims   9/11 @ 10:30 am

How to Confront & Discipline Employees in the age of COVID  9/15 @ 19:30 am

Employee Quarantining, Contact Tracing & Testing  9/22 @ 10:30 am




City of Chicago’s Anti-Retaliation Ordinance prohibiting employers from retaliating against workers for obeying certain COVID-19 health orders. The link also includes FAQ’s and more.

Information on paid leave under the US Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Click HERE to listen to a WGN radio program discussing bar & restaurant curfews, safety regulations at restaurants, the current state of the hospitality industry and more.

Illinois Restaurant Association’s updated Guide of Protocols to follow when a confirmed COVID-19 case has been in your facility.



Crain’s Chicago Business: Pritzker says we’re going to Phase 4

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines

Cook County Technical Assistance Network

Checklists for Re-opening Businesses After COVID-19

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Standardized Employee Screening Questionnaire (pdf)

Updated List of Open Businesses in Skokie *New 7/8



Illinois Department of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Programs

SBA Disaster Assistance Loan

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

SBA: Find Eligible Paycheck Protection Program Lenders  *New 7/8

Skokie Small Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant Program *New 7/8

Skokie CDBG-CV Small Business Assistance Application *New 7/8



Audio link to SBA Webinar: PPP Overview for Small Businesses – Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

Restore Illinois Youtube Video from the Office of Governor JB Pritzker

Cook County Government: Events and Webinars for Community Recovery Initiative

CCAC Webinar: How Illinois Moves Forward Amid a Pandemic, Social Unrest and Economic Meltdown  *New 7/8



Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce: Report from the Chamber’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

From The US Chamber of Commerce: Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness – PDF

Association of Business Recovery Professionals: Small Business Grants For Women

Illinois.gov: Get Hired Illinois
Connecting Employers Looking for Workers to Workers Looking for Work

Chicago Tribune: “Skokie establishes task force to help village’s business community during coronavirus reopenings”



Village of Skokie: Outdoor Dining Guidance – PDF

Restore Illinois Plan – PDF

State of Illinois: Phase 3 Business Toolkits – PDF’s

Illinois Department of Public Health: Restore Illinois Info

Illinois Department of Commerce: Restore Illinois Phase 3 Guidelines

US Chamber of Commerce: A Guide to Reopening Your Business

US Chamber of Commerce: Ready to Re-Open Playbook – PDF

US Chamber of Commerce: Employee Screening Questionnaire – PDF

US EPA: Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting Spaces



Coronavirus Tax Relief on IRS.gov

IRS – Economic Impact Payments:What You Need to Know

IRS – FAQ’s Employee Retention Credit Under the Cares Act

IRS – Get My Payment

IRS – Partnership and Promotional Materials



SBA Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

General Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program from the SBA

SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program – Details

SBA’s Express Bridge Loans

Find Eligible Paycheck Protection Program Lenders

SBA Webinar Recording – Overview of all SBA Programs

SBA Webinar Recording – Specific Information to Assist Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors



Full Text of the CARES Act passed by Congress

Small Business Owner Guide to the CARES Act from the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship



Senator Dick Durbin – Home Page

COVID-19 Update – Senator Dick Durbin

Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet – PDF

Emergency Paid Sick Leave – PDF

Emergency Paid Family Leave – PDF



Village of Skokie

Village of Skokie – May/June Newsletter PDF

Village of Skokie – Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Village of Skokie – Webinar Recording: How the Paycheck Protection Program Impacts Small Businesses in Cook County

Village of Skokie – COVID-19

Village of Skokie – List of Open Restaurants

Skokie Health Department – Clinic Referrals PDF

SkokieNews – E-Newsletter Sign Up Page

Skokie Public Library

Skokie Public Library Blog: Financial Help During the Pandemic

Skokie Park District



Niles Township Government



Cook County Website

Cook County Bureau of Economic Devleopment – Newsletter Sign Up

Cook County Community Recovery Initiative



Center For Disease Control and Prevention

United States Treasury – How to Calculate Loan Amounts by Business Type – PDF

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

US Chamber of Commerce

US Chamber of Commerce – Corona Virus Small Business Loan Guide

National Restaurant Association – Downloadable Reopening Guide

OSHA – Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Federal Trade Commission – Avoid Scams During COVID-19

Federal Housing Finance Agency – Assistance Options for Families Affected by COVID-19 – FAQ’s PDF

US Department of Education – Department of Federal Student Aid: Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents



Illinois Small Business Advocacy Council

Illinois – Office of the Governor

Illinois – Department of Public Health

Illinois – Department of Public Health – Restore Illnois

Illinois – Department of Employment Security

IDES – CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Expansion Package PDF

Illinois – Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) – click here to donate

Illinois COVID-19 PPE Donation Page

Illinois Restaurant Association

State of Illinois COVID-19 Small Business Impact Survey

Illinois Department of Commerce – Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Illinois Liquor Control Commission – Guidance regarding COVID-19 Ralted Development within the Liquor Industry

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

Illinois Manufacturers Association

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Westside Forward



Women’s Business Development Center

Chicago Minority Business Development Agency Business Center

The United States Small Business Administration – Chicago Office

City of Chicago-Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – 6 Tips to Limit Cornovirus Anxiety

From Drugwatch.com: A Consumer’s Guide to the Coronavirus

From Smith & Amundsen Labor & Employment Law Update: What To Do When Your Employee Tests Postivie for COVID-19

From Smith & Amundsen Labor & Employment Law Update:

ADA Implications – I Don’t Want to Wear a Mask:

American Business Immigration Coalition

National Partnership for New Americans

From Internet Service Providers: 15 Apps To Keep You Healthy While Sheltering In Place

CodeRed – Emergency Telephone Notification System Sign Up Page

2020 Census