DuPage Business Resources Related to COVID-19

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Choose DuPage is committed to assisting and connecting businesses in DuPage County with the resources they need during this time. Below is a list of business and industry resources related to COVID-19.

For more information, questions, or if your business is in need of assistance and you are not sure where to turn, please contact Greg Bedalov at gbedalov@choosedupage.com or Lisa Miceli at lmiceli@choosedupage.com.

You can also join us on social media, where we are sharing information about what businesses and residents in DuPage County are doing to help, and demonstrate the #DuPageDifference.

Businesses that can provide respirators, ventilators, and personal protective equipment or other medical devices should contact DuPage County at oem@dupageco.org or click here for more information.

Choose DuPage 

Choose DuPage Board Members have volunteered their expertise to assisting businesses in DuPage County in the coming weeks. If you would like to be connected to an expert in the fields below, please contact Lisa Miceli, lmiceli@choosedupage.com.

  • Banking
  • Education
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Marketing

View our message to the community from Choose DuPage President & CEO, Greg Bedalov.

DuPage County Health Department

The DuPage County Health Department has put together information for businesses on COVID-19, including guidance, food facility guidelines, water sampling, CDC guidance, education, outreach and more. Click here for details.

  • If potential exposure to COVID-19 in the community/workplace: Click here
  • If potential exposure to confirmed case of COVID-19: Click here
  • If diagnosed with COVID-19: Click here
  • For any questions or concerns about COVID-19 call (630) 221-7030

State of Illinois

  • State of Illinois COVID-19 Information and Resources: Click here
  • Illinois COVID-19 Hotline (800) 889-3931
  • List of essential businesses: Click here
  • Illinois Department of Revenue Taxpayer Resources (Employers): Click here
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Information for Employers: Click here
  • Illinois Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers Information: Click here
  • State Treasurer’s announcement to make low-interest bridge loans available for businesses as soon as this week (3/23/20), click here. For future updates, click here.
  • Hospitality Emergency Grant Program: Click here
  • 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 located outside the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019, low-interest loans of up to $50,000. Click here for details.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

For small business guidance and loan resources, click here.

Illinois Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Illinois businesses low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, visit their website or review the resources below.

  • Start you disaster loan application now: Click here
  • Disaster loan assistance: Click here or click here
  • Stay up-to-date: Click here
  • For frequently asked questions: Click here
  • Register for webinars on the Economic Injury Disaster Loans by clicking here. The trainings will cover program eligibility, use of proceeds, terms, filing requirements, and additional small business resources. 

Contact Information for the U.S. Small Business Administration

Local staff is on-hand and ready to assist. To reach the District or Branch Office, please contact:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available, click here to view.

Tax Deadline Changed
The deadlines to file and pay federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020.

workNet DuPage Career Center

The workNet DuPage Career Center has funds available to cover the cost of retraining your staff so that their jobs can be repurposed and layoffs can be averted. For information on these grants, please contact Ron Schlager (630) 955-2037, rschlager@worknetdupage.org.

If you have to layoff staff, there are resources available free of charge for those individuals (including up to $10,000/person of funding assistance for necessary job training.) Affected workers should visit www.worknetdupage.org to access services.

Pace

Pace is offering free rides on all Pace fixed route bus and On Demand services to all medical personnel–including doctors, nurses, EMTs, and paramedics–for the duration of the State’s “stay at home” order. To ride free, medical personnel must present a work ID showing that they are employed at a hospital, doctor’s office, medical facility or local fire department. 

For the latest information on Pace’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Click here

Utilities 

Industry Resources

Healthcare

Manufacturing

Retail

Hospitality

  • Hospitality Emergency Grant Program: To help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is launching the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted for job training, tourism promotion, and other purposes. 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. Bars and restaurants that generated between $500K and $1M in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000, and bars and restaurants that generated less than $500K in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000. Hotels that generated less than $8M in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000.
  • DuPage County Health Department Food Facility Guidelines: Click Here

Additional Small Business Resources

Other Important Resources

This page is will be updated throughout the next few weeks. Check back for more information about DuPage business resources related to COVID-19.