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We have created this page to be your source for news you need for your business and family. Only trusted and unbiased sources will be used.

Update 8/17/21

Back 2 Business Grants – Application Portal Open August 18 – October 13

Back to Business Grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity range from $5,000 to $150,000 and may be used to help offset operational losses, to bring back staff, and to cover a number of eligible costs associated with reopening your business in the midst of the pandemic.

Priority given for these businesses applying:

    • Hardest hit industries – such as hotels, salons, fitness centers, restaurants, and more.
    • Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) – economically distressed communities which have had higher case counts of COVID-19.
    • Businesses who have yet to qualify for state or federal assistance, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), BIG, and more.

Eligibility Guidelines
More Information

Community Navigators are equipped to answer questions and assist small businesses. Contact Harriet Parker with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at (630) 906-4143 or

Update 7/9/21

Charitable Trust Grants

State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has announced the next round of Charitable Trust grant applications for non-profits are now available. These grants for the Fall 2021 grant cycle will focus on three categories of non-profits: Food Programs, Housing Programs and Workforce & Economic Development. Charitable Trust grants are intended to help small non- profits with an annual budget of $1 million or less.

Grant applications will be accepted July 1 through Sept 30. READ MORE

Update 6/11/21

Phase 5 Guidelines

On June 11, 2021, the State of Illinois moves to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois framework, marking the full reopening of all industries and activities. This milestone in the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was reached following continued progress in vaccine administration in communities statewide. READ MORE

Update 5/17/21

Executive Order from Governor Pritzker Regarding Mask Requirements

Bridge Phase Executive Order

Update 5/8/21

PPP Funding Exhausted – Applications Closed

As of May 6, 2021, funding for the Paycheck Protection Program has been exhausted. The SBA will continue funding outstanding approved PPP applications, but new qualifying applications will only be funded through Community Financial Institution, financial lenders who serve underserved communities.

Update 5/3/21

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

(Update 5/17/21)
This program is now accepting applications. SBA has received a significant number of applications under this program since the portal opened on May 3rd. However, because SBA still has potential funding available for eligible establishments with 2019 annual revenue of not more than $50,000, it will keep the application portal open. Eligible establishments that meet this revenue standard are encouraged to apply through SBA-recognized point-of-sale vendors or directly via the SBA online application portal. To apply, go to

Emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. Visit this page to learn more about who can apply, how to apply, funding amounts, etc.

Registration is now open.
The portal can be found at:

Update 4/5/21

Yorkville Vaccination Clinics

Message from Mayor Purcell
Yorkville COVID-19 vaccine clinics are open to ANYONE 18 or older who LIVES or WORKS in Kendall County.
By appointment only. Read More & Schedule Here

Update 3/23/21

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Opens April 8Go to Portal
Informational Webinar March 30 Register

Visit this page for program details and:

    • Frequently Asked Questions about SVOG
    • Eligibility requirements
    • Preliminary application checklist
    • Cross-program eligibility on SBA COVID-19 relief options

Update 3/18/21

Bridge to Phase 5

From the Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker

As more of our residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Illinois will operate with a metrics-based pathway toward the fifth and final phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan, in which all sectors of the economy reopen with businesses and recreation resuming normal operations, and where conventions, festivals, and large events can take place.

Following recommendations from public health experts, Illinois will move forward with a dial-like approach between the mitigations in Phase 4, which currently apply to the entire state, and the post-pandemic new normal of Phase 5. This Bridge to Phase 5 will allow for higher capacity limits and increased business operations, before public health experts tell us it is safe to move to the new normal that Phase 5 will bring. VIEW GUIDELINES

Update 1/25/21

COVID-19 Vaccine in Kendall County

The Kendall County Health Department is currently serving Phase 1A and 1B – By Appointment Only… READ MORE

Update 1/18/21

Kendall County (Region 2) Moved to Tier 1 Restrictions

The Governor has provided an update on modifications being made to the State’s COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations. (View updated Tier 1 restrictions in the below link.) You can view the presser via this link

For daily updates on key regional metrics:

Update 1/13/21

Charitable Trust Grants for Non-Profits Announced by Illinois State Treasurer

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has announced our next round of Charitable Trust grant applications for non-profits are now available. These grants for the Spring 2021 grant cycle will focus on three categories of non- profits: Food Programs, Housing Programs and Workforce & Economic Development. Charitable Trust grants are intended to help small non- profits with an annual budget of $1 million or less. Grant applicants located in any area where pervasive poverty, unemployment, and economic distress exist will be given special attention.

Grant applications will be accepted January 2 through March 31.

The link included provides additional information on the grant application, the application link, history of the program, questions regarding the program and whom to contact if you have any additional questions.

Update 1/12/21

PPP Re-Opens This Week

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:

PPP First Draw Loans for first time program participants.
PPP Second Draw Loans beginning January 13, 2021 for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan.

For more information including PPP forgiveness and lender information, visit the SBA website.

Update 12/31/20

Illinois Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect on January 1, 2021

Pursuant to Public Act 101-0001…

  • New employees (first 90 days of employment) over the age of 18 may be paid up to 50 cents less per hour.
  • Beginning, January 1, 2020, if a worker under 18 works more than 650 hours for the employer during any calendar year, they must be paid the regular (over 18 wage).
  • Tipped employees may be paid 60% of the hourly minimum wage.
  • Certain employees must be paid overtime, at time and one-half of the regular rate, after 40 hours of work in a workweek. READ MORE

Update 12/15/20

Small Business Assistance Program: Grant Announced to Help Small Businesses Who Have Past-Due ComEd Balances

The Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers with a one-time grant up to $2,000 towards a past due balance. As of December 16, 2020, ComEd is accepting applications for assistance that would be applied to your bill in 2021 if you meet all qualifications. DETAILS

Update 12/11/20

City of Yorkville Announces New COVID Grant

The City is offering a grant program for Yorkville-based businesses impacted by COVID-19. Apply now for up to $20,000 in grants for your business. Application window closes 4:30pm on Wednesday, December 23rd. APPLICATION & INFO

Update 11/17/20

Governor announces all 11 Illinois regions will move into Tier 3 effective November 20, 2020 at 12:01am.

The restrictions will affect retail stores and personal care services, health and fitness centers, hotels, manufacturing companies… READ MORE

Update 11/16/20

BIG (Business Interruption Grant) Funds Still Available

The Illinois DCEO is continuing to review and award applications under the Business Interruption Grant program. There is still funding available in the program to assist eligible businesses who have suffered losses related to COVID-19, especially in the downstate areas. They can schedule technical assistance sessions to help businesses with their application questions. A FAQ document has been recently updated and can help answer questions.

Applications for a second round of funding are now being accepted and can be found here. The BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19. Grants will be awarded and funded on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses… VISIT WEBSITE

Update 11/2/20

New Restrictions for Region 2

Effective November 4, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order setting mitigation restrictions for food service facilities, meetings and social gatherings and capacity limits in this stage of the Corona Virus response. Included in the restrictions, restaurants and bars in the region must suspend indoor on-premises consumption. Facilities are encouraged to offer off premises consumption if possible. In house delivery, third party delivery (such as Uber Eats or Grub Hub), drive through, and curbside pickup options are permitted. Read official order

Update 10/12/20

NEW Simplified PPP Forgiveness Application

(From the SBDC at Waubonsee)
On October 9, the SBA and Treasury announced a simplified PPP forgiveness application for loans $50,000 and below.
Download the application here
Download the instructions here

The IL SBDC at Waubonsee is working remotely, and is available to answer your questions. Please contact us at (630) 906-4143 or email Please be patient. We will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible

Update 10/2/20

IDPH Halloween Guidelines: The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is providing the following guidance to allow for safe Halloween celebrations. Read More

Update 9/18/20

Second Round of (BIG) Business Interruption Grants Open:

A $220 million second round of BIG aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses, but with a particular focus on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), and for heavily impacted industry and regions – representing businesses that have been unable to reopen or operating at a severely diminished capacity since the spring.

To see if your business is located in a DIA, check the map or list of zip codes.

Businesses that are not covered by the heavily impacted industry list may still apply, although priority will be given to these industries.

DCEO will begin accepting applications on September 17. You will find information regarding eligibility, documentation required, and the application submission link on this web page.

Please carefully review all links on this page, then start preparing your documentation.

The IL SBDC at Waubonsee is working remotely, and is available to answer your questions. Please contact us at (630) 906-4143 or email Please be patient. We will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.

…Additional information from Illinois DCEO:

Funding for this round is approximately $200 million, with more than half of the funds earmarked for businesses downstate.  Of this funding, $70 million will be invested in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) and $60 million in heavily impacted industries.  A map of the DIAs can be found on our website.  The heavily impacted industries are defined a having annual revenues of $10 million or less and have been close or operating at a very diminished capacity since mid-March and are likely to continue to do so until Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan.   These industries include the following:

    • Event spaces
    • Music venues
    • Performing arts venues
    • Indoor recreation
    • Amusement parks
    • Movie theaters
    • Museums
    • Charter/shuttle buses

While these priority areas are part of the program, the BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19.  The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses.  DCEO will be hosting a series of webinars regarding this program.  You can register for any of the webinars by using the links below:

Update 8/26/20

Governor Issues new Face Mask Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars

See guidelines

Update 7/13/20

State of Illinois COVID-19 Response Page

Visit page to view latest Coronavirus Disease stats and map

Update 6/19/20

New Grant Announced: Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will launch the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures….
In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic and are located in DIAs… READ MORE

WHEN TO APPLY: DCEO will make the application for BIG available on Tuesday, June 23rd.

For more about the program, contact Lynn Dubajic, DLK, LLC Business and Economic Development at 630.553.0843 or

Update 6/08/20

Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act has been signed, and allows businesses more flexibility in using the rescue loan funds. Included:

    • The requirement that 75% of funds be used for payroll expenses has been reduced to 60%
    • Loan forgiveness period extended from 8 weeks to 24 weeks

(Updated 6/18/20) Revised forgiveness applications are available HERE. For questions, PPP recipients should consult with their lending banks or local Small Business Development Center. Contact the IL SBDC at Waubonsee at (630) 906-4143 or

Update 6/02/20

IRS COVID Tax Tip 2020-63: Employers can grant paid leave for COVID-19

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID -19 or to care for their family members… In addition to the relief for employees, businesses can claim two new refundable payroll tax credits for granting paid leave to their employees…READ MORE

Update 5/26/20

Illinois DCEO: Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines & Toolkits for Businesses

Phase 3 guidelines have been developed with engagement from hundreds of businesses, chambers of commerce, industry associations, and trade representatives from across Illinois. Learn more about how businesses can reopen and thousands of Illinoisans may return to work safely under Phase 3: Restore Illinois Phase 3

Update 5/18/20

PPP Forgiveness Application

The SBA has released the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application. This document includes a worksheet to calculate your PPP Loan usage, and information on on how to calculate your FTE total.

The IL SBDC at Waubonsee is working remotely, and is available to answer your questions. Please contact us at (630) 906-4143 or email Please be patient. We will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.

Update 5/04/20

Re-Opening Plans

The governor’s office is receiving input, suggestions, and proposed plans from communities and regions throughout the state regarding possible reopening strategies. If you have suggestions or proposed plans regarding reopening strategies, they may be submitted to the governor’s office directly at

Update 5/04/20

Governor’s Office Daily COVID-19 Q & A – May 3, 2020

Governor’s Office Daily COVID-19 Q & A – May 2, 2020

Governor’s Office Daily COVID-19 Q & A – May 1, 2020

Update 5/04/20

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Re-Opened to Agricultural Businesses Only

Legislation from April 23 provided additional funding to the EIDL and EIDL advance programs. In addition, it relaxed eligibility requirements to include eligibility for agricultural businesses including businesses engaged in the legal production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries…
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received… READ MORE

Update 4/28/20

Grant Opportunity for Essential Small Businesses in Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties

NOTE: Companies in need should complete and submit the application by close of business Wednesday, May 6. The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has made some funds available for local WorkNet offices throughout Illinois to prevent essential, small businesses from laying off or furloughing employees. Funds from this reimbursement-based program will be used to help eligible businesses mitigate layoffs and adhere to “social distancing” provisions established by state and federal public health entities. READ MORE

Essential Business Checklist (to confirm eligibility)   Download Application

UPDATE 4/28/20

City of Yorkville Announcement: Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

Eligibility criteria and application process

UPDATE 4/27/20

Illinois DCEO

COVID-19 help, links to press releases

UPDATE 4/21/20

PPP Fact Sheet

The Fact Sheet contains guidelines for borrowers regarding how loans will be forgiven. Harriet Parker, SBDC, will talk more about PPP spending guidelines in a Zoom meeting hosted by the Chamber on April 23, 9am. Contact the Chamber to receive the meeting code.

Recording of Zoom Meeting with Harriet Parker 4-23-20

UPDATE 4/21/20

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

Grant program for qualifying small businesses; applications must be made through a unit of local government (city, village or county)

Downstate SBSP Guidebook (updated 4/14/20)

Downstate SBSP FAQs

Update 4/17/20

Newly Announced Grant by U.S. Chamber: “Save Small Businesses”

Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks… Read More

UPDATE 4/16/20

From Harriet Parker, Waubonsee SBDC

I have attached the talking points from DCEO, as well as the most recent resources document from DCEO.
Note that both the SBA EIDL and PPP programs are out of funds. Applications that have been submitted will continue to be processed.

COVID Resources Summary -4.16.20


Also, IDES will be available for Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors beginning May 11. I have heard, but have not yet confirmed, that these businesses should submit an application now, which will be denied, however IDES will be circling back and reviewing those applications beginning May 11.

UPDATE 4/15/20

Worker’s Comp: Emergency Amendment

Courtesy Cindy Allston, Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce
There are risks in bringing back employees to work, even on a part-time bases as it relates to workers compensation. This week IL Workers Comp Board added all essential workers to be allowed to receive workers comp if they get COVID-19. Employers should to complete IL form 45, Employers First Report of Injury, if they suspect the employee may have COVID-19 and are considered an essential worker. Contact your insurance carrier to discuss these changes. Work Comp Commission Amendment

UPDATE 4/13/20

Treasury, IRS Launch Online Tool to Help Non-Filers Receive Economic Impact Payments

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have launched a new web tool for those who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and are seeking Economic Impact payments. READ MORE

UPDATE 4/3/20

Are You an Essential Business?

Updated business listing and FAQ from DCEO

A recent executive order requires all non-essential businesses and operations to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations. Non-essential businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors working from home.

UPDATE 4/2/20

From Harriet Parker, Waubonsee SBDC:
There continues to be a lot of confusion over the details of the various disaster loan programs. I am doing my best to provide you only validated information. I am attaching updated PPP Guidance Memo that I received from DCEO this morning, as well as a spreadsheet that compares SBA disaster loan options.

The PPP application is now available for download.

List of PPP Participating Lenders (subject to update)

More helpful links:

U.S. Dept. of Treasury re: payroll tax credits:

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund:

UPDATE 4/2/20

Small Business Recovery State and Federal Program Comparison 4-3

UPDATE 4/2/20

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

Grant program for qualifying small businesses; applications must be made through a unit of local government (city, village or county)

Downstate SBSG Guidebook

Downstate SBSP FAQs

UPDATE 3/31/20

Effective April 1st, employers must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises.

All employers covered by the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (i.e., certain public sector employers and private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees) are required to post this notice.

Given many are working remotely, an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website.
The poster and additional information can be found on the US Dept of Labor’s site here:

UPDATE 3/30/20

(From Harriet Parker, Waubonsee SBDC) The SBA Disaster Loan application is now back to an online application form, and they have significantly streamlined the application. You can now also request an advance. If you haven’t already submitted an application, you can do it here:

Helpful FAQ links:

UPDATE 3/30/20

Small Businesses: If you feel like the massive amount of information coming out is akin to drinking from a fire hose, you’re not alone. Harriet Parker with the SBDC at Waubonsee has sorted through and compiled the following to help you:

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

SBA Disaster Loan Form 5 paper form business

Illinois SBDC COVID Resources

UPDATE 3/25/20

The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) economic rescue package approved and signed by the President today. What it means to Illinoisans

UPDATE 3/25/20

Governor Announces COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Initiatives

(Note, application deadline of 5pm April 1 has passed) Hospitality Businesses: …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… READ MORE

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 low interest loans of up to $50,000. Businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply. Successful applicants will owe nothing for six months… Read More

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

To support small businesses in downstate and rural counties across Illinois, DCEO is repurposing $20 million in CDBG funds to stand up the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program. This Fund will offer small businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital… Read More

UPDATE 3/23/20

Illinois State Treasurer’s Office announces new relief program for small businesses:

Business Invest – Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

The program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this funding is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits throughout Illinois to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing…

To participate in Business Invest – Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program, financial institutions must be or apply to become an approved program depository with the Treasurer’s Office …READ MORE

UPDATE 3/23/20

March 23 Message from Mayor John Purcell

UPDATE 3/20/20

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Business Update: After working through the disaster loan application with many folks last week, Harriet Parker with the SBDC put together an FAQ of the questions that seem to be causing people the most problem. (Update 3/25/20: The SBA application site is down for maintenance; more info to come.)

SBA Form 5 FAQ

In Waubonsee College district, contact Harriet Parker


In Kishwaukee College district, contact Jock Sommese


For assistance in Spanish, contact Noelia Ruiz


UPDATE 3/20/20

Governor Issues Stay At Home Order

Stay at Home FAQ

UPDATE 3/20/20

(Illinois DCEO)
The State of Illinois has received its statewide Economic Injury Declaration
which means small businesses in all 102 Illinois counties may be eligible for low-interest, economic injury disaster loans up to $2M per business.

Visit DCEO website for details and upcoming webinar dates

News Release


Apply Online

In addition, business advisors at Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are available to assist small businesses with the loan application process and are currently operating remotely. SBDC Near You

Businesses having questions about DCEO programs, resources or incentives may contact the Illinois DCEO First Stop Business Information Center. They can email or call the toll-free helpline at 1.800.252.2923.


Amid restaurant and bar closures, you can support these establishments by ordering take-out or delivery, or purchasing gift cards. A “Yorkville to Go” Facebook page has been created to be a resource of local restaurants. The Kendall County office has also prepared a restaurant map.

Local businesses need and appreciate the support of their communities now more than ever. The Chamber has created a “Yorkville Connect” Facebook page where businesses can post news about their operations during this period.


COVID-19 Impact on Small Businesses

  • SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: If you own a small business, please take a moment and let Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity know the impact to your small business and the vitally important workers you employ. Accurate responses to the questions will assist in evaluating a request for an economic injury disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. (survey form)

IDES Illinois Department of Employment Security

  • IDES recently adopted emergency rules to the unemployment insurance system.

Illinois DCEO

  • COVID-19 help, links to press releases

State of Illinois Official COVID-19 Website

Kendall County Health Department

United City of Yorkville – Message from the Mayor

Yorkville Community School District 115 Updates

Oswego SD#308 Updates

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois Attorney General – Report COVID-19 Price Gouging

Kendall County Sheriff


CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • What you need to know (symptoms, preparation, older adults and medical conditions)
  • Community resources (businesses and employers, travel, schools and childcare, community and faith-based organizations)
  • Cases in the U.S.
  • Latest updates
  • FAQ’s

Resources for Businesses and Employers:

  • Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

IRS – Coronavirus Tax Relief

  • The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

World Health Organization


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