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COVID-19 Resource Page

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 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

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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