Sunday, August 30, 2020

Last day for grant applications

The Together Now application reopened on August 21 at 9:00 pm for a second round of operational cost support grants. The application window will close tomorrow, August 31 at 11:59 pm. For information about this grant program, or to apply, go here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

State of Illinois Announces New Investments in Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in Chicago

Yesterday the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) joined Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton at the Greater Southwest Development Corporation and community members to announce the opening of two new Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) and ongoing support for another seven centers across Illinois. Supported by a $2 million state and federal investment, these centers will help more small businesses compete for contracts with local, state and/or federal government agencies where they can sell goods or services and in turn grow their business.
The Illinois PTACs provide one-on-one counseling, technical information, market research and the training necessary for small businesses to secure government contracts. In fact, last year alone PTACs helped Illinois small businesses secure nearly 800 government contracts valued at over $1.1 billion.  Contact one of our nine statewide PTAC offices to find out how they can help grow your small business.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Emergency Mortgage Assistance

Starting Monday, August 24, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be accepting applications for the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMA) to support Illinois homeowners unable to pay their mortgage due to a COVID-19-related loss of income. Homeowners can apply starting Monday, August 24 at 9:00am CST by going to

Friday, August 21, 2020

Grant Fund Reopens

The Together Now application will be reopening on August 21 at 9:00 pm for a second round of operational cost support grants. The application window will close on August 31 at 11:59 pm. For information about this grant program, or to apply, go here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Black Small Business Issues in a Pandemic Webinar

August is National Black Business Month, and as we know the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black-owned small businesses.
Join us for an interactive discussion on inequalities in access to information during the pandemic and learn from legal experts about the current compliance and legal concerns facing Black-owned small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs. Find details and registration information here.
Hosted by Small Business Majority in partnership with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil RightsCo-hosted by: West Side Forward, SBDC at Build Bronzeville, Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation and Greater Southwest Development Corporation

Monday, August 10, 2020

City of Chicago updates on support and resources for local businesses

In response to last night’s events, the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has provide some updates on support and resources available for local businesses. Find more information here.

Governor Pritzker Announces Programs for Housing and Rental Relief

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will offer two emergency assistance programs for individuals experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 public health emergency: an Emergency Rent Assistance program and an Emergency Mortgage Assistance program. Find more information here.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Emergency Rental Assistance

Starting Monday, August 9, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be accepting applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) to support Illinois tenants unable to pay their rent due to a COVID-19-related loss of income. Renters can apply starting Monday, August 9 at 9:00am CST by going to

Tenants whose application is approved will receive a one-time grant of $5,000 paid directly to their landlord to cover missed rent payments beginning March 2020 and prepay payments through December 2020, or until the $5,000 is exhausted, whichever comes first. Governor Pritzker, in partnership with IHDA, has committed to putting $150 million toward thERA program.

Applicants must provide a documented COVID-19 related loss of income on or after March 1, 2020. Pre-pandemic income may not exceed 80% of area median income. You may input your income and zip code on the IHDA website to see if you are eligible to apply.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Support for Chicago Businesses

The Chicago Business Support Network was created by a group of Chicago natives with the goal of helping our beloved city make it through these incredibly challenging times. Read more about how they can help your business, or help you help others, here.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Important Chicago Reopening Notice

Due to a recent uptick in COVID-19 infections, a reinstatement of certain restrictions will go into effect Friday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m. read about them here.

Monday, July 20, 2020

FREE Covid-19 testing now available

Metropolitan Family Services at Midway, is offering no charge Covid-19 testing in their parking lot this Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm, at 3843 W. 63rd Street. This important service is free but registration is required. Please register first by calling (877) 819-5034.