Thursday, May 28, 2020

Chicago resident survey about recovery planning

Phases one and two of the “Protecting Chicago” framework fell under the banner of Mayor Lightfoot’s “Stay Home. Save Lives.” campaign. As the city begins exiting safely out of shelter-in-place, residents will see a new campaign entitled “Be Safe Chicago” for the remaining phases. There are risks with cautiously reopening, and residents must remain diligent in their efforts to keep themselves, their families and neighbors safe during this time. Last month, the City launched a reopening survey that more than 57,000 Chicagoans responded to, which helped inform the City’s plan for reopening. Now, as the city moves into the next phase, it invites residents to fill out a survey to inform Chicago’s recovery planning. You can find the survey here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Guidelines for Chicago business reopenings

Guidelines for the following industries, which will open the earliest in phase three in Chicago, can be found at

  • Education & Childcare
  • Buildings & Real Estate
  • Food Service
  • Accommodations & Tourism
  • Retail
  • B2B
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Phase 3 guidelines announced for business reopenings

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.

Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. find information about your industry here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Paycheck Protection Funding still available

Funding is still available through the SBA Paycheck Protection Program! All entrepreneurs in Illinois and Indiana are invited to apply for a PPP loan through Accion's partnership with \
Community Reinvestment Fund. Apply today for a small business loan of up to $100,000. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mortgage and Housing Assistance

If you're concerned about how to pay your mortgage or 
rent due to the coronavirus national emergency, go here  for 
information on what to do now, and what your options are for 
mortgage and rent payment relief.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

2021 Chicago Roof and Repair Program

The City of Chicago wants your opinion

On May 8th, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework – organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan –will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit from shelter-in-place while continuing to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable residents.

The City is soliciting public input to gauge sentiment on shelter-in-place and ensure the reopening is phased in a way that eases concerns that residents may have. To provide feedback, residents can visit to complete a short survey. 

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Your voice is important

Friday, May 1, 2020

Google free livestream event for small business

Next week, Google is hosting a free livestream on tools, tips, and resources to help businesses continue running remotely. In this one-hour online event, you'll learn how small businesses can use products such as Google My Business, Google Ads, Google Meet, and YouTube to stay connected and update customers with critical business information. They'll also share how these tools can help businesses host virtual meetings and events from anywhere. Register below:
Livestream: Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
9:00AM - 10:00AM PT / 12:00PM - 1:00PM ET
Registration link: