Tuesday, July 14, 2020

IDHS Virtual Recruitment Presentation

is hosting a Virtual Recruitment Presentation to cover the following topics:

1. Careers with IDHS
2. The employmnet process with IDHS
3. The benefits of working with IDHS
4. Tips on completing and submitting the CMS100 Employment Application

Wednesday, JULY 15
2pm to 3pm
Click on the link below to register for the event

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Legal assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Eligible, operating* small businesses and nonprofits that have legal questions about re-opening, COVID-19 relief programs, or need a legal consultation due to the impact of the pandemic can request an appointment to receive a 30-minute remote consultation with a volunteer attorney using this form.

We have expanded our eligibility guidelines for Chicago small businesses and Illinois nonprofits. Check the guidelines

*Please note: “Operating” means the business or nonprofit was providing services or selling products prior to 2/15/2020.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Grant webinar

Join the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) and co-host Senator Cristina Castro and Village of Hanover Park Clerk Corral SepĂșlveda, for a Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) Bilingual (English/Spanish) Q&A Townhall, Monday, July 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Join the Zoom event: https://bit.ly/3eX1l5Z

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Illinois Business Interruption Grant (BIG)

This round of the Business Interruption Grant program will make $60 million available for 3,500 businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of the COVID-19 public health

Businesses eligible for funding in this round include:
• Restaurants and bars that were unable to provide on-site outdoor food or beverage services
between May 29, 2020, and June 17, 2020;
• Barbershops and salons;
• Health and fitness centers;
• Businesses located in specific severe Disproportionate Impact Areas.

For more information, or to apply, go here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Chicago’s small businesses and non-profits that need addition assistance to 
recover from COVID-19 and damage to their storefronts can apply for a grant from
the Together Now Fund. Join this webinar to learn about the fund, including 
how to apply. Visit www.chicago.gov/togethernow for more information:

Monday, June 22, 2020

Phase 4 starts Friday!

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced that Chicago is on track to transition to phase four of the “Protecting Chicago” framework on Friday, June 26, alongside the rest of Illinois. The guidelines are aligned with the State-issued guidelines, with additional specificity included for Chicago’s context, which has experienced a different arc of COVID-19 than other parts of the state. Read the full press release here.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Grant opportunity

In collaboration with the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust and One Chicago Fund have launched the Together Now fund to raise funds that will be turned into grants to small businesses across the City. These  grants are intended to benefit small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and recent unrest. To apply, or for more details, go here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Gov. Pritzker Announces $900 Million Package of Business Grant Programs


Today, Governor JB Pritzker joined members of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucuses of the state legislature and small business owners to announce a package of state grant programs to support communities and businesses impacted by the pandemic and recent civil unrest.

The package includes more than $900 million across more than ten programs and four state agencies to help working families and small businesses who have been hit the hardest by COVID-19’s economic impacts, which was compounded by recent property damage and civil unrest. Read the full press release here.

Monday, June 15, 2020

SBA disaster loans reopen for all businesses

The SBA is again accepting EIDL loans from all disaster affected businesses. To apply , or for more information, go here.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Emergency Alert Registration

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC) have established targeted emergency alerts for the business community via CHIBIZ Emergency Alerts. If you would like to opt in, text “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3 or sign up online here.

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.