Resources for Northbrook businesses
We want to help you promote your adjusted services, menu, and offerings! For a limited time, the Village will be sharing custom business promotions on our Facebook page, reaching our 4,400+ followers.
Fill out this form to let us know some basic details and what information you’d like us to promote.
Tell Us What You Need!
How can the Village of Northbrook support the business community? Business owners, managers, operators, employees, etc., the Village wants to hear from YOU!Fill out this brief survey to tell us what the Village can do to help.
Northbrook is stronger because of our vibrant and resilient business community. To emphasize this, we’ve started the ’Making Northbrook Stronger’ campaign.
Participate in this movement by downloading the logo below to use in your promotions or to print and display in your window. You can also use the #MakingNorthbrookStronger hashtag on your social media platforms or any other methods of marketing.
Click here to download a JPEG version of the logo.
Click here to download a PDF version of the logo.
Restore Illinois: What Does it Mean for my Business?
On May 5, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities.
Phase 4 Update
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released Phase 4 guidelines for residents and businesses. All Illinois regions advanced into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois on June 26.
Phase 4 permits gatherings of 50 or fewer with proper physical distancing. Indoor facilities for industries such as dining, entertainment, and health/fitness may reopen with strict public health and safety guidelines in place. Any questions can be directed to the DCEO by email to CEO.email@example.com or by phone at 1-800-252-2923. Check out the Village’s cheat sheet to see what is and is not permitted in Phase 4.
Phase 4 Industry Guidelines
The DCEO has released specific guidelines for industries to resume or expand operations. Click here for a full list of industries and an overview of the guidelines.
- All employees who can work from home should continue to do so.
- Continue to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, and frequently wash hands.
- Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace.
- Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes, which will be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4.
Guidelines, Checklists, and FAQs for Reopening
- Considerations for Restaurant and Bars from the CDC
- Guidelines for Reopening from the DCEO
- Business and Organization Guidance from IDPH
- Operation Open Doors Checklist
Northbrook Strong Small Business Safe Reopening Grant Program
In response to the widespread economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to assist local businesses to absorb the costs of reopening in a safe manner, the Village of Northbrook has established the “Northbrook Strong” Safe Reopening Grant Program for qualifying small businesses in the community. The aim of the program is to help defray the costs associated with safely reopening businesses by reimbursing businesses for the unique expenses they had to incur in order to comply with the Governor’s various Executive Orders associated with the various “Stay at Home” orders and the “Restore Illinois” phased reopening initiative.
- A total of $250,000 has been allocated by the Village of Northbrook for the grant program.
- The maximum amount of the grant is $2,000/business.
- The grants are reimbursements to businesses for the costs associated with a safe reopening, including, but not limited to: Plexiglas shields, facemasks for employees or customers, hand sanitizers, floor decals, and the purchase or rental outdoor tables, umbrellas, fencing or other equipment for outdoor dining areas.
- Businesses applying for the grant must submit receipts or valid orders for services or merchandise associated with reopening expenses along with their grant application.
Eligible businesses must meet the applicable criteria established below:
1. Smaller “non-essential” retailers that were forced to be closed during the first phase of the pandemic are eligible for a grant. Qualifying non-essential retailers must meet the following criteria:
- At least one store with a physical presence in Northbrook, and is located in a shopping area or commercially-zoned property in the Village of Northbrook (not a home occupation or simply an internet based business)
- The business has no more than four total stores, including the stores in the Village of Northbrook.
- The business has fewer than 25 full-time employees.
- Because grocery stores and hardware stores were able to be open during the first phase of the pandemic, they are not eligible businesses.
2. Smaller restaurants and eating establishments that meet the following criteria are eligible for a grant:
- The restaurant or eating establishment must have at least one restaurant or eatery with a physical presence in the Village of Northbrook.
- The restaurant has no more than four restaurants owned and operated by the entity, including the restaurant or eatery in the Village of Northbrook.
- The restaurant is located in a shopping area or commercially-zoned property in the Village of Northbrook (not simply a catering operation).
3. Certain personal services, limited to hair salons, barber shops and nail salons are eligible for a grant, if they meet the following criteria:
- At least one salon or barber shop with a physical presence in Northbrook, and is located in a shopping area or commercially-zoned property in the Village of Northbrook (not a home occupation)
- The business has no more than four total salons, including the salons in the Village of Northbrook.
- The business has fewer than 25 full-time employees.
4. All eligible businesses must meet the following criteria:
- The business must have been operating in the Village of Northbrook during the week of February 1, 2020.
- The business must have a valid Village of Northbrook business license (if so required) and have no outstanding Village code violations.
The application deadline for the first round of grants has passed. A group comprised of members of the Village staff will review all of the grant applications received and determine which businesses are eligible and the amount of the grant that can be awarded. Businesses who are to be awarded Northbrook Strong grants will be notified by the Village no later than July 2, 2020. Recipients of the grants and the amounts awarded will be posted on the Village website.
If grant funds remain after the first round of grants are awarded, a second grant period will be established to award any remaining funds to qualifying businesses.
Completed applications and all attachments should be submitted electronically via email to Thomas Poupard, Director of Development & Planning Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Partial applications will not be accepted. If you have difficulty submitting the documentation, please contact us.
Questions concerning the program can also be directed to Thomas Poupard by phone at 847-664-4051 or via email at email@example.com.
Business Interruption Grants (BIG)
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching 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. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 million of which has been set aside for childcare providers and is funded by the CARES Act. Get all the details on the program here.
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. Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by experiencing eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount since March, and must have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020. The program includes support for:
- Bars and Restaurants - $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000*
- Barbershops and Salons - $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each*
- Gyms and Fitness Centers - $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each*
Federal CARES Act
The federal CARES Act includes a number of stimulus programs designed to help small businesses maintain their operations through the COVID-19 emergency. The Act’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) enables eligible businesses to receive a forgivable loan to use for payroll purposes, utilities, rent, mortgage interest payments, and more.
CARES Act Resources
- Webinar: Thursday, July 9 at 4pm on PPP loan forgiveness requirements and associated tax implications for recipients
- Small Business Owner Guide to the CARES Act
- General Program Overview for the Paycheck Protection Program
- PPP: Information for Borrowers
- Sample PPP Application
- Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application
Cook County Community Recovery Initiative
Cook County created the Community Recovery Initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Recovery Initiative is a comprehensive economic relief program and consists of a variety of supportive services, including the Community Recovery Fund and the Technical Assistance Network to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and independent contractors. Get all the details here. Applications are closed for the Community Recovery Fund. If you applied for the program and have questions, submit them here.
If you need assistance completing the application or have other questions about the fund, please contact Lycrecia Parks of the Chicago Community Loan Fund firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 788-2496.
Community Recovery Fund
- Targeted for small businesses and independent contractors
- Provides up to $20,000 in zero-interest loans for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by a network of community lenders.
- Offers immediate relief
Technical Assistance Network
- Provides access to available financial products at the state and federal level
- Answers questions and helps navigate pathways
- Connects to business counseling and coaching
- Assists with intake services, loan packaging, and process management
Face Covering Requirements
As of May 1, Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order extension requires face coverings for persons over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or a mask. Face coverings are required in public indoor spaces, such as stores, and places where proper 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintaned.