Resources for Northbrook businesses
Round 2 of Business Interruption Grants
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) recently announced the opening of a new $220 million round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG). Grants are available to small businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 that have been unable to reopen since the spring or are operating at a severely diminished capacity. Applications are being accepted now, and resources to help you apply are available on the DCEO's website.
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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.
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Northbrook Public Library Business Survey
The Northbrook Public Library serves the local business community by providing access to resources, databases, educational classes and videos, meeting rooms, and more. Please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey about how the library is currently serving your business and what they could do in the future to be even more helpful.
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.
Updated Policy for Face Coverings
Governor Pritzker issued an expanded statewide policy requiring customers to wear a face covering when interacting with staff at a bar or restaurant. These new guidelines will require patrons to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers, and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings are to be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, both indoors and outdoors. Read more about the policy.
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
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:
- 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