Business Assistance Amid Pandemic

Restore Illinois Plan Resources
Restore Illinois Plan
Phase 4 Guidelines
Phase 4 Business Toolkit & Industry-Specific Guidelines

Latest Business Assistance: 
Business Interruption Grant

Helpful Links:
Covid-19 Dashboard
Illinois Department of Public Health Hospital Utilization
DCEO
Chamber of Commerce Covid Resources

Map Out Madison County
This is a mapping tool that can be used to determine what businesses are currently open. 
Businesses may register using this survey.
The map can be viewed here

For any questions please contact Mallord Hubbard, Economic & Business Recruitment Coordinator at mhubbard@highlandil.gov or 618-654-9891. You may also contact Breann Speraneo, Director of Community Development, at bsperaneo@highlandil.gov or 618-654-7115. 

Emergency Small Business Grants and Loan Assistance
The State of Illinois has launched emergency assistance programs for small businesses. For more information and how to apply, click here

Do you have questions about whether or not your business is considered essentional? 

You can call the Essential Business Dertermination Hotline provided by the Illinois  Department of Community and Ecomonic Development .  The number is:  800-252-2923.


Small Business Development Loans are Available

All Illinois small businesses (according to SBA’s size standards) and private non-profits can now apply for loans of up to $2 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. If your businesses have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, this program offers working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. Your businesses may apply now at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Find more information for small businesses affected by coronavirus at www.sba.gov/coronavirus. Subscribe to email updates from SBA at bit.ly/SubscribeIL to stay up to date on SBA news and events. SBA resource partners (Illinois Small Business Development Centers, WBDC, SCORE, Veterans Business Outreach Center) stand ready to help. Go to www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find a counselor or mentor.  

Please visit  Illinois.do@sba.gov or call (312) 353-4528 (Chicago office) or (217) 747-8249 (Springfield office) to talk to a Small Business Administration team member directly.