Last Updated 7.8.2020
It is important for employers to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations whenever possible. This page contains links to a variety of resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Effingham County Health Department, the U.S. Small Business Administrationg, adn the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Re-Opening Your Business Resources
- Re-Opening Your Business - A Resource Guide
- Reopening Your Business: 3 Pitfalls to Avoid
- Illinois Partners with Coursera to Offer Free Online IT Training Courses and more
- CDC's Surveillance and Control Goals and Activities
- CO - Blueprint Events
- Coronavirus Small Business Guide NEW!
Restore Illinois: A Plan to Reopen Illinois
- Restore Illinois: A Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State
- Restore Illinois: Safely Reopening Illinois
- Restore Illinois: Health Regions
- Restore Illinois: Five Phases of Reopening
- Restore Illinois: Regional Dashboard
- Paycheck Protection Program Webinar
- Chamber CARES Act Presentation Slides
- SBA Loan Presentation from First Mid Bank & Trust
- Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program Webinar
- April 13 DCEO Webinar
- DCEO COVID-19 Webinars
Grants & Loans
- Commonly Asked Coronavirus Small Business Loan Questions
- Emergency Loan Options Comparison Chart
- Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
- US Chamber Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
- City of Effingham - Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program
- Downstate Small Business Stabilization Q & A
- Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program - Updated Guidebook and Application
- The Three Step Process: Disaster Loans
- WIOA COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Funding Opportunity
- Main Street Lending Program
- BIG Application Questions NEW!
- Illinois Business Interruption Grant Application NEW!
- Aplicación para el Programa de Interrupción de Negocio del Estado de Illinois NEW!
Ameren Illinois has announced funding for small businesses and non-profits that have fallen behind on their electric bills. Under the company's COVID-19 Economic Hardship Recovery Program, one-time grants of up to $500 will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until June 30, or until the funds are exhausted. Call 866.800.0747 or visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/Recovery to learn more. NEW!
Paycheck Protection Program
- PPP Loan Forgiveness: A Step-by-Step Video Explanation
- Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness
- Paycheck Protection Program FAQs
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculator
- PPP Report
- Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Short Form NEW!
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Long Form NEW!
- Chamber COVID-19 Event Protocols NEW!
- School Re-opening Guide NEW!
- Severely Impacted Disaster Areas NEW!
- Gov. Pritzker Announces Guidelines for Illinois Education Institutions to Safely Return to In-Person Instruction as State Advances to Phase 4 of Restore Illinois Plan NEW!
- OSHA Revises COVID-19 Guidance….Again NEW!
- Gov. Pritzker Announces $900 Million Package of Equity-Driven Community and Business Grant Programs NEW!
- Small Business Assistance - Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) NEW!
- Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency Fund Community Outreach & Assistance (“COA”) for the Emergency Mortgage Assistance (“EMA”) and Emergency Rental Assistance (“ERA”) Programs
- Executive Order - May 29, 2020
- Disaster Proclamation - May 29, 2020
- Get Hired Illinois
- FAQs for Business Regarding Wearing Face Masks
- Workplace Health & Safety Guidance for Employees
- EIDL Now Open to Agriculture
- COVID-19 Related Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs
- Health Coverage Options
- A Backgrounder on Unemployment Insurance under the CARES Act
- Governor's Executive Order Extended
- OSHA Guidance for Employers
- Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief
- Drive Up Wi-Fi Hotspots Map
- Implementing a National Return to Work Plan
- IRS Get My Payment
- IDES Unemployment Benefits Page Updates
- COVID-19: Emergency Resources for Residents
- U.S. Department of Labor issues additional FFCRA Guidance
- Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Large Businesses
- Federal Stimulus Package Unemployment Insurance
- Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Paid Leave Q & A
- All In Illinois
- State of Illinois Coronavirus Response
- Governor's Executive Order Q&A
- CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Filing and Payment Deadlines
- CARES Act
- IMA Illinois Request for Essential Supplies
- New Required Labor Law Poster
- Essential Businesses & Operations
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- Effingham County Health Department
- U.S. Small Business Administration
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- Summary of Families First Act
- Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
- National Federation of Independent Business
- US Department of Treasury - Assistance for Small Businesses
- Illinois Chamber of Commerce
- Business Guidance for Effingham Businesses
- Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Ameren Illinois Resources for Home & Business
- Census COVID-19 Data Hub NEW!
- Creating an Emergency Work From Home Policy
- OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID 19
- AAIM EA Daily Briefings
- Business Continuity Planning
- Free HSHS Medical Group Anytime Care COVID-19 Screening
- COVID-19 Who to Call
Child Care Resources
The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (along with many agency partners) has developed a web page for communities with resources to help them address child care needs for essential workers. They will be updating it a great deal over the coming days as more resources become available.