COVID-19 Financial Resources

Comcast RISE Program open to

all Woman-owned Businesses


Find out more about RISE here!



Rental Assistance from the State of Illinois (Dec. 2021)


FSA Assistance Housing & Utility Payments


Local Small Business Recovery Fund


Main Street Lending Program



DeKalb County Community Foundation

DeKalb County Community Foundation Application open for – Farny R.

Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants, 2022 Community Needs Grants, & the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Grants

DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant

YEP (Youth Engaged in Philanthropy) Grants

COVID-19 Grant Opportunity Made Possible by Local Funders

Professional Development Microgrant Information


Kishwaukee United Way

DeKalb County EFSP Funding

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Attention 1099 Workers Unemployment Benefits

IDES will begin processing applications for unemployment for Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors on May 11.

DON’T WAIT. APPLY NOW. More information is available here IDES Federal-Stimulus-FAQ-April2020


U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Independent Contractors Guide to the CARES Act

Employee Retention Tax Credit COVID-19

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

COVID-19 Emergency Loans Small Business Guide

Small Business Guide Checklist

Employer Guide Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

Coronavirus Response Toolkit


Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

Important Application Information Here

Emergency Financial Assistance Updates


COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Programs

The State of Illinois recognizes the immense burden the COVID-19 crisis has placed on many businesses across our state, with many facing a disproportionate impact due to their inability to operate, loss of revenues, or recent property damage due to civil unrest. As part of a broader $900M community and business assistance program announced by Governor Pritzker on June 17, DCEO will make available two new business assistance programs. These programs will direct working capital to help businesses recover quickly – with capital funds to help businesses sustain damages restore and repair.

DCEO Business Interruption Grants Available


Essential Business Checklist3-22


Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

Genoa-Sycamore Businesses CDBG Downstage Stabilization Program


Small Business Cares Act

CARES Act Operational Checklist

Locate an SBA Lender

Agriculture Businesses now eligible for SBA funding

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Guide

SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster Loans Comparison

PPP Memo from DCEO 040220


IL_16370 EIDL Fact Sheet

March 19 20-301 IL 16370 SBA Working Capital Loans Available Dueto Coronavirus

March 19 20-302 SP Illinois 16370 SBA Working Capital LoansAvailable Due to Coronavirus

Illinois Small Business Service Bulletin-We Can Help!


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Visit for updates on the loan program, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

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Need to talk to a small business coach or SBA team member? Visit to find a resource near you or e-mail questions to


ComEd Taking Steps to help its Customers


1.20.22 Powering Grants Draft Release_final

ComEd Economic Development Factsheet – December 2021

Click here to learn about ComEd’s Assistance program


Nicor Gas Company commits more than $1M

Nicor Gas COVID-19 Business Resource Center

Protect yourself from a utility scam!

We’re committing more than $1M to local nonprofits to support relief efforts

Helping Customers in Need

Taking steps to ensure safe, reliable service

Why Paperless Billing makes sense now