At this time of unprecedented difficulties for all of our Village businesses, we want to assure you that the Village continues to look at our relationship with local businesses as a partnership. We are a firm believer that we are all in this together, and that the best way to traverse these strange and difficult times is together. As such, we want you to know that we understand you have many fears and concerns regarding when and how business will return to normal, and we share those concerns. We all need each other’s assistance and compassion as we move forward. Both our business residents and those residents who make their home in Lincolnwood are the life blood of the Village.
With the goal of supporting local businesses and attempting to help where we can, the Village recently sent out to all operating restaurants (those providing carry-out, delivery and curbside-pickup) Health department guidance regarding best practices, as well as information on the relaxing of Village Code requirements for signage to allow previously-prohibited banners so restaurants can let the public know they’re open and how to go about placing an order. The Village will also act as a clearinghouse for business-related information generated locally, as well as the information we receive from the State and Federal Government. Together we will do all we can to weather the bumps in the road ahead and provide you with timely information. Following, is information that may be helpful to you:
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has prepared Phase 3 Business Guidelines for all businesses permitted to open beginning May 29, those guidelines can be found here.
Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce and Industry has prepared a Back to Business Tool Kit to aid businesses by providing the information and resources they need to safely re-open in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan (effective May 29th), and beyond, please click here here for the tool kit. For additional information on business resources, please visit the Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce website located here.
Federal Assistance for Small Business
Commonwealth Edison presented a webinar on April 29 regarding the availability of various small business assistance programs through the CARES Act. The slides from this webinar are provided here. This webinar summarized some of the important details of each of the following programs under the CARES Act:
- Paycheck protection Program (PPP)
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants (EIDL)
- Employee Retention Tax Credits & Unemployment Benefits
After reviewing this information, you are encouraged to visit the US Treasury Department website here for more information, including how to apply for the various programs.
Small Business Administration – Support
Please click here for SBA information on disaster loans.
In addition, we recommend businesses visit SBA’s website here regularly for important information, including webinars related to issues associated with COVID-19.
“ILove Local” – Support for Open Businesses in Lincolnwood
The Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with over 85 local Chambers of Commerce throughout the State to support local businesses through a program called “ILove Local.” This statewide initiative encourages shopping locally. Clicking on the Lincolnwood Chamber logo on the homepage at this link connects you to a list of open local businesses, along with a contact phone number and link to the business website, where applicable. Please be sure to shop local, early and often!
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
The State of Illinois has low interest loans available, up to $50,000, for small businesses that employ less than 50 workers and generated less than $3 Million in revenue in 2019. Information related to this program can be found on the State’s website linked here.
Following, are specific links to COVID-19 related webpages for local utilities:
Village Alcohol Sales Authorization for Restaurants
Consistent with directives from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, Lincolnwood’s Liquor Control Commissioner will issue a Rider to each eligible restaurant liquor license holder to authorize the sale of bottles of wine and beer along with a meal prepared on the licensed premise for carry-out and curb-side pickup orders. This Rider is required to sell alcohol in this manner, will be issued at no cost, and will remain in effect until restaurants are able to resume normal operations as authorized by the State. Please see attached document here here for important information describing this authorization, and providing a Rider that must be completed and submitted to authorize such liquor sales.
Sales Tax Payment
Find important information from the Illinois Department of Revenue regarding relief from penalties for late sales tax payments due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak on this linked document here. Please note there are specific requirements for eligibility.
Restaurants Open for Business – MAP
A graphic map, showing the restaurants that are open for business (carry-out, curbside pick-up and/or delivery) can be found here (please be aware the map may load slowly).
Assistance for Small Businesses
The Small Business Administration, webpage linked here and Small Business Development Center Network, webpage linked here who work together in partnership to help America’s small businesses, provided a series of slides detailing loan and grant programs that are available during the COVID-19 pandemic. These slides provide some very basic information on assistance that is available. Local businesses are strongly encouraged to visit either one of these websites, as soon as possible, to determine your eligibility for these small business assistance programs. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a good place to start if you are not sure which assistance program makes the most sense for your business. Please review the information linked here and follow-up with SBA or SBDC to see what you’re eligible for and sign-up right away.
Help Needed – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
If your business has manufacturing capabilities and you are willing to join in the fight, and help produce masks or other protective equipment for first responders and front-line medical personnel, please contact the following resource to see how you can help:
If you have a supply of PPE’s that you are willing to donate to the cause, please contact Serve Illinois, a resource and advocate within the Illinois Department of Public Health, visit their webpage here.
Please check our website regularly for updated information.