The Village of Streamwood remains committed to the health, safety and well-being of everyone within our Village. As concerns with the increased COVID-19 cases arising from the Delta variant emerge, we have changed our banner from 'green' back to 'red.'
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued new mask mandates on July 27. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) aligned their recommendations with the CDC. Both the CDC and IDPH are recomending masks to be work indoors in public settings. These new mask mandates are for those fully vaccinated individuals in areas where tranmission of infection are substantial or high. As of August 18, Cook County is considered a high transmission area, which is subject to the face mask requirements. However, these areas are designated on a rolling average basis, and are subject to change. There is no discussion or requirements for shuttering businesses or other public gathering areas at this time.
The CDC/IDPH guidelines ask people to consider social distaning while indoors and waiting in lines, and requiring unvaccinated individuals to continue wearing face coverings.
Face coverings must still be worn in healthcare settings, in transit facilities and in congregate care facilities. Individuals businesses may also choose to place additional restrictions.
Village events are being modified following CDC and state guidelines. Village Board meetings and all Village facilities are open following these guidelines.
Please remain vigilant! Let's keep one another safe. Get vaccinated! If you're still having concerns and issues, we note some key resources to help!
Resources for Residents
Many of our government and other partners have additional information and resources to help our residents, including:
As more businesses open to the public it is vitally important to ensure social distancing and face coverings guidelines are followed. For details on the state's current Phase 5 standards, click here.
The American Rescue Plan Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Biden. It includes a number of resources for small businesses. Included in the Plan:
DCEO has launched the new $250,000 Back 2 Business grant program. This program offers funding opportunities for small businesses and hard-hit industries in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Cook County is offering assistance to businesses to help apply for and secure the funds.
- The Sheltered Venues Operator Grants are opened to businesses closed because of live entertainment restrictions. The new program allows varied funding opportunities. Click here for details on the program.
- Economic Industry Disaster Loans are available and targeted for small businesses. Click here for more information.
- The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is a new program targeted for the restaurant industry, setting aside over $25 billion for grants. Click here for details.
The program opened on August 18 and will close on October 11. Apply NOW at cookcountysmallbiz.org.
For information on the rollout of any of these programs and services, click here.
Many of our government and other partners have additional information and resources to help our business community, including
US Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources –- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs include Paycheck Protection Program; Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance; SBA Debt Relief: SBA Express Bridge Loans; and Guidance for Businesses and Employers. A Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act with frequently asked questions is included here for reference.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan as part of the Paycheck Protection Program initiative.
US SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application -- Federal disaster loans for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners and renters
Information and permissions for certain businesses to open and operate is constantly changing. For a complete list and answers to frequently asked questions, click here to check out the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website.
BMO Harris Bank is offering assistance to support enterpreneurship for Black and Latinx businesses. Click here for details.
ComEd Small Business Assistance - ComEd’s Small Business Customer Assistance Program is accepting applications. The Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant up to $1,000 towards a past due balance. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months. To apply for the Small Business Assistance Program, please call 1-877-426-6331. More information can be found here.
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund -- Small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000. Businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply. Successful applicants will pay nothing for six months and will then begin making fixed payments at a below market interest rate for the remainder of a five-year loan term. Loan funds must be used for working capital, and at least 50% of loans proceeds must be applied toward payroll or other eligible compensation including salaries, wages, tips, paid leave, and group healthcare benefits. Eligible uses will exclude compensation in excess of $100,000.
Elgin Community College has re-opened its Small Business Development Center to help businesses struggling to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.