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Phase 4 Resources for Business

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July 1, 2020 - Update

To help business owners take advantage of available funding opportunities, the Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) is hosting a series of webinars with helpful information about grant programs, reopening guidelines, and more. The next available webinar is:
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (English) Online with OMEE, open to all OMEE constituents (racial/ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veteran owned businesses). Register here.
As more webinars are scheduled, you can find more information and register on the OMEE website.

June 24, 2020 - Update
The Governor's Office and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have released guidelines for businesses for Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on June 26. This phase will permit a wider variety of events, opportunities, and gatherings. Please note that proper social distancing and face coverings remain a requirement in this phase.

Under Phase 4 gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be permitted. Schools and child care programs will be allowed along with all outdoor recreation. Many businesses will be allowed to open, including restaurants, entertainment facilities, and health and fitness centers, following specific guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Indoor recreation, including bowling alleys, movie theaters, and other activities, will be permitted with no more than 50 customers or 50% of facility capacity, whichever is less. These capacity limits are similar to banquet halls and other venues.
To view specific industry guidelines, visit DCEO's website here.

The state has also released information on new grants available to small businesses. The Business Interruptions Grant (BIG) program is specifically to address issues for small, local businesses impacted by COVID-19.  Application information is available here. Applications will be made available June 26. Applications will be accepted for two-weeks.