Economic resources for Aurora businesses and employees affected by COVID-19

Information regularly updated to keep you up-to-date


Guide to CARES Act Initiatives

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business Entrepreneurship has created a comprehensive guide to Congress' CARES Act financial initiatives. Download the guide for more information on: the Paycheck Protection Program, Small Business Debt Relief Program, and more.

Financial Resources for Businesses

Informational Resources

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The U.S. SBA has issued financial guidance and assistance information for businesses and employees. Aurora businesses may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the SBA issued Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program which offers working capital loans up to $2 million at an interest rate of 3.75% * (2.75% for nonprofits).                                                                                                      Email or call (312) 353-4528 (Chicago office) or (217) 747-8249 (Springfield office) to speak with a Small Business Administration team member directly.

Emergency Small Business Assistance

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are offering small businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 low interest loans up to $30,000. Businesses can begin applying for this loan on April 1st, 2020.

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

Bars and restaurants with a valid license to serve food or liquor and who generated revenues of less than $1 million in 2019, along with Hotels with a valid license (hotels, motels other lodging establishments) and who generated revenues of less than $8 million in 2019, are eligible to receive working capital grant assistance.

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On March 20, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Executive Order 20-10. This mandate requires all businesses and operations qualifying as Non-Essential to cease all activities except for minimum basic operations.

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