COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES
Invest Aurora is dedicated to maintaining the vitality of our local business community.
This page provides the latest information on Federal, State and Local financial relief programs available to Illinois businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Business owners are encouraged to regularly check back on this page, as information is updated as program announcements are released.
CARES Guide Act
SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
Through federal CARES Act funding, Will County has earmarked more than $24M to provide financial assistance to small businesses (-$5,000 annual revenue) in the county that have been impacted by COVID-19.
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Para asistencia en español con las solicitudes de subveciones y préstamos, contacto:
la Cámara de Comercio Hispana Regional de Aurora al: 331-442-1617.
As the state reopens, getting employees back on the job safely and effectively is a top priority. To make that happen, the Illinois Department of Labor is launching Back to Business Illinois, a free, voluntary service that connects small businesses of 250 employees or less with consultants who will help them address workplace safety and health issues related to the coronavirus and create a plan to ensure a safe, healthy and productive environment for employees and visitors. The department also offers a free “Back to Business” self-certification option for businesses who have already implemented COVID-19 safety plan that follows federal and state safety regulations.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE PARTNERS
City of Aurora
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to facilitate access to resources for latin(x) and minority businesses which promote economic growth in Aurora's Latin(x) marketplace. They continue to share important and helpful information regarding COVID-19 resources on their media and website.
Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the landscape for African American-owned businesses and OUR communities. The QAACC is encouraging the community to join together to keep our businesses alive. They have converted a portion of their website to provide COVID19 resources pertinent to your business.
Small Business Development Center
Through the SBDC, small business owners, both prospective and existing, can obtain essential management, marketing and financial coaching, which is now more than ever needed to navigate this unprecedented time. They are offering no-cost, one-on-one coaching and a wide variety of assistance programs dedicated to helping your business move forward. Visit their website for more information.
Womens Business Development Center
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is taking all possible proactive measures to support and assist our clients with the economic impact on their businesses from necessary COVID-19 containment measures. The WBDC is actively advocating for grant and loan solutions to ensure the financial sustainability of our clients. Find more information on their COVID19 resource webpage.
Find more resources available for your business on their website.
FEDERAL & STATE RESOURCES
Illinois Economic Development Association & Illinois Manufacturing Association
A conversation about how can we work together to strengthen Illinois’ manufacturing community, in partnership with the Champaign County Economic Development Corp Illinois Economic Partnership Council and Invest Aurora Illinois
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Please join us and learn how to successfully apply for BIG to help your businesses during this challenging time.
Join us for an informational webinar on how small businesses can apply for federal CARES Act funding through the Kane County Coronavirus Relief Fund.