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Updated 4/10/2020 

 
Onsite resources will be available once the office reopens to the public.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these services are limited or only available virtually.

 

We are open, operational, and here to help. We remain 100% committed to supporting your business needs, while we practice social distancing to help protect the health of our community. Following Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" order to fight COVID19, the North Suburban Cook County American Job Center has closed its physical facility, but we continue to serve you remotely.

 

We are adapting, eager to serve, and with a mission that remains constant: ensuring opportunity for all.

 
 

Employer Covid-19 Resources:
 
SBA Resources 
The US Small Business Administration - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan ResourcesHealth and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

 

Paycheck Protection Program

Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

SBA Debt Relief

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

SBA Products and Resources

Government Contracting

Local Assistance

 
 
Department of Labor Resources
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.
 
Cook County Community Recovery Initiative 
Cook County has launched a comprehensive initiative to provide economic relief to small businesses, non-profits, community service organizations, and independent contractors (1099 workers) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a full look at the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative, click here.

Cook County Community Recovery Fund
As part of the Cook County Community Recovery initiative, President Preckwinkle and the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development announced the formation of the Cook County Community Recovery Fund that will provide rapid relief loans of up to $20,000 to small businesses, gig workers, and independent contractors in Suburban Cook County.
 
To apply, businesses and independent contractors in suburban Cook County must meet these requirements:
     • Small Businesses
     • Fewer than 25 employees
     • Less than $3 million in revenue
     • Gig Workers
     • At least half of income from 1099 contract work
     • Less than $100,000 in gross annual income
 
If businesses in your community would like to learn more about the initiative and sign up for updates for when the application period opens, please complete this form. Updates will be sent on a regular basis.
 
 
Illinois Chamber Resources
The Illinois Chamber  has assembled quite a few resources focused on businesses in the State of Illinois on their website.  Please Click here for more information.
 
Medical Supply Chain Information
The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and the Illinois Defense Network have developed resources and guidance on joining the supply network for COVID-19. Click here for more information.

IMEC and Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Manufacturers' Webinar Series
The Illinois Manufacturers' Excellence Center and the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development are hosting regular webinars to help manufacturers navigate challenges around COVID-19. Click here for the schedule of webinars and more information on how to submit questions for future webinars.