- What is Considered an Essential Business?
- What is an Essential Business? View Essential Business & Operations provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. They also have a hotline for businesses to ask questions about whether their business is essential and any other questions regarding the Governor’s executive order. Call 1-800-252-2923.
- Restaurant/Bar Owners: The Village will be adhering to Governor Pritzker’s restrictions limiting bars and restaurants to take-out or drive-thru service, only. This restriction starts at the close of business Monday, March 16 and runs through April 30.
- For FAQ’s regarding the restaurant/bar restrictions, click here.
- To view Gov. Pritzker’s Bar/Restaurant Compliance Directive, click here.
- For information on deferral of state and local sales tax payments for small-and medium-sized bars and restaurants - additional information has been made available through an Informational Bulletin from the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) by clicking here.
- To view the Illinois Liquor Control Commission COVID-19 FAQ’s as of 03/16/2020, click here.
- Liquor License Holders: Village of Romeoville Liquor Commissioner Approves Class N License – permits sale of alcoholic beverages for off premise consumption. Click here to view.
- Business Owners: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster
- Small Businesses: All small businesses should complete the form for the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. They need to collect information from small businesses that will be negatively impacted. This information will assist them in requesting an economic injury disaster declaration from SBA.
- Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund - Express Interest Now
- Eligibility: Small businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 can apply.
- Funding: Businesses can receive up a low interest loan of up to $50,000 with a 5 year repayment period with no payments due for the first six months.
- Loan Uses: Loans can be used to support working capital.
- Process: Interested businesses can express interest on the DCEO form at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/EmergencySBAIntiatives.aspx. Eligible businesses will be invited to submit a full application beginning on April 1. Once submitted, DCEO will strive to make a loan decision within 10 days, and make funds available within two days of receiving bank information from a business.
- How to Apply:
- Express interest at: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/EmergencySBAIntiatives.aspx under "Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund." Form will be made available on Friday, March 27.
- Hospitality Emergency Grant Program
- Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance
- SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus
- Front-Line Staff Information for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
- SBA to Provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Coronavirus Related Economic Disruptions
- U.S. Small Business Administration DISASTER BUSINESS LOAN APPLICATION
- Hospitality: To help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, DCEO is launching the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted for job training, tourism promotion, and other purposes. Grant funds are available to support working capital like payroll and rent, as well as job training, retraining, and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.
- Application Deadline: April 1st, 5 p.m.
- Eligibility: Bars and restaurants with a valid license to serve food or liquor and who generated revenues of less than $1 million in 2019. Hotels with a valid license (hotels, motels other lodging establishments) and who generated revenues of less than $8 million in 2019.
- Funding: $14 million is available under this program.
- Bars and restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in annual revenue last year will be eligible for up to $10,000.
- Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1M in annual revenue last year will be eligible for up to $25,000.
- Hotels that generated less than $8 million in annual revenue last year will be eligible for up to $50,000.
- Grant Uses:
- For bars and restaurants, funds can be used to support working capital (rent, payroll, and other accounts payable), job training (such as new practices related to take out, delivery and sanitation) and technology enabling new operations as well as other costs to implement that technology.
- For hotels, funds can be used as working capital to support the retention of employees.
- Process: Hotels, and, food and beverage businesses can fill out this grant application between March 25 and April 1. Eligible applicants will be placed into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4.
- How to Apply:
Program Overview Page:
English Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ilgrant
En Español: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IlgrantS
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