Resources for the Business Community

The City continues to work with stakeholders to explore additional funding and capital resources to further support Chicago's business owners and entrepreneurs throughout this public health crisis. Please see the information below about resources for the business community.  New information is being added daily.  For the most up-to-date information visit www.chicago.gov/coronavirus

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses experiencing substantial economic impacts as a result of COVID-19.

Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

As a direct response to COVID-19 and the strain it is placing on our city's small businesses, the City of Chicago is establishing a $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund which will help to provide small businesses with emergency cash flow during this immediate health crisis.

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

The City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust, and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago's philanthropies, corporations, and individuals to be disbursed to the region's health and human service nonprofit organizations.

Workforce - Employment Opportunities

There are companies in need of employment support during this crisis. Organizations that can help support are Skills for Chicagoland's Future and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Resources

The City of Chicago has always played an active role in helping small business. This site includes information about financial assistance resources available throughout Chicago via BACP.

State of Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

The State of Illinois has launched the Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program. The program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more visit bit.ly/SmallBizRelief