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Bureau of Economic Development
September 23, 2020

New Resources for Small Businesses

COVID-19: Small Business Assistance Program

Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, and Next Street, announced the launch of the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program, a business advising, education, and grant program designed to help small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch on Facebook live.   View Press Release

New Small Business Resources Available

  • $10,000 Grants  Small  businesses in suburban Cook County impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a recovery grant.
  • Business Advising Program helps businesses address their unique needs, including acquiring new capital and customers, understanding financial, change and risk management, adjusting business models, and operating under new safety regulations.
  • Webinars provide interactive sessions to get business owners thinking about how to manage your business during the pandemic. Join the 6-week series. Sign up today for the first webinar Tomorrow - Thursday, September 24, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT. Register here.

Applications close October 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Apply now 

Watch our Video to Learn More about Cook County Community Recovery Initiative

Video of the Community Recovery Initiative

If you are experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic, you may be eligible for our programs. Learn more about the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Assistance programs. 

Final Stretch of Census 2020

The last date to complete your census is September 30, 2020. Lets get everyone counted! There are two ways to fill out your census: on-line and on the phone. For more details and to download our digital outreach kit, go to our website.

Countdown to September 30:

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  • Webinar Tomorrow - Thursday, September 24, 10:00 (CDT): Webinar - Small Business Assistance Program: Restaurant Staff Safety. Presented by the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), Bureau of Economic Development and partners. Register today!
  • Wednesday, September 23 and Wednesday September 30: Green Town Climate Crisis: a free, two-day event focused on creating equity, access and healthy sustainable communities, will take place Wednesday, September 23 and September 30. Reserve your spot

In Case You Missed It

  • Many events were held last week as part of Racial Equity Week 2020. This year’s theme was Cook County Past, Present and Future: Acknowledging past harm, reckoning with the impact today, and casting a vision for our County’s future. If you weren't able to attend an event, you can still view many of the recordings. Thank you to all the employees, speakers and panelists, organizations, and community members that made it possible. For more information, go to the Racial Equity Week 2020 website.