Important Resources for Residents and Businesses

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Bureau of Economic Development           

October 23, 2020

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Get Ready for the Resident Cash Assistance Program!

Partnering with the Family Independence Initiative, we are launching the Resident Cash Assistance Program next week

If eligible, you can receive a one-time $600 financial support.  Learn more about eligibility and what you need to apply.

Go here to find out more!

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Sign up for Cook County COVID-19 Small Business Advising!

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers advising for small businesses in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County and the unincorporated areas. Although the grant application period is currently closed, and applications are currently undergoing review, you can still apply for free business advising, educational information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Go here to apply !

Small Business Webinar - Register Today!

Join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC), the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC),  the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative and partners for a free webinar  on the Paycheck Protection Plan. The event will include a walkthrough of the application, what documents to prepare, and what the forgiveness guidelines from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

  • 10/29/2020, 10:00 am (CDT)

Register here!

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Are you behind on your bills? Apply for Utility Assistance!

Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) has programs to assist eligible residents with paying utility bills. If you or someone you love are in need of support, you can access programs to pay for your utility bills with our partners at CEDA.  They offer support through the following programs and online applications, currently open:

Questions about your application? Contact CEDA’s Call Center at (800) 571-2332.

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Sign up today! Join us for a Discussion on Increasing the County's Commitment to Vendor Diversity

On Tuesday, October 27 at 2:00 pm, join Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and M/WBE advocates for a town hall to discuss Cook County's commitment to increasing vendor diversity, the unique challenges vendors are facing in our pandemic climate, and how Cook County can support vendor diversity and inclusion.