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Bureau of Economic Development           

October 30, 2020

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Looking for a Job in Suburban Cook County?

Our free Job Placement and Training Program has launched. Working with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Job Training and Placement Program helps workers impacted by the pandemic get back to work and find new careers. 

Go here for details and assistance


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Apply Today for the Resident Cash Assistance Program!

Partnering with the Family Independence Initiative, we have launched the Resident Cash Assistance Program. The application window closes November 6, 2020. If eligible, you can receive a one-time $600 financial support.  

Apply here

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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

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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.

In Case You Missed It

Cook County $500K Investment Supports Workforce Center for Jobseekers Living with Disabilities

President Preckwinkle, the Bureau of Economic Development, and Aspire announced the opening of The Agora at Aspire. Cook County invested $500K in this project to redevelop the center that will provide a space for people with disabilities to train for careers, learn about health and wellness and more, either virtually or in-person.

90% of participants get placed in a job within their community, receive hands-on training in a simulated workspace, and get placed in jobs that provide empowerment, satisfaction and a higher quality of living.

If you know a person or have a family member with a disability who is looking for employment, 

 Learn more here