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February 10, 2021

Are You Part of the Restaurant Community in Cook County?

Sign up for our webinar on 2/11 at 10:00 CST: "Serving Outdoors - How Restaurants Are Using Their Space In Winter."  

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Register for a Round Table Discussion with the Southland Development Authority this Thursday

Join the Southland Development Authority (SDA) for a round table discussion with banking partners to get insights into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and make a personal connection to a bank you need to unlock the funding. Round table is on Thursday, February 11 at 1:00 pm CST.

Sign up here!

Save the Date: Upcoming Webinars

  • Vaccination Rollout Info for Illinois Restaurants
    Date: February 25, 2021at 10:00am (CDT)
  • Managing Your Taxes, Finance, and Cash Flow
    Date: March 11, 2021 at 10:00am (CDT)

Jumpstart your progress with the Paycheck Protection Program!

The new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) relief expands eligibility for new borrowers, and allows first-round borrowers to access the program again. The list of newly eligible borrowers includes non-profit organizations and businesses from qualifying industries. View presentation materials from our recent webinar with Next Street.

In Case You Missed It

  • Did you know the Cook County Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) application for capital improvements is open until March 12? Go here for details.
  • January 27, 2021 - It’s Your Turn: Time to Survive and Thrive – Paycheck Protection Plan and More for Small Business Owners by Next Street and Community Recovery Initiative. View presentation materials. Additional resource documents in English and Spanish.
  • Grant Opportunity - Apply for a Grant with Comcast: Beginning on March 1 through March 14, eligible businesses in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Philadelphia specified areas can apply for a $10,000 grant at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants per city, or 500 grants overall, will be awarded in May 2021.  For details go here


  • January 28, 2021 Webinar Materials  - Mental Health and Wellness Support for Restaurant Workers Illinois Restaurant Association.   Video/Slides