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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Small Business Resources

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Supporting our small business community is a priority for the Village. We continue to offer resources and up-to-date information to support you and your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Reminders for Restaurants
Follow these guidelines and best practices (PDF) to protect your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of your employees and customers.

COVID-19 Mask Signs for Businesses
The Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce designed signs businesses can use to inform patrons of the need for protective face masks. Download them here (PDF).

Paycheck Protection Program Second Round of Funding Available
A second round of funding is now available for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Applications opened on April 27, 2020. Funding is going quickly, so apply ASAP. You may reapply for it if you already submitted an application but were denied because of lack of funding. Visit the SBA’s website for the application and information.

Advertising and social media
We are posting daily posts highlighting our small business on social media and print ads to showcase your business to encourage customers to keep shopping locally. Email Liz Dechant for details.

Providing the most up-to-date information 
We are continually reassessing prevailing conditions and will continue to alert the community and businesses with the latest news and information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic from the Village, State of Illinois, and the Federal Government.  Sign up for the weekly E-Developments newsletter.

Connecting you to financial resources
Find out if your business qualifies for any loans or grants. We will help walk you through the loan process and connect you to resources along the way.

Direct assistance and support
The Village is working directly with small businesses like you to ensure you get the support you need to make the best decisions for your business. We are working closely with the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce to ensure every business in Winnetka has an advocate to get through these unprecedented times. Email Liz Dechant, Economic Development Coordinator or call her at 847)-716-3528 with questions, concerns or inquiries.


Executive Order Documentation

The Illinois Department of Commerce published FAQs about the Stay at Home Order that became effective May 1, and Alternative Occupancy Restrictions for Essential Stores.


Village Announcements:

Refuse and Recycling Update
As we are learning how long the COVID-19 virus is able to remain on different types of surfaces, the Village of Winnetka and its recycling contractor, Lakeshore Recycling, ask that businesses place all waste and recycling inside of refuse and recycling containers. At this time, nothing outside of waste and recycling containers will be collected. Special pickups and stickered item collections are also suspended at this time, for the same reason. We will update you when they resume. 

Curbside Pickup and Delivery of Packaged Liquor by Current License Holders is Temporarily Allowed 
The Village of Winnetka and its Liquor Commissioner has authorized all holders of a Village liquor license to offer carry-out and curb-side pickup for packaged liquor from your business for the duration of the emergency. The curbside pickup must be made adjacent to or nearby your business’s front door, and delivery of packaged liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. View the authorization (PDF).

A-Frame Signage Temporarily Allowed for Retail Businesses
Retail businesses and restaurants may place portable menu board outside of their businesses per the following standards. Self-supporting portable sign boards displayed within the commercial zoning districts are temporarily allowed without a permit and subject to specific limitations. 

Village Advertises Small Businesses
We are pushing posts of business owners on social media to showcase how hard you are working and to encourage customers to keep shopping locally. View posts on our Facebook & Instagram pages, and the Shop Winnetka page. To get posted, email Liz Dechant high res .jpgs of yourself and/or your staff in your business. Please include links to your social media pages. Every hit helps!

FAQ on Stay at Home Order 
The Village and the Chamber of Commerce have assembled an Frequent Asked Questions for the stay at home order. View it here (PDF).

COVID-19 News and Updates:

Financial Assistance:

Emergency Lending:
1. SBA’s new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL - pronounced "idle")
2. SBA’s new Paycheck Protection Program 
3. Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund 
4. Cook County Community Recovery Fund 

Payment Deferral and Reduction:
1. IRS Employer Payroll Tax Deferral
2. SBA’s new Employee Retention Tax Credit from CARES Act
3. State of Illinois Sales Tax Relief for Bars and Restaurants
4. CARES Act Social Security Tax Deferral

Grants:
1. Facebook Small Business Grant 
2. SBA’s new Economic Injury Disaster Loan’s $10,000 grant 
3. GoFundMe Coronavirus Small Business Relief Initiative

Traditional Business Debt Relief:
1. SBA 7(a) Loans
2. SBA 504 Loans
3. SBA Microloan Program

Unemployment Benefit Information: 


1. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
FPUC provides an additional $600 each week in 100% federally funded benefits to anyone entitled to regular state unemployment benefits. FPUC is available for weeks beginning on or after March 29, 2020 and continuing through the week ending July 25, 2020.

2. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
PUA provides 100% federally funded unemployment benefits for individuals who are unemployed for specified COVID-19-related reasons and are not covered through other avenues in the unemployment insurance program, including self-employed sole proprietors and independent contractors.

3. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs. 
PEUC Provides up to 13 weeks’ worth of 100 percent federally funded benefits to individuals who have exhausted their rights to regular state unemployment benefits of up to 26 weeks in Illinois. PEUC is potentially available for weeks beginning on or after March 29, 2020 and continuing through the week ending December 26, 2020. PEUC will be retroactive once implemented. 

Visit the IL Department of Labor for more information about unemployment benefits. 

Additional Resources For Your Business:

Email Liz Dechant, Economic Development Coordinator or call her at 847-716-3528 with any questions, concerns or inquiries. 

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