Small Business Resources

Rogers Park Business Alliance is proud of the caring, work ethic, dedication and resiliency of our community. We firmly believe that, together, we will meet the challenge that we are all faced with today and going forward.  

Out of an abundance of love and concern for the health of our community we are closing our offices. Based on recommended precautionary measures and public health guidelines, team RPBA will be working remotely until given the all clear. We are available via phone and email. We appreciate your patience at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (773) 508-5885 or info@rpba.org.

You can view our growing list of Rogers Park businesses that are open and/or receiving donations. You can also checkout the Chicagoland Dining at a Distance list. 

Financial Assistance

  • Arts for Illinois Relief Fund: Mayor Lightfoot and Gov. Pritzker announced this grant program that will provide financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Information and application here.
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program here.
  • Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund: The City of Chicago has established the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund (the Resiliency Fund), which will provide small businesses and non-profits with emergency cash flow during this health crisis. Funds will be provided to eligible businesses as low-interest loans. Applications open March 31st. Apply here.
  • Disaster Loan Assistance: The Small Business Administration (SBA) has an Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. Apply here. If you applied before the Loan Advance option was available, log back in to your application and add the Loan Advance Option to your application. For updated information for faith-based organizations click here.
  • Employee Retention Credit: The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. Information here.
  • Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program: The SBA Express lenders provide expedited financing to small businesses located in declared disaster areas. Express Bridge loans are intended to be interim loans. Businesses use these funds for disaster-related purposes while they apply for and await long-term financing. Information here.
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is collecting emails from business owners in order to send them updates about FB grants. Information here.
  • Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program: The State of Illinois Treasurer is offering loans to small businesses through local banks. Talk to your bank about the process to apply for one of these loans.
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Information here
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund:The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment that results in a lack of resources to pay for essential expenses. Each approved grant is $500, one per person.Information here.
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund: LISC and Verizon have partnered to offer grants of up to $10,000 for small businesses to fill gaps in revenue. Applications period for Round 1 is now closed. Register for another round beginning mid-April here.

Resources

  • Take a few minutes to complete the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Survey that will assist in evaluating a request for an economic injury disaster declaration. Click here to fill out the form.
  • Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) has put together an FAQ document with answers to the many questions facing restaurant and bar.
  • BACP Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Businesses, Consumers and Employees.
  • BACP has resources especially for any COVID-19 related consumer fraud visit, BACP Consumer Fraud Hotline.
  • Center for Disease Control & Prevention: COVID-19 national updates, here.
  • ChiBizHub small business portal.
  • Chicago Bilingual Landlord Association/Spanish Coalition for Housing: They provide assistance to both commercial and residential properties owners. Information here.
  • Chicago Department of Public Heath Guidance for Business and Employers.
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce resource page here.
  • Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund from LISC, City of Chicago and United Way of Metro Chicago.
  • ComEd response to COVID-19 here.
  • Community Law Project: Formerly called the Community Law Project, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee offers pro bono legal services.. Information here.
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky created a CARES ACT stimulus package summary. Updates on implementation and access to some of these provisions can be found in this page.
  • Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, COVID-19 Arts Community Resources.
  • The Federal Trade Commission has an alert page to avoid Coronavirus scams, here.
  • You can find information on how to start a GoFundMe campaign here.
  • Governor Pritzker’s office has provided FAQs regarding the ‘stay at home’ order, read here.
  • GrubHub is temporarily suspending collection in commission payments from impacted independent restaurants nationwide. More information here.
  • Illinois Department of Commerce Essential Businesses & Operations FAQ
  • The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) created an FAQ in response to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order that mandates the closure of on-premise dining in Illinois restaurants. The FAQ will help restaurants with “combined” on and off-premises liquor license holders gain clarification on what is allowed. Businesses that are unsure about the classification of their state liquor license should contact the ILCC for additional information.
    • Liquor licenses expire on the last day of each month. Due to the hardships on liquor license holders as a result of the COVID-19, all licenses expiring on March 31, 2020, April 30, 2020, and May 31, 2020 are extended until July 31, 2020. For more information please go to ILCC Liquor License Extensions.
  • Illinois Restaurant Association resources here.
  • Illinois Unemployment Insurance – The state’s unemployment program has been opened for those temporarily out of work due to COVID-19. Website has been up and down due to heavy traffic, but they can also be reached by phone as 1-800-244-5631.
  • Rogers Park Community Response – Volunteer Efforts.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources.
  • The Small Business Advocacy Council is gathering insight and data to assist with the formation of policy initiatives that can help Chicago businesses weather this storm. While it would be helpful for business owners, entrepreneurs and others supported by the small business community to identify themselves on the survey, please feel free to complete the form anonymously. You also do not need to complete every inquiry on the survey. Please only provide the information you feel comfortable sharing. SBAC will immediately pass completed surveys onto the Mayor’s team. Survey here.
  • State of Illinois resource page here.
  • Stop the spread of germs PDF here.
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship:Created the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, PDF here.
  • 49th Ward Website.

Marketing Tips

Share your specials, your hours of operations, your delivery and shipping alternatives here. Anything that you are doing to promote your business. We will share it on our social media accounts and through our weekly email blast that goes out on Wednesdays.

Announcements / Listings / Services

  • Let customers know if you are offering delivery and curbside pick up.
  • Announce on your website and social media accounts if you are closing or remaining open.

Fundraisers / Donations

  • Rogers Park Food Not Bombs is looking for donations of food that restaurants perhaps might not be able to use. Fill out for here.
  • Submit your fundraiser to Chicago Service Relief directory here. You can also find a business to support.

Gift Cards

  • Businesses can set up an account with Square to create eGift Cards that can be sold online. Every business receives their own links that can be shared on social media and websites. Click here to sign up.
  • Yiftee can provide gift cards to sell on Facebook. Info here.
  • If you need help setting up your gift card contact Rachel at rbowen@rpba.org.

List your business services for free below (delivery, curbside, take out, etc.)

  • Add your restaurant/pub to the Dining at a Distance list for customers to find out if you are open and offering pickup, delivery or curbside service. Here.
  • Send your restaurant information to Chicago Tribune to be included in their list here.

Stay in touch and check back for updates.

For more information call 773-508-5885 or email us at info@rpba.org.

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Rogers Park Business Alliance
1448 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.508.5885
Fax: 773.508.9488
Email: info@rpba.org