Resources for Northbrook businesses
Community Encouraged to Support Northbrook Restaurants & Win!
While the State’s most recent COVID-19 mitigation measures temporarily keep us from dining indoors, they won’t keep us from supporting our favorite Northbrook restaurants! From November 1 to January 31, spend $25+ at any Northbrook restaurant for a chance to win a $50 restaurant gift card. Submit a picture of your receipt showing the date of purchase and order total to firstname.lastname@example.org. Every submitted receipt is one chance to win. Up to 10 winners (limit one winner per residence per week) will be selected every Monday and will be notified by email.
And don’t forget, when ordering in or picking up carryout – skip the disposable cutlery and individually packaged condiments when you can.
Illinois Enters Tier 3 COVID-19 Mitigations
Effective Friday, November 20, at 12:01am, all Illinois regions will enter Tier 3 COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations. Tier 3 builds on the Resurgence Mitigation Plan first released in July to suppress the spread of the virus and ensure our hospitals do not become overrun. This new tier aims to limit gatherings and encourages people to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting some industries to remain open at significantly reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place.
ComEd Small Business Assistance Program
ComEd is offering eligible small business customers, whose service has not been disconnected, a one-time grant equal to 30% of their total ComEd balance (up to $1,000) that will be applied to the past due balance and the remaining balance can be spread over a payment plan of up to six months.
Small business customers whose service has been disconnected within the past 30 days may be eligible for a one-time grant equal to 30% of the total ComEd balance (up to $1,000) to help reconnect their service if accompanied with a payment of the remaining balance due.
See eligibility and apply here.
State Issues Additional COVID-19 Mitigations
We want to help you promote your adjusted services, menu, and offerings! For a limited time, the Village will be sharing custom business promotions on our Facebook page, reaching our 4,400+ followers.
Fill out this form to let us know some basic details and what information you’d like us to promote.
Tell Us What You Need!
How can the Village of Northbrook support the business community? Business owners, managers, operators, employees, etc., the Village wants to hear from YOU!Fill out this brief survey to tell us what the Village can do to help.
Northbrook is stronger because of our vibrant and resilient business community. To emphasize this, we’ve started the ’Making Northbrook Stronger’ campaign.
Participate in this movement by downloading the logo below to use in your promotions or to print and display in your window. You can also use the #MakingNorthbrookStronger hashtag on your social media platforms or any other methods of marketing.
Click here to download a JPEG version of the logo.
Click here to download a PDF version of the logo.
Northbrook Public Library Business Survey
The Northbrook Public Library serves the local business community by providing access to resources, databases, educational classes and videos, meeting rooms, and more. Please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey about how the library is currently serving your business and what they could do in the future to be even more helpful.
Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance
As part of Cook County’s ongoing COVID-19 Community Recovery Initiative efforts, the Bureau of Economic Development, in partnership with more than 35 county-wide organizations, is providing critical support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Program offerings include:
- Cook County / Chicago Business Advising Program
- Business Resiliency Webinars
Learn more at cookcountysmallbusinessassistance.com.
Round 2: Business Interruption Grants (BIG)
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) recently announced the opening of a new $220 million round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG). Grants are available to small businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 that have been unable to reopen since the spring or are operating at a severely diminished capacity. Applications are being accepted now, and resources to help you apply are available on the DCEO's website.
Federal CARES Act
The federal CARES Act includes a number of stimulus programs designed to help small businesses maintain their operations through the COVID-19 emergency. The Act’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) enables eligible businesses to receive a forgivable loan to use for payroll purposes, utilities, rent, mortgage interest payments, and more.
CARES Act Resources:
- Small Business Owner Guide to the CARES Act
- General Program Overview for the Paycheck Protection Program
- PPP: Information for Borrowers
- Sample PPP Application
- Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application
Cook County Community Recovery Initiative
Cook County created the Community Recovery Initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Recovery Initiative is a comprehensive economic relief program and consists of a variety of supportive services, including the Community Recovery Fund and the Technical Assistance Network to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and independent contractors. Get all the details here.
Community Recovery Fund
- Targeted for small businesses and independent contractors
- Provides up to $20,000 in zero-interest loans for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Loans will be administered by the Chicago Community Loan Fund and provided by a network of community lenders.
- Offers immediate relief
Technical Assistance Network
- Provides access to available financial products at the state and federal level
- Answers questions and helps navigate pathways
- Connects to business counseling and coaching
- Assists with intake services, loan packaging, and process management
Face Covering Requirements
As of May 1, Governor Pritzker’s Stay-At-Home Order extension requires face coverings for persons over the age of two who are able to medically tolerate a face covering or a mask. Face coverings are required in public indoor spaces, such as stores, and places where proper 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintaned.
Updated Policy for Face Coverings
Governor Pritzker issued an expanded statewide policy requiring customers to wear a face covering when interacting with staff at a bar or restaurant. These new guidelines will require patrons to wear a mask during any interaction with wait staff, food service workers, and other employees at bars and restaurants. Face coverings are to be worn over the nose and mouth when patrons are approached and served by staff, both indoors and outdoors. Read more about the policy.
Restore Illinois: What Does it Mean for my Business?
On May 5, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities.