Resources for Northbrook businesses

Funding Opportunities

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:

  • $10,000 Grants for small businesses (less than 20 employees) in suburban Cook County - October 6 deadline
  • Cook County / Chicago Business Advising Program
  • Business Resiliency Webinars

Find eligibility and applications 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: 

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. Applications are closed for the Community Recovery Fund. If you applied for the program and have questions, submit them here.

If you need assistance completing the application or have other questions about the fund, please contact Lycrecia Parks of the Chicago Community Loan Fund ccrf@cclfchicago.org or (312) 788-2496.

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

Promotion Opportunities

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.

Example:

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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.


Marketing Materials

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. 

Business Assistance Logo

Click here to download a JPEG version of the logo.

Click here to download a PDF version of the logo.

Northbrook Public Library Business SurveyPhoto of the Northbrook Public Library

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.

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. 

Phase 4 Update

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released Phase 4 guidelines for residents and businesses. All Illinois regions advanced into Phase 4 of Restore Illinois on June 26.

Phase 4 permits gatherings of 50 or fewer with proper physical distancing. Indoor facilities for industries such as dining, entertainment, and health/fitness may reopen with strict public health and safety guidelines in place. Any questions can be directed to the DCEO by email to CEO.support@illinois.gov or by phone at 1-800-252-2923. Check out the Village’s cheat sheet to see what is and is not permitted in Phase 4.

Phase 4 Industry Guidelines

The DCEO has released specific guidelines for industries to resume or expand operations. Click here for a full list of industries and an overview of the guidelines.

All Industries

  • All employees who can work from home should continue to do so.
  • Continue to wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth, maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, and frequently wash hands.
  • Continue employee health screenings upon entry into the workplace.
  • Follow guidelines on capacity limits and group sizes, which will be continually reassessed throughout Phase 4.

Guidelines, Checklists, and FAQs for Reopening

Quick Links for Businesses

Northbrook Chamber of Commerce

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U.S. Small Business Administration

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Illinois Department of Public Health

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Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

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Illinois Restaurant Association

Illinois Restaurant Association

Village of Northbrook LinkedIn

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