COVID-19 Resources for Evanston Businesses

COVID-19 Resources

As daily life is changing for everyone in our local community during this global health crisis, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce is helping businesses by providing resources for a range of information and support. We understand the need for information and support, especially in times of uncertainty. The Evanston Chamber is still operating and we are here to help in any way. Please stay in touch!

Check this website, the Chamber’s Facebook page, and our LinkedIn company page for updated information about assistance that may be available, as well as ways our incredible community is working to creatively support one another during this time.

We are all in on navigating the future amidst COVID-19. Mayor Hagerty created the Evanston COVID-19 Task Force Partners to help with strategies and resources for Evanston businesses. The task force handling economic development includes the City of Evanston Economic Development division, The Evanston Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Evanston, The Main Dempster Mile and the Chicago NorthShore Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Local businesses and our commercial areas in general are facing the threat of significantly reduced foot traffic and sales, due to ever changing protocol and regulations regarding COVID-19. We’re living in unprecedented times, but for many, business must go on. As a small business owner, it’s hard to know where to turn and exactly how to proceed. This following list of resources for small businesses, as well as marketing strategies, will allow your business the opportunity to meet your consumers in the digital space.

Local Banks and Alternative Funding Sources

This Evanston Chamber e-blast includes links to local banks, as well as alternative lenders.

Evanston Business COVID-19 Resource Checklist

The Evanston COVID-19 Business Task Force checklist summarizes the private, federal, and state loans, grants, and tax credits available to address immediate economic impacts of COVID-19. Detailed descriptions and links cover options for payment deferrals, emergency funding, tax credits and alternative sources for funding.

IRS Tax Credit

The U.S. Treasury, IRS, and Labor Department announced a plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small- and mid-size businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave.

This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Drumpf on March 18, 2020. Read more >

SBA Illinois Disaster Loan Webinars

SBA Small Business Loan Information


Federal Level Assistance

State of Illinois Level Assistance

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Non-Profit Assistance

Corporate Assistance

Evanston COVID-19 Task Force

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