The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur-Macon County has created this page full of business and community information as it relates to COVID-19. Please share this page with others as you see fit. We’re updating frequently as new resources become available.
We understand that each individual and business is different – and we’re here to help. If you have a question, want to share information about your company’s situation, and/or are in need of resources, please contact us here.
This page will be continuously updated with business and community information & resources.
Shelter in Place Policy
On Saturday, March 21st, an Executive Order was signed for the State of Illinois that stated all non-essential businesses must stop operating until Tuesday, April 7, 2020. As of Tuesday, March 30th, the Exeuctive Order has been extended until Thursday, April 30th. Click here for a breakdown of what this order may mean for you.
BUSINESS FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Paycheck Protection Program
CARES Act – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Additional details will be released soon, but these guides are helpful to understand what to expect + how to prepare:
SBA Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information on these loans, click here.
Bridge Loan Program
The Illinois State Treasurer has announced a bridge loan program. For additional information on this program, please click here to connect to the Treasurer’s website or read the press release here.
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan
Under the leadership of Governor JB Pritzker, DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000. Learn more here.
Macon County Emergency Response Fund for 501c3
Based upon the charitable structure of the Macon County Emergency Response Fund, these grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. The Fund is for nonprofit organizations in Macon County. To learn more, click here.
Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
The Governor introduced a new relief fund to provide grants for both individual artists and art/cultural organizations. To learn more, visit: artsforillinois.org/donate-and-apply. A special thank you to IMA member, Exelon, for their contributions to starting this fund.
Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program
Macon County businesses that exist outside of Decatur city limits* may qualify for this program. Businesses must have 50 employees or less (including the owner). Private for-profit small retail and service businesses, or businesses considered non-essential by the Governor’s Executive Order without the ability for employees to work remotely. For more details and to apply, click here.
*Businesses within the Decatur city limits are not currently eligible for this grant. However, the City of Decatur is examining whether they can repurpose some of their CDBG allocation to be used for short-term assistance for businesses inside city limits impacted by COVID-19. The City will make an announcement soon, after obtaining clearance from the federal government.
Affordable Care Act Special Enrollment Period
Governor Pritzker has joined colleagues in asking the White House to open a special enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to cover Americans during this challenge. Illinoisans recently laid off can enroll in the ACA now as the program allows those experiencing a qualifying life event to join. Learn more at: getcovered.illinois.gov.
IDES Unemployment Benefits
IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. To learn more, click here. To listen to the IDES Conference Call hosted on Tuesday, March 24, click here.
SBA Guide for Impacted Businesses
Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. To learn more, click here.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Here is some guidance from the United States Department of Labor with regard to the new federal laws surrounding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This link provides a detailed Questions and Answers.
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and their partner, Scott Cruz and his law firm Greensfelder, have provided this article that includes information on tax credits for paid sick leave, the emergency paid sick leave act, and the family and medical leave expansion act. An additional breakdown of the tax credits from Plante Moran can be found here.
Legal Guidance: Work from Home, Employees Presenting Symptoms & More
Click here for answers to various questions all companies must know.
Sales Tax Deferral for Bars and Restaurants
To help alleviate some of the unprecedented challenges facing bars and restaurants due to COVID-19, Gov. Pritzker has directed the Department of Revenue to defer sales tax payments for more than 24,000 small- and medium-sized bars and restaurants — accounting for nearly 80% of all such entities statewide. Read more here.
Banking and Tax Payments
If your business has been affected and you are having difficulty meeting your loan obligations, please contact your bank or credit union on ways they can help you. We also suggest contacting your accountant to get information on tax return filing and payment extensions that may be available to you.
Business Operations, Human Resources and Legal Q&A
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association have compiled answers for some of the most commonly asked questions and will continue to be updated as events unfold and laws change.
Working From Home Software
Although we may not be working at the office, there’s still lots of ways to connect and continue doing business. Here are some commonly used software platforms:
Additional Business Resources
Here are some additional helpful resources for your business:
COVID-19 Employee Rights Workplace Poster
Macon County Health Department
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Macon County and preparedness resources, please visit the Macon County Health Department (MCHD) website.
United Way’s 2-1-1
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers with free information and referrals for community services in Macon, DeWitt, Moultrie, Piatt & Shelby counties. If you’re looking for help and assistance, give 2-1-1 a call today. For more information, click here.
Requests for Essential Supplies
Illinois is facing a critical shortage of essential supplies needed by manufacturers, health care providers, and first responders. These include items such as N95 masks, gloves, gowns, ventilators, sanitizer, and more. All of these products will be used in Illinois to help our local communities. Check out the links below if you’re able to donate supplies or meals.
- Production or Donations of Life Saving Supplies
- Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) – The State of IL is looking for donations of MREs. Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (VOAD’s) like Salvation Army, American Red Cross, are asking for 1 million MREs. For more information, please contact Randy Prince with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help our local restaurants during the mandated COVID-19 shutdown, the City of Decatur has created a delivery and curbside guide.
Businesses and school districts have worked together to help provide food resources for families who may need it. Here is a list of food resources.
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the COVID-19. Check out some of these listed scams to help you stay safe.
Anxious about Coronavirus? If you are needing help and would like to talk to an anonymous crisis counselor, text HELLO to 741741 to connect. For more information, click here.
State of Illinois Website