Cook County Technical Assistance Network  

Last Updated: 4/16/2021

Cook County and our network of partners are providing a wide variety of technical assistance to help businesses understand the variety of emergency supports and resources. The goal of the program is to keep Cook County businesses informed about federal, state, and local programs to help manage your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Technical Assistance Partners

We have partnered various national, state, and local organizations to address the urgent needs of small businesses during this time of crisis. Our partnership consists of the American Business Immigration Coalition, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the National Partnership for New Americans, Chicago Community Loan Fundand many more. See them listed with their website on our  COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program page. Please feel free to reach out to any of our partners for assistance.

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COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program

The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers advising for small businesses in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County and the unincorporated areas. 

For small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Here are the latest resources:   

  • Visit our new website with resources for small businesses all in one place: https://cookcountysmallbiz.org/ 
  • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to May 31, 2021. Overview available in English and Spanish The Cook County Small Business Assistance Program is offering assistance for businesses interested in completing a PPP application. Sign-up here.  
  • To sign-up for free small business one-on-one business advising servicessign-up here.

More resources and additional information:

2021 Videos

  • President Preckwinkle announces pilot program to deliver meals to those in need. Go here to watch the video. 

 

2020 Archive

The Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

One of our partners, the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) has produced a guide to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness. It includes an overview and frequently asked questions. We believe you will find this information useful.

Due to legislation passed in July, 2020, the deadline to apply for this federal government's loan-based relief program, managed by the Small Business Administration (SBA)  was August 8.

Presentations

Topic Documents

July 25, 2020 - Boot Camp on Equitable Recovery 

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April 30 – “What Cook County Non Profits Need to Know about  the Paycheck Protection Program”.

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April 29 – [Spanish]“¿Qué es el Programa de Protección de Pago de Cheques (PPP), y cómo puede calificar mi pequeño negocio?”

 

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April 24 – “Document Preparation for the Paycheck Protection Program 2.0.

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April 22 – “Accessing and Troubleshooting Restaurant and 1099 Relief Programs in Cook County” (video unavailable)

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April 8 – “How the Paycheck Protection Program Impacts Small Businesses in Cook County”.  

 

Other Industry-specific and COVID-19 resources

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