Keep Your Customers Updated on Your Status
- Log your business at SpringfieldZoom.com so the public knows your status (including if you offer “outdoor seating,” “curbside pickup” and more. You can update your listing as things change. This is free and will take less than three minutes to get set up. You will never be spammed. Thanks to DSI Member AlertsMadeEasy.com for donating this service during the COVID-19 crisis.
- If you have problems logging back in, just email email@example.com
- Announced by Governor on May 5
- State broken up into four regions – Sangamon County is in the Central Region
- Each region can open up based on the benchmarks in this plan
- Overview of plan
- IDPH Tracking Numbers for each Region here
Phase 4 Reopening on June 26
- Guidelines released June 22 from State: https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/
- Phase 4 Overview
- State webinar on the Phase 4 guidelines on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9am
Phase 3 Reopening on May 29
- Released June 5 from State: Phase 3 Business Guidance FAQ (6.5.20)
- Read the State guidelines for your industry
- Download the State business toolkit which includes signage, training checklists and other resources to help business owners and workers implement safety procedures and precautions aligned with public health standards
- Local PPE Supplies by Greater Springfield Chamber
- Ace Sign Co has developed a simple, yet comprehensive set of easy to use graphics including informative wall posters and floor graphics that give clear social distancing guidance in your business. DSI members enjoy a 10% discount here
- Star Graphics has cardstock 12 x 18 posters and adhesive floor graphics available for sale. Details here
- Letter from Police Chief Winslow to Businesses regarding guideline to wear masks
- FAQ from IDPH for Businesses regarding customers’ use of masks
- COVID Guidance for Businesses regulated under IDFPR
- Outdoor Seating Guidance from City of Springfield
- Application For Outdoor Dining from City of Springfield
- Central Business District Parklet Guidelines and Application from City of Springfield
- Parklets Design Samples
- DSI District Submission Approved by Mayor and Public Works
More Reopening Considerations
- Sangamon County Survey of Consumers published May 29
- Guide to Reopening Your Business by Greater Springfield Chamber
- Streetsense_Pandemic-Relaunch-Toolkit for Restaurants and Bars
- Building Customer Trust Kit
- Reopening Safely: Helpful Tips for Small Business Owners by National Main Street
- Spreadsheet of Other States’ Reopening Regulations by DSI President Brian Wojcicki
- What Not to Do When You Reopen Your Business from a liability standpoint
- Reopening Guidance for Restaurants from the National Restaurant Association
- Safety Advice for Reopening from Wall Street Journal
- American Hotel Lodging Association’s Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards “Safe Stay” Initiative
- American Institute of Architect’s Reopening Checklist
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new video and poster for employers and workers on how to properly wear and remove a respirator
- The Long Runway to Return: The Role of Anchor Cultural Institutions by AMS Planning & Research
- Questions employees might have about returning to work
Reopening For Property Owners
- Recorded video discussion on Landlord/Tenant Radical Transparency:
a landlord response to working through tenant financial hardships from the Incremental Development Alliance
- Leveraging Buildings to Mitigate Viral Transmission by Center for Active Design
- Cultivating employee and tenant trust by Center for Active Design
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- Description of all federal stimulus programs managed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security
- IDES Instructs 1099 Workers to Apply for Regular Unemployment Benefits Before PUA Program Goes Live – PUA Portal to Launch on May 11
- Governor Pritzker says Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for people who cannot traditionally access unemployment) system will be ready no earlier than May 11
- The program allows self-employed workers, freelancers, and independent contractors to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This program provides a total of 39 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits to individuals not typically eligible for unemployment benefits, including independent contractors and self-proprietors, who have become unemployed as a direct result of COVID-19.
- PUA claims will be backdated to the individual’s first week of unemployment, but no earlier than February 2, 2020. Benefits will continue for as long as the individual remains unemployed as a result of COVID-19, but no later than the week ending December 26, 2020. While a program of this magnitude might normally take up to a year to design and implement, IDES plans to get this program online by the week of May 11.
- Covid-19 And Your Workplace Checklist provided by TROXELL HR
- New Employee Rights Poster to post by 3/25 under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and FAQ regarding the notice (thanks to Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP for providing)
- Recording of IMA Call with IL Dept of Employment Security on Unemployment Insurance
- Comprehensive And Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus
- Employee Leave Laws and FMLA: Your Questions Answered – recorded webinar from IL Manufacturers Association
- Restaurant employees currently experiencing hardship because of COVID can apply through the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund operated by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (FEDERAL CARES ACT)
Flexibility Provisions Signed Into Law June 5
- President Donald Trump signed H.R. 7010, Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 into law on Friday, June 5. You may want to check in with both your banker and your accountant. This helps businesses by:
- Changing the forgiveness period for PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks
- Extending the covered period for loans to December 31, 2020
- Changing the restrictions limiting non-payroll expenses from 25% to 40%
- Changing the loan maturity limit from 2 years to 5 years, and
- Ensuring full access to payroll tax deferment
New applications accepted through June 30, 2020
- As of June 8, if you have not applied for PPP yet, there is still funding available but June 30th is the final day that applications will be accepted. Check with your banker. See the application
- Need guidance for your application from a fellow business owner who has already gone through the process? Contact DSI to be matched with a peer donating their time to help others
Loan Forgiveness Procedures
- New Treasury guidance explains how PPP borrowers can apply for loan forgiveness (Page 7 of the Interim Final Rule).
- Download the revised, borrower-friendly PPP loan forgiveness application based on updates included through the PPP Flexibility Act (PPPFA).
- Download the new EZ version of the application for borrowers that are self-employed or did not reduce salaries of employees by more than 25%.
More on PPP
- The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans through the SBA and participating banks — including a mechanism for the loan to be completely forgiven. Congress waived an array of rules and tests for SBA loan applications that traditionally slow up the process for small businesses.
- Official guidance from the US Treasury on how to calculate how much to apply for
- Official guidance from the US Treasury including FAQs updated as of April 23
- What NOT to do when applying, from bankers’ perspective
- The PPP can cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, supply chain disruptions, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, mortgage payments, and other debt obligations
- PPP Executive Summary for Restaurants from Restaurant Association
- Overview of PPP from Eck Schafer & Punke. Note three potential approaches for owners to consider outlined in the last portion of the document.
- How do I calculate my payroll costs and what will limit the forgiveness clause, if anything?
- A tax attorney outlines how to calculate payroll costs for federal paycheck protection program loan applications
- How to navigate emergency small-business funds and unemployment benefits at the same time
No Matter What You’re Apply For
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans (EIDL) – Opened again as of June 16
- Apply Now. SBA says loan applications are usually processed in 18-21 days but they are processing faster than that. Money reaches businesses 2-5 days after approval.
- Borrowers can receive $10,000 in an Emergency Economic Injury Grant (cash advance) that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue loss. Applicants can get the emergency cash even if they don’t qualify for additional funds through the EIDL process. Because lending decisions are based on self-certification and the applicant’s credit score, the review process should go quickly.
- In addition to the application form, be prepared to submit a completed and signed
Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T); complete copies of the most recent Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; completed and signed Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) and a Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202).
- Register for Disaster Loan Trainings
- Check out this handy one-pager about the process
- Independent Contractors – “When in Doubt, Apply.” Sole proprietors are eligible. You will need to have tax returns and/or a profit and loss statement for 2019 if your taxes haven’t yet been filed. Apply even if you don’t have an EIN. You will need to demonstrate that you have been generating business revenue in order to demonstrate economic injury. – Advice from Illinois SBDC at Lincoln Land Community College
- Contact Kevin Lust at Illinois SBDC at Lincoln Land Community College for questions
Accessing Low Interest Loans via Local Banks
- State Treasurer’s Small Business Relief Fund
- Contact your local banker for new programs they may have due to COVID-19.
- Search a list of local SBA-approved banks
Accessing Low Interest Loans via Justine Petersen (City Partnership)
DCEO (State) Small Business Emergency Loan Fund (Currently No New Applications are Being Accepted as DCEO Deals with Backlog of Submissions)
- Small businesses (outside of Chicago) with fewer than 50 employees and less than $3M in 2019 revenue are eligible for this program, allowing up to $50k loans with 5 year low interest repayment terms. Six month deferral on repayments.
- First-step applications are now available on DCEO’s website.
State Business Interruption Grants
- Applications for this program will open on June 26 on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website and will remain open for 7-14 days. One week after the application period closes, grant administration partners will begin reaching out to recipients.
- Review the grant application
- Review the eligibility criteria. Businesses that have not received other grants and loans will be given priority.
- Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount, since March and may continue to face depressed revenues or closure. Businesses must also have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020. An emphasis will also be placed on those businesses that are located in areas that have experienced recent property damage due to civil unrest, exacerbating the economic impacts of COVID-19.
- Businesses in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs) – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each NOTE: Downtown Springfield is not in a DIA
- Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000
- Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
- Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each
CDBG-City Funds for Micro-Business (NOT OPEN YET)
- As of June 8, the City had not yet heard back from HUD regarding their application but expect to roll out the program this month.
- Details on the City’s proposed program can be found here
- DSI sent this Policy Position to City Officials on April 16
- DSI sent this follow-up letter for the Public Comment period on the city’s proposed use of the CDBG fund
$500 Utility Grant from Ameren
- Ameren Illinois announced that funding is available for small businesses and non-profits that have fallen behind on their electric bills.
- Under the company’s COVID-19 Economic Hardship Recovery Program, one-time grants of up to $500 will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until June 30, or until the funds are exhausted.
- Application here
FedEx Small Business Grant
- For small business in operation and selling for more than 1 year with less than 50 employees; and have shipped in the last 12 months and/or plan to ship in the coming 12 months as part of your business
- Each grant recipient will receive a check for $5,000. Additionally, each recipient will receive a $500 credit at FedEx Office to use toward printing services.
- Application here due by June 12
- Only 200 grants will be awarded nationwide
The Red Backpack Fund
- Will make at least 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by COVID.
- Eligible applicants include majority women-owned and led businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5M, at least one additional paid employee, and fewer than 50 individuals on staff.
- Applications will be accepted during specific periods through August 2020. Sign up to be notified
LISC Small Business Relief Grant (CLOSED)
- Awards will be made to qualified businesses, and eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission.Priority will be given to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses. All awardees will have to certify that they are promoting the best interests of the community and are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
- Grantsof $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000
- Your application must be completed by Tuesday, April 28th, 11:59 p.m. ET.
- Application here
US Chamber Foundation Small Business Grants (CLOSED)
- For small businesses with 3-20 employees, $5k grants
- Applications opened April 20 for about four hours then closed.
Greater Springfield Chamber’s Business Relief Fund (for all Sangamon County businesses regardless of Chamber member status) (CLOSED)
State Hospitality Emergency Grant Program (CLOSED)
- $14m fund to help hotels, bars and restaurants support payroll and rent. Including job training and technology for operations to adjust to new options like delivery and curbside
- Lottery winners are listed here.
Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
- The James Beard Foundation is launching a Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Click here to sign up for the email list so that when they launch their application, you know.
Electric and Water Bills
- City Water, Light & Power is suspending ALL disconnections for nonpayment for electric and water services for its customers effective immediately. This order remains in effect until May 1, 2020, at such time it will be re-evaluated. Find out more
- Governor Announces Sales Tax Deferral for Bars & Restaurants
- Federal Tax Day now July 15
- State Tax Day now July 15
- IDES Suspends Late Wage Report Filing Fee for late February 2020 reports
- The property tax installment payments due to Sangamon County on June 12 can be paid as late as the second payment due date on September 12th without interest penalty per this County Board order
County License Fees
- Liquor licensees can now pay pay half of their fees by June 30 with the other half now due by Dec. 31. per this County Board order
- The Sangamon County Board has temporarily postponed both the requirement to renew food service establishment licenses and pay the renewal fees per this County Board order
WMAY encourages all small businesses to tell your story FOR FREE about how your business is helping Springfield come back from the pandemic’s economic challenges. Sign up for an interview here
- Illinois Times is offering Shop Local Independent Business section rates for both June and July issues – download the Shop Local flyer
- Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) authorizes the return of wine and spirits sold and delivered by a distributor to a retailer based on ten conditions.
- Liquor licensees can now pay pay half of their fees by June 30 with the other half now due by Dec. 31. per this County Board order
- Restaurants with “Combined” On & Off-Premises Liquor License Holders May Sell Packaged Alcoholic Liquor
- Cocktails-to-Go: Governor Pritzker signed HB 2682 into law allowing municipalities to allow the sale of cocktails by bars and restaurants with liquor licenses for pickup and delivery. Cocktails can only be delivered in a sealed, labeled container with a tamper-evident cap or seal by an employee of the liquor license holder who is over the age of 21 and trained in responsible alcohol service who has verified the age as well as the level of intoxication of the consumer. The law also provides that:
- All state liquor licenses are automatically extended through December 31, 2020.
- No renewal fees or late fees will be charged until December 31, 2020 (Renewal fees will be charged if a licensee renews before December 31, 2020.)
- Retail licensees shall not be deemed to be delinquent in payment until 30 days after the date on which our region enters Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan.
- See state Liquor Commission guidance here
- Summer festival organizers should ‘think carefully about canceling,’ says Gov. J.B. Pritzker
- The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide here
Stay at Home Order (ended May 28, 2020)
- Governor Extends Stay at Home Thru May 30 with revisions
- Requires individuals to stay at home or their place of residence. Individuals are required to wear a face covering in public places when they are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance, such as in stores. Prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household. Permits leaving the home for essential
activities while following social distancing guidelines. Permits fishing, boating, and golf, when following the guidelines. Defines essential businesses and operations. Retail stores may fulfill online and telephonic orders through pick-up outside the store or delivery. This supersedes Executive Order 2020-18.
- State Disaster Proclamation by Governor on April 30
- Governor Extends Stay at Home Thru April 30
- Read the Original Stay at Home Executive Order Thru April 8
- What is an Essential Business?
- Essential Business Flowchart
- Delivery and Curbside Pickup are Now Allowed for Small Retail Too – with Masks
- FAQs for Business Owners from State of Illinois
Other Governor Executive Orders
- Governor’s Executive Order 2020-25 (COVID-19 EO 23) suspends sections in the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure that permit the service of a garnishment summons, wage deduction summons, or a citation to discover assets on a consumer debtor or consumer garnishee. The goal is to protect the use of the stimulus money for food, shelter, and transportation as it was intended. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation also issued Best Practices to Illinois licensed lenders encouraging them to work with struggling borrowers during the pandemic to extend the time for payment, waive late charges, and defer collection measures.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act – summary provided by DSI members Brown Hay & Stephens
- IRS News Release IR-2020-57 regarding Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Businesses provided by Eck Schafer & Punke
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Historic $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package Executive Summary by IRA
- How do You Decide which Program is Right for You? Guide to CARES Act for Small Business Owners including Paycheck Protection Program
- Mayoral Order for Conduct of Essential Businesses Permitted to Remain Open prior to May 1: COVID-19 Emergency Order #4
- As of May 1: Businesses should post this sign from the City
- The City Council passed an Emergency Powers ordinance which includes suspension of parking meter fees until 14 days after Gov. Pritzker’s emergency declaration is lifted and fees or penalties that would have accrued in during that period are waived. The Mayor has extended the order to keep free parking through June 30, 2020, but tickets will be issued if people stay longer than two hours.