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We are here for you! We will get through this together and stronger. Here are some resources we have compiled to assist during these unknown and uncertain times.  

 

COVID-19 Business Resources

 

Security Bank Press Release

Security Bank Responds to Loan Customers Impacted by COVID-19

Springfield, IL (March 20, 2020) – Security Bank, s.b., a mutual savings bank in the Springfield community for over 144 years, is committed to the financial health of our community and its residents. Security Bank encourages our loan customers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 to contact the Bank. Security Bank is willing to work with loan customers to help relieve any financial hardships they may encounter during the public health emergency and work with them on payment remittance to avoid delinquencies.

"We at Security Bank understand the impact that our community is going through with the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to try to make every accommodation for our loyal customers so they may concentrate on the well-being of those who are closest to them. We are available to help, give us a call," said Stephan Paul Antonacci, President and CEO. "Please, everyone, take care of yourself and those around you. We are here for you."

Security Bank, s.b. intends to work closely with customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Security Bank, along with the backing of the FDIC recognizes that such efforts serve the long-term interests of communities and the financial system when conducted with appropriate management oversight that is consistent with safe and sound banking practices and applicable laws, including consumer protection laws.

Contact: Destiny Nance-Evans Security Bank, s.b.

Phone: 217-789-3500

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Useful Resources

GENERAL 

SpringfieldZoom.com

Log your business on SpringfieldZoom.com. Create a free account and update your profile as needed. All Sangamon County businesses are encouraged to create a profile. 

Social Media

Now is the time to participate in social media. Don't have a page or profile? Now is the time to set one up. Keep your customers up to date on what is happening with you and your business. Pictures, eCommerce are all great ideas to use and post on social media. 

 

Loan and Grant Programs:

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Apply for funding: https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/1375/2020/03/Application-for-Funding-F1.pdf

IL Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Deadline April 1 at 5:00 pm

Apply [HERE

Small Business Administration

All Illinois small businesses can now apply for low-interest disaster loans to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois District Office will host free webinars as long as there is demand covering:

  • Eligibility
  • Use of proceeds
  • Terms
  • Filing requirements
  • Additional small business resources

The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private non-profits affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • These working capital loans can be used to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. They have repayment options of up to 30 years.
  • Here are the documents you'll need to provide to complete the application: 
  • We recommend you apply online, but preparing these documents ahead of time will streamline the process for you.

Additional Resources:

Visit sba.gov/coronavirus for updates on the loan program, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter.

 Need to talk to a small business coach or SBA team member? Visit sba.gov/local-assistance to find a resource near you, or e-mail questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All Illinois small businesses (according to SBA’s size standards) and private non-profits can now apply for loans of up to $2 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. If your businesses have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, this program offers working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. Your businesses may apply now at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Find more information for small businesses affected by coronavirus at www.sba.gov/coronavirus. Subscribe to email updates from SBA at bit.ly/SubscribeIL to stay up to date on SBA news and events. SBA resource partners (Illinois Small Business Development Centers, WBDC, SCORE, Veterans Business Outreach Center) stand ready to help. Go to www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find a counselor or mentor.

You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 312-353-4528 (Chicago office) or 217-747-8249 (Springfield office) to talk to a Small Business Administration team member directly. 

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org/

 

City of Springfield, IL

COVID-19 Information

District 186, Springfield Public Schools

COVID-19 Information

State of Illinois

State of Illinois COVID-19 Response

Illinois Department of Employment Security

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits


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Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

COVID-19 Response Fund

GSCC

Chamber Business Relief Fund


Business Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Fact Sheet PDF Download

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

COVID-19 Impact Form Responses to the questions will assist in evaluating specific areas of need.

Restaurant/Beverage Industry Resources
 
SupportRestaurants.org Dining Bonds Initiative
 
How to Participate in SupportRestaurants.org: https://supportrestaurants.org/?mod=article_inline#participate
 
Local First launches digital gift card program early to help local businesses 
 
Governor announces Sales Tax Deferral for Bars and Restaurants
The Governor's press conference (are you following every day around this time on his live feed on Facebook?) included in his announcement that sales tax will be deferred for the next few months for bars and restaurants. Read more

Illinois restaurants with "combined" on and off-premises liquor license holders may sell packaged alcoholic liquor
 
Federal Government Relief Package Signed by President 3/19/2020
For those employers desperately contemplating permanent reductions in force as a last resort to maintain financial viability, please pause and reflect upon the final version of the Act passed and signed by the President yesterday. Permanent layoffs may not be necessary after all. According to this article by Forbes.
 
Staff Meals
Staff Meals was set-up for those that have been recently displaced from their jobs in the food and beverage industry.
Service industry folks are a family, and our family is facing some hard times. Staff Meals aims to provide free family meals to our service industry brethren in the Central Illinois area.
Learn more [HERE]
 
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Apply to the USBG National Charitable Foundations' Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Click [HERE] for eligibility requirements and to apply.
 
Resources for branding, social media, documents, etc. 
 
Canva
Canva uses a freemium business model. You can use it for free, but you need to upgrade to the premium version to unlock more features. For instance, the premium version of Canva allows you to choose more design templates. You will also be able to create many folders to organize your designs.
 
Organizations to follow:

Illinois Economic Development Association
 
Downtown Springfield, Inc. 
 
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
 
United Way of Central Illinois
 
 
Technology Scams to Watch For
 
Scammers will often try to compile names and email addresses then send out phishing messages especially times when things can be chaotic. It is important to remain diligent when combating such messages.
 
There are commonly three versions:
  • The first thing you can always check is the "From" email. For example, if you know the sender's email is clearly not This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - end of story. You can notify other staff members as an FYI, since there's a chance they did or will receive a similar message from the same scammer.
  • On rare occasions, an actual email can be compromised, so if the emails DO appear to be coming from the correct source (i.e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), make sure to notify that individual since they may have had a security breach and need to take action on their end.
  • Finally, sometimes the email can simply be spoofed (or reskinned to look like it is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) but it is an illusion. These will often want you to click a link, since "replying" to the email will not go to the scammer. These emails are also highly likely to end up in your Spam folder. Computers will do quick checks and see if the email seems to be coming from the place it says it is, and flag those that fail as spam.