COVID-19: Business + Community Information & Resources (Champaign County)

Business Information & Resources

State of Illinois

Visit for all the latest information from the state of Illinois.

Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phase, data-driven plan designed to reopen the state’s economy.

Get Hired Illinois – Have you lost your job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you looking for candidates to fill open positions? The Get Hired Illinois website connects employers looking for workers to workers looking for work.

Take the pledge to be All in Illinois.

Need to report price gouging or fraud related to COVID-19? Please fill out this form to the Illinois Attorney General.

Grants & Financial Assistance: SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Express Bridge Loans: The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.


Unemployment Benefits – Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19.

Learn more + contact IDES:

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employers – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has put together a comprehensive guide to COVID-19 geared directly at businesses and employers. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about COVID-19. CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Learn more:

There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

About COVID-19 & Latest Updates

Small Business Administration Guide for Impacted Businesses

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Learn more:

Manufacturing Companies & Exporters

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) & IMEC are excellent resources specific to manufacturing.

EXIM is committed to fully supporting the U.S. exporting community during this crisis. This page will be updated with any information about EXIM’s response activities.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal, state, and local agencies to support the whole-of-government effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe. Learn more here.

Good to Know: Utilities, Taxes, HR, Marketing

Ameren Illinois: In response to the economic hardships that residential and business customers may experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ameren is suspending all disconnections for non-payment and forgiving any late payment fees for residential and business customers. Normal billing for customers’ usage will continue as usual but if you are having difficulty paying your bill, please contact their Customer Care team. Learn more here.

Illinois American Water: In an effort to keep their customers safe during the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois American Water will be placing a moratorium and discontinuing service shut offs at this time. They will continue to evaluate this moratorium as more information becomes available. Additionally, Illinois American Water will begin the restoration of service to previously shut-off customers. Learn more here.

The IRS has established a website to help taxpayers and businesses affected by the coronavirus. The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes are extended to July 15, 2020. Governor Pritzker announced that the state of Illinois is extending the income tax filing and payment deadline by three months, from April 15 to July 15. The Department of Revenue (IDOR) will continue to process tax refunds for those filing ahead of the new deadline.

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus, including use of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law to aid families and businesses across the U.S. View FAQs from the U.S. Department of Labor.

View FAQs for the CARES Act – Employee Retention Credit here.

Google for Small Business has resources to help your small business manage through uncertainty.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has an entire section of COVID-19 resources, including best practices and templates.

There’s no doubt that effective communication matters now more than ever. Clanin Marketing has provided free copies of their Email Marketing for Businesses workshop & Digital Marketing Essentials workshop slides.


Community Information & Resources

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Champaign County and preparedness resources, please visit the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District website. The CUPHD hotline is 217-239-7877. You can also email questions to CUPHD at Find the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on Facebook here, where they post helpful tips, videos, and information on a regular basis + daily briefings.

  • Find information from the Illinois Department of Public Health here, including FAQs & daily press releases + videos.
  • Find information from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign here.
  • Find information from the University of Illinois Research Park here.
  • Find information from Parkland College here.
  • Find information from Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District here.
  • The New American Welcome Center at University YMCA has created a COVID-19 Resource Guide for Immigrants in Champaign-Urbana.
  • The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and the United Way of Champaign County Boards of Directors have authorized the establishment of the Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Boards have each seeded the fund with up to $50,000, creating up to $100,000 to respond to the needs in our area. The fund will distribute resources to the partners supported by the Community Foundation and to United Way’s existing network of partners. The Fund will grant resources to established community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economic, and social impacts. While the Fund is not able to provide grants to individuals, community-based organizations that have experience and history of providing people and families with services and support will be eligible. You can donate to the fund here.

Champaign County Safe

A coalition of local organizations and municipalities have launched a new online resource to help Champaign County businesses as they progress through the next stages of the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The new website – – was developed to maintain the safety and well-being of our communities and to share information and resources with businesses in Champaign County. The site will serve as a hub for Champaign County businesses to access resources, including re-opening guidelines, sample signage, PPE suppliers, local cleaning companies, local printers and more.

The re-opening guidelines, following the state of Illinois’ Restore Illinois plan, highlight communication strategies for various types of businesses and provide details on how to prepare workspaces, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, PPE tutorials, and general information on COVID-19. This information will assist industries ranging from agriculture to childcare to manufacturing and hospitality – all with specific guidelines on employee and customer protection, sanitation standards, social distancing, and much more.

As guidelines continue to evolve, the site and all the resources will be updated, so businesses should check back frequently for the latest information. The documents will be updated on a regular basis as more information is shared by the state of Illinois, Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Wear It. Don’t Share It.

You have the power to keep our community safe and healthy! Wear a mask or face covering when you are out in public.

Download campaign assets here.

For more information on masks, please visit the Champaign County website ( for resources, FAQs, and how to properly wear and make a face covering.

Champaign County Rallies Around Restaurants, Retailers, Small Businesses

Check out the Champaign County Rallies Around Restaurants, Retailers, Small Businesses Facebook group. Goals of the group: support local restaurants, retailers and small businesses in Champaign County; provide a central location for local restaurants, retailers and small businesses to share information about how they are still serving customers and ways we can engage with them; and to provide a central location for individuals to share ideas on how to support the industries.

Past live videos:


Job Seekers

Looking for a job? Check out the You’re Welcome CU Job Board.

Parkland College stands ready to support our community members and students during this time of uncertainty. Whether you’re a student choosing a college major or you’ve recently become unemployed, their new Remote Career Support initiative offers you a wealth of Career Services resources and services designed to get you back on track, including free career assessments, job postings, career tips, and more. Use Remote Career Support for:

  • Exploring interests, skills, and values to select your college majors and career goals
  • Resume writing, interviewing skills, and other job search strategies

Email for direct support help. Learn more here.

Zoom Backgrounds

Need a cool background image for your Zoom meeting?

  • View/download backgrounds from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign here.
  • View/download backgrounds from Fighting Illini Athletics here.
  • View/download backgrounds from Visit Champaign County here.


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Contact Us

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:

  • Carly McCrory-McKay, Executive Director – Champaign County EDC: / 217-649-2586
  • Jordan Landeck, Marketing & Events Director – Champaign County EDC: / 217-359-6261
  • Don Elmore, Director – Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC: / 217-378-8535
  • Mariel Huasanga, International Trade Center Director – Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC: / 217-378-8535

As a reminder, all services are confidential & free of charge. To schedule an appointment (phone or Zoom) with the SBDC, register online (click the red ‘Become a Client’ button) or email