September 22: BIG Program Round 2 has just launched. Read the summary from the EDC and apply here.

For a list of Morton businesses, resources, and updates, as well as emergency assistance, visit the Chamber’s site.

The Greater Peoria EDC also has an extensive list of resources, updated daily.

Below are some highlighted resources that may be helpful for our businesses and investors:

SBA Loans Available (message from the Illinois Economic Development Association)

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

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program FAQ
Daily Webinars will be available at
Disaster loan information at
Information for small businesses affected by coronavirus at
All coronavirus-related federal government resources:

Find more information for small businesses affected by coronavirus at Subscribe to email updates from SBA at 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 to find a counselor or mentor.

You can also email or call (312) 353-4528 (Chicago office) or (217) 747-8249 (Springfield office) to talk to a Small Business Administration team member directly. 

Resources from IMEC

Manufacturing Helpline

Manufacturing Leaders & Experts Forum


Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Match with a Supplier

Match your Supply


Legislative Action & Updates from Government Agencies

Village of Morton Declared States of Emergency – 1 , 2 


IL Executive Order No. 5 – Limiting Gatherings

IL Executive Order No. 10 – Shelter in Place

IL-DCEO Essential Business Designation FAQ



IRS Coronavirus Website

Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQ

USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses, and Communities Affected by COVID-19

Employer Support

General Guidance

For questions on “essential business”: IL Department of Commerce Hotline & Email 1 (800) 252-2923

Riffle & Associates is offering free evaluation of your policies and coverages for potential claims for your insurance policy’s business Interruption provisions. Call (309) 321-8365 or email to set up an appointment.

HR Toolkit – The Employer’s Guide to COVID-19


AAIMEA Morning Briefs

Startup Greater Peoria – regular webinars

IL-DCEO Emergency Response for Employers Guide


For masks – A Perfect Promotion can order disposable medical masks for your business. Contact Clayton to order.

Modifying your office with glass protective shields? Best Made Signs and Parker Fabrication can help!

Families First Response Act Information for Employers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

DOL Mandatory Employer Posting

Frequesntly Asked Questions about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Transitioning to Working From Home

25 Team Building Activities for a Remote Workforce

How to Stay Productive Under Quarantine

Tips for Protecting Your Zoom Calls (targeted for teachers, but applicable to all!)

7 Steps for Securing Your Zoom

Alternatives to Zoom

13 Zoom Tips & Tricks

Zoom Training Sessions with Totally Kreative Video. Email to schedule your one-on-one appointment.


Local & State

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund 

Morton Community Foundation Morton Area Disaster Relief Fund

Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program


SBA Disaster Assistance

Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

FAQ for Economic Injury Loans

SBA – IL: Overview of Loans for Small Businesses Webinars (multiple opportunities)

Email the SBA with your questions

Contact Bradley SBDC for help with processing paperwork

SBA Disaster Loans – How Might It Help Your Clients? Webinar Recording

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Small Business Guide & Checklist

Payment Protection Program Sample Application

Payment Protection Program Info Sheet


Verizon-LISC Small Business Recovery Grant

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Compeer Financial

These organizations offer opportunities that will connect you to other business owners, answer your questions, and help guide your next steps through convenient meet-ups or virtual learning from the comfort of your home or office!

Starting a Business in Illinois Workshop
This free, three-hour workshop conducted by the Small Business Development Center is a great place to learn the basics of business ownership in Illinois. Topics covered during the class include business name registration, getting a tax ID number, licenses & permits, legal forms, sales tax, estimated quarterly income tax, employee taxes, financing your business, preparing a business plan, state and local requirements, and legal structure.

Peoria SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of the entrepreneur. SCORE Counselors have backgrounds and experience in a wide variety of areas.


U.S. Small Business Administration Learning Center
The SBA Learning Center is a virtual campus providing quality and targeted online training to meet the information needs of prospective and existing small business owners.