In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
Please be advised that DPS workshops and participation in outreach events have been suspended until further notice. We will not be conducting workshops in person (Bid & Bond, Room 1103) nor via YouTube at this time.
Interested members of the public will be able to reference the content of the workshops, as well as information about our programs, from www.chicago.gov/dpsevents.
Please see the information below about resources for the business community. New information is being added daily. For the most up-to-date information visit www.chicago.gov/coronavirus
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses experiencing substantial economic impacts as a result of COVID-19.
Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
The City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust, and United Way of Metro Chicago launched the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Chicago’s philanthropies, corporations, and individuals to be disbursed to the region's health and human service nonprofit organizations.
Workforce - Employment Opportunities
There are companies in need of employment support during this crisis. Organizations that can help support those looking for work are Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.
Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) Resources
The City of Chicago has always played an active role in helping small businesses. This site includes information about financial assistance resources available throughout Chicago via BACP.