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The Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance program provides support for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers advising for small businesses located in Cook County (including the city of Chicago, suburban Cook and Unincorporated Cook and the unincorporated areas). 

Providing relief to small businesses to help:

  • Weather the crisis and maintain operations and employees
  • Pivot their business model to fit the current client
  • Safely serve their customers

Turn to us for the alliance and support you need to survive and thrive. It’s your turn!

show your small business pride

A tradition spanning over 50 years, National Small Business Week is a celebration and appreciation ofsmall businesses. We're more excited than ever to celebrate this year.

Get in on the celebration! Request a free decal today. We’ll mail it to you so that you can adhere it to your storefront, take a photo or video and share via social media.

You can also download the Small Business Week print-at-home decal and social media posts. Display and share them to remind your customers that you are still present and appreciate your community.

hashtags to add to your posts:

#smallbizweek #cookcountysmallbiz #showusyourdecal

The Benefits of Connecting with your local

(Business Support Organization)

Cook County – Chicago Business Advising Program

Also known as technical assistance (TA), helps you address the unique needs of your business, including acquiring new capital and customers, understanding financial, change and risk management, adjusting business models, and operating under new safety regulations.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Applying for RRF

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is open. RRF will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. 

Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

You can apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale (POS) vendors, Lendistry or directly via the SBA online application portal. Participating POS providers include Square, Toast, Clover, NCR Corporation (Aloha), and Oracle.  

Applicants are required to register with the SBA unless you are working with Square, Toast or Lendistry.

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