Illinois Small Business Development Center

COVID-19 Impact on Southern Illinois Businesses The SIU Research Park is seeking information about the challenges Southern…

COVID-19 Impact on Southern Illinois Businesses

The SIU Research Park is seeking information about the challenges Southern Illinois businesses and organizations are facing as a result of COVID-19. Please complete this brief survey to help us understand how COVID-19 is affecting businesses in our region, what gaps exist, and what resources are needed to help businesses not only survive but emerge even better and stronger. The results of this survey will only be presented in aggregate form. All personal information and individual responses will be kept confidential. 


Please respond before noon on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business (SB) Resource Links/Referrals



Contact Information/URL

Federal Government updates

United States Government

and in Spanish at

List of guides, info/resources from:
CDC, SBA, OSHA, Facebook, Intuit (QB), Google

America’s Small Business Development Centers


Internal Revenue Service

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available. Other information about actions being taken by the U.S. government is available at and in Spanish at

Unemployment Insurance FAQ and Letter to Employers


Illinois Dept of Employment Security (IDES)


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) APPLICATION



[email protected]


Basic Economic Injury Disaster Loan Info
Program description, requirements, eligibility check

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Info


Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program – Invest Illinois

Illinois Treasurer Office

*SBA Bridge Loans up to $25K


SB should contact their current SBA lender to see if they offer either SBA Bridge Loan or their own product

*SBA (7a) Borrowers


  • Deferrals are available to all SBA Borrowers not already in default/liquidation status.
  • Lenders have the unilateral Authority to defer up to six consecutive months payments for loans not sold on the secondary market or up to three months for those that are sold.
  • If a sold loan requires more than three months deferment, you need only request approval from the Investor through the Fiscal Transfer Agent (Colson), [email protected]
  • SBA Information Notice


*SBA 504/CDC Borrowers


SB with SBA 504 loans should contact their CDC to discuss payment deferral options, eligibility and monthly deadlines.
Prior to granting approval, CDC must obtain, review and analyze:
· Statement from the Borrower outlining the reason(s) for its cash flow problem,
· Current financial statement, preferably on SBA Form 770

· Borrower’s last year-end financial statement and If the Borrower has any  affiliates, a current consolidated financial statement

· Business Federal Income Tax Returns

· Personal Federal Income Tax Returns

Illinois COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Initiatives

State of Illinois, Illinois DCEO

Facebook Grants
Facebook has announced they will be providing $100 million in cash grants or advertising to small businesses.


Rhonda Abrams,
The Planning Shop

For more information go to ; Applications accepted beginning March 31st

Kiva Loans
The nonprofit organization Kiva provides 0% interest loans to small businesses worldwide. They are expanding eligibility and the amount of loans provided during this crisis.

Rhonda Abrams,

The Planning Shop

For more information, go to

Small Business Relief Initiative

QuickBooks is committing up to $1 million through a fund and employee-directed contributions while also seeking donations from other large partners. If you’re a small business impacted by COVID-19 or want to help a local business, you can start a GoFundMe fundraiser.

Intuit Email Blast

1.      Visit Small Business Help to start your free GoFundMe page.

2.      Share your fundraiser with your community, using #SmallBizRelief to spread the word.

3.      Learn more about how the Small Business Relief Initiative will support these fundraisers, boosting contributions from your supporters.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

(aka “Paid Sick Leave”)

Legislation Passed 03/18/2020
Effective 04/02/2020

The enrolled bill:

Key small business issues addressed 3/23/2020 by the Treasury Department: Emergency Sick Leave, Emergency Family Leave and Employer Tax Credits are the major areas addressed. DOL has not operationalized directions for compliance or exemptions for small business, but they have updated the following as of 3/24/2020


Comprehensive List of Agency Links for Businesses
(Ctrl+Click to follow links)

U.S. White House
March 24, 2020

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities

SBA: COVID-19 Resources

SBA: Local Assistance Finder

SBA: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

DOL: OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19

DOL: Coronavirus Resource Guide

DOL: American Job Center | Look for Work

DOL: Unemployment State Specific Resource Finder

DOL: Layoff Help | Worker Reemployment

WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19

EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19


SBDC Office Update

Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020, staff from the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU and the following SIU Research Park offices will be working remotely until further notice.  SIU Research Park buildings will be closed to the public and accessible only to tenants and staff with key fob access.

Most services will still be available through alternate formats.  For your convenience, see the list of office contacts below.  Staff will be available by email and/or phone during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thank you for your interest in the programs and services of the SIU Research Park. We look forward to hearing from you and working with Southern Illinois–one business at a time.

 The Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU is still open and advising clients!

All work is being done remotely via video, phone and email.  If you have questions, contact [email protected], Greg Bouhl [email protected] or Ken Stoner [email protected] (618-536-2424)

SIU Research Park and Business Incubator Tenants

Administrative Questions: Lynn Andersen Lindberg [email protected] (618-453-6754)

General Questions: Deb Barnett [email protected] (618-453-3849)

Facilities Questions or Requests: Amy Ortiz [email protected] (618-453-1495)

Business Office Questions: Lynn Harbert [email protected]  (618-453-6752) 

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at SIU

[email protected] (618-536-2424)

Office of Workforce Innovation and Research and Illinois Nurse Aide Testing

Tom Hovatter [email protected] (618-453-4367)

Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Lori Amerman [email protected]  (618-453-3829) 

Helping Businesses in Southern Illinois Start, Grow and Succeed 

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University provides no-cost, confidential, one-on-one business advising services, training opportunities and business resources for entrepreneurs in southern Illinois. 

The Center’s Certified Business Advisors assist business owners at every stage, whether they are starting, struggling, growing or selling. The advisors provide professional guidance for business growth by offering assistance and resources in areas such as business planning, marketing, financing, financial analysis, e-commerce, product development and more.

Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Southern Illinois University, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU has been a trusted resource to serve small businesses owners in southern Illinois since 1984. 

Ready to see how the SBDC can help your business?  Sign up to become a client to get started!

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