COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER:

We’re here for you and your business

Our customers are at the center of everything we do. We know that many of you are navigating unprecedented challenges and we’re here to help. We’ve collected some of the most up-to-date resources to support your business through this time. As new developments emerge, we’ll keep updating the information here. 

We’re prepared to offer lending options, financial solutions, and guidance during this time. Contact a banker if you have any questions or if there’s anything we can do to help.

Thank you for placing your trust in Wintrust as your community bank.

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) resources

Stay up to date on COVID-19 small business guidance and loan resources from the SBA.


Impacted businesses who qualify for a disaster relief loan can apply for assistance.

To complete the application, you’ll need:

The SBA’s economic injury disaster loan basics document provides step-by-step application instructions.

These are general resources for SBA programs, including disaster assistance. For information about the Paycheck Protection Program, please contact your banker or click here.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Borrower Forgiveness – UPDATE

If you’ve received a PPP loan through a Wintrust Community Bank, you may be eligible to apply for full or partial loan forgiveness from the SBA. We know this is a critical priority for many of you and we will be launching an online portal to allow your organization to prepare and submit your application and necessary documentation. We will send an email with the unique credential information for the portal to each borrower. Please contact your Relationship Manager with any questions.

 


ILLINOIS RESOURCES

 

Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance
Click here for information on the following:

  • Hospitality Emergency Grant Program
  • Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
  • Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

Chicagoland COVID-19 Community Development Resource Guide
A resource guide to help navigate the myriad of grants, loans, and other resources available from public and private sources.

Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)
Grants to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures.


INDIANA RESOURCES

 

Small Business Restart Fund
Small business restart grants providing working capital to cover certain expenses related to the global pandemic.
 


WISCONSIN RESOURCES

 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Find COVID-19 business resources here.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

 

City of McHenry Business Resiliency Microloan Program
Learn about short-term financing for McHenry businesses here.

Village of Wilmette Local Business Economic Relief Program
Find the application here.

Cook County Community Recovery Initiative
Learn more here.

Small Business Resiliency Fund
A resource for Chicago businesses, in particular.

City of Chicago – Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program
This program will distribute $5,000 grants to up to 1,000 businesses with four or fewer employees in low and moderate income areas of the city that have been severely impacted by COVID-19.
The City of Chicago Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is holding a series of webinars to provide information and answer questions about the Recovery Grant Program.


PRIVATE COMPANY & NONPROFIT RESOURCES

 

Accion

Find Emergency Capital for Small Businesses in Illinois and Indiana.

James Beard Foundation
For businesses in the food and beverage industry, take a look at the James Beard Foundation Relief Fund.

Opportunity Fund
Find assistance for small business owners affected by COVID-19.

Women’s Business Development Center
Find resources for WBDC clients here.

Facebook for Business
Small Business Grant Program: $100 million in cash grants and ad credits.

Illinois Restaurant Association
Learn more about a COVID-19 legal network and expert guidance here.

Google
Learn how the company is offering $800 million to support small businesses and crisis response here.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago
A Small Business Rescue Fund to distribute loans to small businesses and nonprofit social enterprises for urgent needs, including operational costs like paying employees, vendors and rent.

KEEP YOUR BUSINESS SAFE

Unfortunately, criminals are trying to take advantage. Here are some important reminders to keep your business secure.

  • Do not allow any new vendors, one off payments, or changes in vendor information without telephone verification of the information to the number you have on record.
  • Do not initiate movement of funds based on email-only requests, even if they appear to come from your “C-suite.”
  • Implement dual controls on payment initiation and approval, payment instruction changes, and account reconciliation.
  • Use your mobile phone to eliminate the need for a physical token.