COVID-19 Resources For Employers

Onsite resources will be available once the office reopens to the public. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these services are limited or only available virtually.

We are open, operational, and here to help. We remain 100% committed to supporting your business needs, while we practice social distancing to help protect the health of our community. Following Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" order to fight COVID19, the North Suburban Cook County American Job Center has closed its physical facility, but we continue to serve you remotely.

We are adapting, eager to serve, and with a mission that remains constant: ensuring opportunity for all.
Cook County COVID-19 Recovery Small Business Assistance 

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 in Cook County and grants for small businesses in suburban Cook County and the unincorporated areas.

Click here for more information

SBA Resources 

The US Small Business Administration – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Illinois Chamber Resources

The Illinois Chamber  has assembled quite a few resources focused on businesses in the State of Illinois on their website.  Please Click here for more information.

Cook County has launched a comprehensive initiative to provide economic relief to small businesses, non-profits, community service organizations, and independent contractors (1099 workers) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a full look at the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative, click here.

Cook County Community Recovery Fund

As part of the Cook County Community Recovery initiative, President Preckwinkle and the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development announced the formation of the Cook County Community Recovery Fund that will provide rapid relief loans of up to $20,000 to small businesses, gig workers, and independent contractors in Suburban Cook County.

To apply, businesses and independent contractors in suburban Cook County must meet these requirements:
• Small Businesses
• Fewer than 25 employees
• Less than $3 million in revenue
• Gig Workers
• At least half of income from 1099 contract work
• Less than $100,000 in gross annual income

If businesses in your community would like to learn more about the initiative and sign up for updates for when the application period opens, please complete this form. Updates will be sent on a regular basis.

IMEC and Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Manufacturers' Webinar Series

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Excellence Center and the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development are hosting regular webinars to help manufacturers navigate challenges around COVID-19. Click here for the schedule of webinars and more information on how to submit questions for future webinars.

Our Office
North Suburban Cook County American Job Center
1400 South Wolf Road - Suite 200
Wheeling, IL 60090

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Services available virtually and by phone
Mon – Fri: 8:30A.M – 5:00P.M.

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The North Suburban Cook County American Job Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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