COVID-19 Resources for Bloomington Businesses
The City of Bloomington’s Economic Development Department is committed to supporting Bloomington’s vibrant business community as it responds to the impacts of COVID-19. We are monitoring guidance from federal, state and local public health authorities and the availability of resources to be provided by the State and Federal Government for area businesses.
Below are COVID-19 related resources relevant to the local business community. Additional resources will be added as they become available.
City of Bloomington
- The City of Bloomington remains operational with minimal impact to city services. Please view the City’s COVID-19 information portal for the latest updates on the city’s response to COVID-19.
- On March 26, 2020, the City of Bloomington City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2020-18 Declaring a Local Emergency due to the COVID-19 Virus & Enacting Various Emergency Measures. Included within that ordinance is the following:
"(H) Moratorium on Interest, Fines and Penalties. No interest, fines and/or penalties shall accrue or be assessed on amounts owed to the City as of March 1, 2020, for City utility payments, food and beverage taxes (although timely tax return filings are still required), parking tickets and/or ordinance violations, so long as said obligations to the City are paid within 30 days after the conclusion Governor Pritzker’s Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, including any and all renewals thereof, or until this provision is amended or repealed by the City Council. The City Manager is similarly authorized, by Executive Order, to extend the deadlines for payments related to any other amounts due and owing the City."
State of Illinois
- The State of Illinois has established an official state COVID-19 web portal.
- On March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 directing that all non-essential business and operations must cease, aside from Minimum Basic Operations.
Click here to view Executive Order 2020-10.
Click here to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions by Businesses regarding Executive Order 2020-10.
Click here to view all Executive Orders issued by the Governor.
- On March 26, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced the creation of multiple Emergency Grant and Loan programs for Small Business in Illinois. Click here to view information about those programs on the DCEO website.
- The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) has established a COVID-19 information page. The page provides details on the program to support Eating and Drinking Establishments (Short-Term Relief from Penalties for Late Sales Tax Payments), the state's extension of filling income taxes from April 15th to July 15, 2020, and information regarding the extension of the Expiration Date of Certain Sales Tax Exemption ("E") Numbers.
McLean County Small Business Development Center / US Small Business Administration
- With support from the City of Bloomington, the Small Business Development Center of McLean County at Illinois Wesleyan University is working to help small businesses address the business challenges of COVID-19 in conjunction with the US Small Business Administration.
For a comprehensive list of resources for small businesses,
please visit the McLean County SBDC COVID-19 Resources webpage.
- All Illinois small businesses can now apply for low-interest disaster loans to help offset the economic impact of the COVID-10 pandemic through the US Small Business Administration. For more information go to disasterloan.sba.gov
- The Illinois SBA District Office is offering free webinars regarding SBA assistance. The webinars cover topics including, Eligibility, Use of proceeds, Terms, Filing requirements, and Additional Resources. To register for an upcoming webinar and for more information from the Illinois SBA District office go to www.sba.gov/offices/district/il/chicago
- The Paycheck Protection Program from the SBA prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
With support from the City of Bloomington, the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau, and McLean County Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to create the BN Prepared web portal at www.BNPrepared.org
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a user-friendly Small Business Guide & Checklist for the The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The checklist can be accessed by visiting www.uschamber.com
City of Bloomington Economic Development Department
In addition to a high quality of life, cultural experiences, and exceptional educational opportunities, the City of Bloomington seeks to foster a welcoming environment for all types of businesses including agricultural, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, and retail .
The City of Bloomington’s Economic Development Department promotes economic stability and growth through sound planning and development programs including several incentive programs administered by the City, the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council, and the State of Illinois.
The mission of the City’s Economic Development Department is to enhance the economic viability of the city through the use of economic development practices and collaboration with other economic driven organizations. The Economic Development Department is your resource for information and assistance to help you grow your business in Bloomington. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
Services to the community include:
- Promoting long-term economic growth by supporting redevelopment and development projects in the City.
- Expanding Bloomington’s commercial tax base for the benefit of all taxing districts.
- Maintaining a low unemployment rate through business retention and expansion efforts.
- Sustaining a high quality of life in Bloomington through retail retention and attraction efforts.
- Providing technical and targeted financial assistance to new and expanding businesses.
- Leveraging strong partnerships with allied organizations that help extend and enhance the department's services, as well as to strengthen the entire region.
Use the navigation menu to the left to explore various programs and resources the Economic Development Department offers.
The City of Bloomington Economic Development department was formed in March 2019. Below you will find a performance dashboard from the department. The data presented is an accumulation from March 2019 to the date of it's posting (February 14, 2020).