The State of Illinois has received its statewide Economic Injury Declaration which means small businesses in all 102 Illinois counties may be eligible for low-interest, economic injury disaster loans up to $2M per business.

The Office of the Governor of Illinois has released several documents related to assistance available to small businesses during the COVID-19. The documents include:

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has also established a web page related to assistance with COVID-19 available at

For businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, or persons with disabilities, the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) Business Development Managers are also available to assist and provide them with information. Their contact information can be found below.

Contact Title Email Phone
Matt Simpson African American Business Development Manager (312) 520-0434
Diana Alfaro (si hablo espanol) Latino Business Development Manager (312) 919-3620
Ibie Hart Women’s Business Development Manager (773) 951-8542
OMEE General Account