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(Released March 18, 2021)

Vaccine Update


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumes January 12, 2021 (Round 2)

SBA Approved Loan Lenders in Macon County

Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (SBA Loan)

City of Decatur public spaces permit

A Public Health Approach To Safely Reopen Our State

A Resource Guide For Reopening Your Business In the Age of COVID-19 

Decatur Regional Chamber Webinars

Retail Strategies for Online Selling

Helping Organizations Navigate Covid-19 Relief

Technology and your Business-Navigating Remote Work

Road to Recovery-Preparing to Re-open Your Business

The Federal CARES Act

Small Business-Funding Options Explained

The Coronavirus-How Employers Can Manage the Outbreak

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Debt Relief

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

SBA Coronavirus Disaster Loans: Is your business eligible?

SBA Approved Loan Lenders in Macon County

SBA Twitter

Main Street Lending Program loan

OSHA’s Response to Workplace Safety and Coronavirus Exposure

Health Coverage Options

Alternatives for individuals who have lost coverage amid the Coronavirus

Unemployment Insurance under the CARES Act

U.S. Chamber Launches New “Path Forward”


Help for Small Businesses

State Of Illinois

Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) Updated 12/10/20

DCEO Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

DCEO Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

DCEO Emergency Resource Guide 

DCEO Hospitality Emergency Grant Program (Closed)

Affordable Care Act Special Enrollment Period

Illinois State Treasurer Bridge Loan COVID-19 Relief Program

Businesses Get Sales Tax Reprieve

Gov. Pritzker Announces Income Tax Filing Extensions

IL Governor Announces Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

What is an Essential Business?

FAQ Sheet on IL Executive Order Banning the Sale of Food and Beverage


Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

COVID-19 Legislative Upade

Payroll Tax Credits

Rep. Rodney Davis Office - Details on Coronavirus Phase III Bill

Davis Announces Coronavirus Funds for Health Centers

Congress Passed Legislation on Extending Employees' Paid Leave 

Non For Profit Funding and Information 

Macon County Emergency Response Fund For 501c3

Arts for Illinois Relief Fund

Girl Scouts Sparkle & Shine Home Edition

Scott Cruz Labor & Employment Attorney information for Employers

The Coronavirus - How Employers Can Manage the Outbreak Webinar 

Focal points of the DOL’s second and third Q&A sets and (very) temporary grace period for good-faith violations of FFCRA

What employers should note about the CARES Act stimulus legislation

Paycheck Protection Program Loans under the CARES Act

Decatur/Macon County

Junior Achievement is offering online resources for free to teachers, parents

WIOA Funding For Layoffs

Heritage is Continuing to Provide Care to our Community

Macon County Heath Department Joint COVID-19 Press Release (4/9/2020)

City of Decatur Proclamation

Important Closures for Macon County


For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Macon County and preparedness resources, please visit the Macon County Health Department (MCHD) website. The MCHD hotline is 217-423-6988. Find the MCHD on Facebook here, where they post helpful tips, videos, and information on a regular basis.



2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers with free information and referrals for community services in Macon, DeWitt, Moultrie, Piatt & Shelby counties. 2-1-1 is staffed 24/7 by trained volunteers and staff who will listen to your situation and refer you to the most appropriate source of assistance. 2-1-1 employs a database comprised of thousands of services which include health and human services, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and much more.

If you’re looking for help and assistance, give 2-1-1 a call today. For more information, click here.

Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

Breaking: American Red Cross Has a Severe Blood Shortage Due to Coronavirus Outbreak


SimplyHR | Employment & Labor Blog


Commonly used & suggested by local employers:


COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits

Toolbox: Printable Information for the Office or Employees. 

Dear Chamber Members,

While there are many unknowns as we navigate the unchartered territories combatting COVID-19, please know the Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce will look to local officials and the Macon County Health Department for the best way in keeping our member businesses operating as close to normal as possible.

All future events will be reviewed and adjusted accordingly as more updates and information are made available. As we continue to monitor the situation here locally, we will keep our members up-to-date via our social media channels and e-communications. If your business is expected to experience adverse conditions as a result of any announcement, please let us know directly. We will actively try to determine additional ways we can be supportive to our member businesses and organizations.

We encourage everyone to be diligent and educate yourselves with information from credible sources. All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce for the Coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. The following links will take you to guides created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which are based on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn more about how employers can prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus.