Macomb – State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) is urging small businesses and non-profits to submit information to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) concerning how the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has negatively impacted their business.
“Business closures and other efforts from State officials to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus have the unintended effect of suppressing our local economy, but there is relief available,” said Rep. Hammond. “If small businesses and non-profits in our district would like to apply for economic injury loans from the SBA, they must first submit information to DCEO. Completing the questionnaire is straightforward and vital towards Illinois receiving an economic injury disaster declaration, which would allow the loans to be distributed to those eligible. I urge all small businesses and non-profits to submit this information as soon as possible so communities can benefit from this necessary funding, allowing businesses and non-profits to stay in operation during the economic challenges brought about by the Coronavirus.”
Information submitted to DCEO will be compiled in a report to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in evaluating Illinois’ request for an economic injury disaster declaration. Information obtained from this form will only be used to assist in requesting an economic injury disaster declaration from SBA and identifying greatest areas of need.
For questions concerning the program, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information. A fact sheet on SBA disaster assistance in response to the Coronavirus can be found HERE.