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UPDATES FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY - May 1, 2020

Shop Local and Support Our Businesses!

In an effort to assist our Village of Barrington retailers, restaurants, and merchants, we have created an online “coupon book.” Go to www.barrington-il.gov/coupons to access the virtual coupon book.
 
If you are a Village of Barrington business or merchant and would like to be included in next week's coupon blast, please forward your logo, offer, and contact information to Clancy Potts at cpotts@barrington-il.gov.

Governor Issues New Stay At Home Order for May

What does this mean for your business?
 
Requirements for Essential Store: Retail stores designated as Essential Businesses and Operations (including, but not limited to, stores that sell groceries and medicine, hardware stores, animal care and groomers, and greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries) shall to the greatest extent possible:
  • provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a minimum six-foot social distance at all times;
  • cap occupancy at 50 percent of store capacity;
  • set up store aisles to be one-way where practicable to maximize spacing between customers and identify the one-way aisles with conspicuous signage and/or floor markings;
  • communicate with customers through in-store signage, and public service announcements and advertisements, about the social distancing requirements; and
  • discontinue use of reusable bags. 
Households must limit the number of members who enter stores to the minimum necessary.
 
Requirements for non-essential stores: Retail stores not designated as Essential Businesses and Operations may re-open for the limited purposes of fulfilling telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store and delivery – which are deemed to be Minimum Basic Operations. Employees working in the store must follow the Social Distancing Requirements, and must wear a face covering when they may come within six feet of another employee or a customer.
 
A copy of the COVID-19 Executive Order No. 30, is available by clicking here.

Face Covering Requirement & Employer Obligation

All persons over the age of 2 who are medically able to tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) must cover their nose and mouth when in a public place and unable to maintain a six foot social distance. Face coverings are required in public indoor spaces such as stores.
 
Obligations of Employers
 
  • Employers must provide employees with appropriate face coverings and require employees to wear them when maintaining a six-foot social distance is not possible at all times.
  • Employers must provide other PPE if work circumstances require it.
  • Employers are encouraged to facilitate remote work from home when possible. 
  • Employers that have employees physically reporting to work must post the Illinois Department of Public Health and IAG guidance regarding workplace safety
  • Employers must provide hand sanitizer and sanitizing products.
 
Retail stores have additional obligations, such as designating six foot spaces for employees and customers in line, providing face coverings to all employees who cannot maintain six foot social distance, capping occupancy at 50% or the occupancy limit set by DCEO, make aisles one-way where practicable, discontinue the use of reusable bags, and post signage. 

SBA Illinois District Office Offers Guidance

In order to provide up-t0-date information on Small Business Association programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois District Office has prepared two webinars that cover the most recent program information available.
 
This webinar gives a general overview of all of the  SBA programs
The first webinar provides small business a general overview of all SBA programs, and is available by clicking here.
 
The second webinar provides specific information to assist sole proprietors and independent contractors, and is available by clicking here.

Great Lakes Region of US SBA Webinar

Robert Scott, Regional Administrator for the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, May 5th at 1:30 p.m. to discuss how the SBA can help Midwestern businesses overcome challenges created by the health crisis. Click here to register for the webinar.
 
Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Every Thursday in May at 2:00 p.m., join the Chamber of Commerce and other businesses in connecting virtually and getting back to business for a Virtual Coffee Break. Click here for details and registration information.
 
For information on other Chamber of Commerce programs, events, and services, please visit their website at www.barringtonchamber.com.

Business Resources



 
UPDATES FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY - April 24, 2020

As you likely are aware, a state-wide social distancing order is in effect through April 30, 2020. For more information, go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov. Or, for more information on Governor Pritzker's extended order, click here.
 
As always, if you have specific needs or questions relating to your business, please contact Melanie Marcordes at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.
 
 
SBA RELIEF PACKAGE APPROVED
 
The President signed a $480 billion relief package today providing funding for small businesses dealing with the impact of COVID-19. This additional funding includes $310 billion increase to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide forgivable loans to small business and an additional $60 billion for Economic Impact Disaster Loans (EIDL)We urge businesses to prepare for this opportunity as soon as possible, by reviewing the program information and application forms on the Small Business Administration website. The last round of funds for the program was quickly depleted, and with a sizable backlog of loan applications already in cue, experts are predicting these new funds could be used up in as few as 10 days. You should act quickly.
 
 
To assist small businesses and nonprofits, Representative Casten of the 6th Congressional District of Illinois, will host a webinar tomorrow, on Saturday, April 25, at 12:00 noonClick here to register for the webinar. SBA District Director Robert Steiner will be available to answer questions.
 

UPDATES FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY - April 23, 2020


As you likely are aware, a state-wide social distancing order is in effect through April 30, 2020. For more information, go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov. Or, for more information on Governor Pritzker's extended order, click here.
 
As always, if you have specific needs or questions relating to your business, please contact Melanie Marcordes at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.
 
 
HOW ARE WE DOING?
 
We would like to hear from you to help determine if we are providing the information you need during this COVID-19 crisis. Please click here to take a three (3) question survey and let us know how we are doing.
 
 
RELIEF PACKAGE EXPECTED
 
The U.S. Senate approved a $480 billion relief package to provide funding for small businesses dealing with the impact of COVID-19, of which $320 billion will be reserved for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide forgivable loans to small business. It is anticipated that the U.S. House of Representatives will approve the bill shortly, with the President to sign thereafter. We urge businesses to prepare for this opportunity as soon as possible, by reviewing the program information and application forms on the Small Business Administration website. The last round of funds for the program was quickly depleted, and with a sizable backlog of loan applications already in cue, experts are predicting these new funds could be used up in as few as 10 days. Be prepared to act quickly.
 
 
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS VIRTUAL COFFEE BREAK - TODAY at 2:00PM!
 
Take this opportunity to connect virtually and get back to business with the Chamber of Commerce. Space is limited. Email Suzanne Corr at Suzanne@BarringtonChamber.com to register and obtain a link.
 
 
CALL FOR COUPONS AND SPECIALS!
 
In order to assist our Village restaurants and merchants during this unprecedented time, the Village is sending out a weekly e-coupon book to our 7,000+ e-mail subscribers during this Stay-At-Home order. The e-coupon book can also be found by visiting www.barrington-il.gov/coupons. We would love to be able to share what you are offering to your customers. If you would like to be included, please forward the following five (5) pieces of information to cpotts@barrington-il.gov by no later than Monday at noon:
 
  1. Your Logo (jpg, png, pdf)
  2. Your Special Offering (i.e. 10% off; Buy One - Get One; Buy a Gift Card, Get a $5 Gift Card, etc) Be creative!
  3. Coupon Expiration Date
  4. Website Address/ Link
  5. Business Phone #
 
Please make sure your website is up-to-date with the latest information, as this e-coupon book will include a direct link to your website. We anticipate this e-coupon book will be sent out each Thursday during this Stay-At-Home order. Each week, the deadline for submissions will be Monday at noon.
 
 
REAL-TIME BUSINESS OFFERINGS
 
In order to provide our residents with as much information as possible about our restaurants and retailers, we have compiled a real-time list of Barrington businesses and their offerings on the Village's web site.
 
If you haven't already done so, all you need to do is take 2 minutes to enter your business information into this online form. This link is available on the front page of our website at www.barrington-il.govand it will continue to be uploaded and refreshed daily. You will have the opportunity to include a direct link to your websites; please make sure they are up-to-date with your latest informationWe are interested to know if you are providing amended services, or if there is anything the Village can do to help.
 
 
LOCAL BUSINESS ONLINE RESOURCES
 
As the impact of COVID-19 rapidly evolves, both Lake County Partners, Barrington's economic development partner, and Cook County Bureau of Economic Development will continue to monitor the situation and provide a up-to-date resources. If your business is located in Lake County and you are seeking additional resources, click here. If your business is located in Cook County and you are seeking additional resources, click here.
 
 
EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT AVAILABLE
 
The Treasury Department and the IRS launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
 
 
ILLINOIS SBDC AT HARPER COLLEGE OFFERS SERVICES
 
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Harper College remains open for virtual appointments. They have a team of advisers ready to discuss emergency funding options for your business. For details on booking an appointment and many resources that may help you navigate through this crisis, click here.
 
 
LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDERS
 
This is a reminder that per the order from President Karen Darch, acting as the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, on-premise only liquor retailers are authorized to sell and deliver, in original sealed containers, alcoholic liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. This means that licensed restaurants can offer sealed alcohol in original containers to-go.   
 
For information from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission regarding your State License, please visit their website for any changes in regulations or to answer your questions.
 
 
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
 
 
 
BUSINESS SAFETY CHECKS AVAILABLE FOR CLOSED BUSINESSES
 
Rest assured that if you are a non-essential business and have heeded the Governor's order to temporarily close, Barrington's Police Department is being extra vigilant about patrolling vacant businesses and the business community while watching for suspicious activities. While this is an unconventional method, if you would like an extra patrol on your business during this difficult time, please utilize Barrington's "Vacation Watch" app, by clicking here and entering the location of your business.
 
 
BUSINESS INVEST - ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
 
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office, in partnership with Illinois financial institutions, is launching a program to assist small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a flyer detailing the program. This program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small businesses and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this program is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
 
 
EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AND LOANS ASSISTANCE
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These initiatives include a Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, and an Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. Information can be found by visiting the DCEO website.
 
 
BARRINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (BACC) NEWS
 
BACC will send communication periodically to provide first-hand updates to help you weather the storm of COVID-19.
 
Join the "I Love Local" Initiative in Support of Small Business:
All across Illinois, small businesses provide our communities with good jobsquality customer service, and the character that makes our cities, towns and neighborhoods feel like home. According to the SBA, small businesses make up an astonishing 99.6 of all businesses in Illinois. I Love Local, is a week-long statewide initiative to encourage local shopping. Please support small business. Make a purchase from a Barrington area merchant today!
 
 
BACC Launched Facebook Groups to Help Businesses With COVID-19 Challenges:
Two new Facebook groups have been launched by BACC to help local businesses manage the challenges of COVID-19. The Barrington Area Takeout, Delivery, Shop Small and Support Local page is a public page to post your new hours, delivery and pickup services, and new ways to shop for your products. To post your news click here.
Another new Facebook group – Barrington Area Business Forum is a B2B resource to share ideas, solutions and work together through COVID-19. To join click here
 
BACC Working with Chamber Statewide: BACC is working with chambers statewide pushing for information and COVID-19 relief. We are asking legislators to look at sales tax relief, payroll tax relief and preventing the surge in unemployment from being charged back to employers, and more. Yesterday the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Click here to see the bill.
 

UPDATES FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY DURING THE 
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - April 16, 2020


As you likely are aware, a nation-wide social distancing order is in effect through April 30, 2020. For more information, go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov. Or, for more information on Governor Pritzker's extended order, click here.
 
As always, if you have specific needs or questions relating to your business, please contact Melanie Marcordes at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.
 
 
HOW ARE WE DOING?
 
We would like to hear from you to help determine if we are providing the information you need during this COVID-19 crisis. Please click here to take a three (3) question survey and let us know how we are doing.
 
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOANS
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced this morning (Thursday) that they are no longer accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on unavailable appropriations funding. In addition, the SBA is unable to accept new applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We will monitor any changes to these programs and other SBA initiatives and will let you know as soon as any new information is available.
 
 
CALL FOR COUPONS AND SPECIALS!
 
In order to assist our Village restaurants and merchants during this unprecedented time, the Village is sending out a weekly e-coupon book to our 7,000+ e-mail subscribers during this Stay-At-Home order. The e-coupon book can also be found by visiting www.barrington-il.gov/coupons. We would love to be able to share what you are offering to your customers. If you would like to be included, please forward the following five (5) pieces of information to cpotts@barrington-il.gov by no later than Monday at noon:
 
  1. Your Logo (jpg, png, pdf)
  2. Your Special Offering (i.e. 10% off; Buy One - Get One; Buy a Gift Card, Get a $5 Gift Card, etc) Be creative!
  3. Coupon Expiration Date
  4. Website Address/ Link
  5. Business Phone #
 
Please make sure your website is up-to-date with the latest information, as this e-coupon book will include a direct link to your website. We anticipate this e-coupon book will be sent out each Thursday during this Stay-At-Home order. Each week, the deadline for submissions will be Monday at noon.
 
 
REAL-TIME BUSINESS OFFERINGS
 
In order to provide our residents with as much information as possible about our restaurants and retailers, we have compiled a real-time list of Barrington businesses and their offerings on the Village's web site.
 
If you haven't already done so, all you need to do is take 2 minutes to enter your business information into this online form. This link is available on the front page of our website at www.barrington-il.govand it will continue to be uploaded and refreshed daily. You will have the opportunity to include a direct link to your websites; please make sure they are up-to-date with your latest informationWe are interested to know if you are providing amended services, or if there is anything the Village can do to help.
 
 
LOCAL BUSINESS ONLINE RESOURCES
 
As the impact of COVID-19 rapidly evolves, both Lake County Partners, Barrington's economic development partner, and Cook County Bureau of Economic Development will continue to monitor the situation and provide a up-to-date resources. For Lake County Partners, click here. For Cook County BED, click here.
 
 
EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT AVAILABLE
 
The Treasury Department and the IRS launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
 
 
ILLINOIS SBDC AT HARPER COLLEGE OFFERS SERVICES
 
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Harper College remains open for virtual appointments. They have a team of advisers ready to discuss emergency funding options for your business. For details on booking an appointment and many resources that may help you navigate through this crisis, click here.
 
 
LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDERS
 
This is a reminder that per the order from President Karen Darch, acting as the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, on-premise only liquor retailers are authorized to sell and deliver, in original sealed containers, alcoholic liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. This means that licensed restaurants can offer sealed alcohol in original containers to-go.   
 
For information from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission regarding your State License, please visit their website for any changes in regulations or to answer your questions.
 
 
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
 
 
 
BUSINESS SAFETY CHECKS AVAILABLE FOR CLOSED BUSINESSES
 
 
Rest assured that if you are a non-essential business and have heeded the Governor's order to temporarily close, Barrington's Police Department is being extra vigilant about patrolling vacant businesses and the business community while watching for suspicious activities. While this is an unconventional method, if you would like an extra patrol on your business during this difficult time, please utilize Barrington's "Vacation Watch" app, by clicking here and entering the location of your business.
 
 
BUSINESS INVEST - ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
 
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office, in partnership with Illinois financial institutions, is launching a program to assist small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a flyer detailing the program. This program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small businesses and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this program is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
 
 
EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AND LOANS ASSISTANCE
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These initiatives include a Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, and an Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. Information can be found by visiting the DCEO website.
 
 
BARRINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (BACC) NEWS
 
BACC will send communication periodically to provide first-hand updates to help you weather the storm of COVID-19.
 
Join the "I Love Local" Initiative in Support of Small Business:
All across Illinois, small businesses provide our communities with good jobsquality customer service, and the character that makes our cities, towns and neighborhoods feel like home. According to the SBA, small businesses make up an astonishing 99.6 of all businesses in Illinois. I Love Local, is a week-long statewide initiative to encourage local shopping. Please support small business. Make a purchase from a Barrington area merchant today!
 
 
BACC Launched Facebook Groups to Help Businesses With COVID-19 Challenges:
Two new Facebook groups have been launched by BACC to help local businesses manage the challenges of COVID-19. The Barrington Area Takeout, Delivery, Shop Small and Support Local page is a public page to post your new hours, delivery and pickup services, and new ways to shop for your products. To post your news click here.
Another new Facebook group – Barrington Area Business Forum is a B2B resource to share ideas, solutions and work together through COVID-19. To join click here
 
BACC Working with Chamber Statewide: BACC is working with chambers statewide pushing for information and COVID-19 relief. We are asking legislators to look at sales tax relief, payroll tax relief and preventing the surge in unemployment from being charged back to employers, and more. Yesterday the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Click here to see the bill.
 
 
 


UPDATES FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY DURING THE
CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - April 9, 2020


As you likely are aware, President Trump has extended the social distancing order nation-wide through April 30, 2020. Yesterday, Governor Pritzker followed suit for Illinois. For more information, go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov. For more information on Governor Pritzker's extended order, click here.
 
As always, if you have specific needs or questions relating to your business, please contact Melanie Marcordes at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.

WEBINAR ON FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES - TODAY!
 
Congressman Sean Casten will join a representative from the US Small Business Administration for a webinar on resources created by the recently passed CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program loans, Small Business Debt Relief ProgramEmployee Retention Tax CreditEmployer Payroll Tax Deferral and Business Counseling. The webinar will be held TODAY, Thursday, April 9 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Click here to register.
 
 
CALL FOR COUPONS AND SPECIALS!
 
In order to assist our Village restaurants and merchants during this unprecedented time, the Village is sending out a weekly e-coupon book to our 7,000+ e-mail subscribers during this Stay-At-Home order. We would love to be able to share what you are offering to your customers. If you would like to be included, please forward the following five (5) pieces of information to cpotts@barrington-il.gov by no later than Monday at noon:
 
  1. Your Logo (jpg, png, pdf)
  2. Your Special Offering (i.e. 10% off; Buy One - Get One; Buy a Gift Card, Get a $5 Gift Card, etc) Be creative!
  3. Coupon Expiration Date
  4. Website Address/ Link
  5. Business Phone #
 
Please make sure your website is up-to-date with the latest information, as this e-coupon book will include a direct link to your website. We anticipate this e-coupon book will be sent out each Thursday during this Stay-At-Home order. Each week, the deadline for submissions will be Monday at noon.
 
 
REAL-TIME BUSINESS OFFERINGS
 
In order to provide our residents with as much information as possible about our restaurants and retailers, we have compiled a real-time list of Barrington businesses and their offerings on the Village's web site.
 
If you haven't already done so, all you need to do is take 2 minutes to enter your business information into this online form. This link is available on the front page of our website at www.barrington-il.govand it will continue to be uploaded and refreshed daily. You will have the opportunity to include a direct link to your websites; please make sure they are up-to-date with your latest informationWe are interested to know if you are providing amended services, or if there is anything the Village can do to help.
 
 
LOCAL BUSINESS ONLINE RESOURCES
 
As the impact of COVID-19 rapidly evolves, both Lake County Partners, Barrington's economic development partner, and Cook County Bureau of Economic Development will continue to monitor the situation and provide a up-to-date resources. For Lake County Partners, click here. For Cook County BED, click here.
 
 
NEW "SHOP SMALL" PROGRAM MATERIALS AVAILABLE
 
American Express Small Business program has created a suite of ready-to-use assets you can use to help keep your customers informed about how you're navigating during this trying time. New materials are available by clicking here.
 
 
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM NOW OPEN
 
Applications are now available for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Paycheck Protection Program. The SBA will provide $349 billion in loans to small businesses and non-profits. Portions of these loans will be forgiven to the extent that recipients maintain their existing workforce or rehire. Loans can be up to $10 million and interest rates are maxed at 4% for portions of the loan that do not qualify for loan forgiveness. Click here for more information.
 
 
EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT AVAILABLE
 
The Treasury Department and the IRS launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information.
 
 
ILLINOIS SBDC AT HARPER COLLEGE OFFERS SERVICES
 
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Harper College remains open for virtual appointments. They have a team of advisers ready to discuss emergency funding options for your business. For details on booking an appointment and many resources that may help you navigate through this crisis, click here.
 
 
LIQUOR LICENSE HOLDERS
 
This is a reminder that per the order from President Karen Darch, acting as the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, on-premise only liquor retailers are authorized to sell and deliver, in original sealed containers, alcoholic liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. This means that licensed restaurants can offer sealed alcohol in original containers to-go.   
 
For information from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission regarding your State License, please visit their website for any changes in regulations or to answer your questions.
 
 
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
 
 
 
"FFCRA" REQUIREMENTS
 
Effective, April 1, 2020, employers must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. All employers covered by the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (i.e., certain public sector employers and private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees) are required to post this notice. Given many are working remotely, an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. For information regarding employer paid leave requirements, click here. For information regarding employee paid leave rights, click here.
 
 
 
�€‹ILLINOIS TAX DEADLINE DELAYED TO JULY 15
 
Governor JB Pritzker has announced that the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) would delay the state’s tax filing and payment deadline by three months from April 15 to July 15. This announcement aligns the state’s deadline with the federal Internal Revenue Service deadline that was announced last week. For Governor Pritzker's press release, click here.
 
In addition, the federal government has announced that the implementation of the Real ID program will be postponed until October 1, 2021.
 
 
 
BUSINESS SAFETY CHECKS AVAILABLE FOR CLOSED BUSINESSES
 
Rest assured that if you are a non-essential business and have heeded the Governor's order to temporarily close, Barrington's Police Department is being extra vigilant about patrolling vacant businesses and the business community while watching for suspicious activities. While this is an unconventional method, if you would like an extra patrol on your business during this difficult time, please utilize Barrington's "Vacation Watch" app, by clicking here and entering the location of your business.
 
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE BUSINESS RELIEF
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
 
The U.S. SBA has approved the State's eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 Illinois counties. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans. For a list of SBA Lenders, click here.
 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications on the SBA website. Applicants may also contact the SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
 
For more information, click here or visit www.disasterloan.sba.gov.
 
 
 
BUSINESS INVEST - ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
 
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office, in partnership with Illinois financial institutions, is launching a program to assist small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a flyer detailing the program. This program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small businesses and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this program is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
 
 
EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AND LOANS ASSISTANCE
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These initiatives include a Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, and an Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. Information can be found by visiting the DCEO website.
 
 
COOK COUNTY BUSINESS RESOURCES AND RELIEF
 
Cook County is exploring all available resources to help our small businesses and manufacturers. The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is seeking input from local businesses to best determine how to deploy additional resources and support. Please complete this survey in order help facilitate Cook County's response.
 
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announced several measures totaling $35 million to help provide support to small businesses during this time. Please see the attached document for specifics.
 
All tax redemption services (i.e. production of cost estimates and acceptance of payments) are suspended as of March 18, 2020 until further notice. During this closure, you may email any questions and/or concerns regarding tax redemptions to tax.redemption@cookcountyil.gov 
 
 
 
NONPROFIT LEADERS LAUNCH COVID RESPONSE FUND
 
The Barrington Area United WayBarrington Area Community FoundationBarrington Area Development CouncilBarrington Area Ministerial Association and additional partners from the Healthier Barrington Coalition are planning to launch a COVID Response Fund to meet the growing needs of our Barrington Area community. They have developed a survey link to identify the emerging needs of local non-profit organizations as they serve our neighbors during this pandemic. Nonprofits are encouraged to participate. To take the survey, CLICK HERE.
 
 
BARRINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (BACC) NEWS
 
BACC will send communication periodically to provide first-hand updates to help you weather the storm of COVID-19.
 
BACC Launched Facebook Groups to Help Businesses With COVID-19 Challenges:
Two new Facebook groups have been launched by BACC to help local businesses manage the challenges of COVID-19. The Barrington Area Takeout, Delivery, Shop Small and Support Local page is a public page to post your new hours, delivery and pickup services, and new ways to shop for your products. To post your news click here.
Another new Facebook group – Barrington Area Business Forum is a B2B resource to share ideas, solutions and work together through COVID-19. To join click here
 
BACC Working with Chamber Statewide: BACC is working with chambers statewide pushing for information and COVID-19 relief. We are asking legislators to look at sales tax relief, payroll tax relief and preventing the surge in unemployment from being charged back to employers, and more. Yesterday the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Click here to see the bill.
 
 



UPDATES FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - April 1, 2020


As you likely are aware, President Trump has extended the social distancing order nation-wide through 
April 30, 2020. Yesterday, Governor Pritzker followed suit for Illinois. For more information, go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov. For more information on Governor Pritzker's extended order, click here.
 
As always, if you have specific needs or questions relating to your business, please contact Melanie Marcordes at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.
 
 
CALL FOR COUPONS AND SPECIALS!
 
In order to assist our Village restaurants and merchants during this unprecedented time, the Village is planning to send out a weekly e-coupon book to our 7,000+ e-mail subscribers during this Stay-At-Home order. We would love to be able to share what you are offering to your customers. If you would like to be included, please forward the following five (5) pieces of information to cpotts@barrington-il.gov by no later than Monday at noon:
 
  1. Your Logo (jpg, png, pdf)
  2. Your Special Offering (i.e. 10% off; Buy One - Get One; Buy a Gift Card, Get a $5 Gift Card, etc) Be creative!
  3. Coupon Expiration Date
  4. Website Address/ Link
  5. Business Phone #
 
Please make sure your website is up-to-date with the latest information, as this e-coupon book will include a direct link to your website. We anticipate this e-coupon book will be sent out each Thursday during this Stay-At-Home order. Each week, the deadline for submissions will be Monday at noon.
 
 
REAL-TIME BUSINESS OFFERINGS
 
In order to provide our residents with as much information as possible about our restaurants and retailers, we have compiled a real-time list of Barrington businesses and their offerings on the Village's web site.
 
If you haven't already done so, all you need to do is take 2 minutes to enter your business information into this online form. This link is available on the front page of our website at www.barrington-il.govand it will continue to be uploaded and refreshed daily. You will have the opportunity to include a direct link to your websites; please make sure they are up-to-date with your latest informationWe are interested to know if you are providing amended services, or if there is anything the Village can do to help.
 
 
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
 
 
 
 
LOCAL BUSINESS ONLINE RESOURCES
 
As the impact of COVID-19 rapidly evolves, Lake County Partners, Barrington's economic development partner, will continue to monitor the situation and provide a running list of online business resources.
 
 
 
"FFCRA" REQUIREMENTS
 
Effective today, April 1, 2020, employers must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. All employers covered by the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (i.e., certain public sector employers and private sector employers with fewer than 500 employees) are required to post this notice. Given many are working remotely, an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. For information regarding employer paid leave requirements, click here. For information regarding employee paid leave rights, click here.
 
 
 
TOMORROW: CHAMBER HOSTS VIRTUAL MEETING FOR RESTAURANTS
 
With a "Stay at Home" order through April 30th, this is an opportunity to discuss how you are coping during the COVID-19 crisis, what assistance is available to youand what you can do to shine during this unprecedented time. Click here for details regarding this April 2nd virtual meeting at 2:00 p.m.
 


ILLINOIS SBDC AT HARPER COLLEGE OFFERS SERVICES
 
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Harper College remains open for virtual appointments. They have a team of advisers ready to discuss emergency funding options for your business. For details on booking an appointment and many resources that may help you navigate through this crisis, click here.
 
 
 
SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE IMPACT OF COVID-19
 
Main Street America is seeking information from small business owners about the challenges they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please take a few moments to respond to this survey by clicking here.
 
Also, Lake County Partners is seeking input from the business community to determine the impact of COVID-19, inform local leaders' of the response to the epidemic, and ensure that they are assisting businesses and local leaders as much as possible during this time. Please take weigh in through this survey, by clicking here.
 
 
 
ILLINOIS TAX DEADLINE DELAYED TO JULY 15
 
Governor JB Pritzker has announced that the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) would delay the state’s tax filing and payment deadline by three months from April 15 to July 15. This announcement aligns the state’s deadline with the federal Internal Revenue Service deadline that was announced last week. For Governor Pritzker's press release, click here.
 
In addition, the federal government has announced that the implementation of the Real ID program will be postponed until October 1, 2021.
 
 
 
BUSINESS SAFETY CHECKS AVAILABLE FOR CLOSED BUSINESSES
 
 
Rest assured that if you are a non-essential business and have heeded the Governor's order to temporarily close, Barrington's Police Department is being extra vigilant about patrolling vacant businesses and the business community while watching for suspicious activities. While this is an unconventional method, if you would like an extra patrol on your business during this difficult time, please utilize Barrington's "Vacation Watch" app, by clicking here and entering the location of your business.
 
 
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE BUSINESS RELIEF
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
 
The U.S. SBA has approved the State's eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 Illinois counties. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans. For a list of SBA Lenders, click here.
 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications on the SBA website. Applicants may also contact the SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
 
For more information, click here or visit www.disasterloan.sba.gov.
 
 
 
BUSINESS INVEST - ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
 
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office, in partnership with Illinois financial institutions, is launching a program to assist small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a flyer detailing the program. This program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small businesses and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this program is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
 
 
EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AND LOANS ASSISTANCE
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These initiatives include a Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, and an Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. Information can be found by visiting the DCEO website.
 
 
COOK COUNTY BUSINESS RESOURCES AND RELIEF
 
Cook County is exploring all available resources to help our small businesses and manufacturers. The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is seeking input from local businesses to best determine how to deploy additional resources and support. Please complete this survey in order help facilitate Cook County's response.
 
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announced several measures totaling $35 million to help provide support to small businesses during this time. Please see the attached document for specifics.

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UPDATES FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS - March 27, 2020


For more information, go to
 www.coronavirus.illinois.gov.
 
 
As always, if you have specific needs or questions relative to your business, please contact Melanie Marcordes at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.
 
The following is information and resources we've gathered to assist local businesses during this time. We will continue to keep you updated on changes and new opportunities as we become aware of them.
 
VITAL RESOURCES FOR ORGANIZATIONS & BUSINESSES
 
 
  
ILLINOIS TAX DEADLINE DELAYED TO JULY 15
 
Governor JB Pritzker has announced that the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) would delay the state’s tax filing and payment deadline by three months from April 15 to July 15. This announcement aligns the state’s deadline with the federal Internal Revenue Service deadline that was announced last week. For Governor Pritzker's press release, click here.
 
In addition, the federal government has announced that the implementation of the Real ID program will be postponed until October 1, 2021.
 
 
BUSINESS SAFETY CHECKS AVAILABLE FOR CLOSED BUSINESSES
 
Rest assured that if you are a non-essential business and have heeded the Governor's order to temporarily close, Barrington's Police Department is being extra vigilant about patrolling vacant businesses and the business community while watching for suspicious activities. While this is an unconventional method, if you would like an extra patrol on your business during this difficult time, please utilize Barrington's "Vacation Watch" app, by clicking here and entering the location of your business.
 
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE BUSINESS RELIEF
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
 
The U.S. SBA has approved the State's eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 Illinois counties. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans.
 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications on the SBA website. Applicants may also contact the SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
 
For more information, click here. Or visit, www.disasterloan.sba.gov.
 
 
BUSINESS INVEST - ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
 
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office, in partnership with Illinois financial institutions, is launching a program to assist small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a flyer detailing the program. This program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small businesses and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this program is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
 
 
EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS AND LOANS ASSISTANCE
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses. These initiatives include a Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, and an Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund. Information can be found by visiting the DCEO website.
 
 
COOK COUNTY BUSINESS RESOURCES AND RELIEF
 
Cook County is exploring all available resources to help our small businesses and manufacturers. The Cook County Bureau of Economic Development is seeking input from local businesses to best determine how to deploy additional resources and support. Please complete this survey in order help facilitate Cook County's response.
 
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announced several measures totaling $35 million to help provide support to small businesses during this time. Please see the attached document for specifics.
 
All tax redemption services (i.e. production of cost estimates and acceptance of payments) are suspended as of March 18, 2020 until further notice. During this closure, you may email any questions and/or concerns regarding tax redemptions to tax.redemption@cookcountyil.gov 
 
 
REAL-TIME BUSINESS OFFERINGS
 
In order to provide our residents with as much information as possible about our restaurants and retailers, we're compiling a list of Barrington businesses and their offerings that will be available in real time on the Village's web site.
 
If you haven't already done so, all you need to do is take 2 minutes to enter your business information into this online form. This link is available on the front page of our website at www.barrington-il.gov, and it will continue to be uploaded and refreshed each time a business enters its information. You will have the opportunity to include a direct link to your websites; please make sure they are up-to-date with your latest information. We are interested to know if you are providing amended services, or if there is anything the Village can do to help.
 
 
LOCAL BUSINESS SUPPORT
 
The Barrington Area Library has created a list of local business resources to assist you during this difficult time. Click here to access the running list. If you have any questions, contact Business Liaison Librarian Annette Bochenek at abochenek@balibrary.org.
 
 
BARRINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (BACC) NEWS

BACC will send communication periodically to provide first-hand updates to help you weather the storm of COVID-19.
 
BACC Launched Facebook Groups to Help Businesses With COVID-19 Challenges:

Two new Facebook groups have been launched by BACC to help local businesses manage the challenges of COVID-19. The Barrington Area Takeout, Delivery, Shop Small and Support Local page is a public page to post your new hours, delivery and pickup services, and new ways to shop for your products. To post your news click here.

Another new Facebook group – Barrington Area Business Forum is a B2B resource to share ideas, solutions and work together through COVID-19. To join click here
 
BACC Working with Chamber Statewide: BACC is working with chambers statewide pushing for information and COVID-19 relief. We are asking legislators to look at sales tax relief, payroll tax relief and preventing the surge in unemployment from being charged back to employers, and more. Yesterday the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Click here to see the bill.
 
 
 
COVID-19 BUSINESS ONLINE RESOURCES
 
As the impact of COVID-19 rapidly evolves, Lake County Partners, Barrington's economic development partner, will continue to monitor the situation and provide a running list of online business resources.
 
 
 
LIQUOR LICENSE ORDER
 
Per the order from President Karen Darch, acting as the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, effective immediately, on-premise only liquor retailers are authorized to sell and deliver, in original sealed containers, alcoholic liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. Which means, licensed restaurants can offer sealed alcohol to-go regardless of which license they carry. This will be effective until the termination of the COVID-19 health emergency by State Officials. A copy of the order is available here. For information from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission regarding your State License, please visit their website for any changes in regulations or to answer your questions.
 




 Updates for Our Business Community During the Coronavirus Crisis - March 23, 2020

As you are aware, late last week Governor Pritzker issued a "Stay at Home" order at least through April 7. This means that only essential services will be conducted in Illinois during this time.
 
This action is critical to the health and welfare of everyone in our community. The best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to "flatten the curve" so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system is for everyone to simply stay at homeFor more information, go to www.coronavirus.illinois.gov.
 
Click here for an FAQ regarding the Executive Order. Click here for the actual Executive Order.
 
As always, if you have specific needs or questions relative to your business, please contact Melanie Marcordes at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov.
 
 
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESS? 
 
According to the order, all businesses, except “Essential Businesses and Operations” are required to cease all activities except “Minimum Basic Operations”. “Essential Businesses and Operations” includes healthcare and public health operations, human services, and essential government functions. Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and stores that sell non-grocery products, but products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of your home and business will remain open. Social services, gas stations, financial institutions, hardware stores, restaurants (drive-thru and carry-out only), mail, laundry services, and professional services can also stay open. 
 
If you can operate remotely and provide your business service online, you should continue to do so. The most important thing is to use common sense, practice social distancing, and limit contact with people outside of your families as much as possible
 
The intent of the Executive Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence. Even essential businesses and operations should promote telecommuting whenever possible.
 
The Illinois Department of Commerce and & Economic Opportunity issued this FAQ explaining essential businesses and answering related questions. Click here for the FAQ.
 
 
 
BUSINESS SAFETY CHECKS AVAILABLE FOR CLOSED BUSINESSES
 
Rest assured that if you are a non-essential business and have heeded the Governor's order to temporarily close, Barrington's Police Department is being extra vigilant about patrolling vacant businesses and the business community while watching for suspicious activities. While this is an unconventional method, if you would like an extra patrol on your business during this difficult time, please utilize Barrington's "Vacation Watch" app, by clicking here and entering the location of your business.
  
 
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE BUSINESS RELIEF
 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.
 
The U.S. SBA has approved the State's eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 Illinois counties. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans.
 
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications on the SBA website. Applicants may also contact the SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
 
For more information, click here. Or visit, www.disasterloan.sba.gov.
 
For details and assistance from the Illinois Small Business Development & International Trace Center, click here.
 
What businesses are eligible to apply?
  • Businesses directly affected by the disaster including private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by COVID-19.
  • Other businesses indirectly related to industries that are likely to be harmed by losses in their community.
 
What is the criteria for a loan approval?
  • Credit History - Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
  • Repayment - SBA must determine that the applicant business has the ability to repay the SBA loan.
  • Eligibility - The applicant business must be physically located in the state of Illinois and have suffered working capital losses due to COVID-19.
 
How much can businesses borrow? 
  • Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million.
  • The interest rates for these loans are 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for non-profit organizations with terms up to 30 years.
  • Eligibility for these working capital loans are based on the size (must be a small business) and type of business and its financial resources.
 
How to Apply?
 
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
 
You can find a Disaster Business Loan Application as well as a step-by-step guide to the Electronic Loan Application Portal here and here. If those in your area have any questions about submitting their applications, they can call or visit their nearest Small Business Development Center, which can be found here. The Illinois SBA is also hosting twice-daily online sessions to provide more information on the loans. Businesses can sign up for these sessions by going to https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/il/chicago
 
 
BUSINESS INVEST - ILLINOIS SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
 
The Illinois State Treasurer's Office, in partnership with Illinois financial institutions, is launching a program to assist small businesses and non-profits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a flyer detailing the program. This program is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer would make up to $250 million in deposits available to financial institutions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small businesses and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this program is to provide vital economic support to small businesses and non-profits to help overcome the loss of revenue they are experiencing. 
 
 
REAL-TIME BUSINESS OFFERINGS
 
In order to provide our residents with as much information as possible about our restaurants and retailers, we're compiling a list of Barrington businesses and their offerings that will be available in real time on the Village's web site.
 
If you haven't already done so, all you need to do is take 2 minutes to enter your business information into this online form. This link is available on the front page of our website at www.barrington-il.gov, and it will continue to be uploaded and refreshed each time a business enters its information. You will have the opportunity to include a direct link to your websites; please make sure they are up-to-date with your latest informationWe are interested to know if you are providing amended services, or if there is anything the Village can do to help.
 
 
LOCAL BUSINESS SUPPORT
 
The Barrington Area Library has created a list of local business resources to assist you during this difficult time. Click here to access the running list. If you have any questions, contact Business Liaison Librarian Annette Bochenek at abochenek@balibrary.org.
 
 
BARRINGTON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (BACC) NEWS

BACC will send communication periodically to provide first-hand updates to help you weather the storm of COVID-19.
 
BACC Launches Facebook Groups to Help Businesses With COVID-19 Challenges:
Two new Facebook groups have been launched by BACC to help local businesses manage the challenges of COVID-19. The Barrington Area Takeout, Delivery, Shop Small and Support Local page is a public page to post your new hours, delivery and pickup services, and new ways to shop for your products. To post your news click here.
Another new Facebook group – Barrington Area Business Forum is a B2B resource to share ideas, solutions and work together through COVID-19. To join click here
 
BACC Working with Chamber Statewide: BACC is working with chambers statewide pushing for information and COVID-19 relief. We are asking legislators to look at sales tax relief, payroll tax relief and preventing the surge in unemployment from being charged back to employers, and more. Yesterday the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides, among other things, provisions to address Paid Sick Leave, Paid Family and Medical Leave, and Unemployment Insurance for workers displaced by the ongoing outbreak. Click here to see the bill.
 
 
 
COVID-19 BUSINESS ONLINE RESOURCES
 
As the impact of COVID-19 rapidly evolves, Lake County Partners, Barrington's economic development partner, will continue to monitor the situation and provide a running list of online business resources.
 
 
 
LAKE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATE TO BUSINESSES
 
The Lake County Health Department will host a phone conference Tuesday, March 24th from 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to provide Lake County businesses with the latest need-to-know information and take questions. The Health Department expects to hold business-focused conference call updates from 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday as they continue to respond to COVID-19. To participate, call (312) 626-6799 and enter the following when prompted:
 
Meeting ID: 341 317 913
Password: 427820
 

 
LIQUOR LICENSE ORDER
 
Per the order from President Karen Darch, acting as the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, effective immediately, on-premise only liquor retailers are authorized to sell and deliver, in original sealed containers, alcoholic liquor for consumption off the licensed premises. Which means, licensed restaurants can offer sealed alcohol to-go regardless of which license they carry. This will be effective until the termination of the COVID-19 health emergency by State Officials. A copy of the order is available here.
 
 
Don't forget to contact us at 847-304-3403 or mmarcordes@barrington-il.gov if you need anything during this time.
 
 

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