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Paycheck Protection Program Currently Targeting Businesses with Less Than 20 Employees

Starting Wednesday, February 24, President Biden and the Small Business Administration instituted a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. The exclusive 14-day application period will run through March 10.  Businesses with more than 20 employees will not be able to apply for a PPP loan during this two-week period.

Along with the 14-day period, the SBA is changing its loan calculating formula for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to help them obtain more financial support through the program.  The President is also eliminating previous restrictions that prevented some business owners from receiving PPP loans.

All program changes are available here.


Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)

The New COVID-19 relief legislation (Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020), signed into law on December 27, 2020 by the President, made a number of changes to the Employee Retention Tax Credits (ERTC) previously available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), including modifying and extending the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), for six months through June 30, 2021. Several of the changes apply only to 2021, while others apply to both 2020 and 2021.

As a result of the new legislation, eligible employers can now claim a refundable tax credit against the employer share of Social Security tax equal to 70% of the qualified wages they pay to employees after December 31, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Qualified wages are limited to $10,000 per employee per calendar quarter in 2021. Thus, the maximum ERTC amount available is $7,000 per employee per calendar quarter, for a total of $14,000 in 2021.

All program details are available HERE.


Business Grants for Employee Training | Illinois Worknet Center

Businesses can apply to use these additional funds for specific skill/employee training, employee skills upgrades, or layoff aversion assistance. Applications for this program can be found at Business Grants for Employee Training | Illinois WorkNet Center (

These business grants can help qualifying companies upskill current workers to be more competitive. Additionally, they have been shown to improve productivity, create new revenue streams, and improve retention of valued employees.


Fire Sprinkler Tax Incentives for Businesses

There are new federal tax incentives that allow businesses to fully expense the cost of installing or upgrading fire sprinklers in their buildings.  Click the link above for details.


Paycheck Protection Program Resumes

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Monday, January 11, 2021 and will continue through March 31, 2021. The program is initially open to those applying for First and Second Draw PPP loans through Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) that serve minority and women owned businesses.

According to the SBA, all participating PPP lenders will be able to submit First and Second Draw PPP loan applications soon. If you plan to apply, contact your local lending institution today.

SBA Updated Forms and Applications for PPP Loan Forgiveness


Congress Passes New COVID-19 Relief Legislation

On Monday, December 21, 2020, Congress passed new relief legislation. The new stimulus bill was signed into law by the President on December 27.  Click on the links below to better understand some of the critical components of the $900 billion relief plan.  The Chamber will provide further details regarding the legislation as appropriate.


Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Funding

What Small Businesses Need to Know About the New Pandemic Relief Package – Changes to PPP and More


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program

Are you a theatrical producer, talent representative, venue promoter or do you operate a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house or cultural institution? You may be eligible to apply for the upcoming Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.  Click HERE to watch a replay of the first webinar held on January 14 to learn about the program, who can apply, and how to prepare for the application. 


City of Springfield

CWLP’s Small Business Rate Relief rebate program still available.

Information on additional CWLP bill assistance.


U.S. Small Business Administration

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


Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 on June 16.

SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit.  These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue.  EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses.  Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.

If businesses need assistance or have questions on this program, they can contact their local Small Business Development Center or contact our First Stop Business Center at 800-252-2923.  Click HERE to find your closest SBDC office.

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