Individual Resources

Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief 

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IDES will begin processing applications for unemployment for Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors on May 11.

DON'T WAIT. APPLY NOW. More information is available here:

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity 

DCEO is working with partners to launch emergency assistance programs for Illinois small businesses.

Click Here for information from the DCEO for Employers, Workers & Residents. 

Click Here for information regarding Illinois Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance. 

Businesses are encouraged to apply for both federal grants and/or loans and state grants and/or loans.



The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

This fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). This Fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.

Unemployment Resources



Who is currently Hiring (as of early April)

Randstad is listed as an essential business, will remain open and is currently is hiring. 

To apply or learn more about the company visit:

The Suter Company is an essential business, will remain open and is currently hiring. 

To learn more about the company or to apply visit:

SK Express – Wire Harness Manufacturer - Unskilled Assembly

815-895-5000 http://SKEXPRESSINC.COM, 310 Dietz Avenue, DeKalb, IL 60115 (can apply at office)

Click for a extended list and additional information on companies who are hiring

United Way Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer and donation opportunities as part of DeKalb County’s COVID-19 Response can be found here:

DeKalb Workforce Development Office services 

provided by Kishwaukee College

DeKalb Workforce Development has offered to help and serve businesses and people in the community. This includes routing any job or temporary job postings, and marketing resources. 

An On the Job Training (OJT) program, is available and could potentially pay half of an employees salary for a period of up to 6 months. This is a diverse and flexible program with the potential to be a great financial resource for small business employers.

For additional information visit:

Email: Linda Kocjan, Employer Services Specialist,

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee 

Your chamber and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee (SBDC) have partnered to create an Operational Task Force. They can provide no-cost consulting services to help small businesses withstand the evolving situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, and the subsequent limits this has on business operations. 


Sessions are first come, first serve. To get started, contact your exclusive SBDC consultant Jock M. Sommese at or 267-275-6950 with questions or to schedule your initial session. 

Can you help our community? Contact us! 

Small business updates, resources, tools, and tips for getting through this COVID-19 crisis.  

Working directly with small businesses in DeKalb County to determine capacities, needs and opportunities.

Volunteer your time, your resources, your business, or your finances. We appreciate any consideration.

Do you have a unique idea or suggestion we may haven't thought of yet? Send us a message!


Right now, we need everyone in our community thinking strategically about how you can direct your purchasing power to our small businesses. Please join us in supporting our small businesses today. 

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