Please take a moment to review the resources available to businesses at a local, state and federal level.  The GEDC board and staff are here to assist you in anyway needed.  Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if there is anything we can do to support you or your business.  In the meantime, please remember to order from that family owned restaurant, buy supplies from local retailers, and stay safe.

Nancy Norton, President & CEO – Cell 815.325.5636 or
Nikki Wills, Business Director – Cell 815.342.4067 or

Latest Updates

IL Department of Commerce announces – Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Governor Pritzker announced the deadline for the state income tax filing has been extended until July 15.

 IL State Treasurer to Make Low-Interest Bridge Loans for Businesses Available as Soon as This Week.
Click here for more information from the Illinois State Treasurer

Utility Assistance Programs


Small Business Administration – Loan and Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small business as a result of the Coronavirus.  Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million.
Loan Application
Webinar on BA Loan Program
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

For assistance, please contact:
Joliet Junior College – SBDC
Phone: 815.281.1418  Email:

Starved Rock – SBDC
Phone: 844.369.8898  Email:

Click here for additional information on the SBA Loan Program

Now Hiring

During this COVID-19 pandemic some of our area industries are hiring immediately to handle the unexpected rush to their stores and companies. Below are just a few of the local businesses we know are hiring right now. This is not a comprehensive list, but some that are in urgent need. For more information on local job opportunities visit Grundy Workforce Services’ Job Board at

Jewel-Osco in Morris. Click here to apply.

Walmart in Morris.  Click here to apply.

Aldi in Morris & Aldi Distribution in Dwight.  Click here to apply.

United States Cold Storage in Minooka.  Click here to apply,

Costco Warehouse in Morris.  Click here to apply.

Costco Meat Processing Facility in Morris.  Click here to apply.

Grainger in Minooka.  Click here to apply.

If your company has any immediate employments needs during this pandemic, please let the GEDC know and we will add to the list.


Business Resources

CDC Guidance for Businesses
US Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Manufacturers Association
Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center
Illinois Restaurant Association
Illinois Retail Merchants Association updates
IL Department of Commerce – Essential Businesses & Operations

Government Resources

Small Business Administration – Guide
IL Department of Commerce – COVID-19 Impact
US Chamber – Summary of Federal Assistance
IDES – FAQ’s for Unemployment Benefits
OSHA – Guidance on Preparing Workplaces
U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division
   Fact Sheet for Employers
Fact Sheet for Employees
   Questions and Answers


How You Can Help Fellow Grundy County Businesses

Restaurants – Please support locally owned Grundy County restaurants with carry out/delivery orders for your employees, family and friends.  Click here to get a comprehensive list of open restaurants. 

Donate – The Community Foundation of Grundy is opening a fund to assist local small businesses survive this difficult time.  Help our local small business owners by donating. Click here to donate.  

Supplies – Might you have additional food on site that you could donate to We Care of Grundy County?  Perhaps your company has extra medical or sanitation supplies for the local healthcare facilities.  Whatever it may be, if you have some thing that you’d like to donate, please send the GEDC an email and we will reach out to those in need.