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 & News

Morris Hospital is now offering COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people by appointment only, call 815.705.2819 to schedule an appointment.

Many municipalities have passed temporary ordinances to allow for outdoor dining and alcohol consumption.  Below you can find the specific ordinances by community:
Coal City

Governor Pritzker released guidelines for all business sectors for the Phase 3 reopening which begins Friday, May 29.  Click here to reference specific information and a toolkit for your specific business.

Governor Pritzker announced updates to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan and the entire state is expected to move to Phase 3 on May 29.
These changes include::
– Bar & restaurants can open outdoor seating
– All state parks will reopen
– Golf can allow foursomes
– Boating & camping can have up to 10 people

Phase 3 Includes:
Gatherings: All gatherings of 10 people or fewer are allowed
Travel: Travel should follow IDPH & CDC approved guidance
Health Care: All health care providers are open
Education and Child Care:  Remote learning in P-12 schools and higher education; Limited child care and summer programs open with IDPH approved safety guidance
Outdoor Recreation: State parks open
Manufacturing: Non-essential manufacturing that can safely operate with social distancing can reopen
Non-essential Businesses: Employees of “non-essential” businesses are allowed to return to work depending upon risk level, tele-work strongly encouraged wherever possible
Bars and restaurants: Open for delivery, pickup, drive through, and outdoor seating with IDPH approved safety guidance
Personal Care Services and Health Clubs: Barbershops and salons open.  Health and fitness clubs can provide outdoor classes and one-on-one personal training
Retail: Open with capacity limits and IDPH approved safety guidance, including face coverings

Important Guidance to Navigate Reopening
IL. Manufacturers’ Association – Safety & Reopening Guide
National Restaurant Association – Reopening Guidance
US Chamber – Reopening Business
CDC – Reopening Guidance

Looking for a job?
The Department of Employment Services and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have joined forces to launch a new and updated one-stop-shop dedicated to connecting residents with jobs called Get Hired Illinois.  To see job openings, visit the website at

On May 5, the governor announced Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan to reopen the state. The governor reported the entire state is currently in Phase 2.  The plan is based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has 11 Emergency Medical Services Regions that have traditionally guided its statewide public health work and will continue to inform this reopening plan. For the purposes of this plan, from those 11, four health regions were established, each with the ability to independently move through a phased approach: Northeast Illinois; North-Central Illinois; Central Illinois; and Southern Illinois.  Grundy County is in the Northeast region along with Will, Kendall, Kankakee, and Cook Counties. To read about what each phase looks like and what can reopen click here.

The IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is releasing grant funds for employers to help essential small business employers offset some COVID-19 expenditures.  The purpose of the funds is for employers to retain their workforce. Applications will be handled through the Grundy Livingston Kankakee Workforce Board. For an application or more information contact GLKWB Executive Director Ladonna Russell at 815.935.0074 or at
FAQ link:

Governor Pritzker announced that the stay at home order is being extended until the end of May.  Also beginning on May 1, it will be mandatory for all residents over the age of 2 to wear a mask in public places, such as stores and other spaces where it’s not possible to maintain six feet of distance.

On 4/23/2020 President Trump signed off on an additional $484 billion in coronavirus relief efforts which Congress passed. Which includes $321 billion in additional funding for a small-business loan program. This includes $60 billion to be set aside for small lenders.  It also included $60 billion for small-business disaster loans and grants and $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for coronavirus testing.

City of Morris offers Commercial Lease Payment Grants for Morris (TIF Dist.1) Businesses.  Click here for the application.

ComEd has extended the moratorium for disconnections through at least June 1, 2020.  Any customer experiencing financial hardship can contact the customer service department to make payment arrangements as needed, by calling 1.800.EDISON1 or 800.334.7661.  Click here for more information.

ComEd press release on potential scams

Grundy County Health Department has information for all business owners.

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


Federal Programs

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act gives more detailed information on each of the below programs.

1.Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – The program will help small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency and loans are available through June 30, 2020 (may be partially forgiven). Click here for more information and visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the application and additional information.  Click here for Loan Forgiveness Application.

  • Apply with your local bank
  • Loan can be forgiven equal to 8 weeks of payroll costs when employees are maintained
  • Maximum loan amount is equal to 2.5x average monthly payroll

2. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) 

  • The maximum EIDL is a $2 million working capital loan at a rate of 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non-profits with up to a 30-year term
  • Payments on Coronavirus EIDL loans are deferred for one year
  • Up to $200,000 can be approved without a personal guarantee
  • Approval can be based on a credit score and no first-year tax returns are required
  • Borrowers do not have to prove they could not get credit elsewhere
  • No collateral is required for loans of $25,000 or less. For loans of more than $25,000, general security interest in business assets will be used for collateral instead of real estate

Eligible applicants for an EIDL can receive a $10,000 emergency grant within three days of application (through Dec. 31, 2020). Click here for more information.

3. Employee Retention Credit – This program is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll.  The refundable tax credit is 50 percent 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.

4.Small Business Debt Relief Program – This program will provide immediate relief to small business with non-disaster SBA loans—7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loans on these SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees for six months. Click here for more information.



State Programs

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan FundLow interest loans of up to $50,000.  Click here for more information.

Low-Interest Bridge Loans for Businesses Available – Through this program, the Treasurer’s Office partners with approved financial institutions to provide loans — either lower rate loans, or loans to a business or non-profit that would not otherwise qualify — to Illinois small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here for more information.


Small Business Administration 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering many loans and grants for small business.

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

Starved Rock Alliance – SBDC
Phone: 844.369.8898  Email:

Click here for additional information on the SBA Loan Program

Community Assistance

City of Morris – Commercial Lease Payment Grant Program  Click here for application.
Grundy County
We Care of Grundy County
United Way of Grundy County

Now Hiring

The Department of Employment Services and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have joined forces to launch a new and updated one-stop-shop dedicated to connecting residents with jobs called Get Hired Illinois.  To see job openings, visit the website at

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

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
U.S Department of Labor – Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
U.S. Department of the Treasury
USDA Rural Development – Loan Programs


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.