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    New Resources for Disaster Funding
    The Illinois Small Business Development Center has shared an update on lending resources, including Great Lakes Credit Union, which is processing PPP loans as of today, May 8.  GLCU has provided a Membership Application and a PPP Applicant Document Checklist
    Other current sources:
    Inland Bank PPP Loan
    Ivanhoe Capital Advisors
    IL State Treasurer’s Office Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
    To identify additional lenders, a Zip Code Search tool and PDF list are available on the SBA website.

    Small Business Equip Grants
    Rapid Response funds have been made available via local workforce development agencies to assist small businesses in mitigating layoffs.  Grants ($5,000-$50,000 per employer) may be available to reimburse expenses such as special cleaning/sanitizing services, purchase of technology for remote working, cross-functional training, etc. Contact Jeffrey Hubert, Employment Specialist, Lake County Workforce Development, JHubert@lakecountyil.gov
    Small Business Administration update
    The SBA Illinois District Office is offering a webinar on Monday, May 11, at 3:00pm:  COVID-19 Relief & Loan Resources for Small Businesses.  Click here to register
    The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is currently accepting applications only from agricultural businesses. Small businesses that previously applied and are seeking an update on their application can contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
    The SBA Express Bridge Loan program provides loans worth up to $25,000 to small businesses that have an existing relationship with a designated SBA Express Lender. This can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for, or waiting for disbursement on, a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.
    Readiness for Reopening
    On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan to reopen the state.  Restore Illinois FAQ’s here.
    This Business Supply/Resource Guide assists with sourcing of masks, gloves, cleaning and sanitizing supplies/services, shields, and other critical supplies needed to reopen.
    Gurnee’s Got It – TO GO! 
    While we look forward to reopening, We’ve Got It – TO GO!  Gurnee Mills retailers are offering retail-to-go curbside pickup, and all Gurnee businesses offering TO GO services appreciate your patronage and support!


    Ellen Dean
    Economic Development Director



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    Gurnee Announces Community Event Cancellations Through August 2020

    GURNEE, IL – For the safety and well-being of residents and visitors of Gurnee, events hosted by the Village of Gurnee and Gurnee Park District have been canceled through August 2020. This includes Gurnee Days, Families on the Fairway, the Legions of Craft Beer Fest and the East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market.
    These decisions were determined by Village of Gurnee and Gurnee Park District officials based on the advice of public health officials and the social distancing requirements of Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. This was not an easy decision to make or one that was made lightly. Our community looks forward to and has many traditions surrounding these events. We are hopeful that we can offer these events next summer. Canceling Gurnee Days and other summer events is a decision that needed to be made now, before costs were incurred with no clear time-frame for when the state might reach Phase 5 (which allows for large events and festivals).
    Families on the Fairway is an annual event in late June at Bittersweet Golf Course.
    Gurnee Days was scheduled to occur from Thursday, August 6th through Sunday, August 9th. This year would have been the 48th year of celebrating Gurnee Days.
    The Legions of Craft Beer Fest’s 2020 date had not yet been announced, but was planned to be in late summer. The event started in 2015 as a fundraiser for Lake County area veterans.
    The East Grand Farmers & Artisans Market started in 2018 as a draw to the local businesses east of US-41. The series of monthly markets drew in hundreds of visitors and featured a wide variety of vendors, farmers, and other artisan makers for a family-friendly event.

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