• Commerce-Illinois

    Governor Pritzker and DCEO Announce New $16.6 Million Investment to Connect Illinoisans to 1,300 Positions Related to COVID-19 Response
    This week, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced a new $16.6 million investment to expand job opportunities for Illinoisans who have become unemployed as a result of or during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through two new grants received from the U.S. Department of Labor, the State of Illinois will distribute funding to place, train and hire nearly 1,300 residents for an array of jobs connected to the statewide COVID-19 response. New workforce training will support out-of-work Illinoisans with access to positions in healthcare, food delivery, contact tracing and other key industries that play a role in the statewide emergency response to COVID-19.
    Funds will be deployed to 12 Local Workforce Innovation Areas across Illinois (LWIAs). State of Illinois LWIAs represent employers, local government, community colleges, and community-based organizations which partner with DCEO to provide year-round training and support to communities across the state.  
    “The investments we’re making today will help grow jobs and bring more Illinoisans back to work while helping respond to key needs created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said DCEO Director Erin Guthrie. “While Illinois faced record high levels of unemployment earlier this year, Governor Pritzker’s investments in workforce and continued focus on the public health response will help us start to make continued progress in bringing people back to work and regaining our economy.”
    Learn more about job training and hiring opportunities at Get Hired Illinois.
    Get Hired Illinois
    National PTAC Day unites the 94 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in all 50 states (plus Guam and Puerto Rico) and the 48,000 clients they serve by sharing, in real time, small business success stories and the significant economic impact that PTAC clients have created within their communities.
    Attend the National PTAC Day webinar scheduled for September 16 at 2:00 p.m.
    Register Here
    DCEO Releases $2 Million in Third Round of the
    Downstate Small Business Stabilization
    $14 Million Remains Available for Upcoming Rounds
    This week the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) awarded nearly $2 million to 98 businesses under its third round of grants for the Downstate Small Business Stabilization (DSBS) program. In partnership with local governments, the $20 million program is specifically targeted for businesses in downstate and rural communities that have experienced negative impacts due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the program has released a total of nearly $5.3 million to 257 small businesses around the state, including restaurants and cafes, salons, furniture stores, florists, pet stores and other specialty retail stores.
    The 98 businesses in this latest round span from Yorkville to Carbondale and many points in between, with a large concentration of businesses being funded in the west central and southern Illinois regions. 
    Grants will be offered on an on-going basis, with funding made available to small businesses with operations impacted by COVID-19 and where the business has a demonstrated financial need, a commitment to retaining employees, and an analysis of how working capital can support short- and long-term liabilities.  All funds must be used exclusively for working capital costs - including but not limited to salaries, wages, rent, utilities and other overhead costs associated with running the business.
    For more information on future rounds and a full list of grant recipients...
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    COVID-19: Help for Businesses, Workers and Residents:
    Office of Minority Economic Empowerment
    National Hispanic Heritage Month – Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana
    Between September 15th and October 15th, we celebrate the accomplishments and the cultures of Hispanics. DCEO-OMEE will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the month. They will be hosted in either English or Spanish.
    To see the list of events, please...
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    Latinx business owners have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Join us on Tuesday, September 15th at 9:00 a.m. as we discuss financial resources for Latinx owned businesses.
    Moderator: Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) – Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE)
    • Fernanda Pedraza-Schmitt, Branch Manager, Springfield, IL Branch Office, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    • Susana Meza, Vice President, Community Impact Wintrust
    • Manuel Flores, President and CEO, SOMERCOR
    • Maggie Rivera, Owner of La Alcancia and La Michoacána Sabrosa
    Register HERE
    Online with OMEE - The Business Development Managers from Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) are excited to host you for Online with OMEE – an open online conversation with OMEE constituents (racial/ethnic minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veteran owned businesses). We will provide you with the latest updates regarding federal and state programs and answer any questions you may have about other available resources.
    • Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    Office of Trade and Investment (OTI)
    Join the Illinois SBDC Network and speaker, Adam Hill, President & COO, Scarbrough International Group of Companies, as they present LIVE from NAFTA to USMCA.
    • Tuesday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m. Register HERE
    Introduction to Exporting
    • Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Register HERE
    Illinois workNet Virtual Job Fair Opportunities
    Illinois workNet is hosting a virtual Job Fair for Eagle Brand Foods
    September 22, 2020
    1:00 p.m.
    Register Here
    Illinois workNet is hosting a virtual Job Fair for Aspire of Illinois
    September 24, 2020
    1:00 p.m.
    Register Here
    • Revive Staffing Solutions is holding a Virtual Job Fair on September 21, at 2:00 p.m. on Illinois workNet! Register HERE
    • RGIS Inventory is holding a Virtual Job Fair on September 28, at 10:00 a.m. on Illinois workNet! Register HERE
    Due to Popular Demand Coursera Online Training for IT Jobs Extended to 10/31/20 
    The State of Illinois has teamed up with Coursera to host a Workforce Recovery Initiative offering virtual career training for unemployed Illinois residents. 
    Illinois job seekers can access FREE online Information Technology (IT) and Job Readiness courses from top institutions--such as the University of Illinois--through Coursera. Thousands of Illinoisans have already taken part in tech skills training and the opportunity to earn certificates that will boost experience for applying to IT jobs in Illinois.
    In light of the continued global impact of COVID-19, we are pleased to extend the period for free course enrollments in select Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative content by one month to October 31, 2020. Once enrolled, learners will still have until December 31, 2020 to complete the course.
    To access Coursera create an account by visiting Get Started with Coursera.
    All in Illinois
    Join Governor JB Pritzker to support Illinois and slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing your face mask and go All in, Illinois! Let’s protect our progress, and pull together as families, friends and neighbors. This is our moment.
    It only works if you wear it. We’re all safer and stronger when we go All in, Illinois.
    Download the new mask safety toolkit
    Go #AllinIllinois
    Small Business Spotlight
    Om on the Range has been a community for yoga practice in the Lakeview neighborhood since 2002. Beth Range Kiely and Terry Kiely left their professional lives in the non-profit and corporate sectors to open their business. Their dream of retiring and becoming yoga teachers became a reality a few decades early! Then COVID-19 hit, and after 18 years, the studio held its last indoor class on March 15.
    Owners Beth Range Kiely and Terry Kiely share, "We quickly pivoted to offering our classes online for free while continuing to pay our expenses. We are so grateful as the DCEO BIG award has been a lifesaver as it will keep us afloat and allows us to continue to serve an entire community in need of healthy, mindful practice in tough times.”
    Beth Range Kiely and Terry Kiely, Owners of Om on the Range, Chicago, IL
    The State of Illinois could use your support with much-needed personal protective equipment as well as other supplies for our first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    To Donate: ppe.donations@Illinois.gov
    To Manufacture PPE in Illinois: ima@ima-net.org
    To Sell PPE: covid.procurement@illinois.gov
    To Volunteer: serve.illinois.gov or email dph.serveillinois@illinois.gov