Morton Updates:

Fourth Fridays: Gone Virtual returns on Friday, May 22. Check out a full lineup here.

Want to know your business's value? Contact Sunbelt Business Brokers to have them evaluate your business 's market potential and current valuation and provide suggestions on what you can do to maximize your business or look into options for selling or buying.

A Perfect Promotion has a supplier for disposable medical face masks. If you would like to order marks for your business, contact C layto n.

Parker Fabrication and Best Made Signs are able to make face shields and plexiglass guards for your workplaces.
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Heart of Illinois Reopening Plan
Yesterday officials released details of the Heart of Illinois Reopening Plan. The plan covers 11 counties centered around Peoria’s medical system and sets out a path towards reopening the economy while ensuring proper monitoring and control of coronavirus. Read the plan here . A summary slide deck that was used at the press conference can be found here .

LISC Small Business Relief Grants - Round 3 Open
Applications are open for the next round of LISC Small Business Relief Fund. Grants of up to $10K are available for small businesses impacted by Covid-19. Minority- and women-owned and led enterprises in underserved areas are especially encouraged to apply. More here

Emergency Grants for Hispanic Business Owners
Hello Alice has designated a portion of its $10,000 emergency grants exclusively for Hispanic business owners. Funding is being distributed immediately to founders impacted by the coronavirus as part of our broader mission to ensure Business for All. All applicants will receive access to resources and ongoing support from the Hello Alice community. Application support is offered in Spanish. More information here .

Get Hired Illinois
Today, Gov. Pritzker announced a joint IDES and DCEO program to connect Illinois residents with jobs. This new online portal, entitled Get Hired Illinois , serves as a hub for jobs, job fairs and skills training. Employers looking for employees can also use this program to find Illinois residents looking for work. This portal can be accessed at .

Paycheck Protection Program Still Available
When the federal government relaunched its small business aid program on April 27 with an additional $310 billion, lenders and business advocates warned the money would dry up within a few days. Nearly two weeks later, about 40% of the money remains available, according to figures released by the Small Business Administration. More from the Wall Street Journal here .

Updated Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program
From IMA : Yesterday, the Small Business Administration offered additional guidance on the PPP program as it pertains to an evaluation of an applicant’s economic need for a loan. Under the new SBA guidance, businesses receiving less than $2 million in PPP loans will be eligible for a safe harbor provision meaning that their loan request was deemed to have been made in good faith and will not be subject to further review . Businesses with loans of more than $2 million “may still have an adequate basis” for a loan but the SBA will be able to review their loan application to determine the need for the loan. If the SBA determines that the applicant should not have received a PPP loan, then the SBA will seek reimbursement of the loan ( question 46 ).

Ameren Assistance for Customers
Ameren Illinois has suspended service disconnections and will be forgiving late fees, for non-payment, through July 1st. In addition, Ameren Illinois has other resources available to help Ameren customers needing assistance with paying their bill: 
·  For Illinois residential customers, learn how LIHEAP and other payment assistance programs and energy assistance programs can help manage energy bills. 
·  For Illinois business customers, please visit Financial Help for Your Business and  to learn more about federal and state resources.

Save the Table 
Save the Table is an effort by a local digital marketing company to support local restaurants by allowing them to list the restaurant and it's menu so customers can find and order online. More

Chris Setti
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Peoria Economic Development Council