March 30, 2020 Weekly Digest
Chairman's Circle Members
Happenings in and around the Chamber!
To Our Valued Members and Community:

Wow, what a week. So much has changed; yet so much is the same. Our biggest question through all of this is how can we help you? This is our focus – it always has been, but it seems more critical now.
We have many, many resources posted on the home page of our website, with new items being added all the time – so, check it often. We are also sharing your updates on our Facebook page when we see them. Help us out and tag Batavia Chamber of Commerce so we can help you spread your story. 

The biggest headline came at the end of the week with the signing of the federal $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill. The unprecedented aid package helps individuals as well as businesses. The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed. A guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber about the Emergency Small Business Loans is available here.

Also included in the CARES Act is $130 billion for hospitals, as well as improved unemployment insurance that will provide workers with four months-worth of their income if they are laid off or lose their job due to the coronavirus crisis.

Additionally, $507 billion in direct payments will be made to individuals and families based on their 2019 or 2018 tax return with checks of up to $1,200 for every American making less than $99,000 and $500 per child under age 17. The payments will be made between now and December 31, 2020.

In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) just released emergency assistance programs available for Illinois small businesses. Click here for the link . This program includes the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program, which will provide $14 million in funds to our restaurants, bars and hotels. The program also includes the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund which will make available low interest loans of up to five years and $50,000 with payments delayed for six months.

Please reach out to us if you have questions, need a resource, or simply to talk. We are here for you. Stay safe and healthy!

Most sincerely,

Margaret, Patti and Shirley
Your Batavia Chamber of Commerce Staff
Friday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

In this virtual seminar, consultants Andy Parker (Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center & Graydon Management, Inc.) and Harriet Parker (Illinois SBDC and Waubonsee Community College) will offer free consulting and proven strategies to quickly recover from a lapse in business opportunities. Register here .
We think it is time to network - virtually, of course!
Join us as we move our popular BC2 online. Register here so we can send you a link to the Zoom event. Don't forget to get your own coffee!
Keep learning! Improve your leadership skills virtually.

Thank you to Batavia Chamber member Michael Shoultz for facilitating this timely training. Register to attend (at no cost to you) on our website and you will receive a unique link to access this virtual training.
Are you looking for a job? Do you need to fill a job? Use our Job Board!

Although unemployment filings skyrocketed with businesses temporarily shuttered because of COVID-19 concerns, many businesses are in dire need of help. Delivery companies, food retailers, etc. are actively hiring.

To help the community, we are opening the Job Board for anyone who is hiring. Please post your jobs here . We will approve the posting and boost the Job Board via Facebook in a week or so. Temporary and volunteer job postings are fine as well!
Add a Hot Deal today!

Share your hours and accessibility. Or, share how to purchase gift certificates. Are you offering a special deal - let the community know!

Now, more than ever is the time to use your Chamber benefits - including the posting of Hot Deals. Log into your membership area and add your deal!

Questions? We are here to help! We may be working remotely, but we are happy to talk with you or answer your emails. We'll send you a link to set up a new password, too, if you have forgotten.
Interact with us on Facebook!

We are inviting you to check-in with us on Facebook . This graphic is pinned to the top of our Facebook feed. Please let us know how you are coping with the current coronavirus pandemic. Add your comments below our post. If you have special deals, share those as well!

You are the heart of our organization, let us know that you're okay! We continue to share information on the page, too, so check back often.
Hey everyone! It is time to Take 5!

Our members may be one of the best resources anyone can ask for. They are experts in their fields and have a wealth of information to share.

We are excited to announce that we are sharing short, informational videos our members have happily created for you. Watch our Facebook page on Tuesday for the unveiling of the first installment of Take 5 with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce!

We'd love to share your Take 5 video with our members, too. Let us know if you'd like to make one. Keep in mind, they are informational only and should be under five minutes. What expertise can you share?
Share Your COVID-19 Pandemic Business Story with the Kane County Chronicle

The Kane County Chronicle is proud to provide the most informative and current news to our local community and partners. We are also dedicated to helping revitalize local businesses during this challenging time. In this spirit, we have decided to focus KC Magazine’s May issue on the impact COVID-19 has had on the community and how we can unite, support, and persevere in the months ahead. We welcome you to share with us the challenges your business has recently faced. Help us understand the rapid strategies you needed to implement and how you came together as a company in order to remain sustainable during this time. Perhaps an employee or patron has deeply touched you and impacted your business in a positive way; we’d love to share this good news with our readers!

Please contact us at: /630-709-4497 by Friday, April 3 with your submissions. We look forward to sharing your voice with our great local community. We will remain strong, together.  
So far, the outpouring of support from the community to help others in need has been truly inspiring. Batavia United Way, ChipIn Batavia and the Interfaith Food Pantry are working together to take care of Batavians during this COVID-19 pandemic. This is one way to help.

Because of the stay at home directive, the drop off location was changed. Instead, please take your donations to the north entrance of Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Street. (Police station entrance.) Thank you for helping!
T he Batavia Chamber of Commerce , the City of Batavia and Batavia MainStreet have contacted most brick and mortar restaurants, retailers and many service businesses in Batavia to learn what their plans are during the COVID-19 pandemic. We developed two spreadsheets on Google Docs that are designed to inform the public of who is open, their hours and accessibility. Because this is a fluid situation, each business may change what they are doing. We are doing our best to update these sheets as we learn of new information.

We urge you to support all businesses as best you can! Even if they are currently closed, you may be able to purchase gift certificates to use in the future. Click the links or photos below to access these spreadsheets.
The goal of this campaign is to raise money to buy food from our Batavia restaurants and deliver it to our amazing front-line workers at our hospitals, urgent care centers, blood donation centers, retirement homes, fire departments, police departments, and more.   Donate here .

Batavia, Ill - Just like you would dial 9-1-1 for emergencies, you can call “2-1-1” in Kane County and be connected to a live specialist, any time of the day or night, to assist you with your human service and resource needs. PATH, an accredited call center in Bloomington, IL, administers 211 for Kane County and 40 other counties in Illinois. Over 94% of the country also has 211 service. Read the entire press release.
Members in the News and Local Happenings

Like United Way organizations across the country, Batavia United Way (BUW) has set up a community fund dedicated to ensuring all children, families, individuals, and senior citizens at risk have the resources they need to weather the COVID-19 storm. This fund is dedicated to Batavians and will provide added support to the agencies throughout the Fox Valley area that we are leaning on during this crisis. These agencies are experts in their fields and committed to their missions. For example, this week alone, 23 Batavia senior citizens signed up for Meals on Wheels through Kane Senior Council for the first time as they shelter at home. Batavia United Way will help offset this new enrollment. Read the entire release.

Local funders have come together to establish the Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund at the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to support nonprofits in the greater Fox Valley. Read the entire release.

Most of the services suspended are in the Sandwich center, please read more here .

On behalf of Northwestern Medicine, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many members of our community who have expressed interest in making donations to help support our hospital staff during this crisis. We are uplifted and encouraged by your kind actions. Read their requests.

The group reminds everyone that for every $1 donated, the pantry can purchase $8 in food. To donate, go to .
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Plus...Raise Money for the Batavia United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund
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New date: Friday, August 28
Watch for more details in the future.
The deadline to apply is extended to Thursday, April 30 .
Applications available here .
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