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A Message from the Chamber
Good morning Chamber Members and Chatham Community,

In this time of constantly changing rules and new "normals", we want to say thank you first and foremost for caring for each other. We have seen or heard numerous stories about our community reaching out and helping each other. Weather it be fixing meals for children or the elderly, going to pick up groceries (and toilet paper) for a neighbor, new facebook pages created to offer help when needed and to disperse new information as it comes out, or simply calling a friend on the phone (yes, you can still talk on a phone) to say you are thinking of them and giving a smile, this Village exemplifies what the term "community" is about.

We here at the Chamber will continue to try to get as much information out to our members via emails (without overloading you with too many emails hopefully). We promise to post to our Facebook page often with new and updated information as it becomes available. In order to do this, we need everyone's help. If you own a business (especially a restaurant/bar, a "needs" store such as grocery/pharmacy/hardware store, or a small, locally owned business), please email use at coordinator@chatham-il-chamber.com with information about your business including hours open, curbside service or delivery service (especially if these are new to the social distancing period), special offers, if you are doing web sales (gift cards possibly?), or any other information you may want to share.

We have already put together a short list of our local Chatham restaurants with contact numbers, websites and hours as known. It can be viewed at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GzFWnraszBNuZbnvAKLhqRlIdNr3MVQG4_yNNXNEJ6E/edit?usp=sharing. We would like to invite all to take a look and if you are one of the restaurants listed currently please send us any updated information. We are happy to add any businesses, information, etc. as notified, and will continue to check social media daily. For updates, please email coordinator@chatham-il-chamber.com with all information. This list will also be posted to our website at www.chatham-il-chamber.com.

Please stay safe, continue to take care of each other, practice social distancing, and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!

Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce
A little good news from Gov JB Pritzker

My administration is offering relief to more than 20,000 small- and medium-sized bars and restaurants all across Illinois by allowing a 2 month delay in sales tax payments to the state and to local jurisdictions, we're also waiving late filing fees and interest starting March 20.

Illinois’ small businesses from every county are now eligible to apply for low-interest coronavirus disaster assistance loans of up to $2 million.

NEWS RELEASE
                                               
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Illinois Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Illinois small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. JB Pritzker on March 17, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Illinois; and the contiguous counties of Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Jackson, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott in Iowa; Benton, Gibson, Knox, Lake, Newton, Posey, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren in Indiana; Ballard, Crittenden, Livingston, McCracken and Union in Kentucky; Cape Girardeau, Clark, Jefferson, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Mississippi, Perry, Pike, Ralls, Saint Charles, Saint Louis, Saint Louis City, Sainte Genevieve and Scott in Missouri; and Grant, Green, Kenosha, Lafayette, Rock and Walworth in Wisconsin.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Illinois small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Administrator Carranza.

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.

“Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Carranza.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Carranza added.

Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela . Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.

For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.

 
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
Chatham Chamber
Member of the Month

Sun Thai
Sun Thai provides daily freshly made authentic Thai food to the Chatham, IL and surrounding area.
321 N Main
Chatham, Illinois 62629
217-483-THAI (8424)
Hours:
Monday 4-9
Tuesday-Friday 11-2 and 4-9
Saturday 4-9
For questions regarding COVID-19, please call the Sangamon County Department of Health call line at 217 321-2606.
Find a fact sheet on COVID-19 here:
Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found at:
POSTPONED
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!
Village Clean-up Event
sponsored by the Chatham Area Chamber
and the Chatham Jaycees
Feature Heading
Saturday, April 4th
beginning @ 9:00AM
at the gazebo on the Village Square
POSTPONED
STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO!
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS!!!
SUSPENDED
The Chatham American Legion wishes to inform the public that we are suspending our Lenten Fish Frys. In the face of this unprecedented outbreak, we must protect our community by doing our part to flatten the curve which means preventing a large spike in cases of infection within a short amount of time. We appreciate your support and wish everyone our best as we work through the pandemic together.
Chatham American Legion
Post 759

PO Box 402 - 206 W. Chestnut
Chatham, IL 62629

Fish Fry
CANCELLED
St. Joseph the Worker has cancelled the Living Stations
Friday, March 20 
Living Stations
POSTPONED
Chatham American Legion
Post 759
Trivia Night Fundraiser
Our 2020 Trivia Night Fundraiser, originally set for April 18th, is postponed indefinitely.  In the face of the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19, we must protect our community by doing our part to flatten the curve which means preventing a large spike in cases of infection within a short amount of time. We appreciate your support and wish everyone our best as we work through the pandemic together.
POSTPONED
2020-2021 Village of Chatham Maps

The Village Maps are here!

Any businesses or organizations that would like to have Village of Chatham Maps for their office or retail spaces, or, if you need more please call 217-483-6450 and the chamber can deliver them to your door!
Chamber members may submit news and information to coordinator@chatham-il-chamber.com . Your news, events and special offers will be promoted through our distribution list, Facebook and the Chamber web-site at NO CHARGE!
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320 N. Main Plaza, Chatham IL 62629
(217) 483-6450