More details are beginning to emerge about the $900 Billion Stimulus Bill, including the re-opening of applications for the Paycheck Protection Program.
Last Friday, the Small Business Administration and the Treasury released a press release about application openings as well as new guidance.
Read the entire January 8th press release here
. In it, the new guidance released includes:
Additionally, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce updated their Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans.
One Washington Place Moves Forward
Last week, the Batavia City Council approved the updating of TIFs, which allows the mixed-use development located at the corner of Wilson Street and Washington Street to move forward. The City of Batavia is working on a website page that will provide ongoing updates about the project and to answer frequently asked questions. We will share this information with you as soon as it is available. Going forward, the Batavia Chamber will work closely with the City of Batavia and Batavia MainStreet to communicate updates about construction, potential road closures, utility concerns and more.
Illinois Department of Employment Security Scam
The Batavia Police Department continues to warn the public about the IDES scam. This link
will take you to the IDES page to file a complaint of Identity Theft. Other suggestions:
- Monitor your credit reports through the bureaus (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax)
- Report discrepancies to the bureaus
- Consumers can place a freeze on their credit thereby making it very difficult to experience future loss due to ID theft
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- It is not required, but you can file a report with the Batavia Police Department
- File income tax returns ASAP for those expecting a refund
Scroll down for our new events and other content, including our Member Insider featuring Roman Seckel.
Events coming this week are a morning networking event and an update on the PPP program with Bil Papp. A new Boot Camp series begins on Thursday, Jan. 21. On Friday, Jan. 22, at 9:30 a.m., chamber members are invited to join Rep. Dan Ugaste on a Zoom meeting. He will speak about where things are heading in Springfield and make us aware of bills that may impact your businesses. The Representative plans to open the meeting up to other issues that you'd like to address. A flyer and registration link will be available soon, please check our website
for updated information and to register.
Many of you have been viewing Mayor Schielke’s weekly videos. After a couple of weeks off, here is the link to watch the Friday, Jan. 8th recording.
We continually update our home page, bataviachamber.org when new resources and information comes out. Also, check our calendar for new events from us and the community.
One thing that has not changed for 2021 is that our local businesses need all of our support – please remember to shop and dine local! As always, we are now, and will be in the future, here for you.
Margaret, Patti and Shirley
Your Batavia Chamber of Commerce Staff