Noteworthy News
An electronic newsletter for Tinley Park businesses
July 21, 2020

State issues new COVID-19 resurgence rules
With a resurgence in cases of COVID-19 across the country and in parts of Illinois, as well as increased testing and contact tracing ability in the state, Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently released a COVID-19 Mitigation plan.

Among other things, the plan increases the number of reopening regions from four to 11, which are based on the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) Emergency Medical Services regions. Notably, Chicago is now its own region, and the collar counties have been split up to more accurately reflect regional dynamics.

As with the original Restore Illinois plan, regions can move backward independently. A region could become more restrictive if it either displays a positivity rate greater than or equal to 8% over three consecutive days, or if it sees a sustained increase in the seven-day rolling average (seven out of 10 days) in the positivity rate, in addition to one of the following:

  • Sustained seven-day increase in hospital admissions for a COVID-19-like illness
  • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds less than 20%)

All Tinley Park businesses are encouraged to do their part by having employees and customers wear face coverings and maintain safe social distancing. Working together, we can make sure Tinley Park doesn't move backward into a more restrictive phase.

Read the plan for more information.
Reopening webinar scheduled for Thursday
The Illinois Restaurant Association will host a webinar titled "Reopening How-Tos: Practical Solutions for Payments, Menus and More" at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23.

Participants will get tips, ideas and new solutions on how to reopen safely and successfully. Topics will include providing menus to guests, contactless payment and employee screening. Panelists will include representatives from SpotMenus by BrandMuscle, Modjoul and Heartland. Register today!

The webinar is provided in partnership with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Community Recovery Initiative.
SBDC advisors are here to help
Did you know there are business advisors who can work with you on your business at no cost?

Check out the more than 30 Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) located throughout Illinois. Each is staffed with people who have owned their own business or have training in specific fields to help business owners. They provide confidential business guidance, training and other resources to help both start-up and existing businesses, all for free!

Here are some of the things they can assist with:

  • Business plan development
  • Management assistance
  • Market information access
  • Access to financing
  • Financial analysis and cash flow projection development
  • Specialized services in technology and innovation

Visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website to learn more and find an SBDC location near you.
Village seeks 80th Avenue station vendor
The Village of Tinley Park is requesting qualifications from commercial business owners interested in operating an approximately 800-square foot café within the 80th Avenue Metra train station, 18001 S. 80th Ave. The station is located just east of 80th Avenue along the Metra Rock Island commuter rail line.

The 5,400-square-foot brick station features a clock tower, a full kitchen, a great hall with a 25-foot-high ceiling, a covered drop-off area and veranda, interior booth seating, two restrooms and a fireplace.

The selected vendor will have direct access to the entire station, including the great hall. The Village is seeking a high-quality retail or service firm with an excellent operating record whose use of the train station will, in addition to serving the more than 2,400 daily Metra commuters, create a destination for residents and visitors during off-peak train station hours.

Respondents are encouraged to submit plans they believe will be in the best interest of Metra riders and the Village. The Village also encourages creative plans envisioning a variety of café services.

For more information, please visit the Village's Open Bids and Contracts page.
Paycheck Protection Program has reopened
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The new deadline to apply is Aug. 8.

The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

For more information on the PPP loan, visit the SBA website. There you'll also find information on other programs such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Express Bridge Loans and SBA debt relief.
Village of Tinley Park
16250 S. Oak Park Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 444-5000
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