Wednesday March 25, 2020
Helping Small Business During COVID-19
Message from the President: Make It Virtual!
 Yesterday, BACC conducted its first Virtual Networking Group Meetings. The Chamber’s role is to be the “great connector,” so quarantine or not, we can still make networking happen!

For members who have felt isolated and alone, virtual meetings are a productive way to check in with other professionals from your home. The current health crisis is pushing us all to use technology in creative ways to operate our businesses. During our meetings yesterday we heard about: Virtual house tours, electronic home closings, video conferencing with staff – and more. When you adapt your business model to the changing world, it’s a win! Zoom is just one platform, there's also GoToMeetings and Google Hangouts.

On Friday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m., BACC will conduct its first “Virtual Coffee Break” using the Zoom format. If you are interested, email me at suzanne@barringtonchamber.com for an invite. We will limit the participation to 20 people. Let’s check in and see how you are doing. 

And in a world of text messages and online communications, we are finding the most effective outreach right now is an old-fashioned phone call. People appreciate hearing your voice. So, make some calls! -- Suzanne Corr, BACC President
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
SBA Economic Injury Loans are available now: These loans are intended to help you keep your business open and viable and can cover fixed expenses and payroll. First payment has been deferred for 1 year. The recommendation is to apply as soon as possible, however, show some patience, as the system is in high use. Loans are available at 3.75% interest for small business and 2.75% for nonprofits. No cost to apply and no obligation to take the loan. Unsecured loans are available up to $25,000. Must have SBA acceptable credit history. To apply visit DisasterLoan.SBA.gov. Be patient, SBA was working on the site today to manage the capacity.
United Way of Lake County, Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and the Lake County Municipal League have joined together to create the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund: The Fund will support local nonprofit organizations serving Lake County’s most vulnerable neighbors. The fund will focus on critical needs, such as food security and basic supplies, rental and utility assistance, access to health care and prescriptions, and emerging emergency needs. For information, visit: LIVEUNITEDlakecounty.org/covid19 .
State Treasurer Will Offer Low-Interest Bridge: Illinois small businesses can soon tap into $250 million in low-interest bridge loans as soon as this week to help them push through the COVID-19 pandemic, according Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. The State will partner with community banks to facilitate the program and quickly help small businesses suffering from the health crisis. For more about the Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program, visit bit.ly/SmallBizRelief.
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Library Business Resources: The Barrington Area Library has compiled a list of COVID-19 Resources to help local businesses. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
BACC Launches Facebook Groups for Local Businesses
BACC has launched two Facebook Groups to help local businesses manage the challenges of COVID-19: 
  • The Barrington Area Takeout, Delivery, Shop Small Group is a public page to post your new hours, delivery and pickup services, and new ways to shop for your products.
  • The Barrington Area Business Forum is a B2B resource to share ideas, solutions and work together through COVID-19.
Event Postponements and Cancellations
  • The April 5 Barrington Family Expo at Barrington High School is being rescheduled for later this year.
  • The April 22 Barrington Area Town Hall Public Forum at The Garlands of Barrington has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for further updates.
  • Networking Groups are not meeting at BACC through the end of March.
  • The Barrington Wine Walk has been rescheduled for Saturday June 13.
Now Hiring!
Many local businesses are hiring now! Please click on these logos to visit their company websites for specific job openings.
If you are hiring, let BACC know.
Restaurants Open for Pick-up & Delivery
Many restaurants are open for curbside pick up and delivery. So, enjoy a meal
at home today!
Essential Area Businesses
Many businesses have adjusted their hours and are still offering services and specials in creative ways during this challenging time. Let us know about your services and specials so we can report it here. Email your news to: communications@barringtonchamber.com