Week of November 16, 2020
Your Weekly E-Newsletter
It's time for the Holiday Mailbag! - DEADLINE TOMORROW.
Do you have something special you need to promote for the holidays? Catering, specials, events? Let us help you promote this to our members!
 
Just provide us with 375 copies of your flyer* and $100 (cash, check or credit card) and we will mail your flyer to all of our chamber member businesses!

JUST ANNOUNCED - HALF PRICE for all RESTAURANTS!

Need us to print the flyers for you? We can do it for $125!
 
Feature your business specials, announcements, etc.
 
Contact the chamber office before delivering as we are currently by appointment only. DEADLINE: NOV. 17
 
The mailbag will be sent out the week of Nov. 16.
 
*One page only please. Double-sided is okay. Call the Chamber office at (708) 479-2468 or email chamber@mokena.com with questions.
A community wide game to bring joy to customers, get them through YOUR doors, and reward them for shopping chamber members! All for only a $50 investment.
TOMORROW is the LAST DAY to sign up!
Get traffic through your doors and extra sales during the holiday shopping season in our first of its kind Localopoly game!

With just a $50 investment, you can participate in this fun community venture and be one of the property squares on the Localopoly board! This can be in the form of a $50 cash, check, or credit card payment to the chamber OR in the form of $50 worth of gift cards from your business or your favorite chamber member!!! This will serve as the prizes for our community players so they will continue to shop local.

The Mokena Chamber will distribute a Game Board to the community. Each property square is a participating chamber member that community players visit, make a purchase from, and submit a receipt to the chamber office to “earn” that property on their game board. Community players must have a receipt from each property to qualify to earn that property (color) group. They can collect the property groups more than once and are encouraged to make multiple trips to your business!

Game runs from November 18 - December 24, 2020. Winners will be announced on Facebook Live on New Year’s Eve. One winner from each property (color) group will be awarded $100 in gift certificates. One grand prize winner will receive $250 in gift certificates. BONUS PRIZE: National Small Business Saturday is November 28, and we will be offering one additional entry per receipt from that day for an extra prize.

Rather be part of the fun without being a property on the game board? Be a sponsor!
Top Hat $150 - Logo on game boards, chamber website, social media posts, advertising.
Race Car $50 - Listed as a sponsor on chamber website and social media posts.

Contact Melissa Fedora at the Mokena Chamber of Commerce at 708-479-2468 or chamber@mokena.com or Chairperson Samantha Tunney at 815-534-1842.


Watch our informational video below.
Take it up a notch in 2021 with one of our exciting Marketing Packages
Upgrade to one of these packages to get more from your membership! By bundling up our services, you receive them at a discounted rate. Signing up for one of these valuable packages also helps set you on a great course for your marketing plan in 2021.
 
These packages are NOT tied to your annual dues, so no matter what month you renew your membership, you can still take advantage of one of these exciting opportunities.
 
Is there something in one of the marketing packages that you would like to "swap out" for something else? Contact Melissa at the chamber office for a consultation.

DEADLINE: Friday, December 18
 
Region 7 is now in Tier 2
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So much important info from your fellow chamber members. Please read & support each other!!!
If you would like your information included below, submit as either a Word Document, PDF, or a website link by 3:30 p.m. on the Friday before the week you would like it included. Reply to this email or send to chamber@mokena.com








Upcoming Webinars
Upcoming Workshops at the Workforce Center of Will County
AVAILABLE GRANTS
Will County Offering Second Round of Small Business Grants
Will County recently announced it is offering a 2nd round of grants with expanded eligibility criteria for businesses with annual revenue up to $5 million and those that have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees.
 
Funding for the grants is provided through the CARES Act passed earlier this year by Congress and signed by the President. Will County has earmarked more than $24 million for these small business assistance grants.

The Small Business Assistance Grant Program was developed to provide financial assistance to small businesses in Will County impacted by COVID-19 so they can maintain operations. Selected businesses may receive up to $15,000 in grant monies.

For more information click here.
Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

*NOTE: This information below was found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website here.
  
The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19.BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs as defined in the eligible cost list found below.
 
Program Status:
 
Round 1: In August, an initial round of funding was directed to restaurants, personal care services, gyms and fitness clubs, and businesses located in DIAs. The first round of BIG provided a $49 million boost for businesses at every corner of Illinois – with grant funds deployed to roughly 2,800 businesses spanning 400 towns and cities, and in 78 counties all throughout the state. Grants averaged $17,000, and the majority of funds were deployed to businesses in economically distressed communities. As a result of the equity-centric approach to the program, more than half of the first-round grants went to minority-owned businesses.
 
See a full list of grant recipients here. Applicants that have received BIG grants in the first round have agreed to certain Certifications and Requirements, which will continue to be linked here for transparency.
 
Round 2:  A $220 million second round of BIG aims to provide relief for all types of small businesses, but with a particular focus on businesses downstate, in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), and for heavily impacted industry and regions – representing businesses that have been unable to reopen or operating at a severely diminished capacity since the spring. 
 
The second wave of funds includes the following provisions to ensure a wide distribution of funds geographically and across business type:
 
·   Heavily Impacted Industries - $60 million for heavily distressed industries, such as movie theatres, performing arts venues, concert venues, indoor recreation, amusement parks, and more.
·   Disproportionately Impacted Areas - $70 million set aside for DIAs, defined by zip codes identified by the General Assembly for communities that are most economically distressed and vulnerable to COVID-19. A map of DIAs is shown below.
·   Downstate Communities – DCEO has committed to ensuring that at least half of all remaining funds, totaling more than $100 million, are reserved for businesses in downstate and rural communities of Illinois.
·   Priority Businesses– Apart from the $60 million for heavily impacted industries, applications from the following types of businesses will be prioritized for review for remaining funds: businesses directly affected by regional mitigations implemented by the state or local governments, independently owned retail, tourism- and hospitality-related industries including accommodations, and more.
·   Agriculture - $5 million of the remainder of funds will be set aside for livestock production disruptions. Applications will be available in the coming weeks from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
·   Grants and Loan Forgiveness for Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan recipients - As authorized by the General Assembly, DCEO will offer grants for businesses that have incurred eligible costs to offset loans received under the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan program. This round of loan forgiveness and grants will go to businesses that have received loans or remain on the wait list and the program will sunset going forward as DCEO and its partners focus on making BIG awards.
 
Businesses outside the categories listed above are also eligible to apply and receive funding under the program but may be reviewed later than priority businesses. All businesses will receive a decision on their grant application within four to six weeks of application submission.
 
 
ROUND 2 APPLICATION DETAILS:
 
 
ASSISTANCE: For assistance with your application, please submit a question via the following question submission form in either English or Spanish.
 
During the second round, DCEO is partnering with community navigator organizations aimed at helping minority-owned businesses receive assistance necessary to apply and access available funding. Contact information and a schedule of upcoming webinars will be posted soon. Check back here for updates.
 
DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED AREAS
Need to find out if your business is located in a DIA? The below map allows you to search by address, or by searching for your zip code in the list of 176 distinct DIAs here.
 
Emergency rules to implement the Business Interruption Grant program can be found here.
NEW! Save Small Business Resource Center Connecting Main Street to Available Funding Programs, Advice and Tools for Survival
 
Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of its comprehensive new Save Small Business resource center—including federal, state, and local financial assistance programs, emergency financial relief resources, grant programs and more—to help provide the assistance and guidance small businesses need right now amid Congressional inaction to provide additional, much-needed financial relief to Main Street. Click here to view the new Save Small Business resource center.
We encourage you to continue to support local small businesses by sharing the Save Small Business resource center on social media, websites, and other channels using the hashtag #ShopSmallEveryday.
Take our Weekly Poll!
Final results in next week's E-Newsletter.
When is an acceptable time to start decorating for Christmas?
Right after Halloween
Around Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Never
Decorations are still up from last year
Last week's results:
If you could time travel, would you choose to....
Travel to the past - 69.2%
Travel to the future - 30.8%
Neither - 0%
Welcome to our new members that joined in the past 30 days!
20950 S. Frankfort Square Rd. Unit C, Frankfort
(708) 478-1212

630-878-9837

630-878-9837

9500 Bormet Drive, Mokena
(708) 719-4160

7717 S. Illinois Route 31, Crystal Lake
(708) 377-8413

19820 Wolf Rd. Ste. B, Mokena
(708) 320-3770
These members renewed their chamber investment in the past 30 days!
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Free printable face mask posters for your business
New Resident 'Swag Bag' marketing opportunity for you.
As a member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce you can be one of the first businesses to welcome new residents to Mokena!

When new residents set up their utilities account at Village Hall, they are given a card to bring to the Chamber Office to redeem for a Welcome Swag Bag of free gifts, including promotional items and coupons from Chamber member businesses, along with information about the community.

To participate in the Welcome to Mokena program, we just ask that you provide a promotional item for the Welcome Bag, and/or a coupon for your business.

To participate, we ask for a 12-month commitment in the program. In return, at the end of each quarter, you will receive the mailing addresses of the Welcome Swag Bag recipients who have opted to receive information from you.

The program fee is only $200 per year!

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Melissa M. Fedora
Executive Director
Mokena Chamber of Commerce
11104 Front Street, Suite 1B
Mokena, IL 60448
Tel: 708-479-2468
Fax: 708-479-7144