COVID-19 Relief

For Businesses:

On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. The act includes a variety of programs designed to help individuals, small businesses and large corporations; this email focuses on SBA 7(a) lending, the Paycheck Protection Program and other resources intended for COVID-19 relief for small businesses.

As a Small Business Administration (SBA) Preferred Lender, our experts are poised to help you navigate the tools available to see your business through this unprecedented time. Please contact our team by email at or call 618.233.6400 direct to evaluate the best course of action. Or click here for more information.


For Individuals:

If you are facing financial hardship brought on by COVID-19, due to illness or loss of income, please contact us today to learn more about Loan Payment Deferral and other options.


ILDCEO Emergency Relief Webinars for All Businesses

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Regional Economic Development Team, Office of Minority Economic Empowerment, and the Small Business Association will be hosting technical assistance webinars to support businesses and workers across Illinois:
Registration is required for the webinars listed below:
Friday, April 24, 2020 – Northeast (Chicago’s Westside, Southside, Rockford, Dekalb)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Friday, May 1, 2020 – Southern, Southwest Region: (East St Louis, Centerville, Carbondale, Cairo)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Friday, May 8, 2020 – North Central, Northern Stateline, Northwest, West Central, East Central (Peoria, Decatur, Champaign, Quad Cities, Galesburg)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)
Friday, May 15, 2020 – Northeast (Chicago South Suburbs, Dolton, Riverdale, South Holland, Thornton, Lansing)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Panelist(s) Include:
  • Matthew Simpson, African American Business Development Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Jonathan McGee, Acting Deputy Director, Regional Economic Development, Illinois Department of Commerce
  • Bo Steiner, Illinois District Director, Small Business Administration