Need help navigating the assistance options for small businesses?

Now that both the state and federal government have rolled out programs to assist small businesses who have suffered economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many small business owners are trying to determine their eligibility and how to apply. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) at Lincoln Land Community College is offering assistance to help navigate the various options.

“Our small businesses are being affected due to closures and reduction in foot traffic,” said Kevin Lust, director of the ISBDC. “These are difficult and unprecedented times that have forced changes in how all of us do business. We are on the front lines of gathering information on the latest local, state and national assistance, and can offer guidance to small business owners.”

Lust and his staff can provide assistance via video conferencing, email or phone by contacting them at [email protected] or 217-786-4531.

A comprehensive list of available assistance for small businesses is also available at including the Paycheck Protection Program, Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance, Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund, Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Business Relief Fund. In addition, the ISBDC at LLCC is a partner in the new website that helps consumers find the status of their favorite local businesses and their services available.

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