Resource Center

A GUIDE TO COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

The ITA team, alongside our members and partners, bring you a one-stop Resource Center, filled with whitepapers, articles and best practice suggestions on a variety of topics that may be of benefit to you or your organization. 

Topic Corners include: 

  • Human Resources
  • COVID-19
  • And more!

Interested in sharing content or have questions? Contact Abbey Kwiat, Marketing Specialist (abbey@illinoistech.org) to submit. 

 

Human Resources

  • mHUB has developed this quick list of helpful video conferencing tools, and are also going to start using the hashtag #WinFromHome for helpful tips to encourage members/communities who can conduct business from home.  [Learn more]
  • PC Matic, an American cybersecurity firm, announced it is offering free cybersecurity and remote management tools to companies who are implementing work from home policies in the wake of the ongoing threat from the Coronavirus [Learn more]
  • At Q-Centrix more than 90% of our healthcare solutions team works remotely on a permanent basis. So, we’ve curated some of our community’s top tips and tricks to help you maximize your productivity and happiness while working from home! [Learn more]
  • Slack Resources:
  1. Remote Work Solutions: https://slack.com/solutions/remote-work
  2. Working Remotely in Slack webinar: [Learn more]
  3. Student and Faculty Guide to collaborating in Slack: https://slackhq.com/student-faculty-guide-collaborating-slack
  4. Guide to working remotely in Slack: https://slack.com/resources/using-slack/slack-remote-work-tips

 

COVID-19

  • DLA Piper has launched a Coronavirus Resource Center, which you can find additional information on below. It covers the latest FAQs, alerts, and webinars relating to the crisis, as well as allows companies to subscribe to content/thought leadership. For example, we recently hosted a webinar on COVID 19 and its effects on supply chain contracts.
  • Marketplace.city COVID- 19 Readiness for Cities Webinar: [Register]
  • Plante Moran Resources:
  1. COVID-19 Resource Center :  We've assembled a COVID-19 task force of leaders from across our firm who are sharing insights about how to monitor, address, and mitigate risks and the changing guidelines presented by the virus. Our resource center covers relevant economic analysis, crisis management guidelines, notices of changing regulations, and more.

  2. CARES ACT Resource Center :Our CARES Act Resource Center breaks down the complexity of the emergency tax and financial relief bill. This resource center explains the array of forgivable loans, tax relief, and cash assistance available to help businesses through this crisis.

  3. Preparedness assessments :Our service industry preparedness assessments help businesses evaluate their current crisis management response in six critical business areas. When you take the assessments, you’ll find out what you’re doing well, what is helpful to improve, and what you may have not even considered.

  4. On-demand webinar: The tax implications of the CARES Act :Listen in as our experts discuss the tax implications of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act bill and its impact on businesses.

  5. On-demand webinar: Responding to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Our tax and employee benefit consulting experts discuss how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will impact your business.

  • The Connect ChiTech COVID-19 Relief Fund: With this Relief Fund , Chicago Tech Academy is responding to COVID-19 by doing what we do best: serving our students, staff, and their families first. 
  • Cushman & WakeField: 
  1. Landlord Considerations for Rent Relief During COVID-19
  2. 10 Considerations When Approaching Lease Renegotiation & Rent Reduction
  3. Lease Provisions to Explore Amid COVID-19
  4. The Safe Six: Workplace Readiness Essentials
  5. Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide to Reopening your Workplace

(If you have any questions, reach out to Steve at Steve.LaKind@cushwake.com)

  • DRW COVID-Related Content:
  1. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6656572968254128128

  2. https://drw.com/updates/insights/maintaining-a-sense-of-urgency-especially-in-times-of-uncertainty/

  3. https://drw.com/updates/insights/how-employees-are-keeping-busy-at-home/

  4. https://twitter.com/DRWTrading/status/1253339711390662656

  5. https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6651100883704705024

  • Walker Sands: B2B Marketing Insights Playbook for COVID-19
    Comprised of peer-based, real-time trends, the playbook provides recommendations on messages, channels and budgets for B2B marketers faced with new challenges and tough decisions. A user can select to which degree their company has been impacted for actionable insights pertinent to their needs. They're  collecting feedback weekly via this survey to supplement our internal preview with external perspectives
  • dscout COVID Diaries:
  1. While dscout can't distribute hand-sanitizers or build ventilators in the wake of #COVID-19, they can do research—hopefully the kind that invites understanding, provides clarity where there's anxiety, and helps to better connect and cope: https://dscout.com/people-nerds/covid-diaries
  2. Second set of COVID Diaries:There's no sugar coating the grief and malaise many feel as we approach "quarantine normal." But many are discovering creative ways to adapt and adjust. In the latest COVID Diaries, Coping with COVID, they've asked scouts to tell (and show) their tactics for staying positive: https://bit.ly/2yLPlnG
  • Assurance
  1. COVID-19 Financial Impact Model Tool

As companies respond and recover in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to the right data can be the key to determining the future health and resiliency of the organization.  Assurance now has access to an MMA proprietary COVID-19 Financial Impact Model tool that will help you gain powerful insight into the financial implications of medical and prescription drug expenses, changes in workforce strategies and more. If you’re interested in having an analysis completed for your fully-insured or self-funded plan, contact Joe Spallina at  jspallina@assuranceagency.com.

2. COVID-19 Update: Extension of Timeframes

Relief efforts were recently announced to aid employee benefit plan participants and beneficiaries affected by the National Emergency declared on March 13, 2020. Employers should ensure they’re adhering to the extended timeframes detailed in the following notice.

  • Taft Law
  1. EEOC Update on Vulnerable Employees Returning to Work
  2. Best Practices for Returning to the Workplace
  • SMS Assist
  1. The Future State of Retail and Maintenance 
  2. Public Health Best Practices for Service Providers

 

Restaurants

Aba

  • WHEN: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM 
  • WHERE: 302 N. Green Street
  • Aba's Mediterranean favorites are available for carryout and delivery, plus enjoy nearly 50% off select bottles of wine and cans of beer. Call to place an order, or get your sips delivered via GrubHub, DoorDash or Caviar.  View Aba's wine to-go menu  CONTACT: 773-645-1400 

Bar Ramone

Beatrix

  • WHEN: Chicago: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Oak Brook.: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • WHERE: Chicago: 671 N. St. Clair Street, Chicago IL  | Oak Brook: 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL
  • Beatrix in Chicago and Oak Brook is offering its neighborhood favorites for carryout and delivery. Plus, enjoy nearly 50% off select bottles of wine and beer cans available for delivery & pick-up in Chicago, and pick-up in Oak Brook. View Chicago wine to-go menu  |  View Oak Brook wine to-go menu CONTACT: Chicago: 312-284-1377 | Oak Brook: 630-491-1415 

L.Woods

Etta

  • Bring etta home to you with family meal, a daily changing shared menu.
  • Families come in all shapes and sizes. If your family is bigger than 2 people or has a big appetite, please consider adding multiple meals to your order.
  • To place an order for Family Meal, please call 312.757.4444, email orders@ettarestaurant.com [Orders are available for pick up daily starting at 3pm]

  

Government

Please read the FAQ for a full list of essential businesses. Non-Essential businesses can maintain minimum basic activities to preserve the value and condition of the business’s inventory, equipment and location, to maintain security and to process payroll and employee benefits. Additionally, the business can take the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences. We encourage everyone to read the Executive Order and visit  www.chicago.gov/coronavirus or more information.  

We understand that this order will have an impact on all Illinoisans, but this is a critical step to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we thank you in advance for your cooperation - we also want you to know of steps our administration is taking to provide guidance and resources during this challenging time.

To help support businesses in this time of need, last week Mayor Lightfoot announced the details of her relief package, headlined by a $100 million loan fund, to support small businesses affected by COVID-19.These measures are intended to provide much-needed local cash flow and stopgap relief for small businesses as we await federal support that will be necessary for businesses affected by this crisis. Please know that your City is working hard to put the necessary emergency measures in place to support all small businesses during this unprecedented time.  

The following measures are included in Mayor Lightfoot’s Relief Package 

  • Business Tax Deferral: To further provide relief for businesses over the coming weeks, the City is also extending due dates for tax payments until April 30, 2020 for the following City taxes:

    • Bottled Water tax

    • Checkout Bag tax

    • Amusement tax

    • Hotel Accommodation tax

    • Restaurant tax

    • Parking tax

  • Additional Support Measures: On March 18, Mayor Lightfoot announced the temporary suspension or debt collection, ticketing and towing practices until April 30, 2020. The City will also temporarily defer all business fine collections as well as license renewal and late fees for Chicago’s businesses until April 30 th. Finally, the City will also be temporarily suspending non-public safety related business penalties until that date.

Importantly, all of these local measures are meant to serve as immediate, temporary relief to ensure cash flow and supplement federal support that may take a bit longer to activate. All Illinois small businesses are currently eligible to apply for loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Economic Injury Loan Program. These loans can go toward working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits. Business owners can apply for a loan now at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

The Illinois District of the SBA is hosting twice daily webinars on the Economic Injury Disaster Loans starting Thursday, March 18. You can find details and register for these training events at www.sba.gov/il

We know that this is an incredibly difficult time for all Americans, and that small business owners are particularly hit hard by this crisis. This is time for decisive action, and we hope that these relief measures can make an immediate difference. We will be sharing additional information on Chicago’s Small Business Resiliency Fund in the coming days.

In the meantime, please check our new dedicated resource page with the latest guidance and resources for all residents. I am also attaching a menu of resources provided by the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) to help businesses and employers navigate COVID-19.

Please yourself and your family safe, and continue to visit www.chicago.gov/coronavirus for us to date information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

  • Mayor Lightfoot, The Department of Housing and Family Independence Initiative Launch Covid-19 Housing Assistance Grant Program: [Learn More]

 

 Legal

  • Taft Employment Law in the COVID-19 Crisis Webinar March 27th: [Register]

 

Self-Care

 

Mental Health Resources

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