As of April 27th, the Small Business Administration is taking new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. If you or someone you know is a small business owner who is struggling to keep their employees, do not hesitate to apply. This will only be available for a limited time so please apply as soon as possible.

In new local support, Layoff to Watch from workNet DuPage provides up to $10,000 in grant funds towards skill training to laid-off workers. There is also a weekly webinar series explaining the program along with other assistance measures.

workNet DuPage also just launched a grant program that is accepting applications until Wednesday, May 6th that can provide $5,000–50,000 in funds for businesses for various costs (other than payroll or benefits). See the application and submit to

If you have questions, please contact Lisa Schvach, Executive, DuPage County Workforce Development Division at workNet DuPage Career Center directly at 630-450-0417 or

For more information on general business support, see my previous post: Financial Support for Illinois Businesses.