Emergency Business Assistance

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE:
Links to Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants

US Government CARES Act:
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.pdf 

Downstate Small Business Stabilization / CARES Act
https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/CommunityInfrastructure/Pages/DownstateSmBizStabilizaition.aspx
 
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

www.sba.gov/disaster
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
 
CITY OF BENTON:
https://bentonil.com/
Downtown Small Business Stabilization Program and Additional Resources
City of Benton – Coronavirus Information and Resource Page
City Email: rgartner@bentonil.com
 
BENTON CHAMBER:
https://www.bentonwestcitychamber.com/covid19.html
Chamber email: chamber@bentonwestcity.com
 
MAN-TRA-CON:
Adult, Dislocated Worker, or Youth Employment & Training programs, contact Program Director Michelle Cerutti at 618-998-0970, ext. 229.
Business Services, contact Business Services Administrator Debra Keelin at 618-998-0970, ext. 224, or via email.
Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board and/or Economic Development, contact Kathy Lively at 618-998-0970, ext. 237 or via email.
 
SIU Business Center
​Greg Bouhl  (618) 536-4451  /  greg@siu.edu

Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity 
Kim Watson /Senior Account Manager-Southern Region
Cell:  (618) 889-6731 Phone:  (618) 993-7621  Email: Kim.Watson@illinois.gov
Web:  www.illinois.gov/dceo

Paycheck Protection Program

This program provides cash flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers and those that use the loans to maintain payroll and benefits or meet other qualifying business expenses may have the loan forgiven. Applications can be found here.