Covid-19 Information

COVID-19 Update: April 3rd

It's Friday
We made it through another week!!

Please find below some information regarding a couple of programs available to businesses. Please be advised that the information is changing, sometimes hourly. So please check with your lender and bear with them as they get the information processed. Since the lobbies are closed, an appointment is required so please call ahead.

Please look over the links that detail what is needed to hopefully streamline the process.

Just a reminder the Kewanee Chamber office is closed to the public but we are working as best we can on-site and remotely.

We have been told that adding new information on to the previous updates is helpful if someone did not see the previous one. Therefore we will continue to add new information instead of composing all new page edits.


Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program Grant

The City of Kewanee is preparing the grant information and will be holding a public hearing on April 9th at 6:30 p.m. Information will be made available on the City website and on social media on how to participate in this meeting by electronic device.


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The U.S. Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) on March 31 unveiled details of the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program, including instructions for businesses to apply for funds. Established by the federal CARES Act, this program is designed to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.

Who, what, when?

Beginning Friday, April 3, businesses with fewer than 500 employees, including sole proprietors, private nonprofit organizations and veterans organizations, may apply for loans of up to $10 million. Beginning April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply for funds.

How to apply

The Chamber encourages businesses and entrepreneurs to contact the Small Business Development Center and their bank or credit union for immediate assistance.

Loan forgiveness

The SBA will forgive loans if the funds are used to cover payroll costs, including benefits, rent, mortgage interest and utilities for eight weeks after the loan is made and all employee and compensation levels are maintained. Due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must be used for payroll.


Governor Pritzker unveils new "All In Illinois" campaign to encourage residents to continue observing social distancing guidelines. Check out the new campaign by clicking on the link below:


Bars, Restaurants, Lodging Grant Deadline!!
The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 p.m. April 1st

The Illinois DCEO has released information on how to obtain a possible grant if you are in the hospitality industry. Please click on the link below which will take you to the City of Kewanee website and the information needed to fill out the grant application. Additional small business grants and loan information will be available soon.


Please find 2 informative flyers provided by OSF Healthcare and a release from Regional Daily news that will allow businesses the ability to get the word out on their opening and closings notices. Please click on the links to access them.


Healthcare, First Responders and Service Personnel

Shoe Sensation is closed to the public but wants to make sure that the Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Service personnel have access to shoes in case they blow out a shoe helping patients. Shoe Sensation will start offering curbside pick up for those essential workers.

Essential workers can call the store at 309-761-8063 between 9am and 7pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 4pm on Sunday, to talk to the managers to place orders for any shoe they need for work and set up a time to pick them up.

Curbside pick up is not available to the general public.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:
Loren Gates
Store Manager
Shoe Sensation Store 884
137 D W South St
Kewanee, IL 61443
309-761-8063


We still feel the best information can be found at the websites below as they are updated regularly with official information.

Also go to the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and check out the list of local restaurants and post a picture.

We continue to assemble resources and information for the business community regarding COVID-19.

Illinois DCEO is tracking the impact of this crisis on business and is asking businesses to complete a short survey.  Answers to these questions will help inform state policy makers on shaping responses.

Hope you find the quick guide of Kewanee Restaurants useful.  Remember they may not all be open for service at this time.

Kewanee Restaurants