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DCEO’s African American Business Development Manager Matt Simpson will be hosting a series of webinars focusing on African American small businesses. Matt will be joined by a representative from the Small Business Administration to discuss the federal programs that are available. Please note the below webinars are open to all Illinois small business owners. However, DCEO recognizes that there are unique challenges that African American business owners face and will speak to those concerns in this webinar series.

If you have questions, please contact Matt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dates and Times:

  • Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Southern & Southwest Region: (East St Louis, Centerville, Carbondale, Cairo) please register at https://bit.ly/2yhb8TS
  • Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - North Central, Northern Stateline, Northwest, West Central, and East Central Regions (Peoria, Decatur, Champaign, Quad Cities, Galesburg) please register at https://bit.ly/3b9Kknj
  • Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Northeast Region (Chicago South Suburbs, Dolton, Riverdale, South Holland, Thornton, Lansing) please register at https://bit.ly/2RDzyhl
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mask giveaway

 

We know personal protective equipment is in short supply, so we are trying to help out with a Mask Giveaway this Saturday. All 8th ward residents are invited to come from noon to 2 p.m. (or until supplies last) at 7415 S. East End Avenue.

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student loan relief

Illinois has expanded payment relief for student loan borrowers. Borrowers in need of assistance should contact their student loan servicer to identify the options that are appropriate to their circumstances. To determine the type of federal loans you have, visit www.nslds.ed.gov.

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Sims Testing Sites

Have COVID-19-like symptoms? You can get a test. In the above graphic, you'll find the testing sites in or near the 17th District. Just be sure to look closely at the requirements before you head to a testing site. They may want you to set an appointment.

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