Message and Resources from the Joliet Chamber regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
The Joliet Chamber Staff and the Board of Directors are actively monitoring the continuing developments regarding the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we encourage all of our Chamber Members and their employees to educate themselves to the fullest in order to understand all of the facts surrounding this coronavirus disease.
We also encourage everyone to follow recommendations from trusted healthcare institutions and centers. We urge you as employers to consider steps that can be taken to prepare for potential impact on your workplace and your employees.
Please be aware of issues that may develop such as: leaves of absence, privacy, working remotely, and workforce reduction. We will continue to update our membership with any changes on the local, State and Federal level. Here are some useful links to review and share:
- Will County Health Department
- Illinois Department of Health
- COVID-19 updates from the World Health Organization
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees
- Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus
- Facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions
Additional resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Again, we encourage all to constantly review facts regarding COVID-19 by utilizing the above links. A common message has been we’re all in this together, so let’s support one another, continue to do business local and with fellow Chamber members, and follow recommendations from the health professionals. Finally, you will be receiving a packet in the mail of upcoming Chamber programs and events. We plan to take each program and event on a case by case basis as the safety and well-being of our Chamber members, as well as the community, is of utmost importance. Please check our social media, your email, and our Chamber website for any updates.
We thank you all for your continued patience and support as we navigate this situation together.
Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry Staff and Board of Directors
Virtual Conference Series: COVID-19 Discussion with U.S. Congressman Bill Foster and State Representative Larry Walsh Jr. (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: CARES Act Update with US Chamber of Commerce (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Federal Update on Funding Infusion & Next Phase w/ Congressman Foster (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: COVID-19 Perspectives from a Public Health Professional – Sue Olenek of the Will County Health Dept. (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: City Update with Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: COVID-19 Report From Inside Our Local Hospitals (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: State of Illinois Update as we move toward Reopening with Representative Mark Batinick (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Filling the knowledge and skills gap…how JJC can help through a registered apprenticeship program (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Reshaping Your Workplace w/ Rightsize Facility (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: What You Need to Know for Phase 3 / Reopening, PPP Forgiveness & Possible Changes, and Liability Protection (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Illinois Special Session Recap (Video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Town Hall Meeting – Focusing on Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Moving Forward into the Next Phases (video recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace…in the World (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Will County Update – Pandemic Funding, Ballots by Mail, and Census Information (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Supporting Employee Mental, Emotional and Social Health (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Introduction and Overview of the new Small Business Development Center & Phase 4 Economic Resurgence Tools & Tips (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Child care: Increasingly vital to our workforce & economy (Video Recording)
Slide Presentation can be downloaded here: ReadyNation PPT 8.5.2020
Child Care Restoration Grants: $270 million for licensed providers with reduced capacity and experiencing business interruption-
Application info: https://tinyurl.com/ILGrantApp
*Note: Aug. 14 application deadline
Info on ordering Personal Protective Equipment for child care providers (only pay shipping): https://tinyurl.com/ILPPEhelp
Virtual Conference Series: Government Affairs Legislative Coffee with U.S. Congressman Bill Foster and Jason Keller, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Making the Most of your Membership Profile (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Answers to COVID Questions Moving Forward (Register Here)
Virtual Conference Series: Government Affairs Coffee Series – Progressive Income Tax Discussion with Leslie Munger (Register Here)
Useful documents to guide you through questions and answers from the COVID-19 crisis
US CofC Phase_3_Bipart_Summary_FINAL (CARES Act)
IL Treasurer SmallBizCOVID19ReliefProgram Due April 1
YouTube (Friday) Video Update Playlist
Latest COVID-19 Updates
Coronavirus update for 9.3.2020 – Continuing Resolution, but no COVID Resolution and of course Jobs Report
Chamber Members: Today we share once again the jobless claims over the past week. We look below at some other topics and updates. The main news is the announcement of an agreement to avert a government shutdown, but that means no coupling with coronavirus funding. We...
Chamber Members: Our region now has a partner in mitigation measures as the area east of St. Louis has matched our restrictions one week after the announcement for us here in Region 7 and after their two weeks attempt to reduce positivity below 6.5%. Also, some news...
Chamber Members: Can you believe that we are staring the month of September today? This means 29 days until a potential federal government shutdown and 63 days until the elections. We are now entering the 7th month touched by the COVID pandemic. Here is today’s update...
Chamber Members: Welcome to another week. Last week certainly was an interesting one considering it was noticeably quiet out in Washington DC, but definitely more action back home. Here is a recap from over the last few days and info about our next virtual conference....
Coronavirus update for 8.27.2020 – Letter to the Governor, Unemployment Payments, and DC Talks Again?
Chamber Members: We have job numbers to report since it is Thursday, but more importantly today we are sharing a letter that has been sent to Governor Pritzker and additional elected officials regarding the Region 7 mitigations. The full letter is attached as well....
Chamber Members: Today we’re going to keep it light and quick as we’re working through some of the backlash from yesterday’s announcement. So, most of the information below is a reminder of what is going on as far as new mitigation efforts that began today,...
Coronavirus update for 8.25.2020 – Governor Comes to Town to Deliver Bad News & Reminder of $15K Grant
Chamber Members: Governor Pritzker was in Joliet to announce the new rules for our Region due to positivity rates climbing above 8%. You will see below the final details as we jumped straight to tougher measures in comparison to what Region 4 saw last week. Press...
Coronavirus update for 8.24.2020 – Good News and Not So Good News: Grants of $15k, but Mitigation Begins
Chamber Members: Two major things to review today. One on the good news side and the other on the unfortunate side. First, as eluded to last week a few times, our region will be going into mitigation mode after successive days of positivity rates. See below for full...
Chamber Members: It is Friday, so who’s ready for the weekend? We have a confirmed Democratic Presidential Nominee after Joe Biden accepted last night. The elections are just a short time away realistically. With that said, read below for the latest on the Post Office...
Coronavirus update for 8.20.2020 – Unemployment #’s on National & State Level and Important Grant $ Reminder
Chamber Members: More records broken today in Illinois! Not sure if that is a good thing or not, but it’s a record. Yesterday we reported COVID tests went over the 50,000 mark and then today that number hit 51,000+. Positive tests were less than yesterday though, so...