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
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
Chamber Members: It is the end of another week and the beginning of action in the state to try and keep us from slipping back into heavier restrictions. Read below for the announcement from Governor Pritzker today as we hit 2,000 plus COVID cases the first time since...
Chamber Members: You know what day it is. The fourth day of the week is the day that we deliver the jobs report. Today’s news is slightly better than the last two weeks. A seasonally adjusted 1.2 million new people applied for unemployment benefits in the week ending...
Chamber Members: Happy Wednesday! Thanks to Sean Noble from ReadyNation for sharing information this morning on our virtual conference call about the crucial role that child care and early education plays in our economy and future workforce. The recording and some...
Chamber Members: It was good to see a great number of you yesterday at the golf outing! So glad to hear the feedback that these updates have and continue to benefit out members. Today’s message will be packed with info as we catch up on what has transpired over the...
Chamber Members: It is hard to believe that July is wrapping up and also hard to believe that we’re moving into August without clear direction on a new federal funding bill. It has been months since the last one and expirations take place today and others not too long...
Chamber Members: Today is Thursday which means it is that time of the week for our usual unemployment reports. Unfortunately, not much other good news today on the economy or discussions in DC regarding a funding bill. Probably best to just put this gloomy day behind...
Chamber Members: We are halfway through the week. Today’s update will focus on three things – P4 details, Governor rollback on sports (and other threats), and the impending expiration of the bonus unemployment payments. First, here is what has shown up in the bill for...
Chamber Members: Happy Tuesday! What a nice day it is. Let’s take a look today about more revolving around the federal funding proposal now known as the HEALS Act. Also, a few items to take a step back at and possibly be surprised at. Democratic Response to HEALS Act...
Chamber Members: It’s Monday and after a number of delays, we finally have a public proposal from Republicans in Congress. The stage has officially been set for this long-awaited showdown on who gets what they want in a small amount of negotiation time for something...
Chamber Members: Hope you all enjoyed the week and look forward to the last week of July coming up. Hard to believe sometimes we are heading into August. Today we will share the usual end of week unemployment report, as well as some information on the importance of...