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Your all-in-one information resource for small business assistance, including grants, loans, and best practices.

City of Aurora Financial Relief Programs


Food and Beverage Sale Tax Rebate

The Food and Beverage Sale Tax Rebate program will allow restaurants and bars to forego paying the City sales taxes for 90 days from March through May 2021. By statute, businesses must still collect taxes from patrons but will not have to remit them to the City and instead use them as a revenue source for business stabilization. The valuation of the rebate program is just over $1 million.

Liquor License Fee Waiver

The Liquor License Fee Waiver initiative will allow 124 businesses with on-site liquor consumption to forego the annual liquor license renewal fee for 2021-2022. At a savings of up to $2,070 per company, the initiative's total valuation is approximately $250,000.

The City will automatically apply these relief plans to qualifying businesses.

Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Options

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

First Draw PPP Loans

Loan Details

First Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits, and may also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

  • PPP loans have an interest rate of 1%.
  • Loans issued prior to June 5, 2020 have a maturity of two years. Loans issued after June 5, 2020 have a maturity of five years.
  • Loan payments will be deferred for borrowers who apply for loan forgiveness until SBA remits the borrower's loan forgiveness amount to the lender. If a borrower does not apply for loan forgiveness, payments are deferred 10 months after the end of the covered period for the borrower’s loan forgiveness (either 8 weeks or 24 weeks).
  • No collateral or personal guarantees are required.
  • Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.

Who qualifies?

  • Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons
  • Any small business concern that meets SBA’s size standards (either the industry size standard or the alternative size standard)
  • Any business, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 501(c)(19) veterans organization, or tribal business concern (sec. 31(b)(2)(C) of the Small Business Act) with the greater of:
    • 500 employees, or
    • That meets the SBA industry size standard if more than 500
  • Any business with a NAICS code that begins with 72 (Accommodations and Food Services) that has more than one physical location and employs less than 500 per location

Second Draw PPP Loans

Loan Details

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan with the same general loan terms as their First Draw PPP Loan. 

Second Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.

For most borrowers, the maximum loan amount of a Second Draw PPP Loan is 2.5x average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million. For borrowers in the Accommodation and Food Services sector (use NAICS 72 to confirm), the maximum loan amount for a Second Draw PPP Loan is 3.5x average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs up to $2 million.

Who qualifies? 

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020

Find more information here.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Economic Injury Disaster Loans provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

Who: Small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

Interest rate: 3.75% for small businesses, 2.75%.for non-profits.

Terms: Long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. No pre-payment penalty or fees.

Use of Proceeds: Working capital and normal operating expenses. Example: continuation of health care benefits, rent, utilities, fixed debt payments.

Collateral Requirements: Required for loans over $25,000. SBA uses a general security agreement (UCC) designating business assets as collateral, such as machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, etc.

Both Loans? Yes, you can get both an EIDL and a Paycheck Protection Program (mentioned above) loan as long as they don’t pay for the same expenses. Make sure to check with your lender before taking both types of loans if you are not sure of the specifics.

SBA Express Bridge Loans

The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

Small Business Administration Debt Relief

SBA is providing debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initial Debt Relief Assistance

As a part of the CARES Act, SBA is authorized to pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all 7(a), 504, and Microloans reported in regular servicing status (excluding PPP loans). This debt relief to borrowers was originally dependent on the loan being fully disbursed prior to September 27, 2020 and does not apply to loans made under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

These original provisions were amended on December 27, 2020 through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act). The Economic Aid Act revised the eligibility criteria for assistance to include all 7(a), 504, and Microloans approved up to September 27, 2020 even if not fully disbursed. All other provisions for initial debt relief remained the same.

Borrowers need not apply for this assistance. SBA provides this assistance automatically as provided below:

  • For loans not on deferment, SBA will make monthly payments based on the next payment due on eligible loans for a total amount equivalent to no more than 6 months of installment payments.
  • For loans currently on deferment, SBA will begin making monthly payments with the first payment due after the deferment period ends for a total amount equivalent to no more than 6 months of installment payments.

Additional Debt Relief Assistance

The Economic Aid Act also authorized additional debt relief payments to 7(a), 504, and Microloan borrowers beyond the 6-month period prescribed in the CARES Act. The level of assistance varies based on when the loan was approved and will begin on or after February 1, 2021. Please contact your Lender for questions on the availability of this assistance for your SBA loan.

Small Business Owner Resources and Information


Federal Resources

Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus (SBA)

Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application (SBA)

Loan Guidance (SBA)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: What Businesses Need to Know

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces

State Resources

Restore Illinois: Phase 4 Guidelines for Reopening

Illinois Phase 4 Business Guidance FAQ

Coronavirus Information for Small Businesses

Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

Stay at Home Order & Essential Business Guidance

Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program

Business & Organization Guidance (IDPH)