Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

We know that right now everything is constantly changing and evolving. We are working hard to provide support to our members and the entire community and surrounding areas.  If we all come together and continue to remain positive and support each other we will get through this.

Please look through this page in full for a listing of many resources for business owners and all community members effected by this Corona virus.

Take a deep breath and we will all get through this together. Be excellent to each other. Shop local. Reach out to our businesses and organizations to see how you can help. Order takeout & support our local businesses!

Subscribe to our newsletter: HERE
Liz Vos
Executive Director
Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce



5/5/20 The Governor’s Office has released their Restore Illinois Plan.

Click the HERE to learn more


5/12/20 This is the most up to date list of restaurants and bars that are providing food and in what capacity. Please call them ahead and practice social distancing. Please email us at with any updates. Keep an eye on our Facebook page


Printable link to the menu:List of Bars & Restaraunts 5-12-20


List of Bars & Restaraunts 5-12-20

5/12/20 Information on bar and restaurant food services: YES, many restaurants have made the decision to remain open to serve customers, but Governor Pritzker has ordered no “on-site consumption” to limit risk of public exposure. Customers may call for curb side pick-up or delivery. Customers are strongly urged to call in orders well in advance to avoid wait time and long pick-up lines (which could increase risk of exposure.)

Social distancing (six foot separation) is expected to be practiced.

This is the distance of two adult outstretched arms touching fingertips.

Further details on Oregon’s restaurant guidelines can be found by clicking: Bar & Restaraunt Guidelines 3-17-20.

Oregon’s Street Department has also established temporary ‘pick-up parking’ spaces near restaurants with time-limited parking for the convenience of customers.



Our area is now eligible for relief: HERE


Click Here for the Slide Show to help walk you through the process



Resources for your business: HERE


Ogle County Health Department: HERE

Unemployment: HERE

Unemployment is now also available to business owners and self-employed through the PUA program.

The PUA program has been established for individuals who are
unemployed for reasons attributable to COVID-19 and not covered by the
state’s regular unemployment insurance program. To establish eligibility
under the new program, the claimant will have to demonstrate he/she is not
eligible under the regular program. Applying for and being denied benefits
under the regular program can help establish eligibility under the new
temporary program

Please take a look at this informational video that will help guide you through the process:

There are job openings in many places including the Rockford airport. Grocery stores are in need of help, Target, & box stores. If you do need to file for unemployment: Register the last day that you worked.

Please contact Roger Anderson at BEST for help with employment. or call 815-631-2104

He is very knowledgeable and will help.


Paycheck Protection Program

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.
Self employed/gig workers/1099 are eligible for this. Banks are looking at your bank statement to show your net profit as your paycheck.

More information



The Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant Program

The City of Oregon has accepted 6 applications in the first round & are able to accept more applications for the next round.
Please consider utilizing this grant! Contact your local unit of Government to see how you can apply.

​With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and its detrimental impact on small businesses, the State is invoking its option to adjust Community Development Block Grant allocations to address specific needs to benefit Illinois’ non-entitlement communities in case of unforeseen circumstances. $20 million will be available for this program. The Downstate Small Business Stabilization component has been established to provide working capital funds to community’s businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

Applications must be submitted by a unit of local government recognized by the Illinois Constitution and able to support economic development activities on a sufficient scale. This includes cities, villages, and counties. Applications will be made “in support of” the benefiting business and funds will be passed through to the business via a Participation Agreement.

The program component makes funds available for 60 days of verifiable working capital up to a grant ceiling of $25,000 and is available for businesses that employ 50 people or less. Number of employees includes the business owner(s). Except there must be at least one FTE(E) other than business owner.

A Few Details_Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant


Oregon Sm Bus CDBG Pre-application. (1)



Food Pantry: Please click this link for all the details: Immediate Assistance

There are two food pantry’s in our area.

Lifeline Food Pantry in Conover Square: Oregon, Chana, and parts of Gran Detour that are in Ogle County.
201 N 3rd St Suite #6 Oregon, IL 61061
Emergency: 815-564-8234

Loaves & Fishes serving Mt. Morris, Leaf River & Byron.  Located in the Church of the Brethren 409 W Brayton Rd Mt Morris, IL 61054. Emergency Packet contact: Ed Weinburg 815-734-4250 or Lori Wolff 608-774-8370 or Barb Diehl 815-734-4011


Illinois Department of Human Services: SNAP, Medical, Cash, Housing

Apply online:

Call the local office & leave a message (815) 732-2166. They are working remotely & can help you apply over the phone. You can also call 800-843-6154.

Please print out this form and share with anyone who may need it but is unable to apply online or over the phone.  Application form here: forms



5/12/20 Updated Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce