COVID-19 Impact Survey

The NACC actively advocates on behalf of the business community.  Our collective voice is both coveted and influential in shaping policy at the local, state and federal level.  From the early days of the COVID-19 crisis many elected officials reached out to us wanting to know the needs of our Chamber Members.  We were ableContinue reading

Latest News

Bad News/ Good News for Payroll Protection Program Loans

It was announced last week (4/16) that initial funding for the PPP program in the CARES Act has been depleted and the SBA will not be processing further applications.  Additionally, it was announced that the SBA EIDL loan funds were also depleted. U.S. Chamber of Commerce officials say they are very confident that Congress (inContinue reading

Looking at Back to Work Plans & IL Loans Now Available

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Return to Work Plan Just Released We have been on several calls recently to learn effective strategies to “reopen” our economy.  The U.S. Chamber just released yesterday a national return to work plan exploring the extreme complexities to consider and how to best protect employees and our communities while not exposingContinue reading

The NACC is asking YOU to Pay It FORWARD.

Before we can get back to our new “Business-As-Usual” we need bold ideas to bridge the gap. As your Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit membership-based organization – we understand your financial constraints. NACC has been faced with difficult decisions of our own, and we know that these are uncertain times. We’ve reached out to aContinue reading

Breaking News: Worker’s Comp Claims for Essential Businesses Emergency Rule

This morning, (4/13/20), the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission voted to authorize an emergency rule creating a rebuttable presumption that an employee who comes down with COVID-19 is presumed to have caught the virus at that work was the reason.  This rule not only applies to healthcare workers and first responders but all workers in deemedContinue reading

How to Help the Chamber (and other Members)

We belong to such an amazing and giving community.  I know this because every time I meet with a Member to see how I can help them, they inevitably ask how they can help me at the Chamber.  As we continue to Business Forward at the Chamber and continue to be a resource to ourContinue reading

Key Programs that Support Business

Wow!  How things have changed since our last The Current Update!  As soon as COVID-19 began to impact our businesses community, federal, state and local officials began creating resources to help our businesses and not-for-profit agencies keep their doors open.  Below are key programs that could provide significant support for our Members and the businessContinue reading

This is a Temporary Normal

Allow me to be honest with you. COVID-19 has upended so many aspects of our business and our lives. This is hard. This is hard professionally and personally. I don’t know about you, but my kids somehow find their way onto most of my conference calls. We are learning new ways to work, and newContinue reading

Government Affairs Brief: 4.3.2020

CARES Act & Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Roll Out As we reported yesterday (4/2/20), our Chamber Members in the banking industry warned us to expect hiccups in the roll-out of the PPP loans today.  The final rules from the CARES Act were not released to financial institutions until very late last night (April 2nd).  TheContinue reading

Government Affairs Brief: 4.2.2020

Payroll Protection Program (PPP) of the CARES Act Opens April 3rd Yesterday, NACC hosted a webinar where Kevin Courtois, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce discussed in detail the CARES ACT and specifically, the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) – a key economic stimulus for small business.  The loanContinue reading