Local retailers and restaurants are working to serve their customers safely during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering services such as delivery and curbside pickup. Merchants say each order matters and every purchase is important as they navigate the challenges brought on by COVID-19. With the holiday shopping season now complete, continued support for local stores and restaurants is more important than ever. When shopping online, residents are encouraged to look first at local businesses. Visit pickoakpark.com to learn more about Oak Park’s creative, innovative, diverse and committed business community.
Business loans for local small business…Applications are still being accepted for a locally administered loan program intended to help Oak Park small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Loans up to $10,000 each are available initially to registered local businesses with 30 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of less than $2 million. The loans are from the Village share of federal CARES Act Community Development Block Grant funds. More information is posted at www.oak-park.us/covid19businessloan.