In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, your business may be impacted for various reason and you may be left in the unfortunate position of laying off staff members. In the event of a layoff, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Local Workforce Innovation Areas Rapid Response Team offers valuable resources that may be beneficial to any affected workers. For more information on submitting a WARN Notice or creating a Company Specific Layoff page as well as other information surrounding your company and COVID-19 check out this article.

August is Black Business Month and is a time to recognize the contributions of the 132,000+ black-owned businesses throughout Illinois. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will host a series of webinars "highlighting community leaders, organizations, and business enterprises through a campaign inviting Illinoisians to "Shop Black-owned Business Saturdays." Learn more about Black Business Month.