Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of our downtown businesses have been making adjustments to their regular business operations, including reduced hours, by appointment only shopping, offering curbside pickup and delivery of product and other creative options to keep you, and their staff, healthy and safe during this health crisis. Please continue to show your support to the small businesses, our friends and neighbors, who provide so much to our community. Visit our EXPLORE DOWNTOWN links for all the latest updates from individual businesses.
Information will continued to be updated as best we are able, but please check with the individual businesses for the latest.
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 25, 2021, Region 1, of which Whiteside County and Sterling are a part, are being returned to PHASE 4. Details are available at the link below.
REGION ONE COVID-10 METRICS – data updated daily
ILLINOIS DCEO PHASE 4 GUIDELINES – Effective January 25, 2021
Main Street Forward – Community & Industry guidance & best practices
US Chamber – Reopening Business Digital Resources Center
Additional links for COVID-19 information:
Small Business Assistance Resources:
Revolving Loan Fund for Sterling Small Businesses
- Business Interruption Grant Program (BIG Grant)
- Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
- Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program
- Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information (SBA)
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information (US Treasury)
- SBA Express Bridge Loans
Area Small Businesses are strongly encouraged to reach out to their LOCAL LENDER, the Small Business Development Center at Sauk Valley Community College, and/or their Accountant to discuss which assistance program(s) are best for their business’s needs.
Follow Sterling Main Street on Facebook for links being shared frequently to other resources.