The City of Rochelle today renewed a commitment to helping small businesses affected by the Governor’s order for bars and restaurants to close to indoor patrons this week.
“This is the time to come together and support our small businesses,” said Mayor John Bearrows. “These are the entrepreneurs who support our little league teams and give to the local causes on our hearts.”
First, local restaurants and bars affected by the closure order will be eligible to receive grant funds of up to $1,000 per week for up to six weeks based on the type of business. Those with established drive-through, delivery or carryout service previous to COVID-19 may apply for lesser amounts. A simple application will be available on the City’s website by October 2.
“Our small businesses are vital to the local economy,” said City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh. “It is essential that we do everything to support them through this by investing in this community. I encourage all of our residents to do the same.”
The City of Rochelle has implemented a Shop Local Incentive for RMU Customers. By spending $300 at local businesses that were deemed non-essential by the Governor’s executive order, RMU Customers may submit receipts to enjoy a $60 credit on a utility bill. Residents may take advantage of this program twice per household through the end of 2021.
This fall, the City of Rochelle and Rochelle Chamber of Commerce will offer a Restaurant Gift Card Giveaway! By spending $25 at five of the restaurants affected by this closure, residents may submit receipts to receive a $25 gift card to a local restaurant of their choice!
The City has established a Façade Improvement Program, Cash Mob, and waived building permits for small businesses in the community all as a means to assist the entrepreneurs in our community.