Evanston’s economic development manager says the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for Evanston businesses.

In an interview with Evanston Now Paul Zalmezak also discussed efforts to help local business owners apply for state and federal assistance programs to help them get through the crisis.

The city will host a question and answer session for business owners at noon Tuesday on Facebook and cable channel 16. Questions can be submitted in advance here.

Update 3/31/20 1:30 p.m.: Here’s a replay of the Q&A session:

The webinar with a representative from the Small Business Administration on federal assistance programs will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday and you can register for that here.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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