The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories.
The Milwaukee Health Department is revising its COVID-19 orders, putting additional restrictions on gatherings, bars and restaurants, sports, and activities that can play a role in the spread of the disease.
Despite the infusion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds administered by WEDC throughout the summer, many Wisconsin small businesses continue to struggle. That is why WEDC is opening up a second phase of We’re All In Small Business Grants, making available more than $50 million of additional CARES Act funding to Wisconsin businesses hard hit by the pandemic.
Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the We’re All In Small Business Grant Program will provide $2,500 to 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.
This page has information on gating criteria for reopening, updated Orders, and updated phased reopening plans.
Restart grants will assist for-profit businesses located in the City of Milwaukee that have 20 or fewer full-time or full-time equivalent employees and greater than $0 but less than $2 million in 2019 revenue. Restart grants shall be limited to one per business owner. All applicants must be current on property taxes owed to the City of Milwaukee up through the 2018 tax bill.
Any business selling gift cards can be listed on the page.
As the state debates how to reopen the economy, it is important that steps are taken to protect the health and safety of Wisconsinites. Businesses must show they are prepared to keep employees, customers and other guests safe. A new normal will exist when businesses are allowed to reopen, and it will be incumbent upon employers to take the necessary steps to minimize risk
As part of the Wisconsin Ready action plan to support businesses to operate safely, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is working with partners across the state to identify manufacturers that can supply personal protective equipment and other materials.
Guidelines and safety measures that will be updated as appropriate for a phased-in approach at reopening business.
To help minority-owned micro-businesses cope with the economic impact of COVID-19 the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant initiative is being launched with a total of $2 million to be available to 1,000 Wisconsin micro-businesses. Applications are accepted May 18-24.
WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.
The reality is, that once your businesses and economy open, customers will still have concerns about protecting themselves and trusting that your space is safe. They may not feel comfortable with entering your restaurant or coffee shop, interacting and touching the merchandise, or touching the credit card machines. Your success and viability depends on understanding how your customers’ needs and concerns have changed following this pandemic. Thanks to Downtown Lansing for this resource!
As states begin to open their economies across the nation, small business owners will first and foremost need to look to both local and state guidelines as they determine how to reopen safely. At the same time, they will need to recognize changes in consumer psyche that may shift shopping habits and perceptions of safe shopping requiring them to adjust basic operations.
Kroger Grocers are sharing some simple best practices they're implementing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taking a look ahead at “new reality” possibilities and working to compile potential reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations as we enter the COVID-19 recovery phase.
#OpenWeStand is for anyone who is keeping the economic health of small business top of mind in this challenging time. It’s for shop owners minding their customers’ and employees’ safety — and for everyone who stands with small business. This website has resources, inspiration, and connection to other everyday entrepreneurs with creative solutions to keep their business open, even if their doors are closed due to COVID-19.
THE WWBIC COVID-19 FAST TRACK LOAN PROGRAM is focused on existing businesses looking for business financing during COVID-19. Business owners have two options to pick from depending on their needs: a line of credit or a term loan.
Kiva loans have expanded eligibility, is making larger loans available, and extending the payback grace period. Because The East Side is a Main Street America Connect Community, WEDC is providing matching funds for applicants in our district.
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by section 1102 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or the Act). This document will be updated on a regular basis.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (“Fund”) was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
The application is live. Business owners can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating.
Information on eligibility, where to apply, borrowing amounts, forgiveness, and application deadlines.
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
Opportunity Fund is committed to supporting existing and new small business customers who are financially struggling amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a small business owner whose business has been impacted, please contact us directly so that we may better serve you.
With the current impacts to our economy, we want to make sure there are ways to help local entrepreneurs. Through Kabbage Payments™, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses.
The firm will promptly deploy $8 million, including $5 million in the U.S. and $3 million in international markets to support vulnerable and underserved small businesses.
This grant offering is to assist small ethnic and diverse businesses of any industry that are a business member in of one of our coalition members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before filling out this application, please note that you MUST be a for-profit entity AND a member in good standing with one of our affiliate chambers of commerce.
On this page, you will find up-to-date resources from NFIB and outside organizations. Throughout this time, NFIB will continue to offer webinars, legislative monitoring, and additional resources.
As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.
Quickbooks is committing up to $1 million through a fund and employee-directed contributions while also seeking donations from other large partners. With support crowdsourced from the world's largest small business community, We're excited to see this initiative grow. If you're a small business impacted by COVID-19or want to help a local business, you can start a GoFundMe fundraiser.
gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one office hours will also be available.
SBA assistance, loans, and updates.
A compilation of local, state, federal, and private resources to assist businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic.
To assist restaurants that currently do not have a "Loading Zone" adjacent to their business, the City has implemented a temporary program to provide "Restaurant Carryout Zones”.
Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Information on Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Here are the top CDC-recommended tips that small business owners can take to mitigate risk, protect employees and support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Small Business Association has compiled resources and strategies for small businesses.
Our only private resource, but it's a good one.
The program provides funds to Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to make grants to existing loan clients to mitigate short-term cash flow issues and protect jobs and public health in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Click here to find a CDFI in Wisconsin.
Community is at the heart of everything we do. As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on communities across the country, we are compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis.
This resources page has been developed to summarize and equip members with current information and best practices in preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 in urban place management districts.
If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help. This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.
Donate to or apply for emergency relief for bartenders during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.
To help support our city's artists and creators, we are raising money for a MKE Artist Relief Fund that will benefit Milwaukee-based artists who have experienced a financial loss due to a cancelled live event, performance, or engagement.
Arts Wisconsin is working with state and national partners to share information, resources, and actions related to the creative sector and COVID-19, and to gather data to assess the impact of postponements and cancellations.
Milwaukee Downtown gathered resources to assist the businesses, both large and small, in our community that are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.