COVID-19 Pandemic Resources for Employers and Employees

In light of recent events, we are gathering information for our businesses, community leaders, job seekers, and the public about what resources are available during this historic moment.

We are aware of the need to communicate resources to those who are struggling or simply in search of answers.

We hope you will find the information provided helpful.

  •  Please click on the links for the Cares Resources and SBA to find out what program you are eligible for. Also be in touch with your bank on how they are handling the new programs that are coming out.


Downloadable Guidelines on How to Reopen my Business Sorted by Business Type:

Marketing Your Business Re-Opening:  REACHING CUSTOMERS


WEDC adds protective equipment makers to Wisconsin Supplier Network website.
Read about it here: wisconsin-supplier-network-website

Find suppliers here: Equipment Suppliers


SBA, in consultation with the The U.S. Department of the Treasury, has released the #PaycheckProtectionProgram Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the #CARESAct.     Full details click here: Explanation & Application



Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative
Restaurant Re-Opening Webinar & Pdf presentation: Restaurant Re-Opening Webinar




An EXCELLENT webinar on Employment Discrimination in the Post COVID Era. Presented by the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association’s Talent Development Council. Learn from a panel of experts about what employers need to know as it relates to what they can ask and what they are required to share and do, about exposure to the Coronavirus.  Employment Discrimination in the post COVID-19 era



  The PPP is available again, however the EIDL is temporarily not accepting applications.

The following link is a good resource for applying for the loan.     COVID BRIEFING

* If your bank is not doing the loans, see the information on non-bank resources to apply for the PPP loans. Following is a good article on other nonbank lenders for the PPP loans. You can try these suggestions if you have been unable to get a loan through a traditional bank.
Read more:  Nonbank Lenders


CLA Livestream Series: PPP Certification and Forgiveness Tracking

Livestream Series



U.S. Department of Labor/Wage and Hour Division

“Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions & Answers  READ MORE: Questions & Answers


What Businesses Need to be Doing Regardless of any Government AssistanceTips for Business


  A Plan to Protect Lives, Livelihoods and Wisconsin’s Future.
                                                    Wisconsin is ready to get back to business.
                                                 READ MORE HERE: back to basics


Free Webinar Series
A series of FUN ways you can learn and improve your social media presence as a retailer, restaurant or other customer-driven business.


CARES ACT (Summary of what businesses need to do)

Paycheck Protection Program:  Assistance for Small Businesses

  • The Payroll Protection Program requires borrowers to go to an SBA lender or bank. In our area Chippewa Valley Bank, Associated Bank, Gogebic Range Bank and Incredible Bank are SBA lenders.
  • PayPal is now offering Paycheck Protection Program Loans. Read more: PayPal Paycheck Protection Program loans
  • 6 Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Screw Up Your PPP Loan. Read more: Suggestions for Your PPP Loan


    Updated information on Wisconsin unemployment and how the federal funds will be implemented. CARES Act (a.k.a. Federal Stimulus Bill). READ MORE: Federal Stimulus


  The Treasury Dept. and the IRS have announced Wisconsin taxpayers must use the IRS’ GET MY PAYMENT tool by 11am Central on Wed., May 13 for a chance to get a quicker delivery of their economic impact payment via direct deposit.

  We know you are facing challenging times in this current health crisis. The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to help bring relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.

If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

Also, we encourage you to subscribe to our email updates via: and follow us on Twitter at @SBAgov for the latest news on available SBA resources and services. If you need additional assistance, you can find your local SBA office and resource partners at: If you have questions, you may also call 1-800-659-2955.


  The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has developed a very helpful tool kit that covers a lot of questions for businesses.  Visit: COVID-19 Employer Toolkit



  USTA Travel in the New Normal May 4 2020



 Coronavirus Small Business Guide by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Small Business Guide


Tips from the Wisconsin Bankers Association

On a call with the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the Bankers Association recommended businesses should get in contact with their banks and develop a plan. They suggest you should plan for 3 to 6 months out. There could be workout strategies, deferrals, interest only and new loans that could help out during this time. You should also assemble required documentation (see the cheat sheet above). Be careful on drawing on a line of credit and have patience as banks and the SBA will be overloaded and have delays.

SBA disaster loans available

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network is helping small businesses navigate the process of applying for SBA disaster loans; our state’s disaster declaration came through March 20.
If you have clients looking for help with SBA loans, send them to our web page,

Gov. Evers Suspends Utility Rules and Allows for Additional Consumer Protections
read more: PSC Admin. Rules Suspension

Tax Filing Deadlines to be Pushed Back to July 15
read more: Income Tax Filing Deadline July 15, 2020

Subscribe to their newsletter for more information: IBE newsletter

Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship web page:

  Center for Community & Economic Development (Div. of Extension)
The following page provides business owners with links to information so they may prepare for the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wisconsin and plan accordingly impacts to their business operations.


  Arts Wisconsin is working closely with state and national partners to share information, resources, and actions, and gather impact data, related to the creative sector and COVID-19. 

For information see the following link: ARTS Wisconsin

CARES Act Resources: Arts Wisconsin CARES Act

Federal Arts Funding within the CARES Act: WI Arts Board

SBA Disaster Loans & Emergency Grants, Artist’s Edition: Disaster Loan Assistance/Artist’s

Arts Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Arts Board will continue to host listening sessions each Friday at 9 a.m. to help creative leaders share perspectives on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more: Listening Sessions

How DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations) Are Reacting to COVID-19
Many have been wondering, where do we go from here?
As active members in the community, we too have been wondering this, and how we can play our part in supporting our customers and the travel community at large. Read more: DMOs

Marketing Your Business During a Time of Crisis: Social Siren



Check out Discover Mediaworks while at home by viewing the best of Wisconsin and Outdoor learning resources. Go to: Discover Media Works


COVID-19 Business Resources

This following web page is designed to provide the latest, best information to our clients and the citizens of Wisconsin on resources aimed at maintaining the vitality of the companies upon which our economy depends.

WEDC Business Resources

CROWE Data Briefs are short, regular reports meant to highlight timely and important topics. Data briefs bring economic and policy discussions down to the personal level, showing how economic issues affect individuals and communities.


  WMC, Wisconsin Safety Council and the Business Community Remind Businesses of Best Practices to Keep Employees and Business Safe… READ MORE: BEST PRACTICES (WMC)



In working with WEDC, UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services, Visions Northwest Regional Economic Development, and our organization, we ask you to take the survey linked below by April 6th. Results will be available at the county, region, and state levels and will be used by the state to measure economic losses caused by COVID-19 and will assist in future recovery efforts.

You will note that this survey tool is dated and stamped with Observation Period #1. After your survey completion, you will get a second survey stamped Observation Period #2 the week of May 3rd directly from UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services, in which the questions may be altered slightly. At this time, it is the intention that there will be at least four separate observation period surveys – with the last one at the tail-end of the pandemic.
We realize with an overlap of membership, you may get the survey link from more than one organization. You only need to complete this survey once per observation period. Thank you for your assistance in providing this important information.
Take the survey: SURVEY


The staff at the NWWIB are aware of the need to communicate resources to those who are struggling or simply in search of answers. On our website, we have compiled a list of resources.

For Businesses: NWWIB Resources for businesses
For Employees: NWWIB Resources for employees
If you are looking for information on unemployment insurance see the links above.



Tips & Hacks for Working Remotely
see more: Working Remotely

WI Department of Revenue announces immediate help for small businesses on sales taxes and other steps to help taxpayers in response to COVID-19.

READ MORE: WI Dept. of Revenue help


WORKERS NEEDED by Employers Providing Essential Services. 
Read more: Workers Needed for Essential Services

      Keep up with the latest on COVID-19 on their web page: Iron County Health Dept.


   Wisconsin COVID-19 Information



WITC’s webinars are a free, no pressure option to explore different career fields or gain insight and grow in your current field. To learn more visit:    WITC.EDU

Miller Officials Announce $1M donation was made to the USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) National Charity Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance program.
Read more: Miller Donation

Xcel Energy action letter in response to COVID-19 concerns.

Attention Members!
As an attempt to promote small business and our community during this uncertain time, the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce has developed an online store. Each business will have the opportunity to sell gift cards/certificates on our website. The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce will do most of the legwork. All we ask of you is to supply us with your gift cards/certificates ($20 value) as orders are placed. We will do a weekly report of how many we need from you, have you deliver or mail them to the chamber, and we’ll take care of the rest. We will mail all of them out and then distribute the funds to the respective business. Payments can be made either by check or PayPal, with the fees being covered.
This is not profiting the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce in any way. This is one of the ways we are hoping to show our support and loyalty to all of you, as you are the heart of this community.
Please see the following link for the online store:

State Order Designed to  Help Restaurants Deliver During COVID-19 Pandemic. Read more: Help for Restaurant Delivery

Following is a list of local businesses offering take out and/or delivery.




  Mercer Area Business Updates