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
CLA Livestream Series: PPP Certification and Forgiveness Tracking
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 Assistance…Tips 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.
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 SBA.gov/Disaster 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: SBA.gov/Updates 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: SBA.gov/LocalAssistance. 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
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, www.wisconsinsbdc.org/disasterloans
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
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.
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.
READ MORE: https://crowe.wisc.edu/data-briefs/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.