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Pandemic Unemployment Assistance still available - Tuesday, August 4, 2020
People who are self-employed may be able to apply for (PUA) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance if affected by COVID-19. Please see the following sites for requirements:
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/pua/
https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/publications/ui/pua-18774-p.pdf
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Wisconsin Face Covering Order - Friday, July 31, 2020
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Wisconsin Department of Tourism - Wave 16 Report - Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Longwoods just released wave 16 of their COVID-19 Travel Sentiment Study.  read more ...
Extension of Paycheck Protection Program - Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President Trump signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. read more ...
Wisconsin Department of Tourism Report - Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Are you wondering how Tourism in Wisconsin is doing? read more ...
SBA - Restaurants and Bars Still Struggle - Wednesday, July 1, 2020
See Small Business Facts Sheet read more ...
We're All In Grant - WEDC - Friday, June 19, 2020
We’re All In Small Business Grant Program will provide $2,500 grants 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.
Deadline to apply is fast approaching. The online grant application will be accessible for one week from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.
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Complete Your 2020 Census - Friday, June 19, 2020
For every person not counted, your county stands to lose $18,000 per decade ($1,800 per year) in government funding. Fill out your Census forms!  read more ...
Wisconsin Farm Support Program - Monday, June 15, 2020
The Wisconsin Farm Support Program is a federally funded program that will provide $50 million of relief to farmers that suffered economic damages in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how to apply. read more ...
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Reopening - Monday, June 15, 2020
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. read more ...
Federal Reserve Board Expands Main Street Lending Program - Monday, June 8, 2020
Allows more Small & Medium-sized Businesses to be able to receive support read more ...
Farmers Market Guidance - Friday, June 5, 2020
Guidance is from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Department of Health Services (DHS), and was provided by Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association (WATA). read more ...
New COVID-19 OSHA Guidance for Construction Industry - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic read more ...
USDA to Provide $1 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and Ag Producers - Friday, May 22, 2020
$1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA BusinessCol & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act read more ...
Main Street Business Retention Webinar - Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Building Resiliency in a New Era - WEDA, the National Main Street Center and WEDC are offering a FREE Main Street Business Retention Webinar on June 4th 1:30 - 3:00 pm.  read more ...
Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We're All In Grant Program - Monday, May 18, 2020
Initiative to Spur Wisconsin's Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices
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CDC Issues Decision Tools for Guidance in Reopening - Friday, May 15, 2020
Check out tools for each type of business to help you reopen. read more ...
WEDC Reopening Guidelines for Various Businesses - Friday, May 15, 2020
Downloadable Files for each Sector read more ...
Wisconsin Safety Council - COVID-19 Information - Friday, May 15, 2020
WSC - Returning to Work 8 Steps read more ...
Columbia County to follow Supreme Court Decision - Friday, May 15, 2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the Safer at Home Emergency Order #28 read more ...
Supreme Court Overturns Safer at Home Order - Friday, May 15, 2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Gov. Evers' Safer at Home Order read more ...
Governor Evers Announcement - #36 Turning the Dial further - Monday, May 11, 2020
EMERGENCY ORDER #36 Interim Order to Turn the Dial
Allows all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing practices. Additionally, allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. All businesses must continue to follow all safety precautions and guidelines as outlined in the Safer at Home order.
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WEDC Reopen Guidelines for Businesses - Monday, May 11, 2020
In addition to the requirements outlined in Order #36 and Safer at Home, all essential and nonessential businesses must review and consider the Wisconsin Department of Economic Development guidelines on safe business practices, available here.  read more ...
WEDC Ethnic Minority Grant - Monday, May 11, 2020
Applications Only May 18-24, 2020 read more ...
Small Business Administration's Agricultural Assistance for Wisconsin's Farmers - Friday, May 8, 2020
SBA Agricultural Assistance read more ...
Wisconsin Restaurant Organization Resources for Restaurants Reopening - Friday, May 8, 2020
WRA has developed information and resources to help restaurants think through some important issues and have useful tools on-hand to be prepared when it is possible to reopen.
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Governor Evers Announcement - Turning the Dial - Friday, May 8, 2020
Gov. Evers Announces Best Practices and Safety Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses read more ...
Webinar Preparing Your Business for Recovery - Monday, May 4, 2020
Wisconsin Economic Development Association http://www.weda.org/ (WEDA) is hosting an interesting webinar tomorrow (May 5th). This webinar is designed for businesses, to help gain a better understanding on how to prepare a financial plan for your business and how these existing financial programs may help fill your long-term cash flow needs. The webinar is designed to provide case studies to better illustrate to business owners how they can benefit from these programs. Register at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7297168809027559440
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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Add'l Dollars in Program - Monday, April 27, 2020
Applications for Small Business Assistance Opened Monday, April 27, 2020. The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at 9:30am on Monday. The program, which ran out of money the first time around, was replenished with $320 million after President Trump signed it into law last week. The bill also provides an additional $60 billion for the SBA Disaster Loan Program, $75 billion in funding for hospitals and healthcare providers, and $25 billion to support our historic testing efforts. read more ...
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) - Tuesday, April 21, 2020
NEW TODAY : The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is now taking applications from self-employed people and small businesses.
Self-employed people are not usually eligible for unemployment payments, as they do not pay for unemployment insurance for themselves through payroll contributions. In this special circumstance, the federal CARES Act provides for unemployment payments during the Covid crisis. For more information, please visit: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/pua/ read more ...
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Monday, April 20, 2020
The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative offering short-term relief for small employers in the United States and its territories. This is an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. To apply, you must run a small business or chamber of commerce with between 3-20 employees (including yourself and not including independent contractors). The business must be located in an economically vulnerable community. This is defined as the bottom 80% of the most economically distressed zip codes in the United States, as ranked by the Distressed Communities Index. Before starting the application, you will be asked for the zip code where you are registered by the IRS as doing business, which will confirm your eligibility. read more ...
Badger Bounce Back Plan - Monday, April 20, 2020
The plan to restart the Wisconsin economy read more ...
Governor Evers extends Safer at Home Order - Thursday, April 16, 2020
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress we've made in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again. The order is available here.  read more ...
Federal Reserve Banks Districts - current economic conditions - Thursday, April 16, 2020
Beige Book - Informal review by the Federal Reserve Banks of current economic conditions in their Districts
Released by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
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WMC COVID-19 Update Webinar - Thursday, April 16, 2020
The webinar featured U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and an economic update from University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Noah Williams.
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National Restaurant Association - Impact Survey - Thursday, April 16, 2020
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The National Restaurant Association is collecting information on the economic impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This data will help the National Restaurant Association and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association make the case to state and federal lawmakers that more relief is needed.  Restaurant operators are encouraged to complete this survey as soon as possible. read more ...
WEDC Leadership Series - Thursday, April 16, 2020
Next COVID-19 CEO Leadership Series webinar this Friday, April 17
See how these best-practice examples and strategies can apply to your business. REPLAY: Watch the replay of last Friday’s CEO Leadership Series webinar, featuring Dr. Raymond, Bob Kirchoff of Organic Valley, and Rich Totzke of Greenheck. read more ...
FDIC Real Estate Appraisals - Thursday, April 16, 2020
Interim Final Rule read more ...
USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide - Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Lists Federal Programs That Can Help Rural Communities, Organizations and Residents Impacted by COVID-19  read more ...
WEDC, Nine Regional Economic Organizations & Local Economic Partners - Friday, April 10, 2020
How can we collectively work together to make a difference? View webinars for the next five weeks (Friday) starting 4/10/20, on businesses who are creatively thinking of opportunities and succeeding even during a health crisis. Planning is important!  read more ...
Complete Business Survey! Deadline today! - Friday, April 10, 2020
Make sure your voice is heard! Wisconsin COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. read more ...
Stories of Business Success and Resiliency - Friday, April 10, 2020
Essential Items being made... read more ...
WEDA Webinars and Resources - Friday, April 10, 2020
Advice and information on what you can control, helping you to focus on opportunities. read more ...
Update from the White House - Thursday, April 9, 2020
Within the last 24 hours, the following actions have occurred:
• The Federal Reserve announced additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy.
• The Treasury Department issued an updated Fact Sheet for small businesses seeking assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program.
• Call to Congress to provide more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to ensure small businesses have the support they need.
• HHS issued new guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus tests approved by the FDA.
• HHS announced a contract with Philips under the Defense Production Act for the delivery of 2,500 ventilators by the end of May.
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CANCELLED EVENT: What is Social Entrepreneurship - Wednesday, April 1, 2020
April 23 - Event at the Portage Library at 6:00 pm is cancelled 
US Travel Association - Travel Industry Financial Resources - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Learn what the different parts of CARES Act mean for you and your travel/tourism business. read more ...
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - Assistance - Monday, March 30, 2020
SBDC Instructions for applying for SBA Economic Injury Loan read more ...
US Chamber of Commerce - Monday, March 30, 2020
Small Business Guide for Emergency Loans read more ...
Governor Evers asks for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations - Thursday, March 26, 2020
Governor Evers asks, "If you or someone you know has Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they’d be willing to donate, please email DMAOPS@wisconsin.gov and your donation will be processed there."
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Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) - Thursday, March 26, 2020
Resource for agricultural organizations as they prepare for potential impacts of COVID-19 on their business operations. From the State of Wisconsin, including the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donation Form - Thursday, March 26, 2020
The state is currently seeking the following items:
Surgical Gowns (S, L, XL, and XXL), Face/Surgical Masks (adult, pediatric), Gloves (Nitrile, Vinyl, or Butyl), N-95 Particulate Respirators, Isolation Gowns, Face Shields,Tyvek Coveralls,Thermometers, Foot Coverings
If organizations or businesses have quantities of fewer than 50 of any of these items, they are encouraged to donate them to local health organizations instead of going through the buyback website. read more ...
Know someone unemployed? Here is help! - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is trying to help place individuals who are out of jobs with temporary jobs. They are asking the business community to send them a link with job postings, and they will get them out to their membership. If your business is hiring temporary employees, please send any open positions directly to Kristine Hillmer (khillmer@wirestaurant.org), President & CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.
Also, anyone experiencing a job loss can visit the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development website... read more ...
SB2020 WEDC - CDFI Program (existing relationship) - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
SB2020 is a program from WI Economic Development Council to infuse money quickly into the businesses for relief.  In order to tap into this money, a business needs to have an existing relation with a CDFI.  A CDFI is a Community Development Financial Institution.  HOWEVER, Other programs are coming in the next week.  Follow link to WEDC  
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan read more ...
Federal Reserve Response (COVID-19) - Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Federal Reserve Response (COVID-19) read more ...