COVID-19 Resources

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3-25-20 Meeting Presentation including updates from:
Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board
Lance Ausing, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Andy Donahue, SBDC at UW-Superior
Ken Pearson, NWRPC

UW-Superior’s SBDC’s 
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan “Cheat Sheet”

4-1-20 Meeting Presentation including updates from:
Brian Doudna, Wisconsin Economic Development Association
Sam Rikkers, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board
Andy Donahue, SBDC at UW-Superior

View the April 1st COVID-19 Update recording 

Small Business Administration (SBA) & CARES Act or call the Wisconsin District Office at 414-297-3941

The SBA will provide loans up to $2 million under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program for businesses injured by the crisis to make payroll, pay rent, provide sick leave, and meet any other operating costs. 

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. For those that submitted application prior to March 27th, this Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven. To apply for the Advance on a new or existiong EIDL, please visit 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.

For additional loan information visit:
If you have more questions, view this FAQ page on the EIDL program.

Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) 

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WEDC’s Navigating Through COVID-19 In Wisconsin

Small Business 20/20 Program
The Small Business 20/20 Program provides grant funds to approved community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Approved CDFIs will award grants of up to $20,000 to their existing loan clients to assist with cash-flow challenges resulting from COVID-19.

Businesses that are not currently CDFI clients are not eligible to access these funds, but WEDC will work to expand access to funding through other programs as more resources become available. If you have more questions, view this FAQ page on SB20/20.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resource Center 
WMC Update Webinars 

Other Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergenyc Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Coronavirus Resources for Municipalities
The Wisconsin League of Municipalities’ COVID-19 page contains information that will help you navigate the pandemic. 

Wisconsin Emergency Response Program
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. 

US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response Toolkit

Employers/Unemployment Information
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.

Payment Options 
UI Employer Online Services 

DWD Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Handbook for Employers: