COVID-19 Small Business Assistance
LANGLADE COUNTY CORONAVIRUS SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
Businesses looking to keep workers, customers, and families safe while “turning the dial” toward reopening can now draw on a series of publications to keep them informed of best practices and safety tips by business type (Agriculture, Construction, Entertainment & Amusement (includes pools), Gyms & Fitness Centers, Hair & Nail Salons, Hospitality & Lodging, Manufacturing, Outdoor Gatherings (includes farmers markets), Outdoor Recreation (includes campgrounds, golf courses), Professional Services, Public Facilities, Restaurants & Food Service, Retail, Transportation, Warehouse & Wholesale Trade, and General Guidelines. Keep check back regularly for updates to guidelines and the addition of new industry documents.
As a health care leader, and as a business with a diverse workforce and dozens of facilities that continue to serve patients throughout the pandemic, Aspirus is in a unique position to help other employers. Initially, Work Well is offering workplace guidance and a suite of tools and references that employers throughout the region can review and use for free.
Small Business Financial Assistance
Choosing Financial Options that Fits Your Business – View the current financial components and choose the one that best fit’s your business needs.
Tourism Industry Grants
We are excited to report that several of the grant programs targeting the tourism industry announced last week are now accepting applications. These grants, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), will help Wisconsin’s small businesses and venues that serve as cultural catalysts in communities across the state.
Information about the individual grant programs, including links to grant application materials, are listed below:
- Application deadline: October 26, 2:00pm
- Aids Wisconsin movie theater owners and operators whose operations have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Grant details and application are available here.
- Application deadline: October 26, 2:00pm
- Support Wisconsin hotel and lodging facility owners whose businesses have been affected by COVID-19. Grant details and application are available here.
- Application deadline: October 28, 2:00pm
- Assists Wisconsin’s live music and entertainment venues and operators whose operations have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Grant details and application are available here.
- Applications will be accepted between 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 19 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 2.
- Helps small businesses get back on their feet as they re-emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritizes businesses most impacted by the pandemic including restaurants and taverns. Grant details and application are available here. Information regarding all DOA administered COVID-19 relief programs is available here.
The Langlade County Economic Development Corporation has created a Small Business Emergency Response Loan (LCEDC SB-ERL) program to provide an immediately $5,000 small business emergency loan to Langlade County businesses impacted by COVID-19.
North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission announces Recovery Microloan Program for Langlade County and Surrounding Region. The North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC) is the regional administrator of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s BDRM program. The purpose of the Business Disaster Recovery Microloan (BDRM) program is to provide short-term assistance to businesses affected by the disaster event.
Langlade County Financial Institutions COVID-19 Resources
Ag Country Farm Credit Services-2616 US 45, Antigo: 715-623-7644
Associated Bank-724 5th Ave, Antigo: 715-623-2346
Banner Bank-100 S Superior Street, Antigo: 715-623-2101
BMO Harris Bank-734 5th Ave, Antigo: 715-623-2341
Chase Bank-700 5th Ave, Antigo: 715: 623-4148
CoVantage Credit Union-723 6th Ave, Antigo: 715-627-4336
Peshtigo National Bank Loan Services-2319 Neva Road, Antigo: 715-938-2655
Kiva is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that aims to expand access to capital for small businesses. Kiva is offering 0% interest loans of up to $15,000 with grace periods of 1-6 months.
To determine if eligible and to apply go to:https://savesmallbusiness.com/.
To find participating banks and lenders near you, check this List of Participating Banks and Lenders in Wisconsin. Note that some banks and lenders that are not on that list are working with Small Business Loan Providers such as Kabbage.
The SBA has released a Loan Forgiveness Instructions and Application guide for the Paycheck Protection Program. Included in the instructions and application guide are several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers.
The Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant Initiative is focused on supporting ethnic micro-businesses that are being adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This emergency fund will provide a one-time grant of $2,000 per company for ethnic minority-owned micro-businesses operating in the retail, hospitality, and service industries.
The Round 5 application period is now closed. Please register below to be notified of the next round opening August 31st. For questions, please review our grant information and FAQ.
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is open for business virtually to all! For current and new small business clients, they are offering fast track loans up to $25,000!
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.
UW-Extension has a number of new resources available that may be helpful to farmers, click here to find resources on finances, social distancing protocol on farms, planning to ensure farm continuation, maintaining a safe workplace, and facts about COVID-19.
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection information for farmers.
With $8.4 million still available to support Wisconsin agricultural producers, the Wisconsin Farm Support Program will reopen for applications from August 10th through August 24th. Producers of any commodity are eligible to apply if: they had a gross income from farming between $10,000 and $5 million in 2019, and if they did not already receive a payment in the first round of the program.
Payments are expected to be issued by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) in mid-September. The specific amount producers will receive will be determined once the application period closes. An extensive list of common questions is available here. The application will go live on August 10th at https://tap.revenue.wi.gov/farm/_/.
U.S. Travel Association CARE Act Relief resources.
Small Business Resources
This business resource page is of best practices and safety tips to keep workers, customers, and families safe while “turning the dial” toward reopening. The brochures include general guidelines for all businesses to follow as well as industry-specific advice, such as for restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, professional offices, farmers, manufacturers, builders, hotel and motel operators, barbers, personal care services and other fields.
Wisconsin Safety Council stands ready to help businesses as they prepare to reopen their doors. The best practices outlined in “Returning to Work: 8 Steps to Keep Employees Safe” detail what businesses can be doing right now as the state’s economy gets closer to reopening.
If you are unsure about whether a particular business is considered essential under the order, please CLICK HERE to contact the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). If a business is not included on the essential list, they can apply to WEDC to request an essential business designation.
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is encouraging Wisconsin employers to consider Wisconsin’s updated Work-Share Program to avoid worker layoffs. Work-Share avoids layoffs, allowing workers to remain employed & employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity.
If you have questions regarding unemployment benefits for your employees please call: 414-438-7705 Monday-Friday 7:30 -3:30 am.
The frequently asked questions below highlight some common financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The answer to each question has links to government websites and the types of assistance that might be available. We will be adding additional information as new policies and resources are put into place.
Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19
I am self-employed, can I receive unemployment benefits?
Can I get unemployment benefits?
Am I eligible for any public health insurance or food assistance?
What if I can’t make my tax payment?
What can my small business do when our sales have dropped or stopped?
Are there other services that can help me keep up with bills?
Can a store raise the price on an item when it’s in short supply?
Where can I find more information on the virus?
Additional resources related to COVID-19
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network has created this page to anchor important resources and information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures during the COVID-19 pandemic
FAQs and posters on wages, hours, and leave for employees, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency paid leave.
FAQs and best practices for grocers and food retailers.
The U.S. Travel Association released Travel in the New Normal document with guidance for promoting the health and safety of all travelers. As travelers will encounter many parts of the travel eco-system, this guidance aims to provide consistency in the approach to safety employed by travel brands and destinations during the customer experience.
Click a webinar below to be directed to the registration page. Note that all times listed are in Central Time.
North Central Technical College – free 30-minute on-demand “Leading Through Crisis” webinar.
Local Business Information
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. Click here to take the survey.
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association: COVID-19 Tool Kit For Restaurant Owners
The Antigo/Langlade County Businesses created a facebook group to share valuable information about their business, promote services or products they offer, special promotions, and other helpful information for Antigo/Langlade County Community.
Learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including; how it spreads, the symptoms, prevention & treatment, as well as frequently asked questions. Before deciding to travel, review the current CDC recommendations for travel.
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