COVID-19 Small Business Assistance

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has created this COVID-19 business resource page to anchor important resources and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies for businesses who are in need can be found on

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.

Langlade County Microbusiness Grant Program

The Langlade County Microenterprise Program provides up to $10,000 grants to microenterprise businesses (5 or fewer employees including the owners) that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Langlade County has received $282,500 from the Wisconsin Department of Housing and Community Development as a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to implement this program.  Funding for this program was made available under the Federal CARES-Act.  We anticipate serving between 20 and 25 micro-enterprise businesses.  Click the link above to see if your business is eligible and how to apply.

WEDC Main Street Bounce Back Program

The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by WEDC’s regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located.

LCEDC Small Business Emergency Response Loan

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.

Local Business Discovery Recovery Microloan Program

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 US Small Business Loans

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.

The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

To determine if eligible and to apply go to:

Federal Small Business Administration Guidance and Loan Resources-SBA

LISC Small Business Relief Grant

Small Business Sales and Use Tax Relief

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative & Relief Fund

WWBIC Fast Track Loans

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!

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)--Employer Tool Kit


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.

          Wisconsin Farm Support Program


U.S. Travel Association CARE Act Relief resources.

Small Business Resources

Focus Forward

Focus Forward provides tools, information, and inspiration related to business, community, and personal resilience. Businesses will find information on financial and operational assistance programs from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and other state and federal partners that will prepare businesses for economic recovery.

Work-Share Program

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.

Work-Share Fact Sheet for Employers

Work-Share Fact Sheet for Employees

Unemployment Assistance for EMPLOYERS

If you have questions regarding unemployment benefits for your employees please call:  414-438-7705  Monday-Friday 7:30 -3:30 am.

Employee Labor Information 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

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.

Apply for Unemployment

Wisconsin Small Business Development Centers

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

U.S. Department of Labor

FAQs and posters on wages, hours, and leave for employees, including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency paid leave.

Food Industry Association

FAQs and best practices for grocers and food retailers.

U.S. Travel Association

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.

Local Business Information

Food Establishments

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.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association

Local Businesses

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.

Click here for a directory of phone numbers and websites of our Langlade County businesses.  To have your business listed, click here.

Additional Resources

Please share this information and continue to share any links with resource information for our community, and citizens by e-mailing Keri Beck and Angie Close, so the information can be added to this page.
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