COVID-19 Small Business Assistance


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, ConstructionEntertainment & Amusement (includes pools),  Gyms & Fitness CentersHair & Nail Salons, Hospitality & Lodging, Manufacturing, Outdoor Gatherings (includes farmers markets), Outdoor Recreation (includes campgrounds, golf courses), Professional Services, Public Facilities, Restaurants & Food Service, RetailTransportation, Warehouse & Wholesale Trade,  and  General Guidelines.  Keep check back regularly for updates to guidelines and the addition of new industry documents.

Aspirus Work Well Program

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.

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

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

Paycheck Protection Program

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

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.

LISC Small Business Relief Grant

Small Business Sales and Use Tax Relief

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative & Relief Fund

Wisconsin Small Business 20/20 Information

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) We’re All In Initiative Grant

          Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) We’re All In Initiative Grant- Phase 2

 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


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.

          Wisconsin Farm Support Program


U.S. Travel Association CARE Act Relief resources.

Small Business Resources

Business Reopen Guidelines

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.

Essential Business Information

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.

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

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

Unemployment Assistance for Independent Contractor

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.


Click a webinar below to be directed to the registration page. Note that all times listed are in Central Time.

                    Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Small Business Information – Offered Daily 2:00 P.M

Contracting Assistance COVID-19 Webinar – Offered M,W,F 11:00 A.M.

SCORE Live Webinars – Multiple Offerings

COVID-19: Supporting Small Business — Business Strategies and Financial Relief

Coronavirus and Your Small Business Q&A with SCORE Mentors

North Central Technical College – free 30-minute on-demand “Leading Through Crisis” webinar.

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.  Click here to take the survey.

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association:  COVID-19 Tool Kit For Restaurant Owners

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

Learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including; how it spreads, the symptomsprevention & treatment, as well as frequently asked questions. Before deciding to travel, review the current CDC recommendations for travel.

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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