COVID-19 Resources

Wisconsin Reopen Guidelines and Best Practices

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Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing the products and services their customers need and crave, unencumbered by threats to the health of their employees and those they serve. Working toward that future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency.
For a full list of other guidance by industry sector, visit: or find your industry sector below. More industries will be developed in the coming days. 

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NWRPC/Visions Northwest COVID-19 Regional Partner UpdatesFotoJet (6)
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

4-8-20 Meeting Presentation including updates from:
Julie Fox, Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board
Andy Donahue, SBDC at UW-Superior

Wisconsin SBDC resource site:  
Lance Ausing, WEDC

4-22-20 Meeting Presentation including updates from:
Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board
Andy Donahue, SBDC at UW-Superior

Lance Ausing, WEDC


Badger Bounce Back Plan

4-29-20 Meeting Presentation including updates from:
Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board
Andy Donahue, SBDC at UW-Superior

Lance Ausing, WEDC
Ken Pearson, NWRPC

zoom Opens in new windowView the April 29th COVID-19 Update Meeting recording

5-6-20 Meeting Presentation including updates from:
US Senator Tammy Baldwin - 
Henry Schienebeck, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association

zoom Opens in new windowView the May 6th COVID-19 Update Meeting recording

5-20-20 Meeting Presentation including updates from:
Lance Ausing, WEDC
Crystal Rohde, NWRPC
Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board
Andy Donahue, SBDC at UW-Superior

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WEDCRLCWEBINARREGISTER TODAY for the WEDC and the Regional Leadership Council’s COVID-19 CEO Leadership Series. Join state business and health leaders for the latest medical updates, insights into how companies are adapting their operations to the COVID-19 pandemic and how these best practice examples might apply to your business.

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)


Small businesses in Wisconsin often operate on razor-thin profit margins and hold very little cash in reserve, which makes weathering the effects of a global pandemic particularly challenging. Complicating matters for these small businesses seeking federal or other financial assistance is that they often lack the financial relationships required, or are otherwise ineligible, to qualify for these programs. WEDC’s We’re All In Small Business Grant is designed to help these small businesses get back on their feet while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe. 

Learn more about the WEDC We’re All In Program.

WEDC’s Navigating Through COVID-19 In Wisconsin

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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.

Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant
Applications will be accepted from May 18-24, 2020.

1,000 ethnically diverse micro-businesses that have suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive grants of $2,000 each under a new state initiative. The $2 million initiative is focused on supporting ethnically diverse micro-businesses that have not received SBA Paycheck Protection Program or state disaster relief. Eligible applicants are ethnic minority-owned businesses with five or fewer full-time equivalent employees (including the owner) in the retail, service or hospitality sectors that have not received assistance through WEDC’s Small Business 20/20 Program or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through the federal CARES Act.

To apply, visit:

Development Association - Douglas County ResourcesDEV_DOUGLAS

Douglas County Revolving Loan Fund Emergency Line of Credit
The Development Association Business Assistance Loan
For more information on these resources available to Douglas County businesses, please contact Jim Caesar at

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

Other Resources
Reaching Your Customers in a COVID-19 Pandemic
The need for businesses to reach out and connect with customers is critical to keep business profitable. The digital world has been growing for the past several years, but the pandemic has caused it to explode. People are spending more time than ever online and on social media, which offers businesses an opportunity to connect directly with them.

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.

USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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: