NWRPC is aware of the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our regional residents and businesses. We have created this page as a source of information for our stakeholders to find resources related to recovery and response. Although, we do our best to ensure that the resources listed are relevant, please understand that information is constantly changing. Please give us a call at 715-635-2197 with specific inquiries and we'll do our best to assist you.
COVID-19 Disease and Vaccine Information
COVID-19 Vaccine - Helps protect you from getting COVID-19:
Vaccine finder: https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ or https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-get.htm
NWRPC Economic Development Administration Revolving Loan Fund
In 2020, NWRPC received a $1.1 million EDA CARES Act recovery assistance grant to provide low-cost financing to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 by capitalizing and administering a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to provide loans to coronavirus impacted businesses in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn Counties.
Eligible Uses of Funding:
Acquisition of land and buildings, refinance of high factoring interest debt, acquisition and installation of fixed machinery and equipment, business acquisitions, start-up/operating costs and working capital, project must aid in the recovery or retention of a business or industry to aid in building a more resilient regional economy, start up and existing businesses who experienced business disruption or are in an industry that experienced an economic disruption are encouraged to apply.
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Coronavirus Relief Options ~ here to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. Offering multiple funding options for those seeking relief. Follow the link to learn more:
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.
If you have questions, view this FAQ page on the EIDL program.
Paycheck Protection Program
An SBA-backed loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the COVID pandemic
Additional SBA loan information visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans
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. Learn more about the WEDC We’re All In Program.
WEDC has created a page that showcases their resources as well as other state and federal resources: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/covid-19-response/
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 Info@wegrowbiz.org
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resource Center
WMC Update Webinars
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 Emergency 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
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.
DWD Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Handbook for Employers: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui201/.