Assistance for Small Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Please follow all federal and state guidelines for personally helping slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19, click here.

30 Days to Slow the Spread: Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Small Business Administration Resources:

  • Comprehensive small business guidance and loan assistance information from the Small Business Administration (SBA) can be found here.
    • Information on SBA products and resources for accessing capital and getting export assistance can be found here.
  • The SBA announced it would offer disaster assistance loans up to $2 million for small businesses affected by the novel coronavirus. Information on the SBA's Disaster Loan Assistance program can be found here.
  • Stay up to date with the latest from the federal Small Business Administration. Sign up for their newsletter here.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Resources:

A variety of resources available to Wisconsin small businesses through the state government’s economic development arm, the WEDC, can be found here.

  • Information about WEDC’s Small Business 20/20 grant program for affected businesses can be found here.
  • Find your regional WEDC economic development director here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers:

  • Information on steps employers can take to maximize safety, prepare for a coronavirus outbreak in the US, and create a response plan can be found here.
  • Suggested steps for cleaning areas where those suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus have been can be found here.

Paycheck Protection Program:

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

  • A report on PPP approved dollars through 4/16/20 can be found here. So far, Wisconsin is getting more than the expected share of funds.
  • An overview of the program can be found here and an FAQ guide is here.
  • Information for borrowers can be found here. The application can be found here.

Keeping Connected:

A number of telecommunications providers are offering free or low-cost internet access options for businesses affected by the pandemic. For more information, see the Wisconsin Public Service Commission website.

IRS Tax Relief:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a dedicated site with information for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more here

In the Workplace/Labor Resources:

  • Updated guidance from OSHA for retail employers on how to help protect workers from exposure to coronavirus is here.
  • Guidelines and recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help companies prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace can be found here.
  • The Department of Labor has a frequently asked questions page about how the public health emergency affects labor rules and regulations.
  • The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
    • A fact sheet for employees can be found here.
    • A fact sheet for employers can be found here.
    • Common questions and answers can be found here.

Resources for Farmers:

U.S. Department of Agriculture resources and information for farmers and ranchers can be found here.

Congressional Research Service Resources:

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) staff is engaged in assisting Congress through research and consultation on COVID-19. A directory of CRS resources on the novel coronavirus can be found here