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