Please see below resources and links to federal and state agencies providing assistance to small businesses.
Small Business Administration (SBA) 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.
- Small businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofits (including churches), a 501(c)(19) veterans organizations, and tribal businesses are eligible to apply for Small Business Administration loans authorized in the Cares Act. Apply here.
- Follow the Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities link for information on the IRS website.
- More resources to help small businesses navigate the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.
- The Restaurant Revitalization Fund portal can be found here.
- The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal can be found here.
- The Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grants page can be found here.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) 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.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
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. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, the SBA is authorized to guarantee PPP loans through March 31, 2021.
- For SBA PPP Loan information, click here: Paycheck Protection Program (sba.gov)
- For PPP Loan Forgiveness Information, click here: PPP Loan Forgiveness (sba.gov)
- To find more about PPP Lender information, click here: PPP Lender Information (sba.gov)
- See a Summary of PPP Loans approved, which can be found here: PPP Data (sba.gov)
- See additional report on PPP approved dollars through 4/16/20, which can be found here. So far, Wisconsin is getting more than the expected share of funds.
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