EDWC is curating available resources for businesses facing challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. Our focus is on providing a single source for information with an eye for what will benefit Washington County businesses. We will update this page as new information becomes available.  (Updated 05/22/2020)

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Wisconsin Safer at Home Order ruled invalid and unenforceable

What Important
What’s next for Washington County Businesses?
  • Business owners need to decide for themselves how to proceed.
  • There is no one size fits all when opening your business.
  • Review the guidance given by Washington County & WEDC on opening your business safely (see below under “Business Reopening Guidance”)
What does this mean for business owners and liability?
  • EDWC doesn’t have a defined answer for this at the moment.  We are working hard to “sort through the noise”.  Check back often for updates
  • EDWC does suggest speaking with your insurance agent as a resource.
  • Follow the prescribed guidelines laid out by Washington County & WEDC.
  • EDWC is not an expert on this, nor do we pretend to be.  Our mission and goal is to provide you with the best resources we can.

Business Reopening Guidance

What Who Benefit More Info
Reopening Tactics every business can take advantage of Washington County’s strategies for area businesses
  • Blueprint provides broad guidance for reopening area businesses safely and incrementally now the Safer at Home order has been lifted
WEDC Reopening Guidlines Relief & Recovery Resources for your business
  • Industry specific documents, broken out
  • Downloadable documents
  • Easy to print and share
WEDC Reopen Guidelines
Wisconsin Safety Council Returning to Work 8 Steps to Keep Employees Safe
  • A guide for employers to implement when bringing employees back to work
  • Make your business safe for employees, guests and customers
8 Steps to Keep Employees Safe

Grant Programs Available

What Who Benefit More Info
Online Application – EXTENDED! Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant (EMEG)
  • Applications will be accepted from May 18-24, 2020. (EXTENDED TO MAY 26TH)
  • To help ethnic minority-owned micro-businesses cope with the economic impact of COVID-19
  • A business may apply for a one-time grant of $2,000 for short-term operations assistance through Wisconsin’s Collective Ethnic and Diverse Organizations.
  • An EMEG recipient is not precluded from applying for or receiving assistance through the We’re All In Grant.
EMEG Application – NOW OPEN
Wisconsin “We’re All In” Grant Program Gov. Evers & WEDC Initiative
  • $2,5000 grants to help businesses pay for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory.
  • Businesses will be able to apply for the grants in early June.
  • Program is targeting up to 30,000 businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees
  • Should not have already received COVID-19 assistance from WEDC
  • Funded largely with federal money through the CARES Act
“We’re All In” Grant Program

Financial – Immediately Helpful

What Who Benefit More Info
CARES Act Programs SBA Funding Programs
  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • EIDL Loan Advance
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
SBA Funding Options
Have an existing SBA Loan? SBA’s additional debt relief
  • SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest and fees of CURRENT 7(a), 504 and microloans for a period of six months
  • SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest and fees of NEW 7(a), 504 and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020
  • Contact your loan officer to ensure this SBA provision is being applied to your loans
SBA Debt Relief
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions
  • EDWC is sharing an informative article put together by Godfrey Kahn Law Firm
  • In the article it details the following:
    • How to apply for loan forgiveness
    • Calculation of loan forgiveness amount
    • Reductions to loan forgiveness amount
    • Required documentation
    • Application certifications
  • Attached you will also find the actual application and instructions.
  • Speak with your lender, they may have an electronic application for you to fill and submit
Godfrey Kahn Article
PPP Forgiveness Application
EIDL Loan and Advance New Eligibility requirements
  • The original EIDL loan is closed to applications
  • At the time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted
EIDL Application – Agricultural Business Only

Likely Unhelpful Right Now

What Who Concern More Info
Small Business 20/20 Grant Program WEDC
(Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation)
  • Limited to CDFI customers
  • CDFI’s competing for grant $
  • Your CDFI must be awarded $

Summer Virtual Internship Relief

What Who Benefit More Info
An opportunity for interns and businesses to virtually come together and help each other out during Covid-19 The Commons is offering internship relief to companies not sure how to salvage their intern programs.  As well as help students find replacement internships.
  • Businesses can keep access to the talent pool
  • Students can gain the knowledge and experience they need
Virtual Summer Internship

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