We get so much great information at the Chamber office that could help you and your business. We are putting all the good stuff on this page. The newest things are at the top. Please use this information and these links to find out the facts.
Things are evolving every day with the Covid-19 responses, so some older information may not be as important today as it was a few weeks ago. As of 3/30/20 we have started to date the information in green text at the bottom of each of them to help you know how old each tidbit is.
If the Chamber can help you with your business in any way, please let us know! The office itself is closed, but the phone is forwarded and the email is checked as I work remotely until the Safer At Home Order is lifted. 608-562-3555 or NLChambr@mwt.net
With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.
Join marketing expert and Amazon best-selling author, Tom Ray, on Thursday, May 14th at 2pm Central for this special webinar.
Tom will discuss best practices for local advertisers during these challenging conditions, including:
REGISTER for this event: Survival Strategies (After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email from Tom Ray with participation instructions.)
South Central Wisconsin Business Development Specialist
5727 Tokay Blvd. Madison, WI 53719
State-wide COVID-19 Pandemic Economic Loss Survey
You will note this survey tool is dated and stamped with Observation Period #1. After your survey completion you will get a second survey stamped Observation Period #2 the week of May 3rd directly from UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services, in which the questions may be altered slightly.
We realize there likely will be overlap distribution - meaning you may get the survey from more than one organization. You only need to complete the survey once per observation period. Duplicates will be screened as part of the intake process.
While there are a lot of unknowns during this time it is the intention that there will be a couple more observation period surveys through the tail end of the pandemic. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
LINK TO THE SURVEY uwo.sh/covid-19-econ-disruption
Thank you and stay well!
Updated 4/8/20, Added 4/2/20
UWL SBDC and LADCO OFFER BUSINESS WEBINAR
COVID-19: Supporting Small Business – Business Strategies and Financial Relief
Access this interactive webinar and one-on-one consulting support for your business so you can more effectively understand available resources and develop a business and financial strategy in response to COVID-19.
Webinar Dates: April 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
(depending on demand, additional sessions will be made available)
This webinar is scheduled to repeat at various times – sign up for one session.
To register: CLICK HERE
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-La Crosse (SBDC) and the La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO) are launching an interactive webinar COVID-19: Supporting Small Business – Business Strategies and Financial Relief with sessions starting April 2, 2020. This FREE workshop is an interactive opportunity for small business owners to gain the insight needed to develop a strategy to address business challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will address various forms of financial relief available to small businesses. Webinar participants will be able to access the SBDC's FREE consulting services to assist them in defining a business strategy and how to identify and seek the financial support needed to proceed. LADCO also will be available to assist small businesses connect with state, county, and municipal staff and resources.
This webinar and consulting support are FREE but registration is required. The webinar will be repeated numerous times so interested persons should only sign up for one session. To register: CLICK HERE For additional information about this event, visit www.uwlax.edu/sbdc or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance or as otherwise may be arranged.
For further information about the UWL SBDC, visit its website at www.uwlax.edu/sbdc.
For further information about LADCO, please visit its website at www.ladoclax.com.
Of all the financial assistance available to date I'm told the best place to start is with the SBA EIDL. When you apply, if qualified (not necessarily approved) you can get up to $10K VERY QUICKLY for your business operations (rent, mortgage, utilities, payroll, etc). And this $10K will be forgiven - so its like a grant - no repayment necessary - even if your EIDL loan app is not approved, you still don't have to repay the $10K. And it does not disqualify you from additional financial assistance programs (like the Payroll Protection Plan, or any programs still coming down the pipeline).
Here is the portal to get started: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
We continue to update our website daily with additional resources and news as they come available http://www.juneaucounty.com/coronavirus-updates--resources.html
Be Well and Stay Safe! One day at a time, we WILL get through this.
Tamaya Loewe, Assistant Director
Juneau County Economic Development Corp
Office (608) 427-2070 Email email@example.com
122 Main Street PO Box 322 Camp Douglas WI 54618 USA
You may have heard that the Governor signed an executive order that changes some of the work permit requirements during the state of emergency. This email is to bring you up to speed on the changes, so that you can communicate them to people contacting you for assistance. Please keep in mind that these changes are all temporary and we will return to our prior practices after the state of emergency is lifted.
The Executive Order does the following:
If you have any questions about any of this, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or by email.
Director, Bureau of Investigations
Equal Rights Division
Department of Workforce Development
WMC Business Coalition | COVID-19 Webinar | Industry Updates
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) hosted a business coalition update call that featured state updates from industry leaders including Scott Suder, Wisconsin Paper Council President, and Scott VanderSanden, AT&T President - Plains States.
SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE FOR EMERGENCY LOANS
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.
Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program.
In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan (below).
WMC COVID-19 Update: U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher & Industry Reports
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), its trade association partners and local chambers had a business coalition update call with U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher. The call detailed the federal government's legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and updated listeners on how the business community is being impacted. The call also featured updates from numerous industry-specific trade associations.
Gov. Evers Issues Order to Expedite Expansion, Enhance Efficiency of Healthcare Workforce
Yesterday, as part of WMC’s legislative agenda in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we called on the Governor and lawmakers to provide flexible licensing for health care workers. Specifically, we asked for flexibility for retired health care workers and to allow health care workers licensed in other states to practice in Wisconsin. Today, the Department of Health Services did just that through Emergency Order 16.
You can see the full order here.
Trump signs $2T coronavirus relief package
President Trump on Friday signed a $2 trillion economic relief package aimed at helping American workers and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill includes $1,200 one-time payments to many Americans; sets up a $500 billion corporate liquidity fund to help struggling industries like airlines; allocated $377 billion for aid to small businesses; and boosts the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week for four months, among other provisions.
Trump signed the legislation during an Oval Office ceremony at the White House Friday afternoon, just hours after it passed the House.
The massive bill, dubbed the CARES Act, was the result of days of high-stakes negotiations between the Trump administration and Senate leaders.
Click here for more information.
Common Questions Answered:
“Is the new sick leave benefit only for COVID-19 related quarantine and diagnosis? Can an employee claim the paid leave for other illnesses during this time or for calling in sick for only 1 day?”
The new sick leave under the FFCRA is only for COVID-19 related illnesses and situations. If an employee calls in because of COVID-19 symptoms or a potential diagnosis, and the employer has under 500 workers, the new paid leave would apply and the employee should stay away from the worksite for 14 days or until testing verifies that they do not have COVID-19. If they call in sick with an illness that is not COVID-19, the new paid sick benefit does not apply and the case should be handled under the employer’s existing sick leave policy.
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
Small Businesses and private non-profits are now eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans(EIDL). Loans are available for up to $2 million can help provide working capital to meet the needs of payroll, accounts payable and fixed debt payments until the situation improves. EIDL info sheet attached.
Juneau County business opportunity to help in the COVID-19 response effort.
Wisconsin’s COVID-19 PPE Program On March 26, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers launched an initiative designed to get more personal protective equipment (PPE) to those working on the frontlines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is absolutely imperative that our healthcare workers and first responders have the equipment they need to stay safe and healthy as they care for our communities. As we face a global shortage of PPE, and are competing with other states to acquire limited resources, I am calling on companies, schools, and other organizations that may have unused protective equipment sitting in their facilities to make those materials available to those who need it most,” Gov. Evers said. “The state appreciates any donations, but we are also prepared to pay a fair market value for large quantities of this equipment that are offered.” Wisconsinites can now go to https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/Donations to either donate or sell large quantities of PPE to the State of Wisconsin. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will then work with distribute the PPE to communities that need it the most. If organizations or businesses have quantities of fewer than 50 of any of these items, they are encouraged to donate them to the Juneau County Emergency Management Office instead of going through the buyback website. Call 847-9393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Items in need at both the Wisconsin and Juneau County levels are: Surgical Gowns (S, L, XL, and XXL) Face/Surgical Masks (adult, pediatric) Gloves (Nitrile, Vinyl, or Butyl) N-95 Particulate Respirators Isolation Gowns Face Shields Tyvek Coveralls Thermometers Foot Coverings In addition, Juneau County Responders are in critical need of: Disinfectant wipes, such as Clorox or Lysol, or alcohol based electronic cleaning wipes Alcohol based hand sanitizer Juneau County based law enforcement, fire department and first responder agencies should communicate their PPE needs to the Juneau County Emergency Management office. Medical facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and clinics, should continue using the established process for requesting supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).
New Guidance from The Department of Labor
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. See the guidance here.
Within the guidance, DOL has clarified that workers are not eligible for the new paid leave or FMLA benefits if they are furloughed, or if an employer closes, whether it’s from lack of business or pursuant to a government directive like the Safer at Home order in Wisconsin.Select the background color of the Content Color Box.
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
Click here for the full PDF.
Click here for your local contact at SBA.
3/23/20 - from JCEDC
Below are a list of some best practices as well as some up and coming webinars where you can learn what other businesses are doing to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Juneau County EDC "Worth a Closer Look"
PO Box 322, 122 Main St, Camp Douglas, WI 54618
608 427 2070
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection - Covid-19 Toolkit (updated as of March 24, 2020)
About this toolkit:
This is intended to serve as a resource for agricultural organizations as they prepare for potential impacts of
COVID-19 on their business operations. The State of Wisconsin, including the Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (2019 novel
coronavirus) in coordination with the Department of Health Services (DHS) Public Health and other local,
state, and federal partners. DATCP’s Emergency Response Group is also working to update the
department’s plan to ensure continuity of essential operations.
WI DHS issued Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems, Practitioners and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) Regarding COVID-19 https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dph/memos/ems/20-02.pdf
If you are interested in updated numbers of those tested, those negative and positive, the Wisconsin Department of Health services updates their page ever day at 2pm see it here
The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is creating a list of all the restaurants and bars providing carry out or delivery in Wisconsin during this pandemic.
· Here is a link to the list. It is sorted by county
· Here is a link to the form restaurants can use to submit information and get on the list. Inclusion to this list is open to all restaurants. You do not need to be a WRA member to be listed
Wisconsin Department of Health Services – what is Covid-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
Resources and information including information about new government orders and best practice suggestions.
In an effort to provide valuable information to our clients and the public, we have created the MBE & Affiliates' Coronavirus Resource Center to reflect the needs of individuals and businesses in the current climate. Please visit our website at https://www.mbecpa.com/coronavirus-resource-center/ for information regarding coronavirus related updates, recently passed laws, grants and programs available, helpful resources and tips to navigate this ever-changing situation, and more.
We will continue to keep updating our Coronavirus Resource Center as we receive more information and announce these updates on our Facebook page, so please like and share our updates to help inform others.
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Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. business pay for businesses impacted by Covid-19
Click here for WEDC packet - Rising to the Challenges: Navigating Through COVID-19 in Wisconsin