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Business Resources

As we deal with this unprecedented crisis in our country, it is important to the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce to continue our mission to strengthen member businesses. We have compiled a list of business resources that might be of value to you and your business.

West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (WCWRPC) is administering a $510,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coronavirus (CV) award from the Wisconsin Department of Administration to establish a Microenterprise Grant Program for west central Wisconsin.  The Program will provide up to $5,000 in grant funding to eligible small businesses located in Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire (excluding the City of Eau Claire), Polk, and St. Croix counties to cover working capital needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis during the Application Acceptance Period of June 1 – June 15, 2021. Any business in the seven-county region (Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire (excluding the City of Eau Claire), Polk, and St. Croix) meeting the below requirements will be eligible to apply. To qualify for a $5,000 grant, a business must be:

Small; defined as five or fewer employees including the owner(s).  All employees, regardless of full-time or part-time status, are included in the employee count.

  • Located in West Central Wisconsin (counties listed above)
  • Established prior to February 5, 2020
  • Current on income and property taxes
  • Owned by a person(s) of qualifying income

Governmental units or businesses primarily engaged with crop production, animal production or aquaculture, lessors of real estate, and nonprofit organizations are not eligible for this grant opportunity.

Grant funds must be used to cover working capital needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Examples include:

  • Operating expenses such as payroll, rent, mortgage, insurance, utilities, inventory, professional fees
  • COVID-19 related expenses such as protective equipment.

The applicant will be required to provide documentation equal to or more than $5,000 to show how grant funds have been spent to assist with working capital needs related to the pandemic. 

Applications will only be accepted during the Application Acceptance Period of June 1 – June 15, 2021.  Eligible, interested businesses should visit our website to download the program details, eligibility criteria, and application.

U.S. Small Business Administration Restaurant Grant Restaurant Revitalization Application

SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.

In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. Follow the steps below.
If you haven't already, register for an account on the application portal at restaurants.sba.gov. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register.

Review the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. SBA also added screenshots of the application portal that are available here.

Applications must be submitted in English or Spanish. SBA has documents in additional languages to help you understand eligibility requirements, fill out applications, and answer frequently asked questions. See the additional languages and materials here.

For more information, visit sba.gov/restaurants.

Payment Protection Program Overview

SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, has re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal.  The PPP loan portal system will initially accept first draw loan applications from participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries.

Review the revised application and additional information here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program#section-header-0 

 

Looking for a lender? 
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PPP Overview with Q&A - January 19th at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
The new round of the PPP loans, as created by the recent Economic Aid Act, continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.  Join us for a Zoom with Lisa Taylor, Outreach & Marketing Specialist with the SBA Wisconsin District, who will discuss the updates to the PPP loan application process (First Draw and Second Draw) and forgiveness process, and answer questions related to these changes.  This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered about what happens after you have applied and any differences between this application round and the first.

Topic: SBA Paycheck Protection Program Overview
Time: Jan 19, 2021 11:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Gov. Evers Invests Additional $100 Million in Wisconsin Small Businesses and Economic Stabilization

MADISON — October 6, 2020 - Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $100 million in investments aimed at providing additional economic stabilization for small businesses and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemicThe new infusion of funds includes an additional $50 million for We’re All In Grants,” an economic development grant program launched by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) this summerMore than 26,000 businesses received “We’re all In Grants” statewidebut many continue to face economic challenges from the pandemic.   

Read More Here

APPLY BETWEEN OCTOBER 19 - NOVEMBER 2 HERE

We're All In Grant Deadline EXTENDED

DEADLINE EXTENDED

CONTACT ASHLEY DEMUTH, CHAMBER CEO FOR A LETTER OF SUPPORT [email protected] or 715-235-9087

Applications extended until June 26 for $75 million We’re All In Small Business Grants

More than 26,000 businesses have already applied for the $2,500 grants

MADISON, June 24, 2020 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is extending the deadline until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26, for small businesses to apply online for the $2,500 We’re All In Small Business Grants, WEDC officials announced today.

Read More at WEDC.ORG

Applications to open June 15 for $75 million We're All In Small Business Grants

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will begin accepting applications online for the $75 millions We're All In Small Business Grant beginning at 8 a.m. on June 15.  This program, which will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses, is designed to help small business get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.

FAQs about the grant and the materials businesses will need to apply can be found at the WEDC website. The online grant application will be accessible at the same site from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

Volume One launches FREE public posting for non-profits and affected businesses

Over the last couple weeks, we here at Volume One have done our best to turn our entire website over to stories and information in support of the community during the Covid-19 crisis. Now, to help support local non profits and adversely affected businesses, starting today we're launching "The Chippewa Valley Bulletin Board". This easily accessible feature will be found right at the top of the VolumeOne.org homepage at the "Bulletin Board" tab, and will allow local businesses and organizations a direct line of communication with the broader public, by giving them the ability to directly submit timely information for publication online, completely free of charge.

Managing Finances in Tough Times

The Covid-19 pandemic has us all thinking about how to adapt to guidelines to keep our loved ones and ourselves healthy and safe. Added to this stress is the uncertainty about economic conditions and how this may affect our personal finances.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Dunn County  Extension, provides some insight and resources.

Evers Submits Request to SBA for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance

Gov. Tony Evers has submitted a request to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance for small Wisconsin businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. Gov. Evers request to SBA can be found here.

WEDC Focus Forward Programs & Resources

Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing the products and services their customers need and crave, unencumbered by threats to the health of their employees and those they serve. Working toward that future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency.

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Governor Evers Announces Plans for Certain Stores to Open With Limitations

MADISON, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE)-- Gov. Tony Evers today announced another turn of the dial on Safer at Home to add even more opportunities for Wisconsin businesses to get back to work in a safe and responsible way. Read More

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act is intended to assist business owners with needs they have. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will be available. To learn more about the low-interest disaster loans that provides businesses & homeowners recover from declared disasters, you can learn more from the Guide or Apply for Assistance.

Zoom Tutorial

Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing services company that provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.

If you are new to Zoom; these videos will assist you in setting up an account, scheduling a meeting, joining a meeting and more.

WEDC Announces Targeted Grants to Small Business

A $5 million grant program of up to $20,000 to small businesses of 20 or fewer employees and less than $2 million in annual revenues was announced March 18 by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. This program can be used to cover rent and to meet payroll expenses... Read More

Eligibility requirements and how it works (WEDC)

How Coronavirus is Affecting Manufacturers

Manufacturers across the country are working to keep their employees and communities safe and healthy. A newly created survey of manufacturing leaders conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers reveals the state of industry as the situation unfolds. To learn more...

Tips for Managing a Remote Workforce During Coronavirus

With the effort to slow down the spread of the coronavirus and preserve the health & safety of their people, here are some tips on how to work-from-home successfully.

Pirateship.com

If you are a business owner that requires mailing your services, check out Pirateship.com.  Save up to 90% off retail USPS rates with the deepest commercial discounts and no markup, monthly fees, or hidden costs.

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Federal Tax Payment Deadlines Extended

The Trump administration has announced that most individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their federal tax bills for 90 days, but the filing deadline has not been extended.
More information:

The IRS deadline to pay taxes was extended by 90 days. What does that mean for filers? (Fortune)

WMC Releases COVID-19 Employer Toolkit

Toolkit will arm Wisconsin’s business community with the most up-to-date and reliable information as they navigate the continuously changing landscape

MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – released its COVID-19 Employer Toolkit on Thursday to further help employers navigate the difficult circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic has created. This toolkit will help businesses by providing the latest and most relevant information, helpful resources and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Governor Evers - Emergency Order

Gov. Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #7 waiving work search requirements and modifying the availability requirements for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19.  It waives requirement that UI claimants conduct at least four weekly work search actions during the COVID-19 emergency. This section of the order is retroactively effective to March 12, 2020.
More information: 

Governor Evers to Issue Emergency Order (DWD)

Evers Emergency Order #7 (Governor Evers)

Unemployment Insurance Coronavirus FAQs and Information (DWD)

Gener8tor Provides Free Business Webinars

Gener8tor is doing a free webinar for a week (March 30 – April 3, 2020) for small business that have been affected by the COVID-19.

This would be another great resource for all of you to share with businesses.

Topics include:

  • Banking experts for step-by-step process on applying for SBA-eligible programs
  • Civic, philanthropic and state emergency relief resources
  • Employment law experts to navigate changes required by new laws
  • Federal emergency relief programs
  • Mental health and wellness resources for small business owners

 

Sign-up deadline: March 25, 2020

Link: https://www.gener8tor.com/emergency-response-program/wisconsin

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

201 W. Washington Ave

Madison, WI 53703

Wisconsin Health-Related Resources

COVID-19 Business Resource Pages from State and National Organizations

Square Resources

We're all facing unique challenges right now, and for business owners, the stakes are particularly high. Square wants to offer and help in the ways we can... Find Out How

President Signs Coronavirus Relief Plan with Emergency Sick Pay

President Trump has signed the coronavirus relief plan passed in recent days by Congress that extends paid leave and unemployment insurance, including employers with under 500 employees, with costs reimbursed to employers through refundable tax credits.
Congress is now working on another phase of relief planning that may include direct payments and other support.
More information:

President Trump signs coronavirus relief plan to expand paid leave (CNBC)

Previously Held Virtual Events

Community and Education Town Hall
August 4th at 4 p.m. key leaders spoke about what back to school means for everyone. Learn about a modified opening beyond the headlines. Each leader in education provided an overview of what reopening means for each school and how it affects the community as a whole.
To watch the replay of this session: https://www.facebook.com/menomoniechamber/videos/331808307976868/

Financial Planning 101 - Previously Held

Jon Kroening, CFP with Synergy Retirement Planning Strategies, LLC will provide basic financial planning that will benefit you at all points in life.

Join the Chamber of Commerce as we welcome Jon as the next virtual educator. If you missed the live session, you can catch the replay HERE.

 

Spring Cleaning With Gratitude - Previously Held

Catch the replay of Lorraine Garland and Jake Bloom from Arbor Place, Inc. how you can practice Gratitude in all situations.

 

Express Employment Professionals - Previously Held

Mike Kreiling, Jeff Jensen and Marge Kelley from Express Employment Professionals presents Return. Rehire. Re-evaluate. Reorganize. RECOVERY.

Join the Chamber of Commerce as we welcome Mike, Jeff and Marge as the next virtual educator. Watch the replay here.