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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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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

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)

COVID-19 Business Resource Pages from State and National Organizations

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)

April 7 Spring Election

As the election approaches, it is encouraged that voters plan ahead. State officials are recommending voters avoid unnecessary social interactions. You can still vote in Wisconsin without having to go to your local polling place.
More information:

April 2, 2020 - Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot

WMC COVID-19 Update Webinar

WMC is continuing to monitor the evolving situation to the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 18, WMC hosted two webinars.

This webinar provides critical business updates related to COVID-19, including HR policies, employment law, and more.

This webinar details state government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and updated how the business community is being impacted.