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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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
How Coronavirus is Affecting Manufacturers
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.
Evers Emergency Order #7 (Governor Evers)
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
April 2, 2020 - Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot
- You must provide a photo ID with your absentee ballot request. More information on acceptable IDs here.
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.
- Keeping the Workplace Safe
- Keeping Commercial Establishments Safe
- WMC COVID-19 Webinar - Gov. Evers Addresses Business Community
This webinar details state government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and updated how the business community is being impacted.