Downtowns and Small Businesses

Downtown District & Businesses: Coronavirus Response: Ideas & Resources

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation General Resources for Businesses is here and will be kept updated.  

City of Racine to Launch Small Business Emergency Fund in Wake of COVID-19

City of Racine – During the COVID-19 crisis small businesses will be forced to make some tough decisions as they will be the first to economic impacts of the virus. The City of Racine is taking a proactive step in trying to assistance businesses by redirecting $250,000 in federal funding to create a Small Business Emergency Fund for businesses that are under distress from the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the media release... March 20, 2020 

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency

In another step toward assisting small businesses that suffer losses related to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is creating a program to provide grants to targeted businesses throughout the state, WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes announced today.

The WEDC Board of Directors on Tuesday approved $5 million in funding for the program, which will be known as Small Business 20/20 (SB20/20). SB20/20 will provide grants of up to $20,000 to targeted businesses with no more than 20 employees to cover rent and to meet payroll expenses, including paid leave (including sick, family and other leave related to COVID-19). Read more... March 18, 2020 

State Sen. Dale Kooyenga’s Comprehensive Business Resources The Senator and his staff will keep this updated. 

Arts Wisconsin Information and Resources for the Creative Sector re COVID-19 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR DINERS The Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) is gathering information from restaurants statewide to share with the public including restaurants who provide delivery, curbside or to-go service in the next few weeks in response to the limitations and suggestions that are in place as a result of the Coronavirus. 

Sampling of Chamber Websites

Ashland Chamber of Commerce Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce River Falls Chamber of Commerce