The Oconto County Economic Development Corporation has created this page to anchor important information for our businesses amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supporting small business owners is what we do, and that is more critical than ever at this time. Below you can find information and resources that could be useful.
1. Bay Lake Regional Planning Commission
The impacts COVID-19 has had on communities and businesses can be felt across the country and the Bay-Lake region is no exception. From our most rural communities in Florence County, to our tourism centric communities along the lakeshore, to our more populous communities in Sheboygan and Brown counties, it is evident that this region has been impacted by COVID-19.
With response and recovery efforts currently underway, local communities and businesses can use the Bay-Lake RPC COVID-19 Response and Recovery Portal as a one-stop-shop as they continue to respond to and recover from the pandemic.
About the Portal
The COVID-19 Response and Recovery Portal is an online interactive website that includes information for local units of government and businesses on available funding opportunities, recovery guides/toolkits, upcoming events and workshops and more.
The Data and Dashboards section contained in this portal, includes information on county level COVID health trends, including vaccination rates, as well as economic trends that can be used to help map the impact of COVID. This portal will be updated weekly.
This portal was developed by Bay-Lake RPC staff and made possible through CARES Act funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). Additional information about the CARES Act funding that Bay-Lake RPC received from EDA can be found under the BLRPC CARES Act section.
3. MAIN STREET BOUNCEBACK GRANT PROGRAM
The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission.
Additional Resources: Wisconsin State Agencies