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. We're All In Small Business Grants - Phase 2
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) We’re All In Small Business Grant Program provided much-needed financial assistance to thousands of Wisconsin small businesses affected by COVID-19. Despite the infusion of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relieve, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds administered by WEDC throughout the summer, many Wisconsin small businesses continue to struggle. That is why WEDC is opening up a second phase of We’re All In Small Business Grants, making available more than $50 million of additional CARES Act funding to Wisconsin businesses hard hit by the pandemic.
HOW IT WORKS
We’re All In Small Business Grant – Phase 2 makes CARES Act funding available to Wisconsin small businesses that were unable to apply for Phase 1 of the program. And, it makes additional funds available to companies that were awarded Phase 1 grants.
Phase 2 grants of $5,000 will be awarded based upon the business’s annual revenue. Businesses with more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues (gross receipts less returns and allowances) and one to 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) in 2019 are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to applicants that did not receive funding from the Phase 1 of the We’re All In Small Business Grant Program. Once these new applicants are awarded Phase 2 grants, Phase 1 recipients’ applications will be considered, with priority given to ethnic minority-owned businesses followed by businesses in industries most affected by the pandemic.
Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, to 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 2, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to gather the necessary information and documents before the application window opens, but should note that the timing of their application does not affect their chances of receiving a grant. Grants are not awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
Phase 1 of the We’re All In Small Business Grant was designed, marketed and administered by WEDC. Phase 2 of the program is receiving administrative assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
For more information and to apply for a Phase 2 We’re All In Small Business Grant, click here.
2. Wisconsin Unemployment
If you have become unemployed or partially unemployed, you may apply for unemployment benefits online. File weekly claims to receive benefit payments after requirements are met.
As a result of Governor Evers Emergency order you do not need to do a work search during the Governor's declared emergency. The Department is in the process of making the necessary updates. No action is needed on your part regarding the work search.
Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information - FAQS
3. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
COVID-19 Business Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to all types of Wisconsin businesses whose operations are impacted by disruptions to their supply chains, withering demand for their products and worker unavailability resulting from sustained social distancing.
We are here to provide the latest, best information to our clients and the citizens of Wisconsin on resources aimed at maintaining the vitality of the companies upon which our economy depends. As the volume of inquiries through our phone lines and website prevents us from responding individually to people as we would like, we invite you to visit our website regularly. We plan to update the directory as new information and resources become available.
Included are resources available to Wisconsin businesses from WEDC and other local, state and federal agencies.
Small business owners are encouraged to work with their lenders to address the financial challenges they are facing as a result of COVID-19.
4. Reopen Guidelines for Businesses
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.
With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.
You are encouraged to bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates to guidelines and the addition of new industry documents.
Additional Resources: Wisconsin State Agencies