COVID-19 Small Business Resources
To provide immediate relief to active recipients of the City’s small business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) programs, loan repayments to the City may be suspended through June 16, 2020. Please contact WendyTo@greenbaywi.gov or call 920-448-3086 to request loan repayment suspension.
Green Bay businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19 should consider this list of available resources below. This list will be updated with new programs when they are made available.
CARES Act - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce summarizes the aid made available by the $2 trillion federal coronavirus response bill, with special attention to what small businesses need to know.
Federal Tax Relief - The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
U.S Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources - The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).
U.S. Treasury Coronavirus Resources, Updates, and What You Should Know - The U.S. Treasury Department is supporting American workers and businesses who are impacted by the coronavirus.
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) - WWBIC is working with federal, state and local partners to support our many WWBIC borrowers and entrepreneurs and businesses in need of loan capital now. See below for a list of available resources. Check back often for updates as this situation continues.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans. Under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, businesses may qualify for up to $2 million in loans to cover losses resulting from the pandemic. The interest rate on the loans is 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Participants may be able to extend payments for up to 30 years.
Businesses will be asked to supply the following information as part of the application process:
- Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T) for the applicant, principals and affiliates.
- Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return.
- Schedule of Liabilities (SBA Form 2202).
- Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413).
- Profit and loss statements
- Monthly sales figures (SBA Form 1368).
The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network and its partners are helping small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Wisconsin SBDC, a resource partner of the SBA, has created a web page to help business owners understand the qualifications and application process. Consultants with the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are working remotely via phone, email and virtual tools to assist clients. The Wisconsin SBA and its other SBA resource partners,— including WWBIC, SCORE, and Veterans Business Outreach Center — are also working to assist their clients.
If you have more questions, view this FAQ page on the EIDL program.
Work-share from the Dept. of Workforce Development
Work-Share is a program that helps businesses avoid layoffs, allowing workers to remain employed and employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity.
Small Business 20/20 Program
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) Small Business 20/20 Program provides grant funds to approved community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Approved CDFIs will award grants of up to $20,000 to their existing loan clients to assist with cash-flow challenges resulting from COVID-19.
Businesses that are not currently CDFI clients are not eligible to access these funds, but WEDC will work to expand access to funding through other programs as more resources become available. If you have more questions, view this FAQ page on SB20/20.
Wisconsin Emergency Response Program
gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one office hours will also be available.
Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loan Fund
The Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (HWCC) has announced a new Emergency Loan Fund (COVID-19) in response to the negative impact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the Wisconsin business community. These funds are primarily used for working capital to cover rent, payroll, and other fixed expenses. This loan fund is similar to HWCC’s existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Small Loan programs but with a slightly lower rate and an interest-only option for the first 3 months. Loans from $5,000 and up to $10,000. For more information about terms and interest rates, please contact HWCC Operations Manager, Ger Thao: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is an economic development activity funded through the City of Green Bay's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) annual allocation from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Green Bay Small Business Pandemic Relief Loan Program is a financing product designed to benefit City of Green Bay small business owner-operators employing low or moderate income households.
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