• COVID-19 Business Resources

  • The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce recognizes the burden that COVID-19 is placing on area business. We want you to know you're not alone and there are resources to help navigate through this challenging time. This page is being continually updated as new resources become available.

    While difficult, we know our business community is resilient and we’re going to come out of this stronger in the end! If you have questions or we can be of help in another way, don't hesitate to reach out. If we don't know the answer we can assist you in finding one.

  • BUSINESS RESOURCES

    WISCONSIN SAFER AT HOME ORDER
    This order goes into effect Wednesday, March 25 at 8:00 am. See more info here

    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO COVID-19
    See Federal Government Response here

    UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
    WI Unemployment Office FAQ to help answer questions for employees who have been laid off due to COVID-19.

    INSTITUTE FOR BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP 
    The Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship has created this page to anchor important information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    MARKETING/CUSTOMER RELATIONS

    Ways to Retain Your Customers During the Coronavirus Outbreak 

    How to Market Your Business during Uncertain Times

    U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Combating the Coronavirus

    U.S. Chamber Suggested Strategies

    Wisconsin Restaurant Association

    COVID-19 Crisis: Tips to Help Foodservice Operators
     

    Red Letter Grant Free Training Series

    Free Small Business Workshop Series

     

  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & TOOLS

    U. S. Small Business Administration
    Wisconsin small businesses and private non-profits are now eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans to meet the needs of payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship. Applicants may apply online.

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance Portal
    Economic Injury Disaster Loan Frequently Asked Questions
    How to Apply
    COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application​
    How to Apply (video)

    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)

    SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process at: 1-800-659-2955.

    Mentoring & Assistance
    Western Wisconsin SCORE and Pierce County Economic Development Corporation are great resources for advice and free mentoring assistance for small business owners including guidance thorough the EIDL application process.

    Western Wisconsin SCORE
    Pierce County Economic Development Corporation

    IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief
    The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

    Coronavirus Tax Relief Summary
    Tax Deadline changed – IRS Guidance on Federal Tax payments

    Small Business Development Center
    America’s SBDCs are working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

    SBA Covid-19 Small Business Resources

    Informational Webinars: To assist the business community in regards to the loan program, Wisconsin's SBA office is offering daily webinars to answer your questions:

    10am Webinars    |    2pm Webinars

    Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
    Included on this page are resources available to Wisconsin businesses from WEDC and other local, state and federal agencies. You are encouraged to visit this page regularly, as this directory will be updated with new information and resources as it becomes available.

    Navigating Through COVID-19 in Wisconsin

    WEDC’s Small Business 2020 Grant Program
    Small Business 2020 (SB20/20) is a $5 million grant program to assist businesses with no more than 20 employees to cover rent and to meet payroll expenses, including paid leave; providing grants of up to $20,000 to targeted businesses, especially retailers, restaurants and small service providers. The grants will be deployed by partnering with the State’s 23 community development financial institutions (CDFIs). According to the WEDC, the intention is to expand this program to larger businesses as resources become available.

    WEDC SB20/20 Information

    Kiva Loans
    Kiva has expanded lending terms/eligibility to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to expanded eligibility and larger loans--the maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000. Applicants may receive a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility. Downtown businesses in our communities that are women-, minority- and/or veteran-owned are also eligible for a 50% match from WEDC to expedite their loan. Consider applying or if you have the means, become a lender yourself.

    Kiva Loan Program

     

     

  • REMOTE WORKING TOOLS

    ARTICLES
    5 Tips for staying productive while working from home
    20 Tips for working at home
    Work from Home 101

    ALL-INCLUSIVE

    GOOGLE SUITE/HANGOUTS – $6-25/PER USER
    Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Audio/Phone | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security/Encryption
    *In response to COVID-19 through July 1:  free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

    OFFICE 365/TEAMS – $0-12.50/PER USER
    Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security/Encryption
    *In response to COVID-19: Beginning March 10, Microsoft is rolling out updates to the free version of Teams that will lift restrictions on user limits.

    COMMUNICATION

    ZOOM – $0-19.99
    Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar | Security/Encryption
    In response to COVID-19: free for educators to move toward virtual learning

    ZOOM PHONE – $14.99
    Services Provided: Audio/Phone | Security/Encryption

    SLACK – $0-12.50
    Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Security/Encryption

    GOTOMEETING – $12-16/PER USER
    Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar | Audio/Phone | Instant Messaging
    *In response to COVID-19: some organizations may be eligible for access to free emergency remote work toolkit. Can register here.

    INFORMATION SERVICES

    DROPBOX BUSINESS – $12.50-20/PER USER
    Services Provided: Information Storage/Sharing | Security/Encryption
    *In response to COVID-19: Free Dropbox Business subscriptions for a three-month period to nonprofits and NGOs that are focused on fighting COVID-19

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    TRELLO – $0-20.83/PER USER
    Services Provided: Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security/Encryption

    MONDAY - $39+
    Services Provided: Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management