University of Wisconsin–Madison

COVID-19 Newsletter Archive

We know there has been a lot of uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis, and we have been working to keep you updated through regular messages from our mailing list. In order to receive the most current information, please join our list using the link below.

If you were not previously subscribed and would like to view our earlier messages, we have included links to those below. Please note the send date of each message. Governmental programs in particular have been changing quickly, and the information included below was accurate as of the sent date.

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The statewide Wisconsin SBDC has created a landing page for small business resources. Refer here for many of the details of SBA programs, local grant programs, etc: https://wisconsinsbdc.org/services/covid-19/

Looking for some feedback through one-on-one consulting? The SBDC offers no-cost consulting to help you move forward https://sbdc.wisc.edu/about-us/free-small-business-consulting/
Several upcoming courses can help you navigate the current environment:

Past Newsletters

9/4/2020 News You Need for September 4, 2020

  • D2P Accepting Applications for Campus Innovators
  • Tax Credits Available for Some Small Businesses
  • UW-Madison Online Resources for Job Loss, Search, etc.

New Classes Announced!

  • 2021 HR Trends: New World of Work — Are you keeping up
  • Cash is King: Understanding Cash Flow During COVID and Beyond
  • Navigating the New Normal Workshop – offered in partnership with WWBIC

8/28/2020 News You Need for August 28, 2020

  • Applications now open for gBeta Accelerator
  • Start In Wisconsin Hub Brings Together Statewide Entrepreneurial Resources
  • Organizational Tools for Entrepreneurs
  • Nominations Open for Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • HR for Small Business Owners and Non-HR Professionals
  • What is your business worth?
  • Leadership in the Time of COVID
  • Fall SBDC class schedule

8/27/2020 SBDC Fall Class Catalog Now Available!


8/26/2020 Navigating the New Normal: COVID Response Guide Resource Page


8/14/2020 News You Need for August 14, 2020

  • News and Updates
  • SBA will pay 6 months on loans
  • QuickBooks pricing changes and online discount
  • Creative Destruction lab accepting applications
  • Congratulations to Garth’s Brew Bar – SBDC success story

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Two-course SBDC series on Business Valuation and Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Leadership in the time of COVID
  • Free Webinar: Retaining Rural Business Through Employee Ownership

8/12/2020 Food News & SBDC Leadership Offerings


7/29/2020 News You Need for July 29, 2020

  • Need staff? Join UW-Work Study program, and you could hire students with 75% of their salary covered
  • HR survey provides valuable insight on small business HR
  • Debt Relief for New SBA-Backed Loans
  • Upcoming learning opportunities
    • Biz Smart Sprint for businesses looking to start or refine their business idea
    • SHRM Certification Preparation course teaches HR skills
    • Launch into Leadership for new supervisors
    • Understand Your Market and Advertise to them on a Budget
    • Coronavirus Tax Relief for Employers and Business Owners

7/23/2020 News You Need for July 23, 2020

  • Dane County businesses required to post face-covering signs
  • PPP has helped to preserve jobs
  • Kiva Small Business Loan City of Madison Match Program

Upcoming learning opportunities

  • Lunch (Up)Date with DWD Secretary – Today (July 23)!
  • UpStart Extras
  • Leadership in the Time of COVID
  • Onboarding Right from the Start
  • Launch into Leadership – now online!

7/10/2020   News You Need for June 15, 2020  

  • Dane County order requires masks in public, indoor spaces Wisconsin Supplier Network local source for PPE
  • Learning opportunity: UpStart Extras
  • Learning opportunity: Onboarding Right from the Start
  • Learning opportunity: Launch into Leadership – now online!
  • PPP deadline extended
  • $25,000 grants available for Black-owned restaurants
  • Applications open for Pressure Chamber pitch event
  • SBA hosting webinars to help business owners understand tax credits”

7/1/2020 Dane County Limits Bars, Gatherings in Response to COVID-19 Case Increases


6/23/2020 Keeping Your Small Business Safe

  • New EZ Forgiveness Applications for the PPP

6/19/2020 Increasing Your Business’ Value – Even During Quarantine (Part II)


6/16/2020 Increasing Your Business’ Value – Even During Quarantine (Part I)


6/15/2020  News You Need for June 15, 2020

  • Next steps for WEDC We’re All In Grant (application now open)
  • Dane County Businesses Move into Phase 2
  • Re-opening Self-Assessment from Dane County Public Health
  • Remote Work Trends Survey
  • Teen Summer Entrepreneurship Academy for Credit

6/5/2020 PPP Flexibility Act Makes Loan Forgiveness Easier & We’re All In Grant Program


5/29/2020 News You Need for May 29, 2020

  • Reopening Self-Assessment
  • Main Street Marketplace
  • Webinar: Getting Your Products Online
  • Madison Streatery Program
  • Here to Hear Chamber Sessions
  • Fitchburg Biz Boost Loan Program
  • Coronavirus Tax Relief

5/22/2020 Consumer Confidence is Your Key to Successfully Reopening


5/20/2020 E-commerce Part 3: Marketing Your E-Commerce Store, with Brian Lee of Revelation PR


5/18/2020  News You Need for May 18, 2020

  • “We’re All In” Initiative Includes Grants & Reopening Guidelines
  • PPP Forgiveness Application Now Available
  • Dane County Business Reopening Guidance
  • Child Care Counts Payment Program

5/14/2020 E-commerce Part 2: Choosing an E-Commerce Channel


5/13/2020 E-Commerce Series, Part 1: Considering an Online Strategy


5/11/2020 One More Turn of the Dial for Wisconsin Retailers

  • WEDC Safety guidelines for reopening
  • Target safety guide for retail environments
  • Wisconsin Supplier Network
  • WEDC Ethnic Minority Grant

5/5/2020 Keep Communicating During A Crisis: How Your Brand’s Values Matter More Than Ever


5/4/2020 Recovery Resources

  • Dane County Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program provides additional funds
  • SBA opens application portal for agricultural businesses
  • WEDC launches Focus Forward platform
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association lawyer search tool

5/1/2020 Free Resources for Small Businesses

  • Free Virtual Sessions from Zing Collaborative: Staying Grounded when the Ground Feels Shaky & Creating from Unexpected Changes
  • Taking Your Products Online with Amazon webinars & eBay Up and Running program
  • Hello Alice Grant Program
  • Madison Public Library Virtual Library Card to help you with business research
  • Update on PPP and EIDL program

4/30/2020 Instilling Consumer Confidence During the Crisis


4/27/2020 Turning the Dial on Reopening Wisconsin Businesses


4/24/2020 Creative Local Small Business Solutions

  • Additional appropriations for PPP and EIDL Programs
  • Independent contractor’s Guide to Cares Act Relief

4/20/2020 Governor Evers Outlines Phases of “Badger Bounce Back” Program


4/17/2020 Cybersecurity: Assessing Risks and Looking Forward

  • SBA update
  • Salesforce Care Small Business Grants
  • Save Small Business Fund

4/16/2020 Celebrating One Wisconsinite’s Enduring Legacy:  Senator Gaylord Nelson’s Legislation Brought Us Earth Day and the Foundation for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. Today, his namesake office is offering a free business sustainability workshop, featuring Microsoft’s Chief Sustainability Officer.


4/15/2020 Beware of SBA Loan Scams & Tips for Employees Working Remotely


4/14/2020 Understanding Changes to Unemployment Benefits Under the CARES


4/10/2020 Managing Stress in Uncertain Times


4/9/2020 Loan and Grant Programs Available as of April 9, 2020

  • Dane Buy Local & Dane County Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program
  • WWBIC Fast-Track Loan Program
  • EIDL
  • Kiva
  • Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loan Fund
  • SBA Express Bridge Loan Program
  • PPP
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • WEDC Business 20/20
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
  • Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

4/1/2020 Details of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), MadREP survey, Dane Buy Local Grant Program

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) details
  • MadREP survey for small businesses
  • Dane Buy Local Grant Program

3/31/2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  • Note: apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan again if you applied before March 30, 2020

3/30/2020 CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Introduction


3/27/2020 Loan programs available as of March 27, 2020

  • SBA Express Bridge Loan program
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan – short description
  • Kiva Loans – short description
  • Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loan Fund
  • WEDC Business 20/20 – short description

3/26/2020 Connecting with your Insurance Partners, with guidance from Ryan Waite at Neckerman Insurance Services


3/25/2020 Kiva Loans for COVID-19 – Program Details


3/24/2020 Safer at Home Order: What businesses are Considered Essential?  


3/23/2020 SBDC Summary of Business & Government Updates for March 23, 2020

  • SBA Disaster Loans overview & application materials
  • Tax deadline extension
  • WI Shelter In Place announcement
  • Utility payment flexibility

3/21/2020 Business Resources for  You in Uncertain Times

  • SBDC Celebrates 40 Years; how to connect with us during this difficult time
  • Creative local businesses
  • Madison Chamber Creates Slido platform for business questions

3/20/2020 Covid-19 Staffing Changes

  • Employee Work-Share Program
  • Unemployment Benefits – What does this mean for employees?
  • Tax extension

3/18/2020 Managing Cash Flow in Uncertain Times


3/17/2020 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) – overview


3/13/2020 Staying in Touch with the SBDC during COVID-19 closures


3/13/2020 Customer & Employee Messaging Surrounding COVID-19 


3/12/2020 Reduce Risks for your Organization