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Looking for COVID Response Resources?

Below, you can find the archive of our newsletters since the start of the pandemic. Please note the send date of each message. Governmental programs in response to COVID-19 have been changing quickly, and the information included below was accurate as of the sent date.

Past Newsletters

9/24/2021 News You Need for September 24, 2021

  • Updated Vaccine Guidelines for Employers
  • Planning for Retirement as a Small Business Owner?
  • FFI Webinar for Farms Receiving the Value-Added Producer Grant
  • Patent Resources

Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities

  • Launch into Leadership
  • Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict & Negotiation
  • HR Basics for Non-HR Professionals
  • Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) for aspiring entrepreneurs

9/17/2021 News You Need for September 17, 2021

  • EIDL Loan Updates
  • Badger Bounceback Provides Grant Opportunities for Movie Theaters and Venues, Summer Camps, Minor League Sports Teams, and Destination Marketing Organizations
  • 5 Exercises to Help You Build More Empathy
Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities
  • Launch into Leadership
  • Skills for Conflict & Negotiation
  • HR Basics for Non-HR Professionals
  • Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • The Employment Imperative: Tackling Workforce Challenges

9/10/2021 News you Need for September 10, 2021

  • Next Week is Small Business Week
  • Will a different trade finance approach work for your business?
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • Updated statistics provides Wisconsin snapshot of small business health and economic activity
  • Employee Motivation Doesn’t Have to Cost Money
Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities
  • Full SBDC fall 2021 class calendar is here!
  • Launch into Leadership
  • Skills for Conflict & Negotiation

9/1/2021  News You Need for  September 1, 2021

  • Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants
  • Workforce Innovation Grant Program to Fund Innovative Workforce Solutions
  • Cash Flow Management Tips for Small Businesses
  • Dane Buy Local – Local Biz Awards
  • Employer Vaccine Forum: how the Delta variant is affecting businesses
  • View Forward Fest event recordings from the Innovate Network

Client Spotlight: Erica Hainz Opened Fiddlesticks Knits During COVID

Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities:

  • Full SBDC fall 2021 class calendar is here!
  • SHRM Certification Preparation Course for HR professionals
  • The Freelance Economy webinar
  • Launch into Leadership

8/25/2021  News You Need for  August 25, 2021

  • Interested in Government Contracting?
  • The David T. Prosser Jr. State Law Library is open to entrepreneurs
  • What is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin?
  • Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative

Client Spotlight:

Betterbin Wins Doyenne’s 2021 Forward Fest 5x5x5 Pitch Event

Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities:

  • The Freelance Economy webinar
  • Launch into Leadership

8/17/2021  News you need for August 17, 2021

  • SBA Announces Supplemental Grants for SVOG Applicants
  • Prepare Your Business for Emergencies – Before they Happen
  • 7 Smart Strategies to Make Your Business Taxes Easier
    Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunity
  • Launch, Learn & Pivot: Madison Startup Stories
  • Join us Tonight at the StartingBlock Open House!

8/6/2021  News you need for August 6,2021

  • Main Street Bounceback Grants Seek to Reduce Open Storefronts
  • Complete QTI’s HR Trends survey to receive a free copy of the full report
  • Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Business
  • Streamlined PPP Loan Forgiveness Portal Now Open
  • National Small Business Week Virtual Summit
  • Join us at Forward Fest! BookMarkIT: Free Resources for Your Business

7/16/2021 Join us at Forward Fest!


7/14/2021  News you need for July 14, 2021

  • Small Business Tax Credits
  • Wisconsin Employer Vaccine Forum: Shifts in communication and culture
  • Backing the B.A.R. Acceleration Grant for Black-Owned Businesses
  • China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law – Key Takeaways
  • ReVise Consulting presents, in partnership with MadREP – Remote Work 101: Digitizing Operations
  • ReVise Consulting presents, in partnership with MadREP – Inclusion Across the Remote Work Spectrum

Client Spotlights:

  • Congratulations to Cairasu Home Care!
  • Bravebird’s New Film & community conversation July 15

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Communication & Delegation
  • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Small Business Websites
  • BookMarkIT: Free Resources for Your Business

6/24/2021 News you need for June 24, 2021 

  • Governor Evers Announces > $140 Million for Wisconsin’s Tourism and Entertainment Industries
  • Would Your Business Be Prepared for a Cyber Attack?
  • WEDC discussion includes how vaccination and relief funding affect taxes
  • Pressure Chamber Pitch Competition – applications open
  • Harness the Power of Social Media Without Spending Money
  • Need to Hire a Web Design Company?
  • A Podcast for Food Businesses

Returning to In-Person Work & Hybrid Work Models

  • We Weigh in on Hybrid Offices
  • 5 Myths about Flexible Work Policies

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Biz Smart Sprint
  • Communication & Delegation
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • WordPress v. Wix: Which is Right for Your Business?
  • Free Forward Fest event: BookMarkIT

6/18/2021  When Can We Meet Again in person at the SBDC? (and an exciting event update)


6/14/2021  News you need for June 14, 2021

  • Ideadvance Seed Fund: Money + Mentorship = Growth
  • Small Business Tax Credit Programs
  • E-Commerce Funding
  • Are You Onboarding Employees Virtually?
  • Client Spotlight: Yips Yogurt Chips
  • Webinar: Making the Most of Your Bank’s Digital Products
  • Navigating Transitioning Social Norms During the Pandexit
  • Entrepreneur in Training Partnership Supports Formerly Incarcerated Future Business Owners

For fun: A sneak preview!

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Fearless Performance Management
  • Biz Smart Sprint
  • Communication & Delegation
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • WordPress v. Wix: Which is Right for Your Business?

6/2/2021  News you need for June 2, 2021

Are Student Staff right for your Business?

  • Hiring Student Staff – What Are the Benefits of Working with Student Staff?
  • Federal Work-Study Program for Part-Time Staff
  • Student Internship Opportunities
  • Internships: Paid vs. Unpaid?
  • Links & Resources for Hiring UW-Madison Interns and Alumni
  • SoHE interns: Understanding one of UW-Madison’s lesser-known colleges

5/24/2021  News you need for May 24, 2021

Today’s message includes the following news, best practices, and online courses:

  • Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grants now open
  • Wisconsin Employer Vaccine Forum
  • Spectrum offers free advertising to minority businesses
  • Affordable Health Care Options for Small Business Owners
  • New Gener8or Program for high school students

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Fearless Performance Management
  • Biz Smart Sprint
  • Building a Better Web Presence: Business Websites 101
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence

5/10/2021 News you need for May 10, 2021

Today’s message includes the following news, best practices, and online courses:

  • Dane County Small Business Grant Program Reopened
  • Wisconsin Expands Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program
  • New App Connects Veterans with Essential Services
  • Affordable Health Care Options for Small Business Owners

Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities:

  • Buy, Build, or Sell – Next Steps for Your Business
  • Fearless Performance Management
  • Biz Smart Sprint
  • Building a Better Web Presence: Business Websites 101
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence

5/3/2021  News you need for May 3, 2021

  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application Opens Today
  • Wisconsin Expands Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program
  • New App Connects Veterans with Essential Services

Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities:

  • Buy, Build, or Sell – Next Steps for Your Business
  • Fearless Performance Management
  • Building a Better Web Presence: Business Websites 101
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence

4/27/2021 News you Need for April 27, 2021

  • SVOG Portal Reopened
  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund to Utilize Point-of-Sale Systems
  • Upcoming Restaurant Revitalization Webinars
  • Wisconsin Innovation Awards
  • Financial Terms to Know for Your Business Credit Card
  • Cybersecurity webinar for Veterans and military-connected familiesUpcoming

SBDC Learning Opportunities:

  • Buy, Build, or Sell – Next Steps for Your Business
  • Fearless Performance Management
  • Building a Better Web Presence: Business Websites 101

4/19/2021  News you need for April 19, 2021

SBA Updates:

  • Preparing to Apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
  • How to request an EIDL Loan Increase
  • How to Request an EIDL Advance Reevaluation
  • SVOG Portal Update

Other News, Tools & Best Practices:

  • TeleWORKS Toolkit from Greater Madison Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • WEDC Announces Wisconsin Main Street Downtown Pitch Contest
  • Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace

Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities:

  • Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict and Negotiation
  • *Just Added!* Financial Management – Sprint!
  • Buy, Build, or Sell – Next Steps for Your Business

4/9/2021  News you need for April 9, 2021

SBA Updates:

  • Paycheck Protection Program extended
  • First Draw and Second Draw PPP loans
  • SBA Increases Lending Limit For COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  • EIDL Deferment Update
  • Shuttered Venues Grant Application Process
  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Other news & best practices, and online courses:

  • Wisconsin to Pay Out $46M More in We’re All In Grants
  • Public Health Order #15 In Effect
  • Dane County, City of Madison to Give Licensed Establishments COVID-19 Relief
  • WEDC Report Identifies Wisconsin’s Economic Priorities
  • MG&E Offers Payment Options
  • Minority Business Certification Demystified

Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities:

  • Digital Marketing & Social Media Conference
  • Understanding Your Investment: Building Value in Your Business (business valuation basics)
  • Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict and Negotiation

3/23/2021 News You Need for March 23, 2021

  • SBA Extends Deferment Period for all COVID-19 EIDL and Other
  • Disaster Loans until 2022
  • Social media grant hosted by SMB Mad
  • SBA Launches Website & Details for Shuttered Venue Grant Gov.
  • Dane County Small Business Awards Accepting Applications
  • SBA Celebrates Women-Owned Businesses, Introduces New SBA Administrator

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Digital Marketing & Social Media Conference
  • Understanding Your Investment: Building Value in Your Business (business valuation basics)
  • Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict and Negotiation

3/16/2021 News You Need for March 16, 2021

  • American Rescue Plan Act Elevates Small Business Support
  • Details Added for SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
  • Evers to Host Virtual Badger Bounceback Live Sessions; economic recovery session this week
  • Wisconsin Adopts Broad COVID-19 Civil Liability Immunity
  • DWD’s New Interactive Map Connects Job-Seekers with Services
  • MCDC Hosts Webinar on Starting a Worker Co-Op

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Understanding Your Investment: Building Value in Your Business (business valuation basics)
  • Building Resilience in Stressful Times
  • Digital Marketing & Social Media Conference

3/2/2021  News You Need for March 2, 2021

  • Streamline Expense Tracking & Make Better Business Decisions
  • Amazon Small Business Academy
  • Free Tool for Tracking Employees’ Hours
  • QuickBooks Offer
  • gBeta Accelerator Go Global Initiative supports Wisconsin Business interested in Exporting

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Managing Remote Teams
  • Series: Cultivate Your Teams’ Productivity in the Time of COVID
  • Communication & Delegation
  • Understanding Your Investment: Building Value in Your Business

2/23/2021  News You Need for February 23, 2021

  • Changes to PPP rules to reach the smallest businesses
  • WEDC Entrepreneurship Support Program focuses on LGBTQ, minoritized, veteran and women entrepreneurs
  • gBETA Madison Startup Accelerator Spring 2021
  • Improve Communication with Your Remote Team
  • Go Global Initiative supports Wisconsin Business Interested in Exporting

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • HR Basics for Non-HR Professionals
  • Free session: Hire Badgers: Bringing Two-Way Value to a Student Work Experience
  • Free session: Connecting the Dots to Align Your Business Strategy
  • Series: Cultivate Your Teams’ Productivity in the Time of COVID
  • Communication & Delegation

2/16/2021  News You Need for February 16, 2021

  • Evers Announces Badger Bounceback Budget Proposal
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit
  • ASBDC Blog Draws Attention to Current SBA Loan Benefits
  • Upcoming SBA COVID relief webinars, including one with Senator Baldwin
  • Learn more about UpStart, a free entrepreneurship program for women and people of color.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

  • Launch into Leadership
  • HR Basics for Non-HR Professionals
  • Hire Badgers: Bringing Two-Way Value to a Student Work Experience
  • Connecting the Dots to Align Your Business Strategy
  • Series: Cultivate Your Teams’ Productivity in the Time of COVID

    2/9/2021  News You Need for February 9, 2021

    • Dane County updates Public Health Order regarding gatherings, sports
    • SBA releases comparison of relief programs
    • Upcoming SBA webinars
    • SBA Releases FAQ for EIDL Targeted Advance

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Biz Smart Sprint – starting Thursday!
    • Learning to Lead Series for emerging and aspiring leaders
    • HR Basics for Non-HR Professionals
    • Strategic planning course options

    2/1/2021  News You Need for February 1, 2021

    • Upcoming SBA webinars
    • SBA Releases FAQ for Shuttered Venues Grant
    • Small Business Tax Tips for 2021
    • State Bar of Wisconsin Launches free non-litigation business law services for small businesses
    • $5,000 Door Dash Grants

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Build a Better Business Plan with Biz Smart Sprint
    • Free Webinar: How to Make Money & Grow Your Business from Home
    • Learning to Lead Series for emerging and aspiring leaders
    • Plan for 2021 by Reflecting on Free Navigating the New Normal guide

    1/22/2021  News You Need for January 22, 2021

    • SBA (and Related) Updates
    • PPP Loan Forgiveness Process
    • Tax Implications to Note
    • SBA Payments on 7(a), 504, and Microloans
    • Upcoming SBA webinars

    News and Best Practices:

    • Wisconsin Mask Mandate Extended
    • Small Business Equity & Recovery Grant (SBER)
    • Businesses Requested to Take Vaccine Survey
    • Main Street Relief Fund

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Build a Better Business Plan with Biz Smart Sprint
    • Free Webinar: Online Retail Marketing for Small Businesses
    • Learning to Lead Series
    • Revisit Free Guide for 2021 Strategic Planning (plus 2021 SBDC courses to help you with strategic planning)

    1/14/2021  News You Need for January 14, 2021

    • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program – more details and resource link
    • First Draw PPP Loans: When can borrowers reapply or request an increase?
    • Why You Should Write a Formal Business Plan

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Biz Smart Sprint
    • Free Webinar: Online Retail Marketing for Small Businesses
    • Learning to Lead Series

    1/12/2021 News You Need for January 12, 2021

    News and Best Practices:

    • PPP Borrower Application Forms
    • Dane County Grant Program
    • Force for Positive Change Offers $10K Award
    • Shuttered Venues Grant Funding
    • Public Health Issues Order #12

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Spring 2021 SBDC Class Catalog Now Available
    • Biz Smart Sprint
    • Free Webinar: Online Retail Marketing for Small Businesses

    1/8/2021  PPP Reopens Next Week


    1/7/2021  News You Need for January 7, 2021

    • $4M Proposed for Dane County Grant Program
    • Winter Storm Preparedness for Your Business
    • Free Wisconsin resource helps you navigate health insurance
    • Understanding More About Commercial Property Insurance
    • SBA Ascent Learning Platform Announced
    • Reminder: Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Spring 2021 SBDC Class Catalog Now Available Biz Smart Sprint
    • Free Webinar: Online Retail Marketing for Small Businesses

    12/22/2020  What We Know So Far About the New Stimulus Bill


    12/15/2020 News You Need for December 15, 2020

    • Public Health Madison & Dane County Issues Order #11
    • DBA: Doing Business As…
    • Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Biz Smart Sprint
    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Webinars

    12/3/2020   News You Need for December 3, 2020

    News and Best Practices:

    • $45 Million in Assistance for Restaurants Impacted by COVID
    • Supporting Local This Holiday Season
    • Madison Area Fall Business Survey Results Released
    • Calculating the Cost of Debt
    • Year-End Tax Planning Strategies for Businesses

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference
    • The Scoop on Free Legal Services for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs
    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Webinars

    11/17/2020  News You Need for November 17, 2020

    News and Best Practices

    • Dane County Bans Mass Gatherings
    • The Importance of Job Costing
    • Creating Inclusive Cultures with Team Emotional Intelligence

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities

    • Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference
    • FFI Scaler Series for Food Businesses

    11/5/2020  News You Need for November 5, 2020

    • UW-Madison Startup Week
    • Tips for Small Business Saturday
    • Free Rebuild My Town Local Business Directory

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities

    • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
    • Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference

    11/2/2020  Small Business Saturday – Is Your Business Ready?


    10/23/2020  News You Need for October 23, 2020

    • We’re All In Grants, Phase 2
    • COVID-19 Community & Economic Stabilization Grant Program
    • Middleton Area Loan Program
    • BrightStar Wisconsin Seeks Business for Investment
    • Business News & Best Practices
    • Judge Denies Lawsuit to Block Wisconsin’s Mask Mandate
    • Motivating Remote Workers
    • Handling a COVID Outbreak in Your Business

    Upcoming SBDC Learning Opportunities

    • Skills for Conflict and Negotiation
    • Communication & Delegation
    • Fearless Performance Management

    10/13/2020 News You Need for October 13, 2020

    • We’re All In Grants, Phase 2
    • COVID Response Guide Now Available in Spanish, Plus Upcoming Webinar
    • Simplified PPP Forgiveness Process for Loans Below $50K
    • Judge Denies Lawsuit to Block Wisconsin’s Mask Mandate
    • Legal Concerns for Managing a Remote Team

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities

    • Cash is King: Understanding Cash Flow During COVID and Beyond
    • HR for Non-HR Professionals
    • Skills for Conflict & Negotiation

    10/6/2020  News You Need for October 6, 2020

    • Statewide Order Limits Public Gatherings to 25%
    • Planning for When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
    • Madison Extends Streatery Program for Restaurants
    • Madison Area HR Trends Update – access the report!
    • Tips for Accepting Credit Card Payments

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities

    • Cash is King: Understanding Cash Flow During COVID and Beyond
    • Launch into Leadership
    • HR for Non-HR Professionals

    10/1/2020  News You Need for October 1, 2020

    • We’re All Innovating Contest
    • Madworks Seed Accelerator Applications Accepted until 10/11
    • Women-Owned Business Certification Process Changing
    • Keeping Restaurants Relevant
    • SBDC on the Larry Meiller Show (WPR)
    • You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know… in HR

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities

    • 2021 HR Trends: New World of Work — Are you keeping up
    • Cash is King: Understanding Cash Flow During COVID and Beyond
    • Launch into Leadership
    • Small Business Academy

    9/22/2020 News You Need for September 22, 2020

    • Evers Extends Statewide Mask Mandate, Dane County Cases High
    • Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene COVID Consultation
    • Create simple systems to keep your finances in check
    • Does Your Business Have a Plan for the Future?
    • Work-Study Program Can Help Provide Staffing for Businesses

    Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

    • Navigating the New Normal COVID Response Workshop with WWBIC
    • Coronavirus Tax Relief for Employers and Business Owners
    • Tax Planning in an Uncertain Environment
    • 2021 HR Trends: New World of Work
    • Cash is King: Understanding Cash Flow During COVID and Beyond

    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

    8/14/2020 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

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