Corona Virus / COVID – 19 Business Information – WEDC Guidelines for Opening

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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 Safety and Professional Services, 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.

Reopen Guidelines


CDC - Center for Disease Control

Wiscconsin Department of Health Services

World Health Organization

Waupaca County Health & Human Services

Governor Evers Executive Orders

Covid 19 Orders

US Small Business Administration

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center

SBDC Disaster Loan Information

American Chamber of Commerce Executives in Wisconsin

Coronavirsus Resource Guide

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development - Unemployment

NEW - Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. Click here to view our new guide which provides information on requirements, employee eligibility, paid leave calculations and exemptions.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

The U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist serves as a comprehensive step-by-step tool to help small businesses, independent contractors, gig economy workers and other qualifying individuals prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The guide is also available for download in Spanish here

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide

As you may know, the CARES Act expanded the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. The program is applicable to small businesses and most small nonprofits (less than 500 employees), sole proprietors and independent contractors. Click here to view our guide that helps you and your members to check eligibility, understand loan parameters, and find out how to access $10,000 emergency grants.

Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

The CARES Act also created a new employee retention tax credit—that does not have size restrictions—for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to view our guide to help businesses check eligibility, calculate their credit, and understand which employees count toward eligibility, among other information.

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

The U.S. Chamber's own interactive digital platform CO— has created a Coronavirus Small Business Guide to help you navigate the pandemic with new stories daily—including the resource guides above, remote working tips, links to small business webinars and townhalls, and more.

Coronavirus Response Toolkit

The U.S. Chamber continues to update and evolve its Coronavirus Response Toolkit to ensure that you have the most up to date information and impactful tools to navigate this pandemic. The toolkit provides the infographics, tip sheets, social media graphics and other visual resources to help you share important guidance, advice, and other information with businesses.

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