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COVID-19 Resources for Business

In an effort to provide information and resources to address the current issue we are facing nationwide, we have compiled this list of resources for businesses. We intend to update this periodically as new programs and resources present themselves. Please check back for updates.


As a first step, businesses should first contact their lender or bank to see what relief their lending institution can offer. This point has been highly stressed as an important first action. Many banks are able to assist businesses in SBA loan applications. When reaching out, businesses should make sure to note the date, time and name of the bank representative they talked to. It would also be helpful for them to get any agreements for relief in writing for their records.


Quick Access Links:

Thank you to partner organizations who have compiled many of the resources and links shared below (Milwaukee Downtown BID 21, WEDC)

Update - Businesses can now apply online for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. Business Business owners should be extra cautious during this time as there will be numerous predatory lenders, including those disguised as operating from the SBA.

Local Resources

State of Wisconsin Resources

  • Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) - This page provides resources for business and consumer banking customer. Click here to view the WBA COVID-19 resource page and be sure to check back as it's updated periodically. (Added 3/31/2020)

  • WEDC Small Business 20/20 Grant Program - The goal of the Small Business 20/20 program is to support small businesses and micro-enterprises adversely economically impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more about the 2020 Grant Program. (Added 3/19/2020)

  • WEDC: For program and other assistance available to Wisconsin business owners, please visit: (Added 3/19/2020)

  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (WDWD) - Click here for more information regarding Public Information for Unemployment for COVID-19. (Added 3/19/2020)

  • Small Business Administration Updates - WEDC and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) officials are working with the Wisconsin office of the Small Business Administration to unlock federal Economic Impact Disaster Loans for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. We will provide additional details on the availability of SBA funding as they become available. (Added 3/19/2020)

  • Coronavirus Information for Partners -Answers to frequently asked questions by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. (Added 3/19/2020)

  • COVID-19: How we can help businesses - The Small Business Development Center-Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship has created a page with important information for its clients amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Added 3/19/2020)

  • Department of Workforce Development - Unemployment COVID-19 Public Information

  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) - Visit WHEDA's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Page for information  for homeowners, renters, small business owners, mortgage lenders, commercial developers and property managers and owners.

Federal Resources


Freelance/Artist Resources

Other Resources

Recursos Para Negocios Para COVID-19 En Español

City of Milwaukee Department of City Development