Business Resiliency

As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. On this page, we are compiling relevant tips and resources on business resiliency.

Brick-and-mortar
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Relief and Recovery Resources for your Business

Every Wisconsin business can act now to develop policies that will guard against workplace exposure to COVID-19 by protecting employees, educating customers and keeping your workplace safe and sanitary.

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. Find out the reopening guidelines for your type of business.

Audience: Small Business Owners, Non-profits

Local government loan/grant programs
Wisconsin

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Disaster Recovery Microloans

Kenosha businesses that suffered damage from civil unrest in the past week can apply for up to $20,000 in loan funds to help cover the costs of clean-up, restoration and repairs. The loans, which were announced by Governor Evers on Sept. 1, are funded through WEDC’s Disaster Recovery Microloan Program and will be administered by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. The zero-interest loans will have a two-year repayment period, with the first payment deferred for at least six months.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Local government loan/grant programs
Delaware

Delaware Division of Small Business

Delaware Relief Grants

First application round open September 8, 2020. DE Relief Grants give Delaware small businesses and nonprofits access to funds to cover expenses and provide relief related to COVID-19 .

The program, which has at least $100 million in funds available, is a joint initiative from the State and New Castle County.


Audience: Small Business Owners

Government loan/grant programs
Washington

Washington State Department of Commerce

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant

Commerce has funded a second round of $10 million in grants to support small businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Grant amounts will not exceed $10,000 total per business and is made possible by the Federal CARES Act. Nonprofits are not eligible for this program.

To be eligible for consideration, qualifying small businesses must:

Audience: Small Business Owners

Financial planning
National

Small Business Majority, JVS, and Turning Basin Labs

Accounting Program

Small Business Majority, JVS, and Turning Basin Labs have developed an innovative program to support small businesses with their bookkeeping and accounting needs. Eligibility: In business less than 5 years, annual revenue less than $500,000/year, minority-owned or women-owned business, have records established with QuickBooks (preferred)

Audience: Small Business Owners

Local government loan/grant programs
Pennsylvania

Community First Fund

Berks County Small Business New Start Grant Program

The Berks County Small Business New Start Grant Program is a new grant program developed in partnership with the Berks County Commissioners, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, and Community First Fund. This program, part of the Rebuild Berks initiative, was designed to help small businesses located in Berks County with under $3 million in revenue in their efforts to recover from the devastating impact of COVID-19.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Local government loan/grant programs
Illinois

Will County Illinois

Will County Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Small businesses have experienced unprecedented disruptions and financial challenges due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Will County recognizes its small businesses have struggled to pay bills, keep customers, and stay afloat while navigating through the uncertainties of this pandemic.

Will County has earmarked more than $24 million for a Small Business Assistance Grant Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19 so they can maintain operations. Selected businesses may receive up to $15,000 in grant assistance.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Financial planning
National

Entrepreneur

Implementing these 2 strategies can help entrepreneurs reduce financial stress

As an entrepreneur, your focus might tend to be on what you need the most right now. An informal poll of entrepreneurs would probably point toward a discussion of prospecting and closing new business. It would center around getting more sales and the filling of pipelines. While the here-and-now are essential, successful entrepreneurs think strategically. Here are two strategies that small business owners can implement to reduce financial stress. 


Audience: Small Business Owners

National

Forbes

Six steps to an effective small business transformation

Leading a change of any kind requires disruption, which naturally creates uncertainty. Uncertainty makes people uncomfortable, and because of that, this initiative may not be easy, but it will be worth the effort. Here are six steps to transforming your small business.

Audience: Small Business Owners

Local government loan/grant programs
Illinois

Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Neighborhood Opportunity Fund

The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) awards grants to projects that have a catalytic impact on the neighborhood and lead to the construction or rehabilitation of new and existing, publicly accessible, commercial spaces (e.g. grocery stores, retail establishments, or restaurants) or cultural establishments. NOF does not award grants for the construction or rehabilitation of residential uses, manufacturing uses, industrial uses, or places of worship that do not identify commercial as the primary use of a project.

Audience: Small Business Owners

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