Covid-19 Resources

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses

Information on eligibility, where to apply, borrowing amounts, forgiveness, and application deadlines. 

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.


SBA Paycheck Protection Program Info

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Sign up to Promote Your Business on 414 Day

Are you an area business selling online? Having a special or sale? Raising funds for those who have been hurt by the pandemic? Need donations? Providing resources? Email us here. Brent Gohde or Andy Silverman will respond or update the website.

Opportunity Fund Assistance for Small Business Owners Affected by COVID-19

Opportunity Fund is committed to supporting existing and new small business customers who are financially struggling amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a small business owner whose business has been impacted, please contact us directly so that we may better serve you.

Sign Up to Sell Gift Cards Through Kabbage 

With the current impacts to our economy, we want to make sure there are ways to help local entrepreneurs. Through Kabbage Payments™, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses.

JP Morgan Chase $50 Million Investment to Address Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19

The firm will promptly deploy $8 million, including $5 million in the U.S. and $3 million in international markets to support vulnerable and underserved small businesses. 

EDBC COVID-19 Small Business Impact Grant Application

This grant offering is to assist small ethnic and diverse businesses of any industry that are a business member in of one of our coalition members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before filling out this application, please note that you MUST be a for-profit entity AND a member in good standing with one of our affiliate chambers of commerce.

Facebook Small Business Grants

We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

NFIB Small Business Resources

On this page, you will find up-to-date resources from NFIB and outside organizations. Throughout this time, NFIB will continue to offer webinars, legislative monitoring, and additional resources.

Small Business Majority Daily Updates for Small Businesses 

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. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.

Quickbooks Small Business Relief Initiative

Quickbooks is committing up to $1 million through a fund and employee-directed contributions while also seeking donations from other large partners. With support crowdsourced from the world's largest small business community, We're excited to see this initiative grow. If you're a small business impacted by COVID-19or want to help a local business, you can start a GoFundMe fundraiser. 

gener8tor Emergency Response Program

gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one office hours will also be available.


SBA Coronavirus Small Business Resources & Updates

SBA assistance, loans, and updates.

City of Milwaukee COVID-19 Resource Listing

A compilation of local, state, federal, and private resources to assist businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Milwaukee's Restaurant Carryout Zone Program

To assist restaurants that currently do not have a "Loading Zone" adjacent to their business, the City has implemented a temporary program to provide "Restaurant Carryout Zones”.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

Information on Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and Guidance for Businesses and Employers

US Chamber: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Do

Here are the top CDC-recommended tips that small business owners can take to mitigate risk, protect employees and support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiva Loans Help Support Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Kiva loans have expanded eligibility, is making larger loans available, and extending the payback grace period.

NSBA Resources on COVID-19 for Small Businesses 

The National Small Business Association has compiled resources and strategies for small businesses. 

How to Make it Through COVID-19 as a Small Business

Our only private resource, but it's a good one. 

WEDC's Small Business 20/20 Fund

The program provides funds to Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to make grants to existing loan clients to mitigate short-term cash flow issues and protect jobs and public health in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Click here to find a CDFI in Wisconsin.

COVID-19 Resources from the National Main Street Center

Community is at the heart of everything we do. As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on communities across the country, we are compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis. 

COVID-19 Resources from the International Downtown Association 

This resources page has been developed to summarize and equip members with current information and best practices in preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 in urban place management districts.

Income Assistance for People Affected by COVID-19-Related Layoffs


If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help. This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.

USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Donate to or apply for emergency relief for bartenders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources 

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

Imagine MKE Artist Relief Fund

To help support our city's artists and creators, we are raising money for a MKE Artist Relief Fund that will benefit Milwaukee-based artists who have experienced a financial loss due to a cancelled live event, performance, or engagement.

Information and Resources from Arts Wisconsin for the Creative Sector re COVID-19

Arts Wisconsin is working with state and national partners to share information, resources, and actions related to the creative sector and COVID-19, and to gather data to assess the impact of postponements and cancellations. 

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Grant Program for Artists

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants.

Downtown Milwaukee Economic Resources and Programs

Milwaukee Downtown gathered resources to assist the businesses, both large and small, in our community that are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.