COVID-19 Resources for Entrepreneurs

Here is a list of resources that include financial support as well as guides. Use these to help navigate your business through COVID-19. BizStarts will continue to update this! 

Artist Relief Fund

IMAGINEMKE has opened an artist relief fund for individual artists. Learn more and apply here.

National Performance Network List of Resources

The NPN has compiled a list of resources for artists and art organizations. Check out their list here.

New Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook is creating a new grant program that can offer 30,000 small businesses grants using $100M. They will begin accepting applications in a few weeks, so sign up here.

Kiva Loans

Kiva lenders provide financial assistance and updated the following policies in the wake of Covid-19:
  1. Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the US will be eligible for a Kiva loan than ever.
  2. Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
  3. Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.
If you’re a small business owner who believes you can benefit from a Kiva loan, or you know one in your community, join at kiva.org/borrow.

TopLine Results Free Webinars

Lost leads from canceled trade shows and events? TopLine Results is offering free webinars on how to generate leads with email marketing. Now is the time to lean on digital and email marketing for lead generation. Join our CMO, Jackie Brajner, and VP, Doreen Bridges, to learn best practices that can be applied to any email or digital marketing tool you are using today.  Build Emails That Get Results, Wednesday, April 15th at 10AM Central. Register Now. OR Nurture Leads with Email Drip Campaigns on Wednesday, May 20th at 10AM Central. Register Now.

Small Business Administration Access to Lenders

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. For more information on loans or how to connect with a lender, click here. For more guidance and tips from SBA during Covid-19, click here.

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

The SBA has now granted WI access to disaster loans. Small business owners in Wisconsin are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest federal loan for working capital from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These federal disaster loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

OSHA Safety Precautions for Workplaces

This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus if your business is one staying open during this time.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Guide

The MMCC offers a list of Milwaukee Area specific resources and guides to navigate Covid-19. They update their website with the latest legislation that will keep you in the know. They also offer webinars and tool kits.

MMAC and Milwaukee 7 Webinar – Focus on Small Business Needs and Crisis Communications

Join us for the next edition of our webinar series, which we intend to hold every Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT as this crisis develops. We will address different topics every week. This week’s topics are small business needs and crisis communications. Free to participate!

US Chamber of Commerce Resource Guide

The US Chamber of Commerce has compiled articles, resources, best practices, etc. to help your business continue to thrive during the COVID-19 outbreak. They offer great articles that will give you great advice on navigating this time period.

Assistance from Banks and Credit Card Companies

Capital One, Citi and Wells Fargo have all issued statements indicating that they are willing to work with customers that experience financial difficulties. Citi issued a statement that for 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived.

Michael Best Resource Center

This resource guide is updated often with considerations for business owners. They will continue to keep you informed on the latest updates from lawmakers, industry experts, and health agencies.

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. Click here to register!

Environmental Resource from DNR

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is a free and confidential program that provides resources and answers all types of environmental questions.

Lynden Sculpture Garden List of Resources

There are many great resources specifically for artists on this page. This page will be used to post opportunities and resources of interest to visual artists: grants, requests for qualifications, professional development., emergency resources.

WEDC Small Business 20/20 Program

The Small Business 20/20 Program provides grant funds to approved community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Approved CDFIs will award grants of up to $20,000 to their existing loan clients to assist with cash-flow challenges resulting from COVID-19.

AARP Innovation Labs

AARP Community Connections, a new online platform launched by AARP Innovation Labs this week, allows users to organize and find local volunteer groups to help pick up groceries, provide financial assistance or lend emotional support to neighbors, friends and loved ones.

Support and Resources for Small & Micro-Businesses During COVID-19 Webinar

Check out this playback of a webinar from Aurora WDC. It is open to listen to anytime!

MKE Entrepreneur Support Coalition Facebook Group

This space is meant to bring together Milwaukee-Area business owners and their support systems including co-working and development organizations, investors and foundations, business improvement districts and chambers of commerce committed to the livelihood of Milwaukee’s economic health. This is a self serve space.

MKE Entrepreneur & Small Business Health Check Survey

This is the first in a series of surveys to perform a health check on the entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem during the fall-out from Covid-19. The results will be used to inform government entities such as WDEC, ecosystem building organizations, and the wider network for generating informed support and solutions.

Restaurant Online Order Form Manager from Brainchild Studios

Do you own or work for a restaurant that needs help in collecting and managing online orders? We’re happy to help! The Restaurant Online Order Form Manager is a custom Google Form and turn-key process.

LegalCORPS Legal Services During Coronavirus 

If you would like to speak with a patent attorney regarding their invention and the protections available, please email iap@legalcorps.org.  They will then work with you to schedule a free consultation appointment by phone with a patent attorney.  The program continues to screen applications and match qualified inventors with patent attorneys for full representation through the patent process.

Recursos en Español

COVID-19 Webinars en Español 

Haga clic aquí para ver los webinars en español sobre temas de interés para las empresas afectadas por COVID-19 organizadas por SBDC en Puerto Rico. Los webinars son gratuitos y se grabarán y cargarán en este sitio web.

MMAC MEJORES PRÁCTICAS PARA LA OPERACIÓN DE LAS EMPRESAS

Hispanic Collaborative junto con MMAC creó una lista de las mejores prácticas comerciales en inglés y en español en medio de COVID-19. Visita este sitio web.