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COVID-19 Information Resources

The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau will be supportive and help get information out to member businesses about how best to be prepared and proactive in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Due to the fluidity of the situation, we will provide the best on-going and helpful information that is relevant to ensure we are serving you during this challenging situation.

3/29/20 

Wisconsin State Governor Evers Safer At Home Executive Order

WEDC Essential Business Declaration

Summary of the COVID-19 Stimulus passed in Senate, 3/25. Click HERE for the Federal "CARES" Act Summary.

 

Financial Help & Guidance for Businesses

Steps to Take Now:

    1. Call your lenders to see how they can help.
    2. Contact your vendors, landlords and taxing authorities if you feel you will need to be late on payments.
    3. Monitor this page as we will be releasing information as emergency funding applications become available

Business Resources:

COVID-19 Resources for Hospitality Companies:

Small Business Association Resources:

 

Please note that WEDC’s Small Business 20/20 Program featured in recent news reports works with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to distribute to their qualifying clients. The CDFIs, not WEDC, will provide the grants to businesses directly. Funds from the SB20/20 program will be distributed by participating CDFIs to their current clients. Businesses who are not currently CDFI clients are not eligible to access these funds, but we will work to expand access to funding through other programs as more resources become available.

You can read more about this program and other assistance available to Wisconsin business owners here. On this page, you will find not only information on WEDC and other Wisconsin state programs and initiatives, but also links to assistance provided by federal agencies as well as local and regional organizations. This page also includes contact information for the WEDC Regional Economic Director serving your area of the state in case you have questions about the business sustainability resources available to you.

We encourage you to bookmark this page and check it regularly for updates, including information about community development financial institutions who receive Small Business 20/20 funds from us, when this information is available. WEDC will also provide updates on its programs and services through our Twitter account. Please follow us at @wedcnews.

 

WEDC and all of Wisconsin’s state agencies stand with you in our collective response to the unprecedented challenge the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the health of our citizens and the vitality of companies such as yours.

 

Wisconsin Emergency Response Program by Gener8tor

Gener8tor is doing a free webinar for a week (March 30 – April 3, 2020) for small business that have been affected by the COVID-19.

This is another great resource for your small business.

Free Webinar Topics include:

  • Banking experts for step-by-step process on applying for SBA-eligible programs
  • Civic, philanthropic and state emergency relief resources
  • Employment law experts to navigate changes required by new laws
  • Federal emergency relief programs
  • Mental health and wellness resources for small business owners

Sign-up deadline: March 25, 2020

Links: https://www.gener8tor.com/emergency-response-program/wisconsin

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WEDC_Response-to-COVID_19.pdf

Website: http://inwisconsin.com

 

The Regional Business Fund is accepting applications for working capital loans at this time. They also will work with existing borrowers.   These programs are available to businesses within the City of Hudson and all of St. Croix County.  More information can be found here. https://www.rbfinc.org/programs

Click Here https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htmfor a FAQ from the Wisconsin Unemployment Office to help answer questions for employees who may be laid off due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Additional Links:

 

  • UW-Madison: Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times

 

Economic Assistance Opportunities

  • ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN (EIDL) from the SBA:
    • WI is designated, and the portal accepting loans is expected to open later today
    • Application and qualification requirements are in an attached webinar slide presentation.  Business and individuals can review this and prepare for the application process

 

 

 

 

Business Resources

 

 

 

  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Included on this page are resources available to Wisconsin businesses from WEDC and other local, state and federal agencies. You are encouraged to visit this page regularly, as we plan to update this directory as new information and resources become available

 

  • US Dept. of Labor The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.

 

  • The Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship  The Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship has created this page to anchor important information for our clients amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

WMC and Wisconsin Safety Council would like to share these Best Practices from the business community:

  • Ban in-person meetings (internal or external) and employee convening’s (formal or informal) of any size. Employee communication handled virtually wherever possible.
  • Employees scanned regularly on-site for body temperature (contingent on availability of scanning devices, which are in short supply due to acute global demand).
  • Immediate workflow audit that removes instances of employees being within 6’ of each other.
  • Reduction of on-site work hours to minimum needed to sustain operations.
  • Staggered shifts and work hours to minimize on-site human presence at a given time.
  • Staggered use of all shared spaces, including bathrooms, breakrooms and lunchrooms.
  • Staggered facility entry and exit procedures.
  • Mandatory work at home for all employees except those necessary for baseline production and logistics functions.
  • Sanitary processes implemented throughout facility (soap, hand sanitizer, single-use gloves, doors propped open, hands-free capabilities, no shared food).
  • Blue tape marking of surfaces that receive frequent human contact; disinfection of these surfaces multiple times daily.
  • International travel ban – business and personal.
  • Domestic business travel ban except for critical operations (with senior management approval). Domestic personal travel requires employee to self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • Any employee returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC travel country must self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.
  • No deliveries except those that support production activities or emergency building maintenance.
  • No visitors (including suppliers and customers) except those approved by senior management.
  • Employees must immediately report symptoms associated with COVID-19 exposure.
  • Employees must report contact with any person who tests positive for COVID-19; employee must subsequently self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.

 

Responding to Coronavirus

 

 

  • Pandemic Guidance A brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic by Ready.gov, official website of the Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

  • Understanding the Coronavirus – Webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Jan 27, 2020)

 

  • Hospice patients are uniquely vulnerable to the COVID-19 outbreak. St. Croix Hospice’s HIGHLY trained staff, resources and safety protocols ensure they’re able to provide uninterrupted care where and when it is needed. St. Croix Hospice is available 24/7 to answer questions and accept referrals. Please find more information in the links below. St Croix Hospice toll-free: (855) 278-2764

-Easy Referral Fax

-Easy Fax Referral Form - Electronic

-St. Croix Hospice CEO Heath Bartness COVID-19 Readiness letter

-St. Croix Hospice COVID-19 Readiness Flyer

 

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