Business Resources for COVID-19 Relief

Local (City & Waukesha County Resources)

State of Wisconsin Resources

  • WEDC Small Business 2020 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. Businesses that are not currently CDFI clients are not eligible to access these funds, but WEDC will work to expand access to funding through other programs as more resources become available.
  • WEDC Small Business Strategy Guide Small/Downtown Business Strategies during Covid-19 emergency.Document is being updated regularly. 
  • Department of Workforce Development Information Information and updates from the Department of Workforce Development 
  • Gener8tor Wisconsin Emergency Response Program 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.
  • Wisconsin Small Business Development Center  – Links to important resources and information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Federal Resources

OtherResources (Private Foundations, Organizations, and Companies)

  • Kiva LendingKiva is a social platform that acts as a conduit between investors and entrepreneurs with 0% interest small business loans.  They have increased the lending amounts from $10,000 to $15,000 and have extended the repayment period to assist businesses Businesses in Downtown Waukesha are also eligible for a 50% match for women and minority owned businesses since Downtown Waukesha is a Connect Community
  • Yelp  – $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses
  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. STILL IN DEVELOPMENT
  • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation  – Restaurant Workers Community Foundation (RWCF).  Their website has information on a new COVID-19 Restaurant Workers Emergency Relief Fund as well as other resources for the restaurant industry. 
  • USBG National Charity Foundation Grants – Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
  • Eater List of Relief Funds for Restaurants, Bars, and Food Service Workers  – A list of resources for restaurants, bars, and all foodservice workers.