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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Guide

Below is a variation of resources currently providing assistance to small businesses and non-profits for COVID-19 related relief.

Each business should contact their accountant, lender, or business banker to be sure to collect the correct documents in order to apply for financial assistance programming.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

US Small Business Administration

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans

This loan provides economic relief to small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses with working capital funds.

EIDL Information

This week, SBA announced that the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021.

To date, SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans, which provide U.S. small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses working capital funds. Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds.

Loans are offered at affordable terms, including a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. All eligible small businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to apply

 

 

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Learn more and apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan here

Outagamie Rescue Plan Grants for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

Phase One - Rescue Plan Grants

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Small Business and Non Profit Grants

 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT INFORMATION

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This new federal COVID-relief package includes direct funding to counties through the U.S. Treasury Department in order to improve the safety, health and opportunity for all within our communities, with a focus on those most harmed by COVID-19.

Outagamie County’s Finance Committee has approved Phase One grants of up to $5,000 to local Small Businesses located in Outagamie County that incurred additional costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9th to be considered. All grant decisions and awards will be made by September 30, 2021.

 

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NONPROFIT GRANT INFORMATION

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. This new federal COVID-relief package includes direct funding to counties through the U.S. Treasury Department in order to improve the safety, health and opportunity for all within our communities, with a focus on those most harmed by COVID-19.

Outagamie County’s Finance Committee has approved Phase One grants of up to $25,000 to local Nonprofit Organizations located in Outagamie County.

Grant applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9th to be considered. All grant decisions and awards will be made by September 30, 2021.

 

SBA DEBT RELIEF

SBA offers debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19.

Initial debt relief assistance

As a part of the CARES Act, SBA is authorized to pay six months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all 7(a), 504, and Microloans reported in regular servicing status (excluding Paycheck Protection Program loans). This debt relief to borrowers was originally dependent on the loan being fully disbursed prior to September 27, 2020 and does not apply to loans made under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

These original provisions were amended on December 27, 2020, through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act). The Economic Aid Act revised the eligibility criteria for assistance to include all 7(a), 504, and Microloans approved up to September 27, 2020, even if not fully disbursed. All other provisions for initial debt relief remained the same. Read more here.

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Unemployment Benefits Related to COVID-19

Changes to regular unemployment benefits may occur under the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act. Check the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) website often for the most up-to-date information.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is a new temporary federal program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who are not typically eligible, such as self employed individuals, consultants, and certain independent contractors. These individuals will be able to start filing applications on April 21, according to Secretary Caleb Frostman of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

The Work-Share Program avoids layoffs, allowing workers to remain employed & employers to retain trained staff during times of reduced business activity. Under the CARES Act, once your plan is approved, the federal government will pay for 100% of the unemployment benefits paid through the Work-Share plan.

Click here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and Wisconsin unemployment benefits for employees and employers.

WMC COVID-19 Update Webinars

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) recorded webinars, specifically relating to COVID-19.

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SCORE Recorded Webinars

Service Corps of Retired Executives

Did you miss a SCORE LIVE webinar? They are available to watch on-demand at your convenience.

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Finding Help with Programming Assistance

Our local Small Business Development Center at UWSP is here to help, and offers free & confidential business services, access to free webinars, help with questions about assistance programs, and many additional services. Contact: uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu and Follow on Facebook.

 

The Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation provides assistance to both private businesses and public sector organizations, in an effort to strengthen the local economy and enhance the quality of life for all the citizens of Waupaca County. WCEDC is more than willing to discuss which assistance options may be the best for your business. Please send a request to wcedc@charter.net, or call (920) 982-1582.



ThedaCare COVID-19 Hotline

Community members can call (920) 830-6877 or (800) 236-2236 to speak with resource representatives and nurses who will answer medically-related COVID-19 questions or direct patients to the appropriate locations for care.

At this time, the federal COVID-19 surge testing site at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah continues to operate. Testing is free. Individuals can make an appointment on doineedacovid19test.com or register onsite.

ThedaCare Online Resources


COVID-19 Vaccine Questions


COVID-19 Vaccine Scams



Waupaca County COVID-19 Testing Information HERE

  • Everyone in Wisconsin age 12 and older is able to get the *Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
  • Everyone in Wisconsin age 18 and older is able to get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
*On 8/23/21, the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for those 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. The Moderna and Jonhson & Johnson vaccines are available under emergency use authorizations (EUAs).
Waupaca County Public Health Advises Continued Mask Use – 8/31/21

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to wear masks, get tested, and stay socially distanced from others. Please stay home if you have any symptoms of illness. The CDC recommends that anyone not yet vaccinated should get vaccinated and be masked in public.

  1. Get Vaccinated.
  2. Wear a mask.
    • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
    • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
    • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
    • If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
    • Wearing a mask is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  3. Stay 6 feet away from others.
    • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  4. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
    • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
    • Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
  5. Wash your hands often.
  6. Cover coughs and sneezes.
  7. Clean and disinfect.
  8. Monitor your health daily & be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

Other information can be found on the Waupaca County Public Health page.

CDC Prevention Guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Evidence Review of Masks: https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2014564118?_sm_au_=iHVH2vFJ0FW1fW1NBLQtvK7BJGKjp

Vaccination Information and Appointments: https://www.waupacacounty-wi.gov/departments/health_and_human_services/vaccine_information.php



At the New London Area Chamber of Commerce, our goal is to remain united through the hardship and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, and continue to support member businesses and organizations. We have been changing our approach daily as the situation rapidly evolves, in order to offer the most effective forms of support. The Chamber office is currently open to the public, and our operations will remain the same. We greatly appreciate your patience and consideration as we navigate through this process. Please keep in touch and let us know how we can help you.

Call our office at (920) 982-5822 with any inquires.

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