The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has affected many of us in various ways. One of the areas that has been greatly impacted by this virus are smaller businesses in Mukwonago and across the country. With their businesses closed or only just beginning to slowly re-open, this is a huge loss of revenue for small business owners and can leave owners uncertain about the future of their business.
Fortunately, there are resources available through business organizations and government agencies that can help businesses that are affected by COVID-19.
Local/State of Wisconsin Resources
- Community Information for Coronavirus (COVID-19) – From the Village of Mukwonago.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – From the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
- COVID-19 Business Resources – From the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
- COVID-19 Updates & Resources – Resources for farmers and those in the agricultural sector from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.
- Coronavirus Information for DWD Partners – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has provided answers to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 by individuals, businesses, and organizations.
- The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center has created a page to anchor important resources and information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes links to loan applications and direct financial assistance.
- Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation COVID-19 Loans – This links to a locally-based small business loan program administered through WWBIC, a state-wide economic development organization.
- Wisconsin State Law Library Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources – The Wisconsin State Law Library compiled an extensive list of easily accessed resources that answer their most commonly-asked questions. Additionally it allows for specific questions to its law librarians, which are answered within 48 hours.
- Financial Resources to Help Get Through COVID-19 – From the UW-Madison Extension.
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Services – From the United States Small Business Administration.
- Avoid Coronavirus Financial Scams – From the Federal Trade Commission.
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Information about the Economic Impact Payments (one-time relief checks) and Coronavirus Tax Relief.
- Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Farms – From the UW- Madison Extension, Farm Management.
- Farmers’ Guide to COVID-19 Relief – From Farmers legal Action Group.
- Coronavirus and USDA Assistance for Farmers – Outlines COVID-19 (Coronavirus) programs and contacts for USDA assistance programs.
- Business Source Premier – A database of full-text journal and peer-reviewed articles covering all disciplines of business including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics.
- Free Business Sources — Find a full list of local and national free business resources on this curated list.
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How Can the Community Support Small Businesses?
Due to the financial impact COVID-19 has had on our community, Mukwonago Community Library has decided to support local businesses and organizations that have so generously supported *us* in the past. Our annual Summer Library Program for kids, teens, and adults is one of the highlights of our year with 1000s of participants. This year we have decided to give back to our community by purchasing almost all the prizes and rewards participants earn during the SLP, from local stores and businesses.
Looking for more ways to support your local small business community? Try these:
- Buy gift cards to your favorite businesses to use later.
- Purchase online from local stores or purchase products to pickup later.
- Donate to local charities like food banks and blood banks.
- Review businesses online, tag them on social media, and remind people what you love about them.
- Tip your service workers a little extra.