COVID-19 Business Resources

*We will continue to provide updates to this page as they are available*

Local (City & Waukesha County Resources)

State of Wisconsin Resources

  • WEDC Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant -In response to the strain placed on small businesses by the COVID-19 pandemic, WEDC has funded the Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant (EMEG) initiative as part of the Minority Business Development Program. The EMEG initiative will award grants of $2,000 per company to ethnic minority-owned businesses with five or fewer full-time equivalent employees (including the owner) in the retail, service or hospitality sectors that have not received assistance through the Small Business 20/20 Program or the federal CARES Act and/or Paycheck Protection Program. 
  • 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. 
  • UW Extension Center for Community and Economic Development - This page provides business owners with links to information so they may prepare for the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wisconsin and plan accordingly impacts to their business operations.Links to important resources and information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Resources

Other Resources (Private Foundations, Organizations, and Companies) 

  • Kiva Lending  -Kiva 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.