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Rock County lifts Safer at Home Order beginning May 21, 2020

 


 

Great resources from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

We've been working diligently here at the Wisconsin Main Street office to compile some tools and best practices from local, state and national resources regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. Attached is what we’ve found thus far, which includes information, strategies and best practices for both downtown organizations and local businesses.

Download the WEDC information packet here
WEDC Reopening Guide

WMC is continuing to monitor the evolving situation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check out the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce Web site for up to date resources.


WMC COVID-19 Webinar: Featuring an Economic Update

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), its trade association partners and local chambers hosted a business coalition update call. The webinar featured University of Wisconsin Economic Professor and Director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy Noah Williams. Williams provided attendees with an economic update on how Wisconsin is responding to COVID-19.  Click here to watch

 

 


COVID-19 and the Workplace

The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

 


The following list provides a quick listing of various financial and technical COVID-19 resources that are available . While not intended to be all-inclusive and comprehensive, this list does offer information regarding some of the more pressing or top-line COVID-19 topics. 

 

§  CDC GUIDELINES FOR BUSINESS

§   OSHA PREPARING THE WORK PLACE FOR COVIID 19

§  U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM

§  USDA GUIDE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES 

§  WEDC SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

§ SBA FOR NON PROFITS

§ SBA GUIDELINES

§  US CHAMBER ELA LOANS GUIDELINES

§  WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

§  WISCONSIN EIDL FACT SHEET

§  FACEBOOK SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

§  STATE OF WISCONSIN COVID-19 PORTAL

§  WI DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FAQ

§  WI DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COVID-19 WORKER'S COMPENSATION INFO

§  FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT 

§  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR COVID-19 RESOURCES & GUIDANCE

§   FEMA HOW TO FIND FACTUAL INFORMATION

§  FEMA DAILY BRIEFING APRIL 2, 2020

§  FEMA ADVISORY APRIL2, 2020

§  INTERNAL REVENUE COVID-19 TAX RELIEF FAQ

§  CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL COVID-19 INFO

§  ROCK COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

§  ROCK COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY LOAN INFORMATION

§  ROCK COUNTY RESPONSE HUB

§   YMCA RESOURCES

§  HOW TO ZOOM A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO ONLINE MEETINGS

§ EMPLOYER Q&A RELATED TO COVID 19 BY REVELS CONSULTING

 

 

Statewide Report Highlights the Initial Economic Hardships Caused by COVID-19

 

(Rock County, WI) The results from the statewide COVID-19 impact assessment are in and those findings underscore just how fragile the economic landscape has become in a relatively short period of time. Statewide, 35% of the businesses participating in the assessment reported that closures are on the horizon if the current pandemic-related conditions persist more than three months. The impact assessment represents a collaborative statewide project – engaging various local, county, regional and statewide economic and workforce development partners – that collected and analyzed data during the first ten days of April 2020, from nearly 2,550 businesses.

The results provide a chilling view of how Wisconsin’s COVID-19 related public health mandates have impacted businesses. Economic losses, particularly those related to business income, were pegged at $126 million. Meanwhile, inventory losses were estimated at $95 million and direct employee wage (and productivity) losses were projected at more than $26 million. Other direct, as well as indirect, economic impacts were valued at $404 million. At the time this data was collected, respondents were already reporting job losses at about 8,800.

Nearly 120 businesses from the Janesville-Beloit MSA participated in the survey and their feedback mirrors (albeit scaled and proportional) what was reported statewide: $1 million in lost business income; inventory losses at $4 million; and other related negative impacts were estimated at $1 million. The number of job losses were already reported nearing the 250 level. “This type of initial quantitative data paints a bleak picture, and this is exactly why the County recently approved its COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Loan Fund,” said James Otterstein, Rock County’s Economic Development Manager.

“The conditions reported here represent companies’ efforts to adapt to changing conditions,” said Jeffrey Sachse, director of UWO’s Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS). “These impacts are certain to rise when we revisit these companies in a month, two months and six months’ time. The assistance that these companies require and the effects felt throughout the state’s economy are both unprecedented and continuous.”

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes said the report “reinforces a lot of what I’m hearing when I talk with businesses; and Our Wisconsin Ready effort will provide additional guidance and resources as we begin our state’s recovery efforts.” 

“Responding firms suggested that their greatest immediate needs are access to greater liquidity in the form of low-interest loans, grants and access to customers. This closely mimics trends reflected in the national policy debate and recent surveys reported by the Federal Reserve Board and Small Business Administration,” Sachse said. 

This statewide survey is the first in a series that will track the economic impacts of COVID-19. Responding companies will be surveyed again, during the next three months and likely into the foreseeable future, with results released during the third week of each month. Companies are invited to continue to respond to the initial survey at http://uwo.sh/covid-19-econ-disruption . For additional information about the survey and its results, including accessing interactive countywide and/or regional data reports, visit http://uwosh.edu/ccrs/covid-19-survey .

 

 

Request COVID-19 Tax Relief
Wisconsin Department of Revenue is pleased to provide tax relief in this difficult time.

2019 Wisconsin Act 185 authorizes the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to grant extensions to taxpayers that request relief for returns and payments due in 2020 as described below.

  • Returns and payments for state and county sales and use taxes, employer withholding, and excise taxes that are due from March 12 through May 11 may be extended to May 11.
  • Returns and payments for the following taxes that are due from March 12 through June 10 may be extended to June 10:
  • All COVID-19 requests must be filed electronically after 8:00 am, Monday, April 20. Submit your request here: An extension will provide relief from late filing fees, penalties and interest to the extended due date indicated above. Interest will accrue after the extended due date. If you are unable to pay your taxes in full after filing your return, contact us to work on a payment plan. The legislature may extend the state of emergency declared by the governor under sec. 323.10, Wis. Stats., which may allow the department to extend the due dates further. The department will provide notice if additional relief may be provided


Bank of Milton is pleased to announce $20,000 in COVID impact grant donations to benefit Milton, Edgerton, and Janesville area families during the COVID-19 crisis.

President Dan Honold stated” The Bank of Milton has been in existence for over 136 years and has been successful because of the support from the businesses and people in the communities that we serve. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we understand the financial stress that has been placed on our bank customers. As a result, we understand the importance to support the businesses and customers that support us! The Bank of Milton has decided to distribute $20,000 back to the communities that we serve to help businesses and individuals in need.”

See Photo below of Dan Honold from Bank of Milton, presenting a $5000 donation to Kyla Wilson Director of the Milton Food Pantry and Steve Hein and Marisa Walton from our branch Bank of Edgerton presenting a $5000 donation to Edgerton Outreach.  Also below is a photo of Dan Honold and Bob Cullen from Bank of Milton and Dani Stivarius Executive Director of the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce presenting a $10,000 donation to the Shining Stars program to purchase gift cards from local area businesses to be distributed to families in need in the communities we serve.

2020 Milton Visitors Guide

The Milton Area Chamber of Commerce periodically brings in speakers on topics that benefit our members.  

Below you will find links to information that was presented at some of our meetings

 

BlackHawk Technical College Presenttion

Drew Nessbaum Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Jim Chiolino Department of Work Force Development

Mike Matthews Rock County Entrepreneurial Business Development

Rock County Development Alliance Expanding Your Development and Investment Perspective......Connect with Rock County

 

Rock Ready Reports