Area businesses that are struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak have a number of local resources to turn to for help.

Village of DeForest Community Development Director Michelle Lawrie advised, “Keep in communication with the Village of DeForest. Information on resources for businesses and employees is regularly being updated by county, state and federal sources, and we are working to keep our economic development webpage www.developdeforest.com updated with the latest so it serves as a comprehensive reference.”

Lawrie said she and her colleagues are available at 608.846.6775 or lawriem@vi.deforest.wi.us for any questions, or any ideas businesses may have for the village to assist them.

Jamie Rybarczyk, deputy administrator and director of economic development for the Village of Windsor, also said he is available to assist local business owners, employees and their families with any questions regarding strategies and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He can be reached at (608) 888-0066 or jamie@windsor.gov.

“During this unprecedented, social and economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Windsor is doing its part to provide local business owners, employees, and their families access to available federal, state, county and local strategies and resources,” said Rybarczyk. “Through collaborated efforts, Windsor staff has obtained and shared these strategies and resources with the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce and its neighboring communities. It is important that local business owners, employees, and their families follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Rybarczyk said a list of available strategies and resources can be found by visiting the Village of Windsor website at www.windsorwi.gov and by clicking on COVID-19 Updates.

Rybarczyk also said, “(Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.) WEDC’s Small Business 20/20 Program and (Small Business Association) SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan are two resources that can provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.”

To get the most up-to-date information statewide, visit these sites: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: www.wedc.org; Wisconsin Department of Health Services: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: dwd.wisconsin.gov; Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: www.wmc.org.

Locally, businesses can turn to these resources for information: DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce: www.deforestarea.com; Village of DeForest: www.vi.deforest.wi.us;

Village of Windsor: www.windsorwi.gov; Town of Vienna: www.vienna-wis.com; and Village of DeForest Economic Development: www.developdeforest.com.

More information is also available at these sites: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus and https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources.

Other resources include: Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: http://www.madisonbiz.com; newsletter: https:mail.mp/cf4c48e4fcd6/chambercovid-19-update-march-25-386481?e=fbd9dd06bf; Also, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce has put together a COVID-19 Employer Toolkit to help businesses stay on top of the latest and most relevant information and answer some of the most frequently asked questions. To view the toolkit, visit: https://www.wmc.org/wp-content/uploads/WMC_COVID-19_Employer_Toolkit_FINAL.pdf

Featured topics in this toolkit include:

· Coronavirus Small Business Guide, Loan Resources & Guidance

· Unemployment Insurance

· Federal Paid Leave Changes under FFCRA

· Work Share — A current state solution to help employers avoid layoffs

· Federal CARES Act Summary

WMC Resources

· WMC Relief & Recovery Agenda

· WMC Employer Resources and Infographics

· WMC Summary of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

· WMC Summary of CARES Act

· WMC Business Related Tax Provisions in the CARES Act

· Frequently Asked Questions

Other resources

Dane Buy Local: www.danebuylocal.com and Wisconsin Restaurant Association: http://www.wirestaurant.org/resources/coronavirus/employees-resources.

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