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Small Business Resources
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—DANE COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS PANDEMIC SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM
—KIVA GREATER MADISON
—PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
—SBA REGIONAL RESOURCES
—SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
—SBA HELP FROM WISCONSIN PARTNERS
—WEDC SMALL BUSINESS 20/20 PROGRAM
—WWBIC FAST TRACK LOANS
—WWBIC VIRTUAL CLASSES
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) made available a new, streamlined application for Wisconsin businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to receive Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). These loans became available March 20, 2020, following a request from Gov. Tony Evers.
The new application can be found here.
These loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills. These loans are not intended to make up for lost profits or to be used for expansion.
The CARES Act affords the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 advance on an EIDL. This advance may be available even if your application was declined or is still pending, and it will be forgiven.
YOU MUST SUBMIT THE NEW APPLICATION TO QUALIFY FOR AN ADVANCE, even if you previously submitted an EIDL application.
General SBA guidance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 is available here.
For eligibility guidelines, application guidance, options for application assistance and answers to frequently asked questions, see this document from Wisconsin’s SBA Office.
The SBA recommends prospective applicants assemble their documents required for the loan application to get a head start on “step two” in the loan review process. Below is the list of nine documents applicants should assemble and scan to prepare for uploading them into the EIDL website, in addition to fillable PDF forms required by SBA.
- Corporate governance documents; e.g., Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization (for LLC), or Registration of Sole Proprietorship
- Written statement justifying the nature and scope of economic injury and how/why nature of business was adversely impacted by the Coronavirus (one page/no more than two), such as loss of revenues, cancelled contracts, interrupted supply chain, etc., that resulted in economic injury
- Current Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Aging as of date of filing for the loan
- Three (3) years’ 1040 Federal Income Tax Returns for the business & owners
- Three (3) years’ company FYE Income Statement and Balance Sheet and latest YTD Financial Statements (Company prepared is acceptable)
- Company and Owners’ Debt Schedule Tables [e.g., Lender, original loan amt., date, current balance, interest rate, collateral, purpose of loan, guarantors, status (e.g., current or past due with explanation) per row in table]
- Monthly two (2) years’ cash flow projections
- Three (3) years’ Monthly Sales History up to date of filing for loan
- Current copies of owners’ credit reports from the three (3) credit bureaus with explanations for any negative reports
Required SBA Forms:
- IRS Form 4506-T
- Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413)
- Schedule of Liabilities & Fixed Assets (SBA Form 2202)
- Monthly Sales (SBA Form 1368)
- Home Loan (SBA Form 5c), if applicable
The deadline to apply for an EIDL is Dec. 21, 2020.
For additional assistance, contact the SBA’s helpline at 800-659-2955 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT seven days a week or by email at email@example.com. You can also visit their website at sba.gov/disaster.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
June 30 is the deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the federal initiative designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. To be eligible, you must be a small business as defined by the SBA (typically fewer than 500 employees, but varies by business sector), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit with fewer than 500 employees, or be a sole proprietor, self-employed or an independent contractor.
The recently signed Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act addresses many of the previous shortcomings of the PPP, including allowing loan funds to be spent over a 24-week period instead of the initial eight-week period, implementing for new PPP loans a five-year repayment term for any non-forgivable expenses and allowing PPP borrowers to defer payment of a portion of their Social Security taxes to a later year.
We encourage business owners that did not previously apply for a PPP loan to review these changes and consider contacting their lender to start an application.
Additional SBA information about the PPP can be found here.
- Small Business Development Centers and the Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship have created a COVID-19 resource page to connect you with local assistance and other resources. They are committed to helping small businesses with their disaster loan applications. You can also reach their Answerline at 800-940-7232.
- The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation has seven locations statewide. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Their many small business classes have moved online; check their website.
- Western Wisconsin Women’s Business Center is working remotely; email email@example.com.
- SCORE mentors in Wisconsin: Visit https://www.score.org/coronavirus-sba-loans to find an advisor.
For Spanish language assistance, contact Lily Alvarado, WWBIC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find additional assistance near you, click here.
SBA REGIONAL RESOURCES
If you are looking to connect with someone from the SBA’s regional office, you can send them an email at email@example.com. Their general mailbox is being monitored regularly to field questions.
You can sign up for their newsletter at www.sba.gov/updates; make sure to include your zip code to receive Wisconsin-related updates. The SBA will issue updates as new programs become available and new webinars are scheduled.
WEDC SMALL BUSINESS 20/20 PROGRAM
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has approved Small Business 20/20, a $5 million grant program designed to support small businesses and micro-enterprises impacted by COVID-19. Find out more here.
DANE COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS PANDEMIC SUPPORT GRANT PROGRAM
On May 3, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced an additional $10 million in funding for the county’s Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program, bringing total program funding to $10.8 million.
Through the program administered by Dane Buy Local, Dane County small businesses can receive assistance with retaining employees and mitigating losses experienced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since the program was announced on April 1, 297 local businesses have received awards totaling more than $890,000.
Business owners can get information and apply for a grant here. Grants as small as $1,000 will be awarded, and applications will be accepted through June 15, 2020.
KIVA GREATER MADISON
Kiva Greater Madison provides zero percent interest capital to local small businesses with no fee. For businesses that need $15,000 or less immediately, Kiva is a no-cost option with an easy, low-barrier-to-entry application process. Learn more at kivaushub.org/madison.
WWBIC FAST TRACK LOANS
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) has created a new Fast Track loan program focused on existing businesses looking for financing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Business owners can choose either a line of credit or a term loan, depending on their needs.
The line of credit would be for between $5,000 and $10,000 for a 12-month term, with a 9.25 percent interest rate. The term loan would be for between $5,000 and $15,000 for a 60-month term, with an interest rate of 4.5 or 5 percent. There is no collateral needed to qualify for either option.
You can find additional details and the application here.
WWBIC VIRTUAL CLASSES
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) has transitioned to all-virtual classes. WWBIC offers classes in Greater Madison and statewide for new entrepreneurs, seasoned business owners and anyone looking to improve their financial health.
For a full list of WWBIC classes in Greater Madison, click here. For more information regarding cancellations and date changes, contact their Madison office at 608-257-5450.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Disaster Assistance in Response to COVID-19
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan
Coronavirus Resources & Support
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
Navigating Through COVID-19 in Wisconsin