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WEDC COVID Guidelines

WI Economic Development Corporation has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. This site is regularly updated so you may want to bookmark it as things evolve.

Current WI Public Health Orders Map
This map, managed by WI Emergency Management, is interactive and contains links to safer at home orders from counties and municipalities where they were drafted. You can click on a county for more information.

Forward Dane Plan
This plan provides Dane County-specific data and guidance for how and when we can begin to allow people to interact in a safe way and incrementally reopen businesses using a phased approach. It complements the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Badger Bounce Back Plan and the guidance provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation so everyone can understand their role in opening up in  Dane County.

WI DHS - COVID-19: Businesses, Employers, and Workers
WI Department of Health Services has a web page devoted to resources for workers and employers for dealing with COVID.  Please consult this if you are looking for ways to support your employees.  It also has an FAQ section with additional resources for employers and employees.



Milwaukee Restart Grant Program

Restart grants will assist for-profit businesses located in the City of Milwaukee that have 20 or fewer full-time or full-time equivalent employees and greater than $0 but less than $2 million in 2019 revenue. Restart grants shall be limited to one per business owner. 

WI We're All In Grants

Grants in the amount of $2,500 to small businesses with 20 or fewer FTEs impacted by #COVID19 that have not already received WEDC COVID-19 assistance. Up to 30,000 businesses may receive grants. More details about the program will be available later this month with businesses able to apply for grant assistance in June.

Small Business Administration Grants

SBA has a variety of grants and cooperative agreements for small businesses.  


WWBIC makes loans to small and micro businesses up to $250,000. They work with both women and men in analyzing their business’ financial needs and guiding them through the loan process. They are WI’s largest microlender providing access to fair capital for business start-ups and expansions.

COVID-19 Grants for Nonprofits and Small Businesses

Explore a list of grant and funding opportunities that might be a good fit for your nonprofit or business as you navigate new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

START UP RESOURCES and incubators

WI Small Business Development Center

The Wisconsin SBDC offers consulting, education, referrals, sophisticated tools and resources, whether you’re just getting started or looking for ways to improve your business.


Doyenne's mission is to build entrepreneurial ecosystems that invest in the power and potential of women entrepreneurs. They assist with expanding your entrepreneurial skills, building and mobilizing the power of your and their networks, and by investing in businesses.


gener8tor is a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups. For each cohort, they invest $100K in each of five startups who receive a concierge experience during our 12-week accelerator program. gener8tor supports the growth of these startups through our network of experienced mentors, technologists, corporate partners, angel investors and venture capitalists.

500 Startups

Known for their diversity in every which way, you’ll find 500 Startups projects around the globe from Mexico City to Miami and Seoul to Berlin. They invest in all types of startups (no niches here) and offer a four-month accelerator approach that provides hands-on learning, office space (if you’d like), mentorship and an investment of $100,000 for just 5 percent of a startup. It’s not technically all offsite, but with so many options around the world, relocating won’t be an issue for most.


This global incubator is wholly digital and aspires to help one million entrepreneurs achieve one million dollars in annual revenue within the next four years. Based on online educational programming, you’ll experience video lectures and get connected with online strategies and mentors. Aspects of this virtual incubator are free, but only approved members can access the entire program.

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