COVID-19

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network has created this page to anchor important resources and information during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff across all of our centers are available to work with you via phone or virtual means.

We’re here to help.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are available to small businesses through Dec. 31, 2021.

These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.

EIDL applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis; contact SBA disaster customer service if you have a question about your loan status.

Note: The SBA has other coronavirus relief measures in place; check for your cross-program eligibility (learn more in Spanish or many other languages):

  • SBA Express Bridge Loans allow small businesses that currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • Through SBA Debt Relief, the SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest and fees of 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months.
  • The Paycheck Protection Program has ended, but loan forgiveness is covered on this page.

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

The Paycheck Protection Program, an SBA-backed loan that helped businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis, ended May 31, 2021, providing nearly $800 billion in relief.

Existing borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

Businesses can apply for forgiveness in a number of ways (Spanish and other language versions also available on the main PPP page). As of Aug. 4, 2021, they can also apply directly through the SBA’s direct portal for loans $150,000 or less from participating lenders.

Learn more in the forgiveness FAQ or check out the Factsheet for Borrowers.

Federal Guidance

Federal guidance and resources to help your business respond to COVID-19. The agencies will be updating their pages regularly as regulations and processes change:

Wisconsin Resources for Businesses & Employers

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services website. To follow the statewide response, ​visit the inter-agency site.

Client FAQ

Wisconsin SBDC staff has curated and is updating a list of common questions we are fielding, with answers, to help address your most important questions.

Additional resources can be found at the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship COVID-19 page.

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If you still have questions about your small business, let us know.

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