COVID-19 Resources

As we all work to reopen and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Chippewa Falls Chamber is working to make sure our members have all the tools they need to get back to business. Below we have compiled a list of resources to assist you and your business in regards to the 2020-2021 school year, regulations, guidelines, and financials. In this trying time, please do not hesitate to let us know if we can be of further assistance. Email Us

 

The Department of Health Services confirmed the groups initially announced in January will be eligible for vaccine beginning March 1. These groups include in priority order:

If you would like assistance in planning and coordinating vaccine efforts for your organization, use this form.

Due to the limited vaccine supplies, there could be a delay between the time you are eligible and the time you get the vaccine. Public Health is encouraging you to keep practicing COVID-19 infection control measures, including but not limited to cleaning and disinfection, use of barriers, physical distancing, and use face coverings.

Additional Resources:

Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans: 

The U.S. Chamber has created a new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans with the latest information and answers to FAQs about the changes that have been made to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Program as part of the end-of-year pandemic relief package Congress has passed. Click here to learn more.
 
Main Street America and Brother International have teamed up to launch the “At Your Side” Small Business Grant Program to provide a total of $75,000 to Main Street small businesses in need. Applications will open on Thursday, January 21 and be accepted through Thursday, January 28. Learn more here.
 

Area Schools Update:

We've worked with the area school districts to summarize the different learning options available to students and their families. We will be making updates as soon as they are available. You can also click on any of the district logos below for their most recent communications. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources for Getting Back to Business:

Chippewa County Public Health Department:


The Eau Claire City/County Department of Public Health

CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers:  The CDC is your go-to resource for health considerations and tools or prevention and support in the workplace.

 

OSHA/HHS Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 :  OSHA can assist you in making sure your essential business keeps its doors open by being compliant with COVID-19 standards. They also have resources on how to respond to an outbreak and best practices on keeping yourself and employees safe.

 Wisconsin Department of Health Services: DHS has put together a helpful publication regarding spreading COVID-19 in the workplace. Read it here

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Reopen Guidelines (WEDC):- Along with several other organizations, the WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety.

 

Wisconsin Safety Council 8 steps to Keep Employees Safe:  The COVID-19 virus does not show itself like other hazards, but there are steps all businesses can take to protect employees and others. That is why the Wisconsin Safety Council has put together general guidelines and best practices for employers.

Storefront Safety Signage: As more and more businesses reopen, we've created some storefront signage to help educate your clientele on your policies and procedures. Please print and use as helpful.

 

Financial Resources for Businesses Affected by Covid-19 Pandemic:

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) The WEDC's website provides the latest, best information to our clients and the citizens of Wisconsin on resources aimed at maintaining the vitality of the companies upon which our economy depends.

 

Small Business Administration: In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Payment Protection Plan:   This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
  • EIDL Loan Advance: This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
  • SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Paid Sick Leave/Expanded Family and Medical Leave:    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus, while at the same time reimbursing businesses.

 

Unemployment Resources:

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: The DWD is a resource for employers and employees faced with unemployment, layoffs, and other impacts of COVID-19.
 

Other Resources:

Wisconsin Manufacturing & Commerce Employer Toolkit: Employers and workers are in unchartered territory in responding to and planning for COVID-19. Everyone is balancing how to stay safe while continuing business operations. This online toolkit will help your business with the latest and most relevant information and will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. 

US Chamber of Commerce: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce believes that no business or family should go bankrupt because of this crisis and is committed to providing every business and worker the help they need. 

 

Local Resources:

The Community Foundation of Chippewa CountyThe Community Foundation of Chippewa County: Local non-profits needed assistance during this health and economic crisis should contact the Community Foundation. Through the foundation, the Response – Recovery – Rebuild Fund has been created to provide flexible resources to address the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis throughout Chippewa County exclusively for area non-profits.

Facebook Business Group: In cooperation with several local organizations, the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber has developed a Business Community Resource Facebook Group to serve as a platform for businesses to collectively get the word out about how patrons can support them during this time.