The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) has received funds from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to distribute to businesses in the Region who experienced damage to property and inventory due to the recent severe weather events.
While the loan program will be available to businesses in all 72 counties, the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) was among regional entities identified by WEDC to launch the program in the areas of the state that were hit hardest by the flooding.
“Businesses in our community are still struggling to recover from August’s flood and wind damage,” said MadREP Sr. VP of Economic Development Michael Gay. “The program is designed to provide business owners with a readily available financial resource to make repairs and replace equipment.”
Van Nutt, Middleton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, stressed the importance of the program for Middleton business owners. “We are appreciative of MadREP administering WEDC’s Disaster Recovery Microloan Program,” he said. “With 40+ businesses affected by the August 20 historic rains in Middleton, this program comes at an important time for small businesses with very tight cash flow during their recovery.”
With an underwriting process that engages experienced bankers, MadREP is prepared to take applications over the next few months. Qualified businesses will be eligible for interest-free microloans of up to $15,000 to assist businesses with a short-term source of funds for repair work and operating expenses until more long-term recovery funding can be secured. The loans have a two-year repayment period, with payments deferred for at least six months.
To be eligible for a loan, a business must be located in Wisconsin; must have suffered measurable physical damage because of the disaster; and must intend to resume business operations in the community as quickly as possible. The loans can be used for procurement of cleanup and restoration services, operating expenses, temporary space, and repair and reconstruction work.
Applications can be found here or by calling MadREP at 608.571.0420.
In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened Business Recovery Centers to help business affected by late summer storms. Homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofits are eligible to apply for assistance. See locations, hours and more details.