Reopening & Recovery Resources for Madison Region Businesses

NOTE: Due to the changing conditions regarding COVID-19, the following information will be updated on a continual basis as new information becomes available.

Reopening Resources

WEDC Reopen Guidelines

Forward Dane

WI Safety Council “Returning to Work: 8 Steps to Keep Employees Safe”

WMC Employer Resources and Infographics

Business Assistance

Small Business Administration Guidance and Loan Resources
Businesses are encouraged to continue to apply through their banks to secure their place if additional funding is authorized.

Loans: EIDL vs PPP
A chart developed by Sauk County Development Corporation comparing the two main relief programs for small businesses (under 500 employees) the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Rock County Emergency Business Fund
Rock County Board of Supervisors recently announced funding for small businesses.

WWBIC COVID-19 Fast Track Loan Program
Focused on existing businesses looking for business financing during COVID-19.

KIVA Greater Madison Funds
Kiva provides 0% interest microloans to local small businesses. Contact Michelle Sherbinow at 608-204-8906 or email at

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Frequently asked questions on USDA Loans, service centers, food safety, trade and more

WI Small Business Development Centers
Loan assistance and support for small business owners in Wisconsin.

Hmong Chamber of Commerce Emergency Loan Fund
This program makes loans between $5,000 and $10,000 for working capital to cover rent, payroll and other fixed expenses for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency.

Human Resources & Employer Support

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers 
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers guidance for business owners and employers considering their reopening.

Toolkit For Independent Contractors
US Chamber of Commerce offers guidance to independent contractors.

Unemployment COVID-19 Information
Frequently asked questions for employers and employees about coronavirus and unemployment.

Partners & Community Resources

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Community

Eight County Region

Area Chambers and Local Business Development Agencies