• COVID-19 Response | Resources

  • The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce is striving to keep a safe environment for our members and community as we navigate this unprecedented situation together. The M-T Chamber staff stands ready to continue to serve our businesses through this challenging time. Please check your email inbox for updates as we collectively adapt to the COVID-19 circumstances and guidelines. 

    BUSINESS COMMUNICATION & PROMOTION RESOURCES: We have adapted one of the free member marketing modules so members can post "Business Updates" on how you are modifying the way you do business, special promotions, event cancellations, and temporary closures. MEMBER-TO-MEMBER COMMUNICATION:  We have created a private member to member communication platform for businesses to discuss any specific needs or questions that another member may be able to help resolve. Join our Mequon-Thiensville Chamber Business Group on Facebook. BUSINESS INFORMATION RESOURCE: We will keep you informed as we learn new information that will impact or assist businesses. This includes such items as the availability of the Small Business Administration assistance loans, Wisconsin State Grants and other legislative measures that may help to bring relief to small businesses.
  • Blueprint to Reopen Ozaukee County Businesses

    The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department (WOPHD) released the "Blueprint for Reopening Washington and Ozaukee Counties” on April 21st. The Blueprint provides broad guidance for reopening the economy safely and incrementally after Governor Evers’ Safer at Home order is lifted. An FAQ document that provides industry-specific recommendations and checklists for businesses and organizations to implement as appropriate for their individual needs. The Blueprint and FAQ are “living” documents that will continue to develop over time. The WOPHD requests feedback from local businesses to help refine further development of these guidelines.

  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021

    United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 with additional funding provided for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. Critical improvements to better address the needs of Wisconsin businesses were also included in the legislation.

    Paycheck Protection Program

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) applications from all participating lenders on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Per the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, SBA is authorized to guarantee loans under the PPP through March 31, 2021. The recently enacted legislation also:

    • Makes all PPP expenses tax deductible
    • Reverses an earlier directive that required PPP borrowers to deduct EIDL Advance grants from their PPP loan forgiveness amount
    • Simplifies the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans under $150,000 and holds harmless lenders who acted in good faith with SBA guidelines
    • Makes the PPP accessible for sole-proprietor farmers who didn’t turn a profit in 2019
    • Makes 501(c)(6) organizations eligible for PPP loans, subject to restrictions

    Additionally, certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan are now allowed to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan with the same general loan terms as their First Draw PPP Loan. 

    Second Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.

    Access the SBA's PPP loan webpage

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

    SBA is currently accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from all qualified small businesses. Small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations, are eligible to apply.

    Learn more and Apply for an EIDL loan

    The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 also includes $20 billion for the SBA's EIDL Advance grants of $10,000 per small business, nonprofit, cooperative, or agricultural enterprise. The program also now targets economically distressed communities. The SBA will be providing more guidance on accepting new applications for EIDL Advance grants in the coming days.

    Learn more about applying for an EIDL Advance grant

    Click here to read more about coronavirus relief options for small businesses

  • Mequon Emergency Loan Funds

    The Mequon Emergency Loan Fund Program still has funds available to assist local businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To access more details and loan fund documents click on: Emergency Loan Fund Information. Applications or questions may be submitted via email to ktollefson@ci.mequon.wi.us.

  • Simplified PPP Forgiveness Form

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury released a simpler PPP Forgiveness Form for Loans of $50,000 or less.

    SBA Simplified Forgiveness Form Press Release

    Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

    Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

    Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

  • Wisconsin Unemployment

    An emergency order was issued to waive work search requirements and modify the availability requirements for unemployment insurance for any worker impacted by COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The order also assures claimants who are otherwise eligible but out of work due to COVID-19 are considered available for work, which means employees laid off or with reduced weekly hours or wages are potentially eligible for unemployment compensation.

    WI Department of Workforce Development:

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