Back To Business Program To Help Small Businesses In Dodge And Jefferson Counties

(Dodge County) A new program has been launched in Dodge and Jefferson Counties to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Back to Business program was established by ThriveED, an economic development partnership between Dodge and Jefferson County, and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Whitewater. It is intended for businesses with fewer than 500 employees and will deliver help designed to ensure that local industries survive and can grow post-pandemic. Back to Business will be able assist those who need help navigating their eligibility for loans and grant programs created by federal state or local legislation. It can also help businesses understand forbearance options that might be available to them from lenders, landlords and suppliers. Programs available for small businesses include economic injury disaster loan, paycheck protection program, emergency economic injury grant, among others. ThriveED President Vicki Pratt says they are ready to help support and assist employers so they can get back to business. The program will utilize the state’s SBDC’s existing model of providing no-cost, confidential consulting to businesses by tapping into its network of consultants. Back to Business will remain available through the end of July. Services are offered virtually and are provided free of charge. Click the following link to visit the Back to Business website: https://www.thriveed.org/covid-19-business-resources/back-to-business/