U.S. Treasury Awards WIBA Members $990,000

Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian communities face some of the greatest barriers to accessing capital and basic financial services in the nation. Specialized, mission-driven organizations called Native Community Development Financial Institutions – or Native CDFIs – specifically focus their activities to help Native Communities grow by increasing their access to credit, capital and…

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We’re All In Small Business Grant – Opens June 15, 2020

PANDEMIC RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN WISCONSIN Small businesses in Wisconsin often operate on razor-thin profit margins and hold very little cash in reserve, which makes weathering the effects of a global pandemic particularly challenging. Complicating matters for these small businesses seeking federal or other financial assistance is that they often lack the financial relationships…

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Ethnic Minority Emergency Grant Extended to May 26th

Governor Tony Evers announced that 1,000 ethnically diverse micro-businesses that have suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive grants of $2,000 each under a new state program. The $2 million initiative is focused on supporting ethnically diverse micro-businesses that have not received SBA Paycheck Protection Program or state disaster relief.…

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WEDC Announces Focus Forward to Help Businesses and Communities

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is pleased to announce a new digital platform with resources, information and inspiration to help Wisconsin businesses and communities facing economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Focus Forward serves as an online one-stop shop for state, federal and other funding and operational assistance programs, while also providing up-to-date…

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Business Resources for COVID-19

COVID-19 Business Resources SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.   The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC): The COVID-19 pandemic poses…

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Federal Hubzone Program in Washburn – April 14th

If your business is located in Bayfield, Iron, Sawyer, Vilas or portions of Ashland counties, you may be eligible for the Federal HUBZone Program Certification. Learn more by attending this workshop on April 14, 2020, in Washburn. Please call Mark Dennis at 608-633-3605 to register or learn more.

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2020 Golden Shovel Awards & DBE Workshop

Diversifying Contracts in Design and Construction The 2-day Golden Shovel Awards & DBE Workshop aims to help construction and consultant firms in Wisconsin manage effective business practices and continue to grow. The conference includes educational sessions on industry best practices, networking and forecasts on upcoming opportunities. Wednesday and Thursday, February 19-20, 2020 The Ingleside Hotel…

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WIBA Members Awarded $1.250 Million from NACA Program

MEDIA RELEASE November 27, 2019 Contact:  Fern V. Orie, EDFP Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Native Loan Fund (WINLF) Chairwoman, Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) (715) 614-4840 WIBA MEMBERS AWARDED $1.250 MILLION FROM NACA PROGRAM The four members of the Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) have been awarded a total of $1,250,000 in grant funding from the Native…

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