Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
Department of Workforce Development

If your business is facing laying off or minimizing staff hours, please contact the Department of Workforce Development, call (608) 266-7406 or email the
The Department of Workforce Development is stressing the Workshare program, which allows employers to limit hours and pro-rate unemployment benefits. 
Call the Employer Service Team at (608) 261-6700 or send an email to for instructions.
If your would like to consult with the Small Business Development Center about cash flow and such, the SBDC office is in Stevens Point and can be reached at 715-346-3838 or

Small Business Administration approves low-interest federal disaster loans for Wisconsin

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans. Under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, businesses may qualify for up to $2 million in loans to cover losses resulting from the pandemic. The interest rate on the loans is 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. Participants may be able to extend payments for up to 30 years.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network

SBDC has created a page to anchor important resources and information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. For inquiries related specifically to the SBA Disaster Loans, please use this contact form.

Small Business Administration - Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Information

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020. To contact someone at the SBA, click here.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a resource partner of the SBA, is available to help small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the Wisconsin SBDC website designed to help business owners understand the qualifications and application process. Consultants across the network’s 13 locations are working remotely via phone, email and virtual tools to assist clients. 
If you have more questions, please view this FAQ page on the EIDL program.

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

MMAC has compiled guidelines and resources for your business on their Coronavirus Guidance & Resources page. This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Attached are the slides from and link to the MMAC webinar that details what the CARES act will includes.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)

WMC is the state’s chamber of commerce and largest business trade association representing more than 3,800 employers of every size and from every sector of the economy. Visit their Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resource Center page.

University of Wisconsin Extention - Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times

If you would like to talk to a financial or housing counselor about your situation, click here for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website or call 833-746-7577. NFCC is a network of nonprofit consumer credit counseling agencies that provide services online and over the phone. You can also contact your local UW-Madison Extension office for more financial information.

Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce

RACC is asking that you take the time to fill out the COVID-19 Impact and Support Survey. They will be compiling all information to determine how to best assist their members, as well as sharing the information with our elected officials.

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Issue Safer at Home Order
Gov. Evers Announces Federal Approval of Disaster Loans for Small Businesses
Additional Press Releases from Governor Evers
Rhinelander City Hall Closed

Check Below for Local Resources and Updates:

Northwoods Help During Coronavirus

COVID-19 Community Resources

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce - Resource Information
Minocqua Chamber of Commerce  - Resource Information
Rhinelander Local Business Services Info

Welcome to Oneida County EDC
In 1989, the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation was created as a partnership between business and industry. We are responsible for new business growth and assisting our existing businesses with the expansion already located in Oneida County.

The mission of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation is:
"To promote and stimulate the orderly growth of stable businesses which will provide year-round employment throughout Oneida County while maintaining a high quality of life with a livable wage."

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation, we act as an economic development coordinator for all of Oneida County. Oneida County Economic Development Corporation assists individuals investigating the feasibility of going into business, works with existing business to expand and retain economic viability and works to attract new business in an effort to expand our economic base and provide employment alternatives to the citizens of Oneida County. We are also a conduit between business and government on a local, regional, state, and federal level.


Mar. 26, 2020 - City of Rhinelander Moves Polling Places - RHINELANDER, WI – Clerk Valerie Foley today announced changes in the City of Rhinelander’s polling places for the April 7 election due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
These polling places have changed:
◼ Oneida County Aging & Disability Resource Center, 100 W. Keenan St., Rhinelander, has been moved to Rhinelander High School gymnasium, 665 Coolidge Ave, Rhinelander.
◼ Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, 2000 E. Winnebago St., Rhinelander, has been moved to Rhinelander High School gymnasium, 665 Coolidge Ave, Rhinelander.
Even though the polling place will be open on election day, Clerk Foley urged voters in the City of Rhinelander to avoid polling places and vote absentee by mail instead, if possible.
an find their polling place online at
Feb. 19, 2020 - Council begins process of TIF incentive for ABX expansion - Rhinelander Common Council began the approval process to provide a $600,000 incentive from TIF (tax increment financing) district #6. The incentive will help ABX with an expansion project that is expected to significantly increase their business.
Jan. 22, 2020 - Rhinelander City Council takes another step toward ABX deal - The Rhinelander Common Council took another step earlier this month toward helping local plastics company Advanced Barrier Extrusions (ABX) with a planned $15 million dollar expansion project.
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