Xcel Energy is the electrical service provider for most of the communities and industrial properties in the County. In addition, they are part of Rusk County’s Green Energy Portfolio. The utility operates 3 hyrdo dams in the County, all on the Flambeau River, with a combined generation capacity of 12 MW. Xcel is a great partner to business and are able assist companies in expansion and start-up efforts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to all forms of Wisconsin businesses. Operations have been impacted through social distancing, interference with supply chains and employee availability. The WEDC is working with state agencies to provide resources for businesses and aiming to sustain and maintain what you have built.
Additional resources can be found in the Wisconsin Main Street COVID Response Report. This can help with information on any of these topics:
- About COVID-19
- General Business Best Practices & Resources (Legal, HR, etc.)
- Organization Strategies (Downtown Organizations)
- Business Strategies
- Example Marketing Materials
- Additional Resources
The WEDC has a guide for strategies and resources for small businesses and community groups. WEDC_Resources for COVID-19
The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board has a list of online resources ranging from the Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the CDC, OSHA/HHS, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
On Saturday March 21 the Small Business Administration (SBA) declared all of the counties in Wisconsin an SBA Economic Disaster. The SBA is now accepting applications for disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Disaster assistance loans will be offered up to $2M. These loans are working capital loans designed to sustain your business in the way it could have existed if the disaster had not occurred (assessing your ability to pay accounts payable, payroll, paying fixed debt, and other operating expenses). These loans are not intended to be for equipment, expansion or to cover past lost profits or make up for an already struggling business read more…
Wisconsin Follows Federal Government, Extends Tax Deadline
Late last week, the federal government announced that tax deadlines were extended. This extension has now been applied to Wisconsin state taxes as well – automatically extending the deadlines to July 15 and waiving interest and penalties for taxpayers due to a President-declared disaster.
This relief is solely for income tax payments and does not require tax filers to file extension forms to be eligible for the new due date.
Community Development Financial Development
List of Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFIs) with Contact Information
Department of Workforce Development
This site is updated regularly with relevant information about COVID-19 as it becomes available.
Information for the public regarding DWD and the COVID-19 virus.
Information includes General Public Information
- Layoff Notice Requirements
- Sick Leave
Governor Evers issued an Executive Order requiring all non-essential businesses to close. The order is in effect through April 24th or until the Governor lifts the order. The new order allows taverns/restaurants to continue to offer food to be delivered or picked up. The new order also allows a tavern without a food license to sell liquor to go in the original unopened package. Read more at: https://www.tlw.org/
The Indeck Ladysmith BioFuel Center produces premium residential and industrial-grade wood pellets. The plan has the capacity to produce 90,000 tons of pellets annually.
Since 1963, Artisans has been designing and producing the very best in apparel right here in Rusk County. Their work continues today utilizing the latest in technologies, from sublimation to laser embroidery. A homegrown company, started by the Dukerschein family, it originated on their family farm. It grew over the years on the farm, and then relocated and helped start the Glen Flora Industrial Park.
“When I went to college in the cities, I lost all feeling of community. When I graduated, I knew I needed to get back home to a community that I trusted. Ladysmith is a town where you can bring your car in to Flambeau Auto or Jerry’s and not be worried about them taking advantage of your lack of car knowledge. You can go out to eat at Family Restaurant and the owner and all the waitresses know you by name, or walk into Cedar Lodge and have your favorite drink already set out for you. Being able to graduate college, move back to such a welcoming community that I trust, surrounded by family, while having a great job right out of college? That’s a no-brainer!”