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Published: January 19, 2021

(LADYSMITH, WI) — Rusk County Development, Zoning, and Public Health will be offering a one hour webinar on operating a Vacation Rental, on Tuesday, February 2 at noon. In recent years Vacation Rental accommodations (Tourist Rooming Houses) have been growing at a tremendous rate, including in Rusk County. Vacation Rentals are generally privately-owned residential properties
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‘We’re All In’ grant program

Published: June 1, 2020

It has been announced that the WEDC is rolling out the ‘We’re All In’ grant program which will take effect on June 15th. We have included the press release as it includes beneficial information regarding the application, eligibility, and process of the program. This program is designed to aid small businesses in getting back on
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Published: May 20, 2020

Guidelines and Resources for Open and Reopening Businesses

Guidance from State on reopening procedures

Published: May 12, 2020

Governor Tony Evers announced small retailers can now reopen, the latest relaxation of his stay-at-home order dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Some small shops had balked at seeing big-box retailers continue to operate while they had been forced to shut down since March 25. The new order allows all standalone or strip-mall retail stores to
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Focus Forward


WORKING TOGETHER TO MOVE FORWARD 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 information through
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SBDC Cashflow Webinar


FROM THE SBDC…. SBDC Cashflow Webinars  Working through cashflow projections can be hard to understand. It is encouraged that you attend this webinar below.  This will be a tool you can use now and in the future.   How will you restart your business after the threat posed by the coronavirus is diminished? Recovery After COVID-19: Planning
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Updates on EIDL and PPP


FROM THE SBDC… SBA EIDL Loans As of 5 pm today the SBA is still only accepting SBA EIDL program applications from agricultural related businesses (farmers). If you are a farmer and have not submitted an application, it is recommended you do it as soon as possible. While it can’t be said for sure, it
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Navigating the Impact of COVID- Free Business Webinars

Published: April 23, 2020

(LADYSMITH, WI)  — Rusk County Development and partners will be offering a series of webinars/video/teleconferences in the upcoming weeks to help businesses navigate the impacts of COVID-19. These sessions will be delivered virtually and can be accessed online or by telephone. All are free of charge. They are targeted to existing business owners and managers,
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SBA Information for Farmers and Other Small Business Owners

Published: April 15, 2020

Information from Luke Kempen, director of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at Eau Claire: The SBDC office has received many calls and emails from farmers seeking assistance. They have created a post with information and updates devoted to farmers which includes a discussion of the PPP program for farmers. Although it mainly focuses on farmers,
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WHEDA Financial Resources Seminar

Published: April 9, 2020

Click on the links below to view financial resources as well as the presentations and agendas for our WHEDA event that was held in early March. WHEDASeminars Rusk County Forum Agendas 3-3-20.docx BCD_General Presentation_2020 condensed DOA Rusk County Presentation – WHEDA 3-12-20.pptx ladysmith presentation 3.12.2020.pptx NMTC Presentation (generic).pptx NMTC Presentation for Rusk County.pptx NWRPC Rusk
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Small Business Administration SBA Disaster Loans Information

Published: March 20, 2020

Small Business Administration SBA Disaster Loans Update April 1, 2020 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program: Here is the link to apply for the SBA EIDL loan program.     Go to the link and click on the blue (Apply Online) button.  Indications that we from the SBA today regarding the Disaster loan program is
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COVID-19 Business Resources


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.  WEDC Business Resources Additional resources can be found
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