MADISON -- Senator Janet Bewley (D-Mason) and Representative Nick Milroy (D-South Range) praised the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) on its completion of distributing grants of $2,500 to 30,000 small businesses across Wisconsin.
The We’re All In Small Business Grant Program was created by Governor Tony Evers to provide financial relief in the form of micro-grants to small businesses across Wisconsin that have been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 200 businesses throughout the 73rd Assembly District were awarded grants.
“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses, their owners, and their employees especially hard,” Milroy said. “As a result, our small businesses are hurting through no fault of their own.”
The northern legislators encouraged patronage of local small businesses during this time when so many are struggling.
“These grants are an important investment to help keep our locally owned businesses afloat in these difficult times,” said Bewley. “Now, more than ever, it is important for citizens to patronize these businesses so they can be around for us to enjoy for many years to come.”
“Remembering to shop locally will make a significant difference on the success of our small businesses,” Milroy added.
Funding for the We’re All In Small Business Grant Program came from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). According to WEDC, the purpose of the grant is to “assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.”
In addition to providing pandemic relief, the We’re All in Small Business Grant Program also encourages businesses to adopt best safety practices so the people who keep them running and the communities they are in remain safe.