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  • COVID-19 Impact


  • Mount Horeb Community Members:   

    As you know the COVID-19 situation and recommendations by the CDC, WHO, and state government is changing hourly. Given the updated recommendations we are postponing networking events effective immediately through the end of March. We will then reassess the situation and communicate next steps to our members. We need to be prudent in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately help protect the most vulnerable members of our population. 

    The Chamber is also taking internal precautions in order to protect our staff and the public. Effective 3/17/2020 we will enact the following protocol for the Chamber office:
    • All events outside of the Chamber office will be canceled.
    • Chamber committee meetings will be canceled. 
    • The Chamber office will remain open by appointment only. Doors to the office will be locked with a sign informing foot traffic of the situation.
    We know that this is an unprecedented situation that we are all dealing with and we want to be a pillar of strength and support for our members during this time. Therefore, we have created a tool-kit for you to use to arm yourself with consistent messaging, alert the Chamber of accommodations your business is making, and more. We are in this with you and are ready and available to help you edit graphics, create effective messaging, share online content, and more. Please do not hesitate to contact us with anything we can help with. We will go above and beyond to get through this together. We will be updating and refreshing the tool-kit on a real-time basis so make sure to check back often.

    This toolkit is available to any community members, Chamber member or not. We are here to serve the community. 
    Please follow the CDC and WHO, links below, for up to date information and we will reach out to you regularly with any breaking news.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.




  • Dane County Increases Funding for Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to $800,000 Following Overwhelming Community Interest Dane County Increases Funding for Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to $800,000 Following Overwhelming Community Interest

    Dane County Increases Funding for Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to $800,000 Following Overwhelming Community Interest


    Funds Will Help More Small Businesses in Dane County Stay Afloat During COVID-19 Pandemic


    Today, County Executive Joe Parisi announced that Dane County will increase funding for its Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to $800,000 following overwhelming community interest the last few days. The new grant program was announced Wednesday, April 1 and started out at $250,000. By Thursday evening, Dane Buy Local had received 800 grant applications from local businesses. By more than tripling the funding total, Dane County and Dane Buy Local hope to help even more local businesses survive the COIVD-19 public health crisis, which has caused many to temporarily close their doors.


    "I'm pleased to be able to increase funding for the Dane County Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program to help more small businesses stay afloat during this challenging time," said County Executive Joe Parisi. "We want local businesses to know we stand with them and support them. We encourage small business owners throughout Dane County to apply for this funding to help retain employees and cover expenses."

    A total of $800,000 will be available through this grant program to support small businesses throughout Dane County with employee retention and to mitigate losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Dane Buy Local will administer the grants and has​ information about the County's grant program on their website www.danebuylocal.com. There, business owners will be able to fill out a Google form to learn more information and apply. Grants as small as $1,000 will be awarded. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2020.

    "The support for local businesses is increasing significantly from Dane County and County Executive Joe Parisi with their notification that additional funds will be put toward the small business relief program," said Colin Murray, Executive Director of Dane Buy Local. "We commend Dane County's efforts, recognizing that the big winners of this commitment will be small local businesses, who continue to work hard to keep their business viable during these health and economic crises."

    A resolution recognizing this agreement between Dane County and Dane Buy Local was adopted by the County Board at last Thursday's meeting. A resolution recognizing this increase in grant funding is expected to be approved by the Board in the coming weeks. If business owners have questions about the grant program, they can call 608-712-3440 or email colin@danebuylocal.com.

    "Realizing that the County Board approved this program in concept at our last meeting, the reality that the need is so much greater justifies an increase in funding at this point in time. Businesses across Dane County need our help," said Dane County Board Chair Analiese Eicher. "That we can take this action quickly together is yet another example of Dane County leaders coming together in these trying times."


  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Emergency Grant SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan & Emergency Grant

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act temporarily expands eligibility for SBA economic injury disaster loans (EIDL) and provides an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within 3 days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent, and mortgage payments. 
    In addition to the entities that are already eligible for SBA disaster loans (small businesses, private non-profits, and small agriculture cooperatives), eligibility is temporarily expanded to include:
    • Business entities with 500 or fewer employees:
    • Sole proprietorships, with or without employees
    • Independent contractors
    • Cooperatives and employee owned businesses
    • Tribal small businesses
    • Private non-profits of any size.
    Additionally, you must have been in business as of January 31, 2020. Expanded eligibility criteria and the emergency grants are only available between January 31, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
    How to Apply
    • You can apply for an EIDL online with the SBA.
    • When you apply, you can request an emergency grant of $10,000.
    • The SBA will provide the grant within 3 days of receiving your application.
    • You will not have to repay the grant, even if your application for a loan is denied.
    • You can visit an SBA resource partner who can help guide you through the loan application process. You can find your nearest Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or Women’s Business Center here.
    Can I apply for other SBA loan programs?
    If you apply for an EIDL and the grant, you can still apply for a Paycheck Protection loan. However the amount forgiven under a Paycheck Protection loan will be decreased by the $10,000 grant.
    More Information
    For more information about SBA loan programs, please visit the  Small Business Administration . More information about small business programs in the CARES Act can be found on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship  website .
    If you need additional assistance, please reach out to your local  Small Business Development Center SCORE  chapter, or  SBA District Office .
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  • Ways to Support Local: 

    • If you have tickets to a cancelled event, instead of taking a refund, consider donating that purchase price to the venue and artist.

    • Make any annual donations or membership purchases for local non-profits and cultural venues now instead of later.

    • Buy gift cards to your favorite local restaurants and retailers now, to use or give later on.

    • Shop online or via phone from local retailers, many or most will ship items from their websites, and others will gladly take orders over the phone.

    • Consider ordering takeout or delivery from local restaurants that partner with delivery services or that deliver themselves. Then tip as if you were dining in.

    • Visit the websites of your favorite artists, musicians, and writers to buy/download their goods online.

    • Like, share, and comment on social media posts from your favorite shops, venues, eateries, and artists to increase exposure and show support.

    • While activity should likely be limited, if you are feeling well and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others as advised by the CDC and other health professionals, it's possible to support establishments in person on a case-by-case basis. However, some experts advise this shouldn't be done unless absolutely necessary.