The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is providing our businesses and residents with accurate and timely information about the Corona virus COVID-19 outbreak to help them stay safe, plan and act accordingly during the duration of the current healthcare crisis.
For the latest countywide health updates please visit the Waukesha County Health Department at the link below:
Resource Center for Businesses Impacted By the Corona Virus COVID-19
Follow the links to learn about resources and funding available to help your business weather the current crisis.
Get The Latest Developments Including Guidelines and Applications Here:
The U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.
Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, or on their Webpage https://home.treasury.gov/cares
- A top-line overview of the program can be found here:
- If you’re a lender, more information can be found here:
- If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here:
- The application for borrowers can be found here:
U.S. Department of Labor
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
Corona Virus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist
Prepared By the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Download the Guide & Checklist below:
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses in Wisconsin suffering substantial economic loss as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 % with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable. Terms up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
- Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
- Applicants may call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
- Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For complete details on SBA, visit www.sba.gov.
e of the items that are likely to affect you as we move through the coming months. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have. While we are learning about all of this for the first time as well, but know that we have resources that we can reach out to in order to best assist you.
Election Information from Governor Tony Evers
Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes and I understand that some folks have questions and concerns about the April 7th election. We want to assure you that everyone is working hard to get polling places and poll workers the resources they need to make sure voters stay safe. Clerks across the state are working overtime on election preparations to ensure that Wisconsinites have the ability to cast their ballot. Lieutenant Governor Barnes and I would like to provide an update on what we will be doing to ensure that Wisconsinites are able to cast their ballots in a safe manner.
On March 27th, I asked the Legislature to come together to take bipartisan action to ensure three things:
- Every registered voter receives an absentee ballot to vote in the upcoming election;
- Absentee ballots postmarked the day of the election are counted; and
- Our election workers have extra time to count the influx of ballots.
We need to be doing everything we can to ensure that voters can participate in the April 7th election while still staying safer at home, so I am hopeful that the Legislature will act swiftly.
In the meantime, you still have time to register to vote and request your absentee ballot. You can check your registration, register to vote online, and request your absentee ballot until Monday, March 30. Here are the steps you can follow to get registered, request your ballot, and stay safer at home while you vote:
1. Go to www.myvote.wi.gov on your computer or mobile device.
2. Check to see if you’re registered to vote
a. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by clicking the “Register to Vote” tab on the website.
b. From there, the website will take you through a series of questions confirming your identity and address.
c. Note: you will need to include your driver’s license number, which is the 14 digit code on your ID that begins with a letter.
d. Already registered at your current address? Please skip ahead to Step 3.
3. Return to the main page and choose the “Vote Absentee” option.
a. You will need to enter information to confirm your address, which should be good to go if you’re registered to vote.
b. You will see some options when you get to the next page, including requesting a ballot for all elections in calendar year 2020, the April 7th election or other elections in 2020, or the ability to request a ballot for this and future elections, if you’re indefinitely confined. Please pick whichever option applies to you.
c. If you are an overseas or military voter, you can follow the above steps, too. Your ballot will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Election Day.
d. This will take you through a series of prompts, including verifying your identity by providing a photo of your driver's license or ID card.
e. To upload a photo, use your cell phone, mobile device, or camera to take a picture of your state ID. This website is safe and secure.
f. After that, the website will direct you to a confirmation page, which can you choose to print if you would like.
4. Once you have requested a ballot, you can follow up with an email to your local clerk confirming you sent in your ballot request. You might not get a response right away, but this is helpful for both you and the clerk’s office to track your submission. You can find a list of clerks here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyMunicipalClerk.
a. Include in the email to your clerk your first and last name, address, and that you’re requesting an absentee ballot for the April 7th election.
5. If you requested an absentee ballot, you will receive the ballot by mail prior to the April 7th election.
6. Once you receive your ballot, please note that someone needs to witness the signature of your ballot. Considering the Safer at Home order, we understand this could be challenging for some folks. Here are some guidelines for who can serve as a witness:
a. Vote the ballot in the presence of one adult witness. The witness cannot be a candidate for the election.
7. Please feel free to call our offices or respond to this email with questions or for further assistance.
Our focus has been, and will continue to be, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to cast their ballot in the upcoming election. The bottom line is everyone should be able to participate in our democracy. We know this is a difficult time, and that everyone is doing the best they can to stay safe. We also want to recognize and thank all the clerks and poll workers across the state who are working tirelessly to find a solution to ensure that Wisconsinites can participate in the April 7th election.
The Department of Health Services (DHS) is working with local and tribal health officers, health care providers, and other partners to adjust the response to COVID-19 as needed. As always, the public should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick and help stop the spread of the virus, including:
- Frequent and thorough handwashing;
- Covering coughs and sneezes;
- Avoiding touching your face; and
- Staying safer at home.
As we continue to receive updates on the status of COVID-19, my administration will continue to share the most accurate and current information that we have. Thank you again for contacting our offices.
GOVERNOR TONY EVERS
P.O. Box 7863
Madison, WI 53707
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MANDELA BARNES
P.O. Box 2043
Madison, WI 53707
SBS Emergency Loan Webinar
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Hosts COVID-19 Webinar for Wisconsin Chambers of Commerce.
This Webinar features a slide presentation by the U.S. Small Business Administration detailing a new
Disaster Loan Program to aid Businesses impacted by the virus outbreak.
Click the link to see the entire presentation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hGi_dI0MQA
State of Emergency: COVID-19Mayor Dave Ament has declared a State of Emergency within the City of New Berlin in light of the public health threat posed by COVID-19. The State of Emergency is proclaimed for the next 60 days or until modified by further proclamation or action by the Common Council of the City of New Berlin.
Need Help Setting up a Remote Work Strategy?Mayor Ament Asks for Assistance from Businesses and ResidentsThe New Berlin Police and Fire Departments are asking for our assistance. While these departments currently have the Personal Protection Equipment, PPE, they need to protect themselves, those supplies are low. We are asking our citizens and businesses to consider donating any new, still in the package, N95, P95 or surgical masks. Donations can be dropped off at the Public Safety Building lobby located at 16300 W. National Ave. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.Please only donate the N95, P95 or surgical masks.No other PPE is needed.WORKING FROM HOME? FIND ASSISTANCE HEREContact the following members for assistance in developing a remote work strategy and providing the technology needed to allow your employees to work from home.Learn more about all of their capabilities by visiting their member page.Gregg Robers, Air Technology Services730 Larry CourtWaukesha, WI__________________Gary Swick , Swicktech15700 W. Cleveland Ave. New Berlin,WI.__________________Peter Sotiros, C.J. & Associates 262-227-3781 cell16915 W. Victor Road New Berlin, WI 53151262-786-1772We hope this will help support your workforce if they are required to work from home.Functional and inexpensive, these products are guaranteed in stock and ready to ship.__________________Working from home during coronavirus can be, well, hard workAs the coronavirus pandemic pushes people toward increased social isolation, businesses are encouraging their employees to work from home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Telling people to simply stay out of the office and work from their kitchen table or a coffee shop is easier said than done. Not every company offers the resources and training, or even the bandwidth, to support a mass exodus of employees.