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The GRID, which stands for Guiding Rural Innovation and Development, is a collaborative economic development initiative focused on building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in northern Wisconsin to generate a vibrant and diverse rural economy. The GRID is designed to provide a network among new and growing businesses and to connect them to information and resources. Collaborators include the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Oneida County EDC, Grow North Regional EDC, UW Extension – Oneida County, ArtStart/Create Northwoods, and Nicolet College.

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Additional Resources For Small Businesses


Covid-19 Small Business Owners Guide to Cares Act

Coronavirus Tax Relief – IRS webpage focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

Updated statement from the IRS - Federal Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension to July 15, 2020

Payroll Tax Credits for Coronavirus-Related Leave – Employers can be reimbursed for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.  

Coronavirus Small Business Loan Information – US Small Business Administration (SBA) guide on targeted low-interest loans.

State of Wisconsin

Targeted Grants to Small Businesses – Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency.

WEDC Resource Guide – Strategies and resources for small businesses and community groups.

Weekly Webinars and One-on-One Office Hours – gener8tor emergency response program for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Navigating Coronavirus for Small Businesses – UW Division of Extension webpage.

Regional and County Economic Development Organizations

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation is posting updates on their Facebook page.

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is providing updated information and resources for businesses to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with one-on-one business assistance.

The GRID Small Business Resources Guide lists additional links to counties, chambers of commerce, municipalities, non-profit organizations, tribal economic development organizations, and community groups who are providing information and resources for small businesses.

The Oneida County Health Department provided the following best practice handouts:

An Employee at my Business Tested Positive to COVID19 (PDF)

Best Practices for Businesses During Pandemic (PDF)

Best Practices for Businesses for Pick Up and Delivery (PDF)