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The Villard Avenue BID is still actively working (remotely) to revitalize your business district and providing support to our existing businesses such as yours. Below is information about the US Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance fund that will be available soon as well as other small business related funding resources to help your business stay afloat during this COVID-19 outbreak. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone at 414.431.2255 or (Click here) to email us. 



In an effort to provide information and resources to address the current issue the City of Milwaukee is facing nationwide, they have compiled a list of resources for businesses. Please check back for updates periodically as new programs and resources present themselves. 

For more info visit:

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program defines a “Bartender” as an individual employed in serving beverages or otherwise engaged in the production, promotion or distribution of alcoholic beverages. a bartender, you may be able to qualify for grant assistance from the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, the recipient must satisfy certain requirements. For more information on requirements and how to apply visit:

Artist Relief Fund

IMAGINEMKE, is providing individual artists (no organizations or nonprofits) an opportunity to apply for up to $500 for recouping financial losses due to cancelled events (performance arts; readings, panels, and teaching opportunities) or lost who lost supplemental income used to support creative practices. If more requests than funds are available, Priority on requests from Black / Indigenous / People of Color artists, transgender & nonbinary, and/or artists with disabilities, and order of submission. For more info please visit:

Milwaukee County Transit

Starting Saturday, March 28 and lasting until further notice, MCTS is suspending fare collection and informing riders that they must enter and exit the bus through the back door only unless they need assistance with a mobility device or other ADA accommodation. Suspending fare collection limits the interaction between passengers and bus drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember, only ride the bus if you HAVE to. For more info visit:


EDBC COVID-19 Small Business Impact Grant

The Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition (EDBC) is offering to assist small ethnic and diverse businesses of any industry that are a business member in of one of our coalition members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that you MUST be a for-profit entity AND a member in good standing with one of our affiliate chambers of commerce. To find out if you qualify visit: If you are not a member of an affiliate chamber of commerce, please reach out to a chamber (you can view a list of EDBC affiliates at to inquire about your eligibility.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Program

If you’re out of work through no fault of your own you’ll need to apply for unemployment benefits before you can begin filing a weekly claim here:


The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To find out more information please visit:

The U.S. Chamber is committed to providing every business and worker the help they need. For more information please visit:


What does COVID-19 mean for non profits? It depends on the nonprofit. Those that provide services to populations who are most at risk of acquiring the virus may be facing unique challenges in serving their communities. For more information about what your non-profit can do, please visit:


FACEBOOK is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. They will share more details as they become available. You can stay informed by visiting here: