COVID-19 Resource Center for Kenosha Area Employers

In an effort to keep Kenosha Area employers up to date during the public health emergency surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, KABA has developed the following collection of resources.

Latest News & Information

 

Kenosha COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Fund

The Kenosha COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Fund is an emergency grant program, being administered by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, to assist small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the state’s Safer-At-Home (SAH) order, aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The $600,000 in funds was contributed by the City of Kenosha and Snap-on, Inc.

The grant application window is June 8-12, 2020. KABA anticipates announcing the grant awards the week of June 29th.

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Kenosha County Kickstart Plan

The City and County of Kenosha, in partnership with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, on May 27, 2020 released the final draft of a plan to help guide businesses through the process of restarting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. The plan is available for the public and businesses to review at https://bit.ly/KCKickstart.

KABA, in conjunction with Kenosha County, has developed signage for Kenosha County businesses to promote the fact that they are committed to keeping their customers and employees safe, and that they are making every attempt to adhere to guidelines consistent with the Kenosha County Kickstart Plan. Businesses may download and print a .pdf file in the link below.  Vinyl clings – measuring 5″ x 7″ –  will also be available for companies and businesses starting next Tuesday, June 2 at the Northside and Southwest branches of the Kenosha Public Library.  They will be available during their regular curbside pickup hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Kenosha County Kickstart Signage

 

Kenosha County Back to Business Employer Survey

When and how is your company or business planning to get back to work?  Let us know!
Kenosha County recently published the Kenosha County Kickstart Plan outlining best practices for businesses during the phases of recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. KABA is asking employers to take this brief survey is to gauge what companies and organizations are doing to get back to business.

 

Kenosha County Resources

The latest from the Kenosha County Division of Health: KCDOH COVID-19 Situation Report (June 2, 2020).

For timely updates and information about the local response to the pandemic, be sure to visit the Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Center.

Events

 

Getting back to business – Implementing the Kenosha County Kickstart Plan

KABA hosted a webinar on June 2 featuring a panel discussion, moderated by KABA President Todd Battle, with Kenosha County Division of Health Director Jen Freiheit, employment law attorney Nick Infusino, and several business and organization leaders about how they are getting back to business and implementing the Kenosha County Kickstart Plan.

View the recorded webinar

 

Kenosha County Small Business Forum: Where are we now and where are we going?

KABA hosted a webinar on May 12 featuring a panel discussion, moderated by KABA President Todd Battle, with WEDC’s Missy Hughes, local CPA Joe Clark, and several small business owners about how they’re remaining viable during Governor Ever’s ‘Safer at Home’ order as it relates to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

View the recorded webinar

 

What’s Next for Kenosha County? A Community Update about the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
KABA hosted a webinar on May 1 featuring a panel discussion, moderated by KABA President Todd Battle, with representatives from various public sectors about where Kenosha County and Wisconsin are in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the recorded webinar

 

Navigating the New Business Environment: A Kenosha County Employer Panel
KABA hosted a webinar on April 28 featuring a conversation with four local employers. Moderated by Derek Kling, Senior Manager at Wipfli, they discussed how they have transitioned their business, steps they’ve taken to keep their employees and their customers safe, and other insights into their operations as they have adapted to doing business amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency.

View the recorded webinar

 

Unpacking the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

KABA hosted a webinar on March 31 about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Employment law attorney Oyvind Wistrom, with Lindner & Marsack, S.C, led an informational session about the Act – which requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The new law will took effect on April 1, 2020.

View the recorded webinar   View the PowerPoint presentation

Other News, Resources & Information

The United Way of Kenosha County’s COVID-19 Response Fund

The United Way of Kenosha County’s COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to provide flexible financial resources to Kenosha County 501(c)(3) organizations that have had their ability to help the community restricted due to COVID-19. 100% of the funds raised through the COVID-19 Relief Fund will be used to help organizations affected throughout our community.

Thanks to a generous donation from Meijer, this fund is significantly closer to its goal of $100,000.

Several companies are hiring temporary workers

If you or your employees currently out of work due to the closures in place, there are several companies that are currently in need of temporary workers, including Amazon, Gordon Food Service and Meijer.

More information

 

If your company is temporarily in need of additional employees, please contact Brooke Infusino at binfusino@kaba.org.

Kenosha County businesses, can you help?

There are several community organizations that have mobilized to help those that are currently and will be adversely affected by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  One area of particular need is food pantries which are running critically low of food and other essential items.
At a time of crisis like this, the business community has an unique opportunity to provide assistance. If your company can donate food, water, cleaning services, other goods or services, or is able to help in any other way, please consider doing so. Below is a list of some of the local organizations that are in need of additional donations so they can continue helping the most vulnerable in our community.

From the Wisconsin Emergency Management: If your business is able to help supply resources & supplies needed to help fight COVID-19, please contact Lacey Shoemaker at . Full list of items needed: https://bit.ly/3dlO72g

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact KABA at info@kaba.org.

Below is a list of local,regional and national resources specifically for employers as they deal with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Other updates, information, and upcoming events:

  • WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency | Read more
  • Business Lending Partners  | COVID-19 Financial Resources
  • UPCOMING EVENT: Virtual Job Fair  |  April 15-29, 2020 | Presented by Wisconn Valley Media Group  |  Learn more
  • UPCOMING EVENT: Southeast Wisconsin Virtual Job & Resource Fair  |  May 7, 2020 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Presented by Southeast Wisconsin Works! nad its partners | Learn more
  • DAILY WEBINARS | 10 AM and 2 PM | Half-hour webinars to help you complete the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan application. Register now by following these links: 10AM Webinar > bit.ly/3dqVxBf  | 2PM Webinar > bit.ly/39fksVo
  • Many employees may be experiencing increased anxiety and other mental health-related issues. Below is information about EAPs and other resources to help your employees in this critical time:
  • Froedtert South opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site in Kenosha County. The testing will take place in the parking lot of Froedtert South’s Pleasant Prairie clinic, located at 10256 Old Green Bay Rd. If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are asked to call (262) 671-7777 for an initial phone evaluation. | Read more
  • Treasury announces extension of tax payments | Read more
  • Watch a recording of the informative webinar: How your business can withstand a global pandemic, presented by the MMAC (broadcast on March 17) | Watch now

 

On April 14, KABA conducted a second survey of Kenosha Area employers to gather information about how companies are responding and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States has rarely faced a public health emergency of this magnitude and as businesses try to figure out the best courses of action, we hope you find it helpful to hear what other local companies are doing at this time.

April 14, 2020 Employer Survey Results March 18, 2020 Employer Survey Results

 

Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) surveyed its members on March 19-20, 2020.  Click here to view those results.

 

KABA staff is working remotely, available to help

KABA employees are currently working remotely. You can reach any member of our team via their regular contact information: kaba.org/about/staff.

We will continue to share updates as additional information becomes available. Please contact us if you have a particular concern or need assistance.

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