Subject: 06.15.2020 New North Newsletter

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We’re All In Small Business Grant Now Accepting Applications

We’re All In Small Business Grant (WSBG) program of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), is now accepting applications online for
the $75 million WSBG program. Applications will be accepted starting today, June 15th at 8:00 AM through Tuesday, June 23rd at 11:59 PM.

The program, will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses, is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.

One element of the online application process for small businesses is an email or letter of acknowledgement from a community organization confirming that the business was in operation in February 2020. As a regional economic development organization, New North Inc. is able to provide this documentation for eligible businesses. 

Small businesses seeking an email or letter confirming February 2020 operations, as part of the application process, should email

Please contact Barb LaMue,, for further questions.

To be eligible, businesses must:
  • Be a Wisconsin-based, for-profit business
  • Employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner; (Seasonal businesses should use the highest total FTEs employed during the season.)
  • Earn greater than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues (gross sales and receipts); 
  • and have started operating prior to Jan. 1, 2020, 
  • and have been in business as of Feb. 2020. (Seasonal businesses should use the highest total FTEs employed during the season.)
Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the one-week application period by gathering the following required documents:

  • 2018 or 2019 federal tax return for business (If you started your business in 2020, you are not eligible for this grant). Applicable tax returns are:
               - IRS form 1065 Partnership Return (no K-1s required)
               - IRS form 1120 Corporation Return (no schedules required)
               - IRS form 1120S S Corporation Return (no K-1s required)
               - IRS form 1040 (sole proprietors), first two pages, and the following:
                    -Schedule C, Profit and Loss from Business
  • Signed W-9 and dated form available at
  • A letter or email of acknowledgement from a community organization indicating your business was in operation in February 2020.
  • Small businesses seeking an email or letter confirming February 2020 operations, as part of the application process, should email or one of its local partners identified by WEDC for this confirmation.

New North Region Stepping Up to the COVID-19 Challenge
S.S. Badger carferry sets sail for the first time after season delays
FOX 11 News
The S.S. Badger set sail from Ludington to Manitowoc for the first time this summer.

The ship usually sets sail in May but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Eric Seward, an S.S. Badger passenger says, "It was actually kind of nice that....


Promote the Regional Brand 
Bassett Mechanical’s Kim Bassett inducted into Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame
Fox Cities Chamber News
Wisconsin Safety Council announced on Thursday that Bassett Mechanical President & CEO Kim Bassett became the newest member of the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame. Kim’s leadership has resulted in tremendous improvements in the company’s culture of safety. Once again, Bassett Mechanical won a Corporate Safety Award for their efforts in 2019.

As President & CEO, Kim focuses on developing the company’s short and long-term strategy, managing overall operations, lean oversight, establishing the culture and leading the company to safely achieve its....

Encourage Educational Attainment
UW System’s 13 schools will be open this fall, but how they operate will vary from campus to campus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The University of Wisconsin System said Sunday it expects all 13 of its campuses to be open and providing as much face-to-face instruction as possible this fall.

"We're far enough along in our planning to say that we will provide in-person instruction this fall," Rob Cramer, the system's vice president for administration, said. "We've provided our universities with guidance and we are turning the decisions....

Economic Development Feature
New inclusion and diversity publication available for company use:
Produced by New North in partnership with Fox Valley SHRM chapter, intended as resource

New North Press Release
New North Inc., in partnership with the Fox Valley Society for Human Resources Management (FVSHRM), has produced a publication intended to be a resource for companies in the region that understand the importance of inclusion and diversity. Titled Better than Before: Inclusion and Diversity in Northeast Wisconsin, it highlights best practices of New North companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources
As the COVID-19 begins to have an increased impact on our businesses and communities, we thank our local media for keeping us informed. Additional resources can be found on the COVID-19 Updates page on the New North website.

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