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Dislocated Workers Assistance

Are you recently dislocated as result of the COVID-19 outreak?  Here’s what you need to know:

Apply for Benefits Online

Have This Information Ready To Apply:

  • A username and password for filing online*
  • A valid email or mobile number
  • Your social security number *
  • Your Wisconsin driver license or identification number
  • Your work history for the last 18 months:
    • Employers' business names
    • Employers' addresses (including zip code)
    • Employers' phone number
    • First and last dates of work with each employer
    • Reason no longer working with each employer


Unemployment Insurance (UI) FAQ:


Business Information and Resources

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Below is the interim guidance and recommended strategies for employers based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a copy of the Department of Labor's (DOL) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.




Small Business Loans

Small Business 20/20 will provide grants of up to $20,000 to targeted businesses with no more than 20 employees to cover rent and to meet payroll expenses, including paid leave (including sick, family and other leave related to COVID-19).

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance

The SBA will soon be providing Wisconsin small business assistance through their disaster loan program. Governor Evers has already submitted the declaration request, and we expect approval very soon. Our office will be sharing the news once the declaration is approved via Facebook and Twitter.

  • To begin preparing your application, small businesses will need:
  • Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T) for the applicant, principals, and affiliates
  • Complete copies of the most recent Federal Income Tax Return.
  • Schedule of Liabilities (SBA Form 2202)
  • Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413)
  • Profit and loss statements
  • Monthly sales figures (SBA Form 1368)

For more on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit

KIVA Loans

Downtown businesses in our communities that are women-, minority- and/or veteran-owned are also eligible for a 50% match from WEDC to expedite their loan. Encourage your businesses to apply, and/or sign up to be a lender yourself here. Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following:
1. Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the US will be eligible for a Kiva loan than ever.
2. Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
3. Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility. If you have questions and would like to contact a local Kiva rep, contact Amy via e-mail: or text - 414-220-0177(Added 3/19/2020)

Restaurant Carry Out Zone Program

In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, on March 16 Governor Tony Evers restricted restaurant service to delivery and carry-out only.  To assist restaurants that currently do not have a "Loading Zone" adjacent to their business, the City of Milwaukee has implemented a temporary program to provide "Restaurant Carryout Zones" (click link and scroll down to the section for information and online application).

Compensation Guidelines During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Other Resource Links

Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District (BID 21) - BID 21 has compiled a comprehensive list for businesses and community members.


Community Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis

Local Food Pantries


MPS Lunch Sites


Manage Your Finances


Helpful Numbers

We know this is a stressful time for you. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please call

  • Milwaukee County Crisis Services: 414-257-7222
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • IMPACT 211--Housing, shelter, mental health, and other support resources: 211
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center--Shelter & resources for victims of domestic abuse: 414-933-2722



Freelance/Artist Resources



Employ Milwaukee

2342 North 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53210

Phone: (414) 270-1700Fax: (414) 225-2375

Deaf, hearing or speech impaired callers may reach us by the Wisconsin Relay number 711.

Employ Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Service Provider.

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