Door County businesses in line for federal aid

The Door County Economic Development Corporation has received approval for $550,000 in CARES Act funding from the United States Department of Commerce, which will make its way to local businesses. The establishment of the revolving loan fund has been in the works since May. DCEDC Executive Director Steve Jenkins says applicants are welcome from all industries, but small businesses are the target for the relief. The federal government defines a small business as having fewer than 500 employees. Jenkins says that local companies can expect more information in the coming weeks as far as what they will need to provide to receive a loan. Jenkins says DCEDC is seeking clarification from Commerce’s Economic Development Administration on some issues.


A revolving loan fund means that as companies pay the money back on agreed upon terms, the economic development corporation can enter into new agreements with other applicants. 




U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $550,000 in CARES Act Funding to Capitalize Revolving Loan Fund to Help Small Businesses in Wisconsin Respond to Coronavirus
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $550,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Door County Economic Development Corporation, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to capitalize and administer a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Wisconsin.      
“President Trump is working diligently every day to support our nation’s economy following the impacts of COVID-19 through the CARES Act,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This investment will provide small businesses in Wisconsin with the necessary capital to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and, in turn, create a stronger and more resilient regional economy for the future.”
“This investment comes at a crucial time to help Wisconsin’s and our nation’s economy come roaring back and provide hard-working Americans with new opportunities,” said Dana Gartzke, Performing the Delegated Duties of the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and EDA is pleased to invest these CARES Act funds in Door County Economic Development Corporation to capitalize and administer an RLF that will serve coronavirus-impacted businesses in the city of Sturgeon Bay and Door County.”
Door County Economic Development Corporation, a current EDA RLF grantee, is one of the more than 850 existing, high-performing EDA Economic Development District, University Center, Tribal, and RLF grant recipients invited to apply for supplemental funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The CARES Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump, provides EDA with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 7, Secretary Ross announced that EDA is accepting applications for CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding opportunities.
EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to eligible communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For complete information, please visit our recently updated EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance page.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.


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