Wausau CARES IT Development Grant Program

These CARES funds from the City of Wausau are designated for IT training and support for small businesses throughout the City of Wausau. Small businesses with 20 or less employees that have occurred and continue to experience a loss because of COVID – 19 and lack the IT skills, software and equipment to be sustainable are eligible for these funds.  One of the largest concern/problem that we are addressing with small businesses is their IT operations to maintain their businesses.  We are finding that small business need to allow customers to purchase online, buy with contact-less applications, and have a web presents.

Why is this important? The most effective way for small businesses to meet new hygiene and safety expectations is to design effective contact-less experiences. Example – Restaurants that have invested in technology have increased takeout and delivery, are building loyalty by enabling customers to order through their first-part apps, and increased their flexibility. Grocers offer online ordering with delivery or pickup, limiting customers in their stores, adjusting hours, and creating the ability to cater to the most vulnerable populations. Contact-less checkouts maintain physical distancing for the employee and the customer. All of these options are possible because of IT improvements. These adjustments assist a small business with cash flow and thereby take the first step of being sustainable.

TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF FILLING OUT YOUR GRANT APPLICATION PLEASE SUBMIT THE CONTACT FORM BELOW FOR MCDEVCO TO SEND YOU A PASSWORD! (Note – Our office hours are Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm.)

After you receive your password start your application process here. 

Note that once you begin the process of filling out your application it can not be saved – you have to completed at one setting. The application should take between 15 and 30 minutes. Make sure that you have all of your business information such as EIN or Social Security Number, any other COVID-19 payments that you have received, articles of incorporation, last filed taxes, etc before you begin.

 

Click Here and fill out the City of Wausau – Duplication of Services Affidavit.

After completing the Duplication of Service Affidavit – please print it off as it needs to be notarized. The notarized form along with any other documents can be mailed or dropped off at MCDEVCO’s office located at 1415 Merrill Ave, Ste. 140, Wausau, WI 54401. (Forms can be notarized at MCDEVCO by APPOINTMENT only.)

Thank you for your application. MCDEVCO will contact you shortly.