Chambers create relief fund

Four chambers of commerce have joined forces with Sauk County’s Economic Development Committee to help businesses hurt by the COVID-19 quarantine. They’ve established a Small Business Relief Fund to supply grants, and are encouraging private donors to contribute.

This week the Baraboo, Reedsburg, Sauk Prairie and Spring Green chambers unveiled the relief fund. Each received $20,000 in matching dollars from Sauk County’s Economic Development Committee. Each will be responsible for collecting and disbursing funds in its service area. Grants will range from $500 to $1,000 and will go to businesses with fewer than five employees that have suffered losses during the coronavirus pandemic quarantine. Distribution could begin as early as mid-April and will continue until all funds are expended.

To download a grant application or make a donation, visit this page.

“Our hope is that this may help some businesses get through this difficult time and retain their employees,” the chambers’ executive directors wrote in a letter introducing the program. “We want and need our diverse business communities to not just survive, but to thrive when this is over.

“We have all seen amazing acts of kindness in the last few weeks, and we know that people want to help, but they don’t always know how to help. We hope that by establishing this fund we are providing an opportunity for people to safely give back to their own community.”