PlaySpace Kenosha Grand Opening

Today we had the honor to celebrate with PlaySpace Kenosha. They have a fantastic, interactive play space that is ideal for children up to 6 years old. As part of their Grand Opening, they are offering $100 off of Birthday parties booked at the Grand Opening today.

Play Space is the #1 indoor playground in Kenosha, specializing in interactive play designed for kids ages 0-6 years. Play Space is open for walk-in play 6 days a week Mon-Sat 9am-7pm and reservations or memberships are not required. Celebrating a birthday party, planning a field trip, or just looking for a safe play environment for a private event? Stop in today or check them out online!

Play Space
2225 63rd Street
Kenosha, WI 53143
(262) 764-8394

Leadership Kenosha — January 2021

“Challenge is the Crucible for Greatness” was the theme of our January Leadership Kenosha day.

2020 has brought challenges for every single one of us nationwide and so far 2021 isn’t looking much better, but there is hope when looking at the opportunities of growth and change that was brought on by this unthinkable year we’ve endured together.

During our Leadership day, we were able to take a breath of fresh air and take the time to acknowledge the silver linings as well as reflect on how grateful we are for so many resilient people who keep going despite the difficulties to keep our community strong. (more…)

Network at the Chamber’s Virtual Networking!

The whole business community is invited to join the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce for Virtual Networking. Enjoy virtual networking with Kenosha area professionals and make new contacts! Assigned networking room rotations will enhance the experience and guarantee exclusive time to introduce yourself and your company.

Cost to network is $5. Registration closes February 5. Only one person per company.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am
Register Online ($5)

COVID Health & Vaccination Update with Dr. Jen Freiheit

The whole business community is invited to join the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce for a COVID update with Dr. Jen Freiheit, Director/Health Officer for the Kenosha County Division of Health. This Zoom event will feature an update on the response to COVID in Kenosha County, information on the vaccine, how to get your company vaccinated, and a Q&A session with Dr. Freiheit.

Chamber President Lou Molitor will also be getting his COVID vaccine LIVE on Zoom during this event! This event is free to register for and will be posted to the Chamber YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
8:30am – 9:30am
Register Online (FREE)

SBA Reopens PPP for First & Second Draw Loans

SBA is reopening the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for First Draw Loans the week of January 11, 2021. First Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.

Full Forgiveness Terms

First Draw PPP Loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement:

  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained
  • The loan proceeds are spent on payroll costs and other eligible expenses; and
  • At least 60 percent of the proceeds are spent on payroll costs.

Who Can Apply

Eligible small entities, that together with their affiliates (if applicable), have 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors—can apply. Entities with more than 500 employees in certain industries that meet SBA’s alternative size standard or SBA’s size standards for those particular industries can also apply.

Reapplying and Loan Increases

Existing PPP borrowers that did not receive loan forgiveness by December 27, 2020 may: (1) reapply for a First Draw PPP Loan if they previously returned some or all of their First Draw PPP Loan funds, or (2) under certain circumstances, request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount if they previously did not accept the full amount for which they are eligible.

How and When to Apply

Borrowers can apply for a First Draw PPP Loan until March 31, 2021, through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, eligible non-bank lender, or Farm Credit System institution that is participating in PPP. All new First Draw PPP Loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found here.

Ensuring Access for All

SBA continues to call upon its lending partners, including Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), to redouble their efforts to assist eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities. At least $15 billion is being set aside for First Draw PPP loans to eligible borrowers with a maximum of 10 employees or for loans of $250,000 or less to eligible borrowers in low- or moderate-income neighborhoods. To promote access for smaller lenders and their customers, SBA will initially only accept loan applications from community financial institutions starting on January 11, 2021. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.

Visit www.sba.gov or www.treasury.gov for more information and details, including the comprehensive program rules.