Early Birds Childcare Ribbon Cutting

Early Birds ChildCare is ready to help busy, working parents. They care for your child as young as 4 weeks all the way up to 13 years old. Hot meals and snacks are included in the price and W-2 is accepted. They have a special 20% discount for college students. Early Birds ChildCare is a locked, secure child care service with cameras. They are state licensed and open from 6:00am to 6:00pm.

Early Birds ChildCare
2037 22nd Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 764-4085

The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce is open for business!

After a long couple of months of being closed with some staff working from home, the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce’s downtown office is back open! Our office will have limited hours for the next few weeks as we catch up on emails and slowly transition to business as usual. If you’re interested in stopping by, we’d appreciate if you phoned ahead by calling (262) 654-1234. Fridays are by appointment only— call our President Lou Molitor to schedule (262-237-2316).

Monday–Thursday: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Friday: By appointment only
Saturday–Sunday: Closed

Network on the Chamber’s Virtual Business After 5 Facebook Group!

We are here for you! The Chamber has created a Facebook Group called “Virtual Business After 5.” This is a forum for business owners and professionals in the Kenosha area to connect, share resources and encouragement. It is available to you all the time, but we will also be hosting regular during these live events to continue networking, building your contacts, and reconnecting with people you haven’t seen in a while.

We will be hosting these live events every other Thursday alternating between afternoons (4:30-5:30pm) and mornings (8:30-9:30am). There will be ambassadors, board members, and staff to welcome you. Please pass the invite along to all your connections in the business community.

Guidelines:

  • You are encouraged to post a picture of your business card and let us know what and how your business is doing.
  • All Kenosha Area Chamber members and non-members are welcome to connect.
  • Ask about the benefits available to Chamber members and how you can become a member.
  • Please avoid political conversations, opinions and negative posts while focusing on how we can come together as a group to keep the Kenosha business community strong.
  • Revisit the forum between events to keep up on posts and new contact opportunities.

We’re all in this together, so let’s share our services and specials, network and connect, and move forward together.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Virtual Business After 5 Page
Facebook Event Info

A Letter from the Chamber President

Greetings from the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. I hope that this email finds you safe and healthy.

The Chamber has proudly served Kenosha businesses for 104 years. Our mission is to engage and connect our nearly 700 member businesses with the greater Kenosha business community. We do this though education, networking, promotion, and many other activities that help our members grow and prosper. We provide services and activities for small, medium and large businesses. These include: Business After 5/Business Before 9 events, Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings, the Kenosha EXPO – Health and Home Show, the Annual Business Directory, Electronic Certificates of Origin for our members that export, Scholarships for our members and their high school graduates, Professional Development opportunities and so much more.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses across all sectors, especially small businesses. The Kenosha Area Chamber Commerce is no exception. The majority of the Chamber’s revenue is from Membership Investment (dues), events like our Legislative Breakfasts and EXPO, and member targeted services like our Business Directory. The Chamber receives no City, County, State or Federal funding.

Over 70% of our members are businesses with 15 or fewer employees. These are the businesses hit hardest by this pandemic. Although these businesses value their Chamber membership, the decrease in their revenue because of the virus has caused a significant decrease in the Chamber’s revenue. Added to our concern, the Governor’s “Safer at Home” decree has forced the Chamber to postpone or cancel events.

The Chamber is a 501c(6) organization and is not eligible for most of the relief funding provided by the government and the Small Business Administration. Even the latest relief package just approved by the House on April 23 excludes 501c(6) organizations from relief funding.

We have reduced staffing expenses through furloughs, reduction of hours and reduction of pay. However, the Chamber continues to have monthly expenses – rent, utilities, insurance, etc. – that need to be paid. During times of “business as usual,” the Chamber’s budget is $20,000 per month. Even with the reduction in expenses and cost controls, our current monthly revenue does not cover our current monthly expenses.

Because of this need, the Chamber has created a “Chamber COVID-19 Relief Fund.” The goal of this relief fund is to raise 60-90 days of funding for the Chamber. We are asking members that can to send contributions to this Relief Fund. These contributions will help sustain the Chamber through the pandemic. Checks can be sent directly to the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, 600 52nd Street, Suite 130, Kenosha, WI 53140. If you wish to contribute via a credit card, please call me at (262) 237-2316 and I will confidentially handle the transaction for you via the Chamber’s online payment system.

The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce values and appreciates all of our member businesses. We will continue to provide all of the services that we can during this pandemic. As the economy opens, the Chamber will provide guidance to businesses on how to keep their employees safe, how to keep their customers safe, how to obtain access to PPEs and marketing to let their customers know that it is safe to do business again.

Now, we are asking for your help. Thank you in advance for your consideration and contribution.

Stay safe.

Lou Molitor
President
Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce

WWBIC PPP Loans

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is really excited to share that they are now opening up the PPP process to non-WWBIC clients. Funds are limited, so this will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

If the business owner has already applied for the PPP with another bank or financial institution, please work through their process first. 

If the owner has not applied with a bank or financial institution, please have them follow the instructions below for WWBIC’s PPP application.

  1. Go to the online “SPARK” application
  2. When you get to the bottom of the page – PLEASE ONLY HIT SUBMIT ONCE.  It may seem as though the application has not been submitted, but it has.  Hitting the submit button more than once will delay processing of your application.
  3. There is no application fee.  The final screen will ask for a $75 application fee, please bypass this screen and proceed with the application.
  4. After you submit an initial application, you will receive an email from WWBIC inviting you to complete your loan application via SPARK. Note: should this automatic email provide detailed information on a standard WWBIC loan, please be assured you will be routed to the PPP application once in the SPARK program.
  5. Please find the video link that walks you through our online application process:  WWBIC PPP Loan Application How To

Key notes on the PPP Program: This is a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan under Section 1102 of the CARES Act which are eligible for forgiveness and are available to employers with less than 500 employees.  Such loans will be handled through WWBIC and guaranteed 100% by the SBA. (more…)