In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many small and local businesses will be forced to endure temporary or permanent closures that may require them to drastically alter their business operations, lay-off staff, and potentially deal with an excess supply of perishable or non-perishable food and materials. Our small businesses are the economic backbone of our community and the City of De Pere wants to do everything it can to help our local partners keep the doors open and the lights running. The City understands there are a wealth of programs and resources at the state and federal level, but not every business has the resources or experiences to access the programs. To assist with these unprecedented challenges, the City is making available the following programs: 

Small Business Pandemic Response Loan (SB-PRL):

The City of De Pere will provide zero-interest loans, up to $10,000, for eligible small businesses that experienced significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes up to 48 months of zero-interest loans, including 12 months of deferred payments. The City is attempting to make the loan application as simple and as quick as possible. Here are the main materials, information and forms to guide you through the process:

City of De Pere Revolving Loan Fund:

The City of De Pere will also defer existing Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) payments for up to 120 days upon request from any businesses with outstanding loans provided the company can demonstrate an income loss as a result of the Emergency Order #12, or the COVID-19 outbreak. Principal and interest payments will be deferred while the outstanding balance will continue to incur interest. Please contact Daniel J Lindstrom, AICP, Director of Development Services, at 920-339-2370 or for more information. 

Downtown Business Aid:

For information and applications related to downtown business aid funds, click here

De Pere establishments have option to expand, serve customers outdoors:

View this link for more information. This program has been extended to Dec. 1. 

Additional Resources:

Businesses are also encouraged to review and utilize state resources. A few include:

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

Second round of funding available. Application period open Oct 19 - Nov 2. 

We’re All In Small Business Grant Program 

Re-Open Guidelines

Focus Forward

Essential Businesses

Navigating Through COVID-19 In Wisconsin (PDF)

COVID-19 Business Resources

Small Business 20/20 Program

Have questions?

Specific questions can be directed to:

Daniel J Lindstrom, AICP, Director of Development Services

335 South Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115
p: 920-339-2370