Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. – Today, Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) Undersecretary Kathy Blumenfeld toured Main Street businesses with Mayor Dennis McBride as part of a visit to highlight state investments. Governor Tony Evers made his $5 million investment in small businesses in Wauwatosa as part of pandemic relief efforts, and Milwaukee County received more than $90 million from him to support small businesses.
Secretary-designated Mayor McBride and local stakeholders met with the business owners of Delicious Bites and MyPT at the Tosa Yoga Center, both of whom received the $10,000 Main Street Bounceback Grant.
“Governor Evers knew that continuing to fill vacant stores on Wisconsin’s Main Street and support local small businesses was critical to the state’s recovery from the pandemic.” We are extremely proud of what we have done and it is incredible to see the impact these investments will have not only on our business, but on our entire community.”
“The Main Street Bounceback program complements the Tossa Restart program that the City of Wauwatosa introduced two years ago,” said Mayor Dennis McBride. “The investments made by Governor Evers are helping small businesses in Wauwatosa stay strong during difficult times.”
Governor Tony Evers announced the Main Street Bounceback Grant Program in Spring 2021, with the first grant due in August 2021. In September 2022, Governor Evers announced that the state would make an additional investment of his $25 million in the program. This represents a total investment of $100 million to help entrepreneurs start new businesses or expand existing ones. Overall investment in supporting small businesses statewide exceeds $1 billion.
Visit BadgerBounceback.wi.gov for the latest data and success stories about pandemic-related help information and how investing in COVID relief is making a difference statewide. For the latest information on other recovery-related grant opportunities, sign up for the Badger Bounceback update list.