Wednesday, April 27, 2022 – Rock County, Wis – Rock County and Arrowhead Library System have teamed up to provide small business planning kits, available for checkout at all seven Rock County public libraries. These Small Business Chrome Kits include a Chromebook, mobile Internet hotspot, case, and free access to LivePlan business and sustainability software.
This American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funded collaboration is aimed at supporting the economic growth of Rock County by eliminating technological barriers, such as access to computers and Internet service, and by providing professional business planning resources to local entrepreneurs.
“When we were looking at how to best apply the county’s ARPA funding, we realized many Rock County residents would benefit from the availability of more computer equipment and Internet access, whether it’s for small business planning, job searching, or online education,” said Rock County Supervisor Genia Stevens, one of the County Board members responsible for initiating the project.
Forty-eight Small Business Chrome Kits are now available for check-out through Rock County’s public libraries. A free library card is needed to check out a kit. It is easy to get a library card, bring a photo ID and proof of address (like a bill) to any Rock County public library. They’ll ask a few questions about contact information and notification preferences and you’ll have a card in-hand in under 10 minutes.
Other local resources include the Rock County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and COVID-19 grant/loan funding for small business and nonprofits. The SBDC can provide a range of no-cost, confidential and customized consulting and related technical assistance for emerging entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits too. In addition to this technical assistance, the SBDC can also help guide and/or prepare applicants for local COVID-19 relief funding. For more details, visit rcbizgrants.org