The Crisol Corridor BID #50
Press Release

The Crisol Corridor’s SAFE START PROGRAM will offer FREE PPE Equipment and Grant Funding to Southside Area Businesses Impacted by COVID 19

Businesses located within the Crisol Corridor Business Improvement District #50 are encouraged to apply

By - Jun 3rd, 2020 01:49 pm

MILWAUKEE, WI (June 3rd, 2020) – The Crisol Corridor Business Improvement District #50 (centered around S 13th St and W Oklahoma Ave on Milwaukee’s Southside) announced today that an initial $10,000 in BID resources will be reallocated to provide direct support to BID businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program opens today, and applications will be available on the Crisol Corridor website at

The new Safe Start Program will provide personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitation supplies, as well as grant funding for health and safety upgrades to a business’s facility. Eligible businesses are those physically located within the Crisol Corridor BID geography.

“With over 125 commercial properties and businesses from a wide variety of industries represented, it is important that we offer a flexible toolbox of resources to meet a variety of needs,” said Leif Otteson, Executive Director of The Crisol Corridor. “The top priority of all of our businesses is to ensure a safe, healthy and welcoming environment for their employees and customers as they prepare to re-open.”

BID Businesses can apply to one or more of the following three resource areas offered under the Gateway Safe Start Program listed below:

  1. Marketing & Promotions Grant: 50% matching reimbursement of marketing, advertising, and promotional related expenses (maximum grant of $500 per business).
  2. PPE Direct: Access to a variety of FREE personal protective equipment and products based on number of employees, business occupancy capacity and other factors.
  3. Safe-Start Facility Improvement Grant: 50% matching reimbursement of expenses relating to facility safety upgrades including (but not limited to) installation of plexiglass partitions, HVAC upgrades and contracted sanitation services (maximum grant of $500 per business).

About The Crisol Corridor BID #50

The Crisol Corridor (also known as Business Improvement District #50) was formed by a group of dedicated business owners in 2015 with the mission of promoting fellow area businesses, improving the physical image and safety of the district, and creating a safe and welcoming environment for both the businesses and residential community that call this community home. Our City of Milwaukee’s Business Improvement District runs north-south along S. 13th Street from Cleveland to Morgan Avenues, and east-west on W. Oklahoma Ave from S. 15th to Chase Ave.

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