May 11, 2020
Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce
CROSSING PATHS
Words of (not quite) Wisdom
from the Executive Director


Hello Cross Plains!

Welcome to this week's edition of Crossing Paths! We have so much to share in this edition and I am hoping that you take the time to browse through our entire newsletter, as the information shared at the end is just as important as the information at the beginning!

Today I want to take this space to discuss the 2020/2021 Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Membership. Last week I sent out a letter via email announcing that we are now accepting members (both renewals and new) to the CPACC.

Our original launch date is typically at our annual meeting in March since our fiscal year runs April to March verses a typical calendar year. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we (the CPACC Board of Directors and I) felt it best to postpone our membership and figure out a plan going forward to best support our members.

I have been continuing to support all of our local businesses and organizations over the last couple of months while simultaneously working on new engagement opportunities for our members.

While your thinking about joining the chamber, I think it's important to share a few key points about the CPACC Membership. At this year's annual meeting, the chamber was launching our new membership platform. We are doing away with the prepackaged Membership levels (Gold, Silver, Platinum) and moving to a basic membership package for all businesses with a la carte sponsorship opportunities. The sponsorships include lower price points and several customizable opportunities; recognizing that not one size fits all for our amazing businesses and organizations.

I hope that you see the value in either renewing your membership or joining as a new member. As your Executive Director, I am excited to partner with you and your business to ensure you receive the support that you need and want.

The details about joining the chamber are included in the body of this email or you can join here . If you have any questions at all about the new membership platform or benefits, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly; I will be happy to answer any and all of your questions. As well, you may reach out to any of our board members for questions about membership or their experiences with the chamber.

Thank you for choosing the Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce!

Be Safe & Healthy!

Kind Regards,

Terra Morris
Executive Director
GOVERNOR TONY EVERS MODIFIES SAFER AT HOME ORDER
MAY 11, 2020

From the Governor's office minutes ago, the order signed today, "allows all standalone or strip-mall based retail stores to offer in-person shopping for up to five customers at a time while maintaining required social distancing practices. Additionally, the Emergency Order signed today allows drive-in theaters to operate with some restrictions. All businesses must continue to follow all safety precautions and guidelines as outlined in the Safer at Home order."
JOIN THE CROSS PLAINS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THE 2020/2021 FISCAL YEAR TODAY!
The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting renewals and new memberships for the 2020/2021 fiscal year (April 2020-March 2021).
The Chamber has moved away from the prepackaged membership/sponsorship levels and is providing a base benefits membership with a la carte sponsorship opportunities. We have also broadened the scope of our sponsorships to include lower price points and customizable opportunities to fit your business regardless of size, industry or needs. Please contact the Executive Director, Terra Morris , directly if you have any questions
"WHAT'S HAPPENING CROSS PLAINS"
Friday Video in the CPACC Video Series

IS YOUR BUSINESS CURRENTLY OPEN?
IS YOUR BUSINESS CURRENTLY CLOSED?
IS YOUR ORGANIZATION SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY?
PROMOTIONS?
MESSAGES?

THIS IS YOUR TIME TO GET YOUR BUSINESS NOTICED!

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE CPACC TO SHARE
NO LATER THAN 12 NOON on THURSDAY May 14th

Check Out the "What's Happening Cross Plains" Video from May 8, 2020

Would You Like to Sponsor a Video in Our Weekly Series?

**WHILE THE SAFER AT HOME ORDER IS IN PLACE IN WISCONSIN, CPACC IS NOT REQUIRING YOU TO BE A MEMBER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY." PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON FOR MORE DETAILS
 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CONTACT THE CHAMBER DIRECTLY
PRIME CROSS PLAINS SPACE FOR LEASE
1820 Main Street, Cross Plains, WI
Are you looking for store/business property to lease?

Do you know a business that would be a great fit for our wonderful Cross Plains Community?

The former Cross Plains Creamery space is for lease. Another ice cream shop or restaurant would be great, but the space also works for office, retail, medical, etc… 
Depending on the tenant a drive-thru is possible. The Landlord may also be willing to divide the space into a smaller suite.
Small & Midsize Employers Can Claim T wo (2) New Refundable Payroll Tax Credits

The paid sick leave credit and the paid family leave credit are designed to immediately and fully reimburse eligible employers for the cost of providing COVID-19 related leave to their employees.
Here are some key things to know about these credits.
Paid sick and family leave
For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave when they are sick or caring for someone else who is, and up to 10 weeks of paid family leave when their children's schools or place of care are closed, or child care providers are unavailable due to COVID-19.
Coverage
  • Employers receive 100% reimbursement for required paid leave.
  • Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
  • Employers do not owe their share of social security tax on the paid leave and get a credit for their share of Medicare tax on the paid leave.
  • Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.
Fast funds
  • Reimbursement will be quick and easy.
  • The credit provides a dollar-for-dollar tax offset against the employer's payroll taxes
  • The IRS will send any refunds owed as quickly as possible.
To take immediate advantage of the paid leave credits, businesses should use funds they would otherwise pay to the IRS in payroll taxes. If those amounts are not enough to cover the cost of paid leave, employers can request an expedited advance from the IRS by submitting  Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due to COVID-19 .
For details about these credits and other relief, visit  Coronavirus Tax Relief  on IRS.gov.

Chamber Confessions
"Chamber Confessions" is where the CPACC virtually meets one on one with CPACC members to find out everything you didn't know you were missing & more.
We are excited to announce that the CPACC is collaborating with Melissa Murphy and GITYS Productions on this project.
Check out the 2nd Episode in the series with the Ryan Paulsrud of AlphaGraphics Middleton
Chamber Confessions is open to all CPACC Members - it is a benefit of your membership (no additional fees). You get to help plan the direction of the top of the video

We are sad to say that our link isn't cooperating with an catching thumbnail photo, but please click on the box to watch a Episode 2 of Chamber Confessions
Free COVID-19 Community Testing Site

Gov. Tony Evers announced the Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin National Guard will host two new community-based coronavirus testing sites: Madison & Milwaukee
The Madison site is located at the Alliant Energy Center and is available by drive-thru only.
Anyone can get tested at the community testing site.   


"BACK TO BUSINESS" PLAN

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – released their plan to get Back to Business. It is designed to strategically open Wisconsin businesses based on a number of risk factors and offers employers a clear vision for when and how they can begin to operate, once again.
The Back to Business plan was developed with input from a diverse group of stakeholders, including those in business, government and the medical community. Additionally, it draws on best practices and recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Solar Group Buy Webinar for Western Dane County Residents
If you live in western Dane County and have ever thought about adding solar to your home, this is the year to do it. Legacy Solar Co-op and community volunteers from the Town of Vermont’s Climate Action Committee partnered with All Sky Energy and Eagle Point Solar to offer deep discounts and special financing options on solar projects to residential, farm and small businesses in western Dane County in 2020. 
Register for a free webinar to learn: 
• How to generate your own solar power and reduce your fossil fuel consumption 
• What incentives will help reduce the up-front cost of solar, as well as options for financing up to 100% of the cost 
• What you need to know to get the ball rolling on your 2020 solar project plans 
The next webinar is Thursday, May 14th, at 7pm. With additional webinars added to the calendar soon. 

Jackie Harrison-Jewell Legacy Solar Co-op info@legacysolarcoop.org 608-571-4992 (office) 608-473-4215 (mobile) 
www.legacysolarcoop.org 
PO Box 7622 Madison, WI 53707-7622 


Cross Plains Centennial
"100 Years of Memories"
The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce has not forgotten the importance of this year for the Village of Cross Plains. We are celebrating 100 years of our amazing community and although the current circumstances do not allow us to celebrate (right now) the way that we would like to, we still would like to move forward with some of our plans.
We want to hear from YOU.
We would like each of you, businesses and individuals, to write a page about a memory you have of Cross Plains
DROP OFF AT MONONA BANK C/O: CPACC
MEMORIAL DAY 2020

HOME DECORATING COMPETITION
We want to see your patriotism
-Decorate in red, white, blue
-Fly flags
-Hang pictures in your windows
-Chak your sidewalks
THEN TAKE A PHOTO AND SHARE IT ON THE CROSS PLAINS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FACEBOOK PAGE TO WIN PRIZES IN OUR GIVEAWAY
(We are encouraging ALL businesses to decorate and share your pictures as well!)
HONOR YOUR VETERANS
EMAIL PHOTOS OF YOUR LOVED ONES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING IN THE US MILITARY TO THE CHAMBER NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020 TO BE INCLUDE IN A TRIBUTE ON THE CHAMBER'S SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AND WEBSITE. EMAIL HERE


HEIGHTS UNLIMITED FOOD PANTRY MEMORIAL DAY PANTRY DRIVE
On Memorial Day , from 10am-Noon , the community of Cross Plains can show their care and concern for one another during this incredible time of uncertainty by donating items to the Heights Unlimited Food Pantry. The American Legion Families of 245 Cross Plains & 313 Black Earth will be teaming up with our Cross Plains Boy Scout troop #87 to collect donated items with NO CONTACT.  Non-food items will be collected curbside, in front of the American Legion hall on American Legion Drive and on Julius Street. Donors can pull up, pop the trunk, product will be unloaded and trunks closed before the donor goes! Never leaving your vehicle. Cross Plains is truly the Friendliest place!  
Pantry Wish List: toilet paper; paper towels; Kleenex; feminine products; laundry detergent; dish soap; shampoo; hair conditioner; hand soap; deodorant; facial cleaning products; disinfecting wipes; surface cleaner or other items along this line of products. All items should be small containers. Multi-packs will be broken up at the pantry.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and care. Stay safe, be well.
. .. Did you know that Heights Unlimited food pantry in Black Earth serves Cross Plains (ZIP 53528) residents? If you find yourself food-challenged during this difficult time, come visit us. We’re open 4-6:30 pm every Tuesday and from 10-11 am the second Saturday of every month. Where are we? Turn into the Hwy 14 Black Earth BP station; we’re located in the second building west of BP.


WE ARE HOPING TO ANNOUNCE A WAY TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES AND HAVE THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY WITH FOOD AND DRINK! - STAY TUNED!


During this pandemic, the need for blood does not change but the number of donations has been reduced. Donating blood is considered an essential need. The Cross Plains blood drive will be held on May 14th. The St. Francis Fellowship Hall is a large open room which allows for good social distancing. There will be additional safeguards in place for the safety of the donors, volunteers, and staff. I would sincerely appreciate if you can add this information in your newsletter, bulletin, community calendar, or social media page.

Red Cross Blood Drive held at St Francis Xavier-Fellowship Hall
2947 Thinnes Street
Thursday, May 14, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m .

Requirements:
•   All donors must pre-register for an appointment prior to May 14th by logging on to the web site: RedCrossBlood.org/sponsor code Cross Plains, or by calling 800-733-2767
•   No walk-in appointments will be allowed until further notice
•   All donors must wear a mask. If you do not have one, one will be provided
•   All donors will be screened prior to entering into the room
Extra sanitation methods will be used throughout the site, including complete wipe down of the donor beds between donors.

Since school age kids are not in school, older teens may consider donating. They must be at least 17 years old to donate to the general blood supply, or 16 years old with parental/guardian consent, and must be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Thank you for those that are willing and able to help during these stressful times.

Pam Born, Cross Plains Blood Drive Coordinator
I NEED MORE
Do you feel like your business or organization is missing some support during this pandemic? Do you know a business owner that is struggling but doesn't know where to turn? We are here to help! Email us today!
Website & Social Media
Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce is keeping you up to date about COVID-19 via our Social Media platforms, Facebook and Instagram , YouTube as well as via our Website .
Please check there regularly for updates!
GIVE US A FOLLOW

Sustainability Committee
Monday May 11, 2020
Village of Cross Plains Sustainability Committee Meeting on  
Monday May 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82884819163
Phone Number: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 828 8481 9163