April 13, 2020
Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce
CROSSING PATHS
Words of (not quite) Wisdom
from the Executive Director


Hello Cross Plains!

We have had lots going on in our Cross Plains Community and I've loved hearing about all the positive ways that people have come together, at a respectful distance of course, to support not only our businesses but each other. We hope that you will include the Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce in your planning so that we can help spread the word of your good deeds, community building and promotions in the future. (Scroll down to check out the video from the weekend)

As well, even in light of all of the positive activity, we know and understand that there is hardship and difficulty both personally and professional as we are still navigating these difficult times. The Chamber is here for you. Let us know how we can help and utilize our website for additional resources.

Great stuff happening in this week's newsletter including the "100 Years of Cross Plains Memories". Be sure to check it out - you will not want to miss out!

Be Safe & Healthy!

Kind Regards,

Terra Morris
Executive Director
"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 2:30PM ON FRIDAYS


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
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.
FIND OUT MORE IN THE LINK BELOW
CROSS PLAINS VIRTUAL TIP JAR
PLEASE SHARE
**This is for the Greater Cross Plains Area including our friends in the surrounding areas. It is not exclusive to the Village of Cross Plains.**

Many of our friends and neighbors depend on tips to make ends meet. This virtual tip jar is for local service industry staff - employees at bars, restaurants, salons, etc - to post their Venmo or Paypal information so that customers, neighbors, and the Cross Plains Area community members can continue to support them.

If you are a service industry worker, please fill out this form. Once we people begin to sign up, we will share the details on our social media platforms and website.
Good Afternoon,
 
While Wisconsin has taken significant steps to limit the impacts of this public health crisis, it has unfortunately led to an economic crisis. We have broken records for unemployment, with nearly 300,000 new claims in March alone. Foot traffic is down more than 50 percent at retails businesses and more than 75 percent at restaurants. As of today, our unemployment rate sits just under 15 percent – the highest in recorded history.
 
That is why Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)  wrote a letter  to Gov. Tony Evers – along with dozens of other business associations and local chambers of commerce – asking to work with his Administration on a plan to restart our economy when the Safer at Home order is lifted on April 24.
 
Our letter – which was meant to start a conversation between the business community and the governor – has gained even more attention. I spoke with media outlets all over the state in recent days, and we have received an outpouring of support from businesses and the public.  In fact, since we sent our letter on Thursday, more than 1,000 individuals and businesses have signed on it support!
 
 
To be clear, no one expects that our economy would go back to “business as usual” on April 24. We understand that reopening will require a very strategic and well-planned approach that, over time, phases our economy back to an operational level that existed prior to any social distancing requirements.
 
This may include a more targeted geographic approach or be based on type of industry. But, there needs to be a plan that gives businesses certainty. Employers must have lead time to recall furloughed employees back to work, make new hires to replace lost employees, restock supplies and raw materials, reengage their supply and distribution chains, and find a means to recapitalize their businesses to accomplish these steps.
 
We look forward to working with Gov. Evers on a plan that accomplishes this.
 
 
I also encourage you to visit WMC’s business resource center at  wmc.org/coronavirus . You can view our Employer Toolkit, legislative Relief & Recovery Agenda and more!
 
The business community has shown true strength during this crisis. We hope you will join us as we craft a plan for a much-needed economic recovery. With your help, we will be an even stronger voice for business – and for you.
 
For additional information about how we can restart Wisconsin’s economy together, please visit  wmc.org/restart .
 
Sincerely,
Kurt Bauer
President & CEO
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

DANE COUNTY BUSINESS SURVEY
In collaboration with WEDC, UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services, MadREP and Dane County asks you to take this survey by April 6. It will be used to measure economic loss and to assist in future recovery efforts, as this COVID-19 pandemic plays out across Wisconsin. We thank UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services for their survey technology and staff support. The results will be available at the county, region, and state levels. You will note this survey tool is dated and stamped with Observation Period #1. After your survey completion you will get a second survey stamped Observation Period #2 on or around May 1st directly from UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services, in which the questions may be altered slightly. We realize with an overlap of membership, you may get the survey from more than one organization. You only need to complete this survey once per observation period. Duplicates will be screened as part of the intake process. While there are a lot of unknowns during this time it is the intention that there will be a couple more observation period surveys through the tail end of the pandemic.
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, NEWLY ADDED YOUTUBE Channel as well as via our website.
We are Now adding Meetings for Webinars related to COVID-19 to our Facebook Page
Please check there regularly for updates!
GIVE US A FOLLOW

GIVEAWAY
#DistanceSociallySupportLocallyWithCPACC

WINNER:
Laurie Edwardson Wood

Cross Plains Easter Bunny & CP Lion's
Visit on
Sunday April 12, 2020
A BIG Thank You to the Cross Plains Lion's Club, the Cross Plains Fire Department, and The Cross Plains Police Department for spreading smiles all across the Cross Plains Community!
WMC Foundation Essay Contest

 Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), the state’s largest and most influential business association, is proud to announce, through its affiliate WMC Foundation,  a new essay contest  to highlight how businesses in their local communities are helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. This contest is made possible due to the generous support of Georgia-Pacific.
WMC has been tirelessly working, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the business community informed and connected with state and federal government officials, partner associations and experts in interpreting and navigating the changing landscape.
Along the way, WMC has heard time and time again of local businesses stepping up to help their community through the pandemic by changing the products they manufacture, adding production lines to increase output or donating excess supplies of gear that our health care workers need.
Since 1982, WMC Foundation’s Wisconsin Business World program has educated more than 25,000 high school students on business, entrepreneurism and free enterprise, through Summer Camps, one-day programs and classroom presentations. The Business World message is simple — Business is a Force for Good. This has been no clearer than right now as business after business shifts their focus to helping our state defeat this virus.
To further highlight this message, WMC Foundation is challenging middle and high school students from the State of Wisconsin to write an essay on the importance of business in their communities and the incredible way they’re seeing companies in Wisconsin respond to this pandemic.
Students should research ways Wisconsin companies are helping their employees through this crisis, as well as ways they are innovating and working with community partners to help control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three $500 cash prizes will be awarded to the top high school essays, and four $250 cash prizes will be awarded to the top middle school essays.
More information can be found at  www.wibusinessworld.org

Virtual One on One
The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce is here for you.
Let's connect via phone or zoom.
Please use the sign up genius form to sign up for a virtual meeting with the CPACC Executive Director. We have lots to discuss, whether you are a business owner, employee, non-profit, club/organization, entrepreneur, etc.. Let's talk about staying relevant, available resources, bounce back and recovery plans, networking opportunities with other local businesses. We are here for you!
Let's have coffee and chat!