Business and Government Updates 3/24/2020
Wisconsin Safer At Home: What Businesses Are Essential?
In a press release that came out today, Governor Tony Evers provided additional clarification on what businesses are considered essential during the Safer at Home closures. These closures impact non-essential businesses, effective from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 until 8 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020 - or until an additional order is issued. 

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

  • Health care operations, including home health workers;
  • Critical infrastructure;
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable individuals;
  • Fresh and non-perishable food retailers, including convenience stores, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and food banks;
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences;
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities;
  • Child care facilities, with some limitations; 
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities;
  • Banks;
  • Laundry businesses, dry cleaners and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence, including garbage collection;
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, and electricians;
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;
  • Roles required for any business to maintain minimum basic operations, which includes security, and payroll; and  
  • Law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

More detailed information about the businesses included "essential" is available on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) website. This website also includes an inquiry form if you would like to ask whether or not your business is considered essential.

Business Resources: Upcoming Webinars, Featuring SBDC Staff
Entrepreneurons, COVID-19 edition: What local entrepreneurs need to know right now
Taking place tomorrow: Wednesday, March 25
3 p.m.
This event is free and requires advance registration .

Experts from across the region will provide updates on emerging initiatives, mechanisms for funding relief measures and more.

Local Business Resource Panel: How To Excel In Times of Crisis
Thursday, March 26, 2020
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
To register for this free event, visit their website .

Local experts from the Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Madison, Dane Buy Local, the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and Mid-West Family Madison will share important tips and tactics to help local businesses through tough times.

  • Tools and tips local businesses are using to navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.
  • Understanding SBA Disaster Loans and tips to help with cash flow issues caused by COVID-19.
  • How to use media to not only survive but to thrive during a recession.
  • Local resources available to small business owners and how we're able to help each other.
The Wisconsin SBDC Network is a proud part of the  Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship  in the  University of Wisconsin System . It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the  U.S. Small Business Administration.