Business News for July 14, 2021
Today's message includes the following news, best practices, and online courses:
  • Small Business Tax Credits
  • Wisconsin Employer Vaccine Forum: Shifts in communication and culture
  • Backing the B.A.R. Acceleration Grant for Black-Owned Businesses
  • China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law – Key Takeaways
  • ReVise Consulting presents, in partnership with MadREP - Remote Work 101: Digitizing Operations
  • ReVise Consulting presents, in partnership with MadREP - Inclusion Across the Remote Work Spectrum

Client Spotlights
  • Congratulations to Cairasu Home Care!
  • Bravebird's New Film & community conversation July 15 

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:
  • Communication & Delegation
  • Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Small Business Websites
  • BookMarkIT: Free Resources for Your Business
Business News, Updates, and Best Practices
Small Business Tax Credits
Did you know...
  • Eligible businesses that allow employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine can receive a tax credit. Partner with a vaccine provider to host an on-site vaccination clinic.
  • The American Rescue Plan extends a number of critical tax benefits, particularly the Employee Retention Credit and Paid Leave Credit, to small businesses? Learn more
Wisconsin Employer Vaccine Forum
Episode 4 focuses on shifts in communication and culture
In Episode 4 of the Wisconsin Employer Vaccine Forum, you’ll learn the shifts in communication and culture that are important to consider as vaccines enable a return to the workplace. Panelists will discuss: 
  • How to help your workforce adjust to a return to a new normal
  • Why creating a culture of safety, trust and transparency is important
  • How to clearly communicate changes and employee expectations
Backing the B.A.R. Acceleration Grant for Black-Owned Businesses
Applications open until July 30
The NAACP x BACARDI are providing dedicated support to black-owned businesses in the beverage-alcohol service, sales and hospitality industries. Backing the B.A.R. (Black-Owned Accounts & Retailers) is a NAACP initiative that is awarding acceleration grants, education, support and entrepreneurship solutions for black-owned bars, restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, liquor stores and small businesses with, or in the process of applying for, a liquor license.
Thirty-five (35) businesses will receive a grant of $10,000 dollars. The ideal grant recipient is looking for support in accelerating their business for the future.
To be eligible, a business must be at least 51% black-owned with a liquor license or aspirations for a liquor license. Applications are open now through July 30, 2021. For a full list of eligibility criteria, please see the Terms and Conditions.
China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law – Key Takeaways
Go Global webinar noon Thursday
In response to tariffs and sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries, China has responded this summer with the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law. It's not clear how widely or how often China will act upon the legislation, so businesses are grappling with this new uncertainty.

Chris Wojtowicz of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center's Go Global Initiative will hold a quick webinar at noon Thursday, July 15, to walk through what you need to know right now.
  • What: China’s Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law – Key Takeaways 
  • When: noon to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15
  • Who: Chris Wojtowicz, Wisconsin SBDC Go Global Consultant
  • Cost: No cost
  • How to sign upRegister here
Remote Work 101: Digitizing Operations
July 27: ReVise Consulting presents, in partnership with MadREP
This workshop focuses on the impacts of a virtual migration on organizational employees and workplace operations.

The key learning objectives for participants will be to:
  • Understand the elements of workforce migration from a remote, hybrid and back-to-office perspective
  • Increase employee engagement through understanding employee operational needs
  • Learn the benefits of being an organization on the remote work spectrum based on real-world examples

Inclusion Across the Remote Work Spectrum
August 25: ReVise Consulting presents, in partnership with MadREP
This workshop breaks down the concept of "organizational inclusion" to ensure all employees have equal opportunities to participate and succeed, no matter where they are located.
The key learning objectives for participants will be to:
  • Understand research based themes
  • Discuss and identify leader strategies
  • Recognize structural inequities across the remote work spectrum
  • Create accountability practices within their organizations

Client Spotlights
Congratulations to Cairasu Home Care!
Dane County Small Business Award Winner 
Cairasu Home Care, winner of a 2021 Dane County Small Business Award, helps the elderly live their best life at home. Yet during COVID, the typically in-person elder care process was interrupted by the threat of the virus.

In order to continue to serve her community during COVID, owner Fatou Ceesay began to develop resources for caregivers who were not able to see their vulnerable family members and clients in person. These resources included first videos, then a podcast guiding caregivers on how to care for their family members and clients at home.

Ceesay has also given back to the community in other ways, by being one of the hosts of annual International Woman’s Day event and a new Aging Well Summit.

You can learn more about Ceesay in this InBusiness article (image from article). She will be honored at tonight's Dane County Small Business Awards Ceremony. Congratulations!
Bravebird's New Film!
New film to support community conversation July 15
Noel Miranda is Co-Founder of SBDC client Bravebird, a woman and minority-owned video production agency that brings dignity through visuals. Noel has served as producer of a new film, Trace the Line.

The Midwest leads the nation in racial inequities, and the resulting pain and trauma drew global attention and sparked a new movement for change following the death of George Floyd. The film captures this moment of humanity by focusing on the individual experiences of two artists and zooms out to the thematic view of how people from different walks of life experienced the racial unrest and pandemic during 2020.

The Trace the Line team will host a community conversation on Thursday, July 15 to showcase how community leaders can work to transform narratives and spark dignity-centered dialogues through the arts. The virtual event is free and open to those who pre-register here. Topics include arts activism, tools for community leaders, and how those themes intersect in the film. 
Upcoming SBDC Virtual Learning Opportunities
Communication & Delegation
Starts July 26, 2021
In this course, you will have the opportunity to take the DiSC assessment, which will help you better understand your own leadership style and gain insight into the priorities and abilities of other members of your team. By knowing how your team members process and prioritize information, you can better tap into their motivation, explain topics meaningfully, and delegate tasks in a way that enables both parties to be more confident and successful in the distribution of work.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Small Business Websites
July 21, 2021
This webinar was developed for the small business or solopreneur who either doesn’t have a website or needs to step up their online game. Covers pros and cons of the top four web platforms (WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, Weebly), web hosting, domain registration, and web security. Comes with downloadable notes and an online survey to help you pick the right platform.
Join us at Forward Fest!
learn about FREE tools and resources!
When taking your business from idea to reality, you’ll likely need a lot of answers to get your business off to a strong start. Luckily, there are FREE databases, resources, and specialized experts available to help you answer these and many other questions – all found in your local libraries! Want to learn more? Put this session on your Holds List, and “check out” some great resources from your local libraries.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at or 608-263-2221 to request accommodations.

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.