October 4, 2021
DWACC October 2021 Newsletter
Welcome! WindsorFest Highlights, Manufacturing Month, WMC Business Day, Future Summit Date, Grants, Upcoming Community Events and more...

Office located at 120 W. Holum Street #3, DeForest
Thank you to all the Sponsors of
WindsorFest 2021 and the Amazing Volunteers!
October is Manufacturing Month!
The State of Wisconsin has declared October as Manufacturing Month! Follow the Chamber on social media as we highlight our local manufacturing companies!
WMC Business Day
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021
8:00AM – 2:00PM
The Ingleside Hotel – Pewaukee, WI
WMC’s premiere annual event – Business Day – will take place at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee on Oct. 14, 2021.
The event will feature political commentary, economic analysis and, of course, the crowning of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin winner! 

Featured speakers include: Fox News Contributor Guy Benson, BMO Capital Markets Michael Gregory and Supply Chain Expert Dr. Douglas Fisher.

General Attendee:
Individual Registration – $145
Table of 8 – $1,100


December 9th, 2021 for
The Future Wisconsin Summit in Madison

More information and registration coming soon!
WEDC Main Street Bounceback Grants
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has launched a new grant program, Main Street Bounceback. The program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by WEDC’s regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located.

Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants
Grant funding supports upskilling your workforce with occupational training
The objective of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant program is to award funds to businesses from all Wisconsin industry sectors that reimburse the costs of customized occupational training for unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers.

  • The customized, business-driven training will qualify workers for full-time employment, higher level employment, or increased wages.
  • Grant awards range from $5,000 to $400,000 per grantee.
  • Match: Cash or in-kind match equal to 50% of the amount of the grant award is required.
  • Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m. CST on Monday, October 18, 2021

Grant Program to Fund Innovative Workforce Solutions
seeking collaborative solutions from nonprofits and public bodies
The Workforce Innovation Grant Program will offer grants of up to $10 million each for at least 10 local and regional collaborations that submit proposals representing innovative thinking and data-driven planning, and that leverage existing infrastructure to connect the dots for post-pandemic workforce solutions.

Applicant Eligibility
Non-profit or public body

Use of Funds
Winning proposals will identify the region’s most pressing pandemic-related challenges, and offer solutions through a myriad of ways, including but not limited to:
  • Training and/or reskilling initiatives for in-demand jobs
  • Transit solutions or broadband
  • Planning
  • Marketing
  • Childcare solutions or supportive services
  • Career Counseling or Coaching
  • Piloting or implementing replicable/sustainable ideas/best practices

SBA COVID-19 Programs Cross-Program Eligibility
Business owners that have received previous loans through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), or Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) can still benefit from the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program . The SBA has created a guide to cross reference eligibility.

Upcoming Community Events
DeForest Windsor Area Fire & EMS Open House
Saturday, October 9th from 10am to 2pm
Windsor Community Blood Drive
Saturday, October 9th
9am to 3pm
Windsor Police Department
6770 Depot St, Windsor

For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: Windsor
You can save up to 15 minutes when you donate blood by using RapidPass! Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more information.

On Saturday, October 9th, J. Henry Distillery will be hosting an outdoor dinner in collaboration with Cadre to celebrate the 2021 harvest and the release of their Armagnac-barrel finished La Flamme Bourbon.

Fall Fun at Branch + Daughter
Sunday, October 10th
10am to 12pm
FFA Fruit, Meat & Cheese Sale starts October 18th, 2021
More information coming soon!

DeForest Area High School is hosting a
Community Blood Drive on October 19th

On Tuesday, October 19, National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive at DAHS. The Red Cross national blood inventory is the lowest it’s been at this time of year since 2015. The shortage of blood is tremendous right now. Individually you will be saving three lives, every single donation makes a difference! Donating now matters more than ever, and just because you donated you will be receiving a $5 e-gift card via email!
Here is the link to sign up to donate: times are available from 8 am to 2 pm. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time

Drug Take Back Drive-thru Event

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
10am to 2pm

DeForest Police Department
110 S. Stevenson St., DeForest
Wednesday, October 27th
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Windsor Fireman's Park
6711 Park Street, Windsor

Join the Village of Windsor and Windsor Deputies for our annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Kids have the opportunity to go trunk to trunk and get candy and handouts from local businesses, organizations and public safety agencies. There will be games and crafts under the shelter and free hot chocolate.
Businesses and organizations interested in participating should email kadie@windsorwi.gov
Congratulations Dr. Maggie Fisher
making the 2021 Top Dentist List
in Madison/Dane County
American Legion Oratorical Contest
Questions contact Bill Ridgley (608) 846-2823
Visit our Community Websites for more Information & Upcoming Events

If you have an event or member 2 member deal that you would like on the Chamber Website, please go to Chamber Master and fill out an event listing or contact the office.
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