April 2020
DWACC April 2020 Newsletter
COVID-19 Resources, Community Expo, Chamber Golf Classic,
4th of July and Webinars
CHANGES
It has been quite a change for our business community and how we have adjusted this past week with the #SaferAtHome Order. As we adapt to our new home offices and changes in our work environments, it has been truly amazing how our communities have pulled together to support our residents and businesses in need!

A big SHOUT OUT to our school district administrators, teachers and staff for the amazing job they have done to provide virtual learning and the needed equipment to students! Thank you to all the volunteers, organizations & businesses helping get meals delivered daily to children & families!

A big THANK YOU to the many local businesses that have donated PPE supplies to our hospitals, health care clinics and food pantries!

Many emails with resources for you have been sent out through Chamber Master, but I see some have bounced back, so I have added these resources on the Chamber website, along with a list of restaurants and other food services available. Please let me know if you are Open for Business and your hours, so I can compile a list of businesses to post on the Chamber website.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have, but also if you can provide answers. I welcome your links and webinars to share valuable information with our members and residents.

Please stay safe and most of all stay well!
Together, we will get through this!

Heike

heike@deforestarea.com
608-514-8231

Community Expo postponed!

For obvious reasons, the Community Expo has been postponed, but will be set for a later date, to be determined, as we continue our social distancing.

We look forward to getting together to promote and truly thank our organizations and businesses!


Save the Date
Thursday, June 11th, 2020

The Chamber Golf Classic
at Lake Windsor Country Club.

We are hoping this date will stand, but will continue to monitor the safety of such a large social gathering.





4th of July Community Celebration
It is going to be one great big celebration!

*Bands are booked * Family Entertainment *
*Inflatables * Ponies * Rock Wall*
*Parade registration posted soon*

The 2020 Community Guide has been printed and is ready for distribution when safe. Please click on the link below to view.

Dane County Small Business Pandemic Support Program

An important announcement today by County Executive Joe Parisi. 
Dane County has selected Dane Buy Local to administer the county’s newly created Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program. Funds will be used to support Dane County small businesses experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Dane Buy Local will administer the grants and have information about the County’s grant program on their website  Dane By Local

The Dane County Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program, administered by Dane Buy Local, is available for small businesses experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

By creating this grant program, Dane County and Dane Buy Local hope to help local businesses survive the COIVD-19 public health crisis, which has caused many to temporarily close their doors. Through this grant program, businesses will be able to apply for funding to help stay afloat and retain employees. We encourage small business owners throughout our community to apply.

There is $250,000 of available funding to support Dane County locally-owned small businesses with employee retention and to mitigate losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant awards will range from $1,000 to $50,000.

If business owners have questions about the grant program, they can call 608-712-3440 or email  colin@danebuylocal.com .
News From Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce on the
Payroll Protection Act

Brittany Rockwell
Director of Small Business Advocacy
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), created under the CARES Act, allocates $349 billion to provide federally guaranteed loans to help small businesses maintain payroll and pay certain other expenses. The loans offered through this program are up to 100 percent forgivable if the small business maintains payroll. 

All small businesses with less than 500 employees are eligible for these forgivable loans, including nonprofits, veteran’s organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorship's, and independent contractors. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.

Small businesses and sole proprietors can apply for PPP loans as soon as this coming Friday, April 3rd. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply starting April 10th. The program has a funding cap so you are encouraged to apply for a loan quickly. 

Below are resources provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

WMC COVID-19 UPDATE WEBINAR
Featuring White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway


 Friday, April 3, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 AM
 
 
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), its trade association partners and local chambers invite you to a business coalition update call. The webinar will feature Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald Trump. Conway will provide details about what the Trump Administration is doing to combat the COVID-19 virus from both a health and economic standpoint. In addition, the call will feature state updates from industry leaders including Scott Suder, Wisconsin Paper Council President, and Scott VanderSanden, AT&T President - Plains States.

Thanks to CUNA Mutual Group for sponsoring this call and making it possible!

 
AGENDA
 
10:00AM: Introduction: WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer
 
10:05AM: Update from The White House: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway
 
10:20AM: Industry Update: Wisconsin Paper Council President Scott Suder
 
10:30AM: Industry Update: AT&T Plains States President Scott VanderSanden
 
10:40AM: Q&A
10:45AM: Adjourn

If you have questions you would like answered in the webinar, please email them to  Nick Novak  at WMC by  5:00PM Thursday, April 2
 
Due to large call volumes, attendees must register in advance, and attendees must listen via web. Attendees will not be allowed to call-in via phone for audio. Please follow the directions in your confirmation email.
Links to past WMC webinars and other upcoming informational webinars on the Chamber website!
You are all Essential Businesses!

We will get through this Together!
Please reach out to let us know how the Chamber can help YOU!
If you can work from home, please do so!

If you would like to find out if your business qualifies as an Essential Business, please go to the link below: