Chamber Partner Update
"If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn."
~ Bernie Siegel MD ~
The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Council continues to provide regular updates and information for all of our newsletter subscribers and chamber partners. If you have business or community updates, events, or other informational items to share please let us know! Let's work together to keep Whitewater a great place to work, live, learn, celebrate, and grow!
Community Events & Announcements
WCELEA Funds Training for Local WPD Personnel
Whitewater Area Chamber
Chamber Cheque Program Survey
The Chamber is updating our web page to make sure we have an accurate listing of all businesses that are accepting chamber Cheques. Please complete the survey below so that we can ensure you are listed or removed from the list on our website. Thank You!
JFC Co-Chairs Announce
Dates & Locations of
State Budget Public Hearings
Arts, Music & Theater Happenings
UW-Whitewater Dance Program Reaches Milestone
Dance For Camera Concert
Kick-off Event Marks the Start of Young Auditorium's 2021 NEA Big Read Project
The Whitewater Arts Alliance
is seeking artists and sponsors for our
Spring 2021 Public Art Project:
A Thank You to Whitewater's Heroes of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Whitewater Arts Alliance wants to devote this spring’s public art project to the tremendous dedication and heroism of first responders, front-line personnel, and health care workers. They have worked tirelessly to keep us safe, keep our society functioning, and heal and support Covid patients and their families. To demonstrate our gratitude, we will provide large, wooden hearts for artists to paint with their messages and images of thanks and will suspend the hearts from the Whitewater lampposts. We hope you will join us, either as an artist or a sponsor, in the salute to those who have given so much to our community.
 
The registration form to participate in the WAA's Spring 2021 Public Art Project as an artist or sponsor can be accessed by clicking here. If you want to participate as an artist, please complete the form and mail it to the Whitewater Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 311, Whitewater, WI 53190 by April 15 or email it to wwartsalliance@gmail.com. If you wish to be a sponsor for the public art project, please mail your check with the registration form to the same address. Thank you very much for your support of the Whitewater Arts Alliance and our community! 
A virtual filmed theatre production of "Gruesome Playground Injuries"
written by Rajiv Joseph
Digitally available on April 24th-April 25th. 
Chamber Events & Happenings
Welcome, New Walworth County Visitors Bureau Director
Tim Malenock!
On March 24th all of the Walworth County Chambers welcomed a new player to our team! We are excited about all of the collaborations and energy that Tim will bring!
Books, Bottles & Babble
New Book Club Hosted by the Whitewater Chamber
Join the Whitewater Chamber each month as we read and discuss books on business, community, & professional growth, share wisdom & knowledge, and enjoy a new cocktail, beer, or wine selection!
  • Interested individuals will be sent information about 1st meeting.
  • The first meeting on March 31st will be to choose a book and discuss the club format.
  • We will be virtual to start.
  • All are welcome to participate, including non-chamber members.
! LAST CALL !
Let us know if you are interested by taking the survey below!
1st meeting will be Wednesday, March 31st
Virtually @ 6 pm
Maxwell Street Days
Sidewalk Sales & Art Walk
August 6th & 7th

VENDOR OPPORTUNITY
New Festival
Coming to Whitewater
October 15th - 17th, 2021
Storytellers, children's story crafts, authors fair, story walk, art exhibits, and more!
Partner News & Information
NextHome Success Named PInnacle Office Award Winner!
New German Festival coming to Walworth County
August 13th - 15th, 2021
The United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties are so proud to be distributing $264,173 in funding across our communities throughout 2021 - all of which support our mission to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our communities!
  • Partner Agency Grants - $239,276
  • Designated Agencies - $9,397
  • Community Programs - $5,500

Still available
Eviction Prevention/Pillar Grants - $10,000*
Look who's Hiring!

Simple. Effective. Smart.
That's how you will feel after one experience with our new model of
Virtual Job Fairs!

How does it work? Let us do the heavy lifting. All you need to do is
  • Register for your virtual booth
  • Send us your open positions & descriptions and your interview availability
  • Accept or decline applicants for interviews/info sessions
  • Show up to the meetings we've scheduled for you
That's it! The rest is up to you!
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When is it, and who is it for?
Companies from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois are eligible to sign up. Interviews will be scheduled between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm during your available times Monday, March 22 through Friday, April 2.
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How much does it cost?
$175 for a virtual booth
Education & Training Opportunities
Spring Flood & Severe Weather Season is Upon Us!

Check out the resources below that can help you prepare for and respond to unexpected weather emergencies.

SBA Wisconsin is hosting coronavirus relief information webinars to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and eligible recipients in recovering from the pandemic.

PPP & American Rescue Plan Act webinars

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Webinar

Upcoming Partner Training






The Wisconsin SBDC's Navigating the New Normal: A Guide for Small Businesses, a free planning guide to help you manage the uncertainty created by the pandemic.
Virtual
Early Childhood Conference
April 1-30, 2021
Learn top skills to advance your career.

Top courses for professionals and entrepreneurs. Monthly start dates.
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • A to Z Grant Writing
  • Intro to Quickbooks
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Supervision and Management Series
Fairhaven Lecture Series
Entrepreneurship Education
Training Programs Lending, Coaching, Financial Impact
Economic Development
SEWRPC COVID-19
Remote Work Survey
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is inviting all working-age residents (approximately 18-65 years old) to participate in an important regional survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on employee commuting and remote work trends in Southeastern Wisconsin. Survey open until 4/23/21. All responses are completely confidential.

Loans that change lives
24/7 Access to Small Business Resources
Initiate is an online business resource with over 100 interactive tools, templates, videos, and guides. Exclusively available to small businesses working with participating organizations, such as WWBIC. More details here!
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts. Specifically, the new law includes:
  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services
  • Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020 and the SVOG
  • $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.
COVID-19 Information & Updates
If you or a business you know are in need of assistance please reach out!
The CDC has designed a COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers to help employers build confidence in this important new vaccine. The toolkit will help employers across various industries educate their workforce about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns.
Workplace outbreak guidance

The Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) have released guidance for employers related to preventing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace.
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Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Council
Whitewater, WI 53190
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