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The Chamber has launched a virtual portal for employers to submit questions relating to COVID-19 and its impact on business. Responses are posted at madisonbiz.com/covid19faq.

Submit questions about the CARES Act, Gov. Evers' "Safer at Home" order, availability of assistance for your business and more by visiting Slido.com and entering the event code #ASK4BIZ (or simply click here to go directly to the page). Questions can also be submitted via email at ask@madisonbiz.com.


Good afternoon --

Here are the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and our organizational efforts to inform and ensure an effective community response:

LUNCH(UP)DATE RECAP

Today, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway served as the inaugural guest for Lunch(UP)date, the Chamber’s new weekly virtual meeting where you can take a break and enjoy your lunch while staying connected, curious and informed.
 
The Mayor addressed the city’s partnership with the Chamber and other economic development organizations, while sharing important resources for small businesses, the ongoing need for the production of critical supplies, updates on education and outreach regarding essential businesses, services being provided by the city’s Office of Business Resources and more. She also responded to local business questions on issues ranging from flexibility on outdoor seating procedures coming out of the recovery and current processes for approving design and construction work.
 
See the recording of today’s Lunch(UP)date here.

MADREP WISCONSIN BUSINESS SURVEY

In collaboration with WEDC, UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services, and Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP), the Chamber, Destination Madison and Downtown Madison, Inc. ask that you complete this survey by this Monday, April 6.

The survey will be used to measure economic loss and assist in future recovery efforts, as the COVID-19 outbreak plays out across Wisconsin. Results will be available at the county, regional and state levels.

This survey tool is dated and stamped with Observation Period #1. After your survey completion, you will get a second survey stamped Observation Period #2 on or around May 1 directly from UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services, in which the questions may be altered slightly.

We realize with an overlap of membership you may get the survey from more than one organization, but you only need to complete this survey once per observation period. Duplicates will be screened as part of the intake process.

PUBLIC POLICY RESPONSE PLAN

The Chamber is continuing to advise all levels of government on the development of a public policy response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We're looking for immediate needs that will help employers and workers. Ideas have ranged from helping the newly unemployed with emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits; specific ways to help shuttered businesses; ways to help businesses with HR issues or health and safety concerns; or any additional challenges you are facing from COVID-19.

Ideas can be related to issues including funding, taxes, licensure, temporary loosening of some agency rules and more. Proposals will be shared with policymakers on an ongoing basis.

Fill out the form here.

CAP TIMES COVER STORY

A new Cap Times cover story explores the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and how several local businesses are handling the fallout.

Chamber board member Susan Bulgrin (owner of three area Culver's restaurants and the Echo Tap & Grill) and other business owners weigh in on how their individual businesses have been impacted and what they are doing to adjust.

Chamber President Zach Brandon addresses what the business community as a whole is doing to be proactive, including working with local government. He says one reason for optimism is the diversity of Greater Madison's private-sector economy, which he believes will enable our region to accelerate out of the recovery.

Read the full story here.

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For a full archive of previously shared resources, visit madisonbiz.com/covid19.

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