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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

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

Good afternoon --

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

Today's highlights focus on the economic impact of COVID-19, the federal response to the outbreak and the many ways local businesses are stepping up to give back and help accelerate the recovery.

Starting this week, the Chamber will continue to share regular updates on the COVID-19 recovery, though they will no longer be distributed on a daily basis. To close each edition, we will also look to highlight actions being taken by Greater Madison businesses to help accelerate our recovery.


For a special Friday (April 17) edition of Lunch(UP)date this week, we will welcome U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin to discuss the latest on federal relief, reopening and recovery efforts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Register now to take a break and enjoy lunch while staying connected, curious and informed. If you have questions for Sen. Baldwin or the Chamber, please submit them in advance to


A coalition of community partners – led by UW Health, UnityPoint Health - Meriter, Thomas Bradley Insurance, Food Fight, Fearing’s Audio Video Security and Madison Originals – has started Paying it Forward to Health Care Heroes, a new initiative designed to assist restaurants and health care workers impacted by the outbreak.
The initiative enables you to:

--Make a donation to your favorite restaurant and identify that you want your contribution to go toward Health Care Heroes.

--The restaurant will turn your donation into $15 gift certificates, the approximate price of a meal.

--These gift cards will be delivered to UW Health and UnityPoint Health - Meriter, who will then distribute the gift cards to Health Care Heroes as their shift ends.

Donate here.

You can read more coverage about the initiative from the Wisconsin State Journal and In Business magazine.


In a new story, WISC-TV examines the impact Gov. Tony Evers' "Safer at Home" order is having on Greater Madison's economy.

Chamber President Zach Brandon says it's too early to know the totality of the economic impact the order will have, though there are some hopeful signs. He also shared information about what businesses and residents are doing and can still do to help.

See the full story here.


In his latest column, Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still discusses how Epic is playing a major role in enabling healthcare systems across the country to scale up their rapid response efforts against COVID-19.

Read the full column here.

If you have ideas and information about business initiatives we could spotlight in a future update, please share them with Director of Business Development Nikki Javurek.


For a full archive of previously shared resources, visit

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