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NOTE: Updated to include a registration link for Wednesday's Lunch(UP)date.

The Chamber has 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' "Badger Bounce Back" plan, 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 evening --

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 include a preview of our next Lunch(UP)date, additional assistance opportunities for Dane County small businesses and guidance for effectively cleaning and disinfecting your workplace.


Join us for our next Lunch(UP)date this Wednesday, May 6, from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. as we feature a conversation between Chamber President Zach Brandon and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) President Tim Sheehy.

Wisconsin's economic recovery will be driven by the Milwaukee and Madison regions, which combined account for more than half the state's GDP. Log on to hear the leaders of the state's two largest chambers hash out in real time the unique challenges, similarities and expectations for reopening and the specific needs of businesses to accelerate Wisconsin's recovery.

Register here. You can submit in advance any questions you have for MMAC or the Chamber to


Over the weekend, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced an additional $10 million in funding for the county's Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program, bringing total program funding to $10.8 million.

Through the program administered by Dane Buy Local, Dane County small businesses can receive assistance with retaining employees and mitigating losses experienced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since the program was announced on April 1, 297 local businesses have received awards totaling more than $890,000.
Business owners can get information and apply for a grant here. Grants as small as $1,000 will be awarded, and applications will be accepted through June 15, 2020.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, including businesses and other workplaces. Proper cleaning and disinfection is an important part of moving toward the reopening phase of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A full breakdown of cleaning recommendations and resources, including industry-specific guidance, can be found here. For CDC answers to general business questions related to COVID-19, click here.


For a full archive of previously shared resources, visit

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