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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 evening --

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


We invite you to the first edition of Lunch(UP)date, our new weekly virtual meeting where you can have lunch with the Chamber and receive the latest updates and information regarding the community response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Join us Thursday, April 2, from 12:15-1:00 p.m. as we welcome this week's guest, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. If you have questions for the Mayor, please submit them in advance to

Register here.


The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) has announced new measures to assist small businesses and other employers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes allowing small businesses to request an extension to file sales and use tax returns due tomorrow (March 31) until April 30 and file sales and use tax returns due April 30 until June 1.
As part of this change, DOR won’t charge late filing penalties if returns are filed by April 30 or June 1. By law, 12 percent interest will accrue beginning on the respective March 31 and April 30 due dates, unless the legislature enables DOR to waive interest. Extension requests can be submitted here.
In addition, DOR is taking steps including lowering the interest rate from 18 to 12 percent on unpaid balances on sales and use tax returns due March 31 and April 30 (email here after you receive your bill to request a rate reduction), delaying the start of most new small business audits and relaxing collection activities on delinquent amounts due between now and July 15. More details on these and other measures can be found here.
For audit assistance, contact 608-266-2486 or For appeals assistance, contact 608-266-0185 or For overdue tax or debts assistance, contact 608-266-7879 or


Today. Gov. Tony Evers announced a new public-private partnership to increase the state’s lab testing capacity for COVID-19. The partnership now includes lab support from organizations including Exact Sciences, Promega and UW Health, who will all work with the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network to share knowledge, resources and technology to bolster Wisconsin’s testing capacity.
Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network labs have been completing an average of 1,500-2,000 tests per day, and the new partnership is expected to initially double that capacity and continue to expand as additional platforms and supplies become available.
For more information on the statewide COVID-19 response, click here or here.


With regular updates and resources being provided for businesses relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to ensure these communications are accessible to all.

If you have experience in language translation around business and government and would be able to assist with this need, please contact Director of Business Development Nikki Javurek.


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