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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:


Why wait? Apply now for federal relief programs.

That's the topic for our next Lunch(UP)date this Thursday, April 9, from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m., when you can take a break and enjoy lunch while staying connected, curious and informed about the ins and outs of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from Small Business Administration (SBA) officials.

A centerpiece of the federal stimulus package, the $350 billion program is designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing loans of up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses. With interest in the program expected to be extraordinarily high, why would small businesses wait? That's why the Chamber and gener8tor are encouraging small businesses to talk to their preferred lenders today.

Register here for this event. If you have questions for the SBA or the Chamber, please submit them in advance to
Additional SBA information about the PPP can be found here. To learn more about gener8tor's Emergency Response Program, click here.


The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that in-person voting for the spring election will take place tomorrow (April 7) as scheduled, overturning Gov. Tony Evers' executive order from earlier today that would have moved in-person voting to June 9. Republican legislative leaders – Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald – filed the challenge to the Governor's order.

If you live in the City of Madison, see the City Clerk's website for information on polling places, returning absentee ballots and more. If you live outside the City of Madison, visit the MyVote Wisconsin website.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, including grocery stores and pharmacies, where social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain. 

Read here for CDC guidelines on how to wear, remove and make your own cloth face covering, as well as proper cleaning and sterilization procedures.


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