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

Good evening --

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

Today's highlights include a preview of next week's Lunch(UP)date, new COVID relief for local licensed businesses and additional assistance through the "We're All In" small business initiative.

Note: We previously informed you that applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program would be open starting April 8. However, the application portal was taken offline due to technical difficulties shortly after it opened. We are in contact with the SBA and monitoring the situation and will provide updates as we receive them.

COVID RELIEF CREDIT FOR DANE COUNTY BUSINESSES

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway have announced a new effort with Public Health Madison & Dane County to give licensed establishments including restaurants, hotels, and campgrounds a COVID-19 credit of more than $550,000 to help recover from the pandemic. This 30 percent credit will provide financial assistance to more than 3,500 qualifying establishments in Dane County.
 
Public Health sanitarians normally conduct annual inspections and provide ongoing consultation for these establishments, but sanitarians have been reassigned to support the COVID-19 pandemic response for much of the past year. They instead worked with businesses to prevent spread and help them implement safe practices for customers and employees.
 
Qualifying licenses are associated with food and drink establishments, tattoo and body piercing, hotels and tourist rooming houses, bed and breakfasts, swimming pools, campgrounds and recreational campgrounds. Operators in these categories must renew for the 2021-22 licensing year to receive the credit. School and temporary food establishment licenses are excluded from this funding.

"WE'RE ALL IN" UPDATE

Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Department of Revenue (DOR), has announced more than $46 million for "We’re All In," the state grant program designed to provide direct assistance to businesses most impacted by the pandemic.
 
The latest round of grants is funded through the federal CARES Act and will support roughly 9,300 small businesses with grants of $5,000 each. More than $240 million in “We're All In” grants were awarded to small businesses in three phases throughout the first year of the pandemic.
 
Demand for the program has exceeded available funding in some phases. These new grants will be distributed by Thursday, April 15, to adversely impacted small businesses that applied for pandemic relief through the “We’re All In” Phase 2 program last year but for which additional funds were not available.

LUNCH(UP)DATE: ENTERTAINMENT, SPORTS AND THE ARTS

Join us Thursday, April 22, at 12:15 p.m. for our next Lunch(UP)date, the Chamber program (presented by Perkins Coie) where you can take a break and enjoy lunch while staying curious, connected and informed. 

For this program, we will welcome business leaders in entertainment, sports and arts for a conversation about the unique challenges and opportunities facing their respective industries coming out of the pandemic. 

Register for this free event here. If you have any questions for our guests or the Chamber, please submit them at ask@madisonbiz.com.

MAKING THE DIFFERENCE

In collaboration with local designers UnderBelly, the Chamber recently launched "Greater Madison: Making the Difference" to tell the stories of area businesses that have taken extraordinary steps to solve the challenges posed by COVID-19.

This week, we are highlighting Nordic, a Madison-based healthcare consulting company that jumped in to help as safety precautions became critical to flattening the curve. Partnering with CERTIFY, they created a technology solution that allows businesses, hospitals, schools and other facilities to monitor people on-site for COVID-19 symptoms and ensure proper safety precautions are being taken.

We previously highlighted the efforts of EpicDelve, Midwest Prototyping, UW–MadisonTeel PlasticsAmerican Family Insurance and Catalent as part of this series. Stay tuned to our FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram pages for more stories about businesses that are Making the Difference.

We encourage you to share these stories and support local leadership. If you have your own story to share, send it to Director of Business Development Nikki Javurek.

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

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