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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:


The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and related relief efforts will be the focus of tomorrow's Lunch(UP)date, featuring an opportunity to take a break and enjoy lunch while staying connected, curious and informed with Eric Ness, the top-ranking official for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Wisconsin.

Why wait to apply for these programs? The Chamber and gener8tor are urging small businesses to immediately contact their preferred lenders, with interest in these programs extraordinarily high and no guarantee funding will be available in the future.

Sign up now to join us for this event. Please submit in advance any questions you have for the SBA or the Chamber to

Additional SBA information about the PPP can be found here, along with an updated FAQ document from the SBA and Treasury Department. More information about gener8tor's Emergency Response Program can be found here.


The City of Madison has redesigned its website to focus on information about city services impacted by COVID-19, including prominently featuring office openings and closings, direct links to health and community resources, and the latest news and information from city agencies.
In addition, residents are now able to sign up for text and email alerts to stay informed on timely developments related to the COVID-19 response. You can also sign up for the city’s new weekly e-newsletter to receive a compilation of the week’s news and resources, including links to press conferences. Those who subscribe to email alerts will also receive the weekly e-newsletter.
The City’s website, newsletter, email alerts and text alerts are also available in Spanish.


As part of its new COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative, the Urban League of Greater Madison is regularly sharing an up-to-date list of Greater Madison employers who are hiring. A flyer featuring clickable links for this week's job leads can be found here.

The COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative, with the Chamber as a partner, focuses on assisting job seekers who have been temporarily furloughed or permanently displaced as a result of the outbreak, as well as helping employers meet current and future workforce needs. Other business community partners include Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP)Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, Middleton Chamber of Commerce and the United Way HIRE Initiative.

If you are an employer in need of workers now, please call Urban League Workforce Development Division Director Ray Allen at 608-729-1233. If your employment situation has been impacted by the outbreak, call 608-729-1234 or fill out an application here.


The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has set up the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The fund provides $500 grants to restaurant industry employees who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 through lower wages or lost employment. Funds are disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability.

Key criteria for applicants to the fund include demonstrating they worked in the restaurant industry full- or part-time for at least 90 days in the past year; have had a primary source of income in the restaurant industry for the last year; and have experienced a decrease in wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020.

The next round of 20,000 new applications will be accepted starting tomorrow (April 9) at 11 a.m. CT. Full details, including the application, can be found here.


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