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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 take a break and enjoy your lunch while staying connected, curious and informed.

Join us tomorrow (Thursday, April 2) from 12:15-1:00 p.m. as we welcome this week's guest, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, with an update on the City's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sign up here. If you have questions for the Mayor or the Chamber, you can submit them in advance to


The Urban League of Greater Madison today announced the launch of a new COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Initiative, with the Chamber as a partner in the effort. The initiative will focus on assisting job seekers who have been temporarily furloughed or permanently displaced as a result of the outbreak, as well as helping employers meet workforce needs both right now and as the recovery moves forward.
Other business community partners include Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP)Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce and the United Way HIRE Initiative. The Urban League is leveraging funding and other resources for the effort from longtime supporters including its existing supporters including United Way of Dane County, City of Madison, Dane County and the Rennebohm Foundation.
We are grateful for collaborative and innovative efforts like this to support employers and workers during this unprecedented challenge. The Urban League is a vital resource for our community in providing rapid-response action to accelerate both the relief and recovery efforts underway.
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.


Today, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced that Dane Buy Local will administer Dane County’s new Small Business Pandemic Support Grant Program. Through the program, $250,000 will be available to assist Dane County small businesses with employee retention and to mitigate losses experienced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
For questions about the grant program, email Dane Buy Local Executive Director Colin Murray or call 608-712-3440.


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