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Last week, the Chamber 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

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


This afternoon, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed it on a voice vote. Key business provisions of the new law can be found on our website at

For questions about the CARES Act and what it means for you and your business, visit and enter the event code #ASKBIZ (or simply click here to go directly to the page). You can also email questions to


Today, the Mayor of Madison and Dane County Executive issued a release encouraging all residents to isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is a public health statement and does not supersede the Governor's "Safer at Home" order that allows essential businesses to continue to operate, as well as allowing all businesses to conduct minimum basic operations.

For more details about the "Safer at Home" order and what it means for residents and businesses, click here.


Today, Gov. Tony Evers issued a statewide suspension of evictions and foreclosures. The order takes effect immediately and remains in place for 60 days.

The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants unless failure to do so will result in an imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person. The order also prevents mortgagees from commencing civil action to foreclose on real estate. However, Wisconsinites who are able to continue to pay are urged to do so, and the order does not relieve a person's obligation to pay their rent or mortgages.

Read the full order here.


Over the past several days, we have heard from many business leaders and community members looking for additional ways to pitch in during the COVID-19 outbreak.

United Way of Dane County has set up a webpage devoted to providing information about opportunities to volunteer safely during this time of need. Opportunities include food deliveries, child care, serving meals, transporting needed supplies and much more.

Check out a list of volunteer options here.


To help match businesses’ many offers of assistance to the right place, at the right time and in the right quantity, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sharing information about the best ways to connect. That can include selling medical supplies or equipment to the federal government (submit a price quote here and see full details in the solicitation here), donating medical supplies or equipment and submitting an inquiry about supporting the response with non-medical goods and/or services.

In addition, licensed healthcare professionals who want to volunteer can get information and register here. Hospitals and healthcare providers in need of medical supplies should contact their state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.

Additional ways to help can be found here.


Chamber President Zach Brandon sat down on Thursday (March 26) with Madison365 CEO Henry Sanders Jr. to record a special daily edition of Real Talk, Madison365’s video show and audio podcast featuring interviews with community and state leaders. During the interview, Zach discussed what the Chamber is doing to help local small businesses, what the federal stimulus might mean for businesses here and more. See the full interview here.

Also on Thursday, Chamber Vice President Kevin Little joined leaders from the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW–Madison and Dane Buy Local for a local business resource panel (hosted by Mid-West Family Broadcasting) to discuss tips and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as Chamber initiatives and collaboration with government, business and community partners. View the full Mid-West Family webinar here.

On Wednesday, Chamber Director of Business Development Nikki Javurek joined state and local officials, business leaders representing gener8tor, StartingBlock Madison, Rock River Capital Partners and Fine Point Consulting, and other experts for a webinar co-hosted by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to address emerging initiatives, mechanisms for funding relief measures and more. You can watch the full WARF webinar here and access resources mentioned during the webinar here.


For a full archive of previously shared resources, visit

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