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June 22, 2020

Dear readers: 

As part of the Tech Council’s continuing series, “Crossing the coronavirus chasm,” we’ll hear from Tammie Clendenning and Lisa Taylor of the U.S. Small Business Administration for a follow-up webinar at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1. Individual and corporate members of the Wisconsin Technology Council may register now to learn how the SBA is working with small businesses.

Topics will include the latest on the federal Payroll Protection Program and possible “forgiveness” on loans, the next phase of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, and other programs administered through SBA that may apply to specific businesses in Wisconsin and beyond.

Next “Crossing the chasm” webinar to feature latest on SBA programs on July 1



Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin's reopening process.
Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others

Do you have news or best practices to contribute to a future edition of Tech Council Current?

Have a great week ahead and we'll publish our next edition Thursday.

Tom Still, president

Milwaukee Business Journal: Let’s clear up the confusion — masks are our best defense against COVID-19 Don't politicize pandemic, WHO head warns
Mayo Clinic: National campaign, big names calling on COVID-19 survivors to help others defeat it
The Cap Times: Sanitizing on the hour, restaurants adapt to pandemic dining
Fox6News: Mask decontamination system in Madison ready for use, Gov. Evers says
Urban Milwaukee: Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin declares statewide emergency appeal for donations
The Wall Street Journal: White House preparing for second wave of coronavirus, trade adviser says
The New York Times: Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest map and case count
WISN: Wisconsin researchers in race for coronavirus vaccine
The Wall Street Journal: Efforts for coronavirus vaccine focus on vulnerable group: Older adults
AP: WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases
Times Union: What they don't tell you about surviving COVID-19

Milwaukee Business Journal: $120 billion federal relief package for independent restaurants left behind by PPP
The Cap Times: Judge Doyle Square parking garage opening Monday
Milwaukee Business Journal: City of Milwaukee prepares ordinance for parades, public speakers during DNC
Milwaukee Business Journal: Path to Inclusion: Milwaukee's Fortune 500 companies offer diversity strategies
The Wall Street Journal: Women’s job losses from pandemic aren’t good for economic recovery
Wisconsin State Journal: Tribal governments 'crippled' by lost gambling revenue during COVID-19 pandemic
BizWomen: National Association of Women Business Owners names Heaney board chair
The New York Times: Vast federal aid has capped rise in poverty, studies find
Milwaukee Business Journal: Wisconsin small businesses can't take COVID-19 economic setback, state leaders say
BizWomen: Four in 10 workers say their employer not screening for COVID symptoms
State Scoop: Ohio gets $4.4 million for autonomous trucking corridor

WisBusiness: Altruize is participating in gener8tor’s gALPHA Social Impact: Criminal Justice Reform Summer 2020 cohort
AMA: Data-based pivots for brands during times of change
BizTimes Milwaukee: gener8tor selects six startups for Madison virtual accelerator
WJFW: Ideadvance Seed Fund expands female-owned entrepreneurship in Wisconsin
Post Crescent: Green Bay Black-owned businesses welcome community support Facing Racism: Barriers to business for minority entrepreneurs

Crunchbase: For health tech startups, data is their lifeline now more than ever
TechCrunch: Canva raises $60 million on a $6 million valuation
BizTimes Milwaukee: Johnsonville Sausage finds innovation in venture capital
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: With funding down, federal government must help regional universities, report says

NoozHawk: Breaking glass ceiling, raising capital all in day’s work for Kay Koplovitz


Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin education agency suggests small classes, face masks, shifted schedules for reopening The Cap Times: State education agency tells districts to ‘plan for change throughout’ 2020-21 in new guidance
Milwaukee Business Journal: Industry groups support former Gov. Thompson appointment as UW System interim president
Wisconsin State Journal: 2 Wisconsin Badgers athletes test positive for COVID-19

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

Newaukee presents Lamp:Light | Amanda DoAmaral with Special Guest Ben Stanley on Wednesday June 24

Fitchburg Focus welcomes Paul Jadin of MadREP to discuss results of COVID-19 state-wide surveys on Thursday, June 25

offers State Impact of COVID-19 and the CARES Act on Thursday, June 25

WisPolitics, Milwaukee Press Club
and Rotary Club of Milwaukee webinar features Sen. Ron Johnson on Friday, June 26

WARF’s Entrepreneursons: Wisconsin’s food supply chain: What’s working, what isn’t and what opportunities are emerging to shape the future? is on Tuesday, June 30

AMA Madison
presents AI and Voice in the 2020s: What Marketers Need to Know with Nick Myers on Tuesday, June 30

Fox Valley Technical College presents Explore Starting a Business on Wednesday, July 8

’s Growth Driven: Innovation and Market Potential for VFD/VSDs in Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 15

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·       Gov. Evers’ office regularly updates a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the departments of Financial Institutions, Revenue and Workforce Development. Some specific sites:

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this FAQ document.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Revenue offers these information sources:

·       The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has guidance for businesses.

·       Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 Outbreaks in Wisconsin

·       NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers are providing services to small- and medium-sized manufacturers such as connecting businesses that are pivoting their production in response to the coronavirus to new supply chains, connecting firms with state resources, advising companies on new operational issues, and providing workforce support.

·        “Wisconsin COVID-19 Startup Talentis a new project to help those displaced from jobs and employers now hiring

·       Wisconsin Hospital Association releases a COVID-19 dynamic Situational Awareness Update

·       View an interactive map of public wi-fi “hot spots” in Wisconsin

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