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June 10, 2020

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Among other topics, the June 4 Entrepreneurs’ Conference examined the state of investing in Wisconsin and beyond. Here’s my column on one such discussion -Inside Wisconsin: Signs of life in the investment community as angels, VCs pivot

Congratulations to our Wisconsin Tech Trivia winners!
How much do you know about your state’s tech and innovation history? For some of you, it’s quite a bit! We imbedded a trivia contest with 10 questions in our virtual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Based on the “Technology Timeline” that can be found on our website, the trivia feature sponsored by BMO Harris Bank gave conference attendees a chance to tap into their knowledge of entrepreneurship and tech innovation from Wisconsin’s early days to the present.  Click here to read the trivia questions and see our winners!

It’s a wrap: Our first-ever virtual 2020 Entrepreneurs’ Conference
We’ll be adding highlights all this week from our June 4th Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. 
Click here to read the latest.

Just a note that starting next week, we'll move to a twice-weekly format.


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?

Stay dry!

Tom Still, president

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will issue 30,000 grants of $2,500 to Wisconsin small businesses to help them get back on their feet amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read details here.

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Businesses: UW-Oshkosh survey wants your input on COVID-19

This survey is a partnership of the Center for Customized Research and Services, Wisconsin's nine regional economic development organizations, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  It is designed to measure the economic hardships and impact of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on the state's business community.  This is the third in a series of monthly surveys that you will be invited to complete. Results from previous surveys can be found here.

Please consider all questions within the context of your business's current situation.  All responses are considered confidential and results will only be reported in aggregate.  Click here to get started.


Promega Microsatellite Instability Molecular Test, OncoMate™ MSI Dx Analysis System, CE Marked & Available in Europe

Promega Corporation today announced CE marking for the OncoMate™ MSI Dx Analysis System as a new in vitro diagnostic medical device in Europe. OncoMate™ MSI is a PCR-based, validated gold standard for determining microsatellite instability status in solid tumors. It offers analytical sensitivity and unsurpassed specificity with a short turn-around time. Click here to read the article.

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WPR: Where stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 restrictions are in effect in Wisconsin
WISN: Counties, municipalities that reopened & remain closed
Dane County issues its own order, continues Safer At Home measures
City of Milwaukee Health Department: COVID-19 Public Health Plan for the City of Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Journal: 13 of 72 Wisconsin counties and the city of Racine have extended stay-at-home orders
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Here's which Wisconsin counties and cities have continued or started new stay-at-home orders
Urban Milwaukee: Cities respond to pandemic with public space experiments
The Journal Times: After the coronavirus: Your next road trip may look like this
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: What we've learned about how to protect yourself from coronavirus in reopened Wisconsin
Milwaukee Business Journal: Employers need to weigh legal and health ramifications when reopening, experts say As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, precautions advised
The Cap Times: Some Madison restaurant owners wary about reopening dining rooms How should I clean and store my face mask?
Wisconsin State Journal: How to manage COVID-19 risk as you leave your cocoon
BizTimes: Area restaurants carefully approach reopening dine-in service
Humana offers a Workplace Reentry Essential Guide in checklist format to assist employers
Forbes: Expert advice for behaving responsibly during the next phase of the pandemic
The New York Times: See how all 50 states are reopening
Milwaukee Business Journal: MMAC: Majority of Wisconsinites not ready to return to work, restaurants or malls
Milwaukee Business Journal: First look at changes made to Potawatomi Casino as it prepares to reopen
Tech Crunch: Google Maps updated with COVID-19 info and related transit alerts


WisBusiness: WEDC expects up to 30 percent business closures statewide
StateScoop: Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal to step down
Urban Milwaukee: Wisconsin has third least restrictive pandemic rules
Forbes: As Fauci warns his “worst nightmare” is far from over, why is he being ignored?
Fast Company: How COVID-19 has changed investing, according to VCs
Milwaukee Business Journal: How Northwestern Mutual is helping bring 300 tech jobs to Milwaukee
WisBusiness: DWD announces “dramatic increase” in Work-Share Program
BizTimes Milwaukee: GalaxE.Solutions to locate innovation hub in downtown Milwaukee
ABC: Global GDP could plummet by 7% due to pandemic, OECD warns
BizTimes Milwaukee: PE firm Mason Wells raises $767 million for investment fund
Milwaukee Business Journal: Some U.S. employers think hiring will never return to pre-pandemic levels
Madison Startups: WARF ninth in patents in 2019
Wisconsin State Journal: UW studying 'COVID toes,' skin condition apparently linked to COVID-19
Milwaukee Business Journal: The Fed expands Main Street Lending Program again to reach more small businesses
STAT: Medicare leader calls for expanded telehealth access after COVID-19
BizTimes Milwaukee: Uncertainty and optimism in Manpower’s latest employment outlook survey WHO walks back comments on asymptomatic spread
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Quarantines, social distancing helped US prevent almost 5 million COVID-19 cases
Milwaukee Business Journal: Fed predicts no rate increases through 2022
WisBusiness: Grocery stores adapt to consumer behavior
National Bureau of Economic Research: Determination of the February 2020 peak in U.S. economic activity
CNN: More than half of states may be undercounting coronavirus cases by not following CDC guidelines
UpNorth News: UW schools are planning to resume in-person classes in the fall
Wisconsin State Journal: Over 900 jobs to be lost as Verso plans to shutter paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids
Milwaukee Business Journal: Not everything about the SBA's PPP has changed: Here are 6 things to know
BizWomen: Workers say no thanks to apps tracking their contact with coworkers
Milwaukee Business Journal: Business leaders want Milwaukee's economy to phase in gradually
The Business Standard: China begins human trial on another potential COVID-19 antibody therapy
CNN: As more Americans head out, 22 states are seeing jumps in new coronavirus cases
WisconsinINNO: Madison VR startup Holos selected to Techstars space accelerator
UpNorth News: Coronavirus increased mail-in ballot popularity. Conservatives now want to make it harder
Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee promotion, messaging adapting to a downsized DNC Why a wellness routine is your top priority amid protests and the pandemic — and how to start
WIRED: Black investors call on VCs to fix hiring and funding
The New York Times: 5 rules to live by during a pandemic [Rule No. 1 is “Check the health of your state and community.”]
CNN: Why some of us have stopped being COVID vigilant and how to overcome it
NBC26: Shakeup comes at Wisconsin health agency during pandemic
Fast Company: The U.S. can get to 90% clean electricity in just 15 years

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

WisBusiness/WisPolitics hosts COVID-19, Trade Tensions, Turbulent Markets -- Trouble for Wisconsin Ag on Thursday, June 11

presents a Cloud Café webinar: ForeFront: Sherman Park on Thursday, June 11

’s Trends on Tech Talent Attraction due to COVID-19 with Kathy Henrich on Thursday, June 11

Accelity Marketing
presents a bi-weekly COVID-19 Business Strategy (open forum) webinar, next on Thursday, June 11

’s Payer-Provider Relationships will Dictate Post-COVID-19 Landscape is on Thursday, June 11

is hosting Candid Conversations in Nonprofit Leadership: Staying the course during a crisis on Friday, June 12

Center for Technology Commercialization
is holding a virtual Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Workshop on Thursday, June 18

Greater Green Bay Chamber
presents TechConnect: Work in a Tech Startup on Monday, June 22

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

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