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May 20, 2020

Dear readers: 

Tech economy can’t be ignored during recovery

Before the COVID-19 epidemic sunk its bristly microscopic nodes into the economy, Wisconsin’s tech-based sector was making solid progress in jobs, salaries and contribution to the state domestic product.

As the outlines of a broader recovery plan emerge, state policymakers should be careful not to conclude that tech businesses will simply take care of themselves.

Wisconsin was 15th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in boosting the size of its tech-based labor force over the past decade, according to a national report. Please read my latest “Inside Wisconsin” column (click here) for more.

Entrepreneurs’ Conference on track for June 4

Stay tuned as we roll out more highlights of the annual conference in the coming days.

Click here to register here for the conference!



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?


Tom Still, president

Registration now open for our ‘virtual’ Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference!

We recently announced that Brian Pinkerton, Apple’s chief architect for Siri and a graduate of the UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences, will speak June 4 during the
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Conference on a virtual platform that will offer plenty of interaction with attendees.

Click here to read the conference press releases: (* NEW)
Five interactive workshops to target post-COVID strategies at June 4 Entrepreneurs' Conference
Panels at virtual Entrepreneurs’ Conference will focus on COVID-19 economic recovery 

‘Virtual’ Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference will offer plenty of ways for attendees to engage
‘Siri, did you know your boss will speak June 4 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference?’

We’ll announce more conference highlights soon, including engaging ways for attendees to network among themselves and presenters. Nothing beats live, but this will come close! Among the features of the conference over time have been the Governor’s Business Plan Contest (see more below) and a presentation by the winner of the Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, or YES!, contest. A full release on the young people advancing in that competition is linked here, as well.

Please stay tuned for more about panel discussions, workshops and special networking activities.                                                                    
Register here!

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GUEST COLUMN: On Your Mark, Get Set, Maybe Don’t Go?

The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the statewide Safer at Home orders as invalid and unenforceable, which means some counties and municipalities have implemented their own orders, while some did not.

I am my colleagues are not going to discuss the court’s opinion. There are lots of attorneys who want to do that more than we do. Dissecting the opinion won’t help us or our clients figure out what to do next. Instead, let’s focus on what we know and how to move forward.

Click here to read Ogden’s full column.

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The BPC class of 2020: Finalist profiles

The Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest began in late January and will culminate June 4 during the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. Some contest finalists were profiled by senior and graduate students in a UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication capstone class. Visit, our “Student Stories” and our BPC website to see more stories about these young companies. Today’s feature story is about “eCourt Reporters.”

eCourt Reporter is connecting talent to legal system more efficiently 
By Mekenzie Steffen

eCourt Reporter provides a one-of-a-kind technology that allows for a thorough selection of court reporters who are needed in the legal world.

This Wisconsin-based marketplace allows law firms, government entities and court reporting agencies to directly schedule court reporters and legal videographers with live search capabilities across all 50 states.

Click here to read the full story.


eCourt Reporters

Our Business Plan Contestants could use your support!

We announced a crop of 28 finalists in the 2020 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest this week, and we’re looking forward to the competition entering the next phase. If you’re able to contribute services to the prize kitty – legal, accounting, consulting, office space, media and design, cash or something else a young company might want – please contact us. Email your ideas to: and she’ll get back to you. Thanks for helping this exciting group of entrepreneurs advance their companies during a challenging time.

Watch for the "Diligent Dozen" presentation videos coming soon!


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


Gov. Evers announces $25 million “Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program”
Wisconsin State Journal: COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating Wisconsin’s rural broadband problem
WisconsinEYE: [Video] COVID-19 update with DWD Sec. Frostman
WMTV: [Video] FEMA explains mission to get Wisconsin the supplies it needs
Wisconsin State Journal: Gov. Tony Evers unveils plan for spending $1 billion in fed money to fight COVID-19
The Journal Times: 'New normal' varies widely around world
FoxNews: CDC now says coronavirus 'does not spread easily' via contaminated surfaces
Milwaukee Business Journal: Overwhelmed by PPP? Here's the expert advice you need to know
CNN: CDC releases detailed guidance on reopening that had previously been shelved by White House
Wisconsin State Journal: Face masks becoming a political symbol of the COVID-19 era
Business Insider: Facebook is adding Shops to let businesses sell products through the social network
Singularity Hub: Scientists are cloning the coronavirus like crazy. Here’s Why—and the risks
Quartz at Work: We’re about to re-enter an office full of half-baked design prototypes
CNN: 5 takeaways from the first Senate hearing on the coronavirus relief bill Madison area celebrities to entertain digitally for a good cause
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Here’s a list of colleges’ plans for reopening in the fall
San Francisco Business Times: United Airlines teams with Clorox, Cleveland Clinic to establish air travel's new normal
Forbes: World Bank estimates 60 million people may fall into extreme poverty due to coronavirus
CNBC: GalaxE Solutions talks impact of COVID-19 on remote work capabilities in emerging countries
Milwaukee Business Journal: WCMP receives $1.5 million for manufacturers
CNN: All states are partially reopen leaving Americans to weigh the risk of venturing out again
Inc.: COVID-era creativity: How this founder hit on a better way to prototype
Bloomberg: U.S. 2019 births fall for fifth consecutive year to 35-year low
Release: Wilo announces plans for new headquarters and production site
Fox6: ‘Policies changed overnight:’ Future nurses learn to care for COVID-19 patients at Gateway Technical College

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