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March 24, 2020

Dear readers,

The “safer at home” order issued by Gov. Tony Evers and his administration contains broad definitions about what constitutes an “essential business,” which is good news for many in the tech community. The order (read here) should be read carefully by businesses and organizations with questions about whether they qualify. Questions may go to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (click here) after you’ve carefully reviewed the document. On Monday, the Tech Council issued a news release noting the importance of many tech-related businesses in combating the COVID-19 crisis.

Thank you for forwarding information from your companies related to production of “personal protection equipment” and other needs in the Wisconsin supply chain. We’re getting those to the proper sources in real time. It has been a tremendous reminder of the innovation that helps to make Wisconsin great, so keep those contacts flowing in by emailing details to

Stay tuned for announcements about virtual Tech Council webinars on COVID-19 issues of interest to our members and others.

Stay healthy,

Tom Still, president


·       WEDC Small Business 2020 Program: Assistance will be available to Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) List of All 23 CDFIs in Wisconsin to provide grants to their existing loan clients to help mitigate business-related cash flow issues in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Approved CDFIs will make program grants (up to $20,000) available to for-profit businesses meeting the following criteria:

  • Current loan recipient in good standing as of 3/1/20 with the approved CDFI (or its collaborating CDFIs);
  • 20 or fewer PT/FT employees;
  • Greater than $0 but less than $2 million in annual revenues; and, preference should be given to service and retail businesses

·       Gov. Evers’ office has launched a statewide COVID-19 website that aggregates information and resources throughout state government.

·       SBA: COVID-19: Small business guidance and loan resources.

·       The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development produced this helpful Frequently Asked Questions document.

·       WEDC has compiled a comprehensive overview of their resources along with state and federal resources to assist Wisconsin citizens aimed at maintaining the viability of the companies upon which our economy depends.

·       Report any scams or price gouging to Wisconsin Department of Justice: If you suspect fraud or a scam, Attorney General Kaul suggests filing a complaint online at

·       U.S. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program:  The declaration is expected to be received and take effect in the coming days.  When it is made official, a portal will open on the SBA’s website that allows business owners to apply for working capital loans. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

·       Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus latest updates

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


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The closing of schools across Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 epidemic means teachers and students will pursue instruction opportunities online in the coming weeks. One useful tool readily available for middle- and high-school students is the Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, or Wisconsin YES!, contest. Public, private and home-schooled students across Wisconsin are eligible to turn their science- and tech-related ideas into business plans and compete for cash and prizes. This free, statewide youth business plan contest is modeled after the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest. It is open for online entries from Wisconsin middle- and high-school students through 5 p.m. April 13, 2020. The contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through


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