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Dear readers,

It’s a time during which American innovation will be called upon in many ways. One immediate need is identifying businesses that have the ability or capacity to produce items essential to the COVID-19 response, particularly items necessary for the health-care system. 

The Tech Council has been asked to survey its members about the potential to produce personal protective equipment used in health care and emergency response.  Are there barriers to domestic production or increased domestic production? Let us know as well and we’ll let policymakers and appropriate authorities know. Email us at

Here are products that commonly fall into the PPE category: Disposable face shields; safety goggles; safety glasses; procedure/surgical masks; N95 respirators; nitrile gloves; Tyvek suits; isolation gowns; hand sanitizer; and disinfectant wipes.

Also needed are elements critical to COVID-19 test kits, including the reagents necessary to process the tests.

FINALLY, 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 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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Wisconsin Grocers’ Association: Can unpackaged fruits and vegetables be made available to customers? Yes, per the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Unpackaged fresh fruits, vegetables and other produce may continue to be displayed for selection and purchase by consumers. To minimize the likelihood of repeated hand contact with produce, retailers should consider decreasing the number of products displayed for sale and re-stock items more frequently. Be sure to regularly clean and sanitize all containers used to store produce. This order remains in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared in Order No. 72, or until a superseding order is issued. Click to view Gov. Evers’ Executive Order #72
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Move to online schools offers students chance to enter ‘Wisconsin YES!’ business plan contest
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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