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May 18, 2020

Dear readers: 

Every sector of the Wisconsin economy has felt the sting of the COVID-19 crisis, from tourism to farming, and from tech to Main Street. In many cases, a relatively small amount of assistance can help businesses over the hump. That’s the theory behind the “We’re All In” initiative announced Monday by Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Read the release in our news section to learn more about this program, which will provide grants of up to $2,500 to qualifying small businesses.

Also, a reminder to check out our latest news release below on the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference and our six “virtual” panel discussions. Our experts will talk about the latest trends in investing, building sales, cybersecurity threats while working at home, the rise of “on-shoring” and things COVID-19 taught that may change the business landscape for quite some time.

You may register here for the conference.

Make sure to check out our newsroom below for fast-changing information about Wisconsin’s reopening process.

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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,  

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:
Panels at virtual Entrepreneurs’ Conference will focus on COVID-19 economic recovery (NEW!)

‘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: Telemedicine can improve rural health care, during COVID-19 and later

The COVID-19 pandemic has humbled our healthcare systems and alarmed the world. While taking lives and threatening whole communities, the pandemic is testing our abilities to work together and the true capacity of government, the private sector, disaster response and healthcare systems.

Telemedicine, a specialized area of telehealth, can serve as a beacon of teamwork and capacity building. Telemedicine improves access to care, infection control, and the economics of care by placing physicians and specialists in each setting they are needed virtually. Beam Healthcare leaders created a COVID-19 Response Superblog for rural hospitals that contains details about the technical, clinical, and regulatory requirements of developing telemedicine responses. 
Click here to read Lightfoot’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 “Plumb Pharmaceuticals.”

Extended release opioid treatment is aim of Plumb Pharmaceuticals
By Emma Olstad

To the construction industry, the term “plumb” means the material is straight and true. Being straight and true brings a whole new meaning to Plumb Pharmaceuticals and its extended release solution for people trying to kick opioids.

Plumb Pharmaceuticals is a Madison-based company founded in 2016 by Timothy Heath and Lisa Krugner-Higby. Plumb Pharmaceuticals has created a drug-delivery technology for extended-release medications, specifically to help the fight against opioid addiction.

Click here to read the full story.



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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 $75 million “We're All In” Grant Program and Initiative to spur Wisconsin's economic recovery, promote safe business practices
WMTV: Dane Co. rolls out $10 million plan to help renters during pandemic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The University of Wisconsin and other public universities are on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus
USA Today: Aftershock: If coronavirus swells in a second wave later this year, will the nation be ready?
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Community arts programs need support to survive cancellations
Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin again a hotbed of partisan politics amid COVID-19 pandemic
Politico: Is the coronavirus killing off cash?
BizTimes Milwaukee: Northwestern Mutual launches venture studio
The Journal Times: Rising meat prices slamming Midwest business, consumers
TIME: Welcome to the first global economic depression of our lifetimes
60 Minutes: Fed Chair Jerome Powell's interview on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic
Milwaukee Business Journal: SBA releases instructions to calculate PPP loan forgiveness
Isthmus: Safer At Home is still in place in Dane County but bars are open in neighboring Sauk
Yahoo Finance: U.S. cities best positioned to bounce back from coronavirus [Madison, WI]
MSU College of Engineering: Alum Kevin Conroy ’88 gives virtual commencement speech
The Washington Post: Apple and Google are building a virus-tracking system. Health officials say it will be practically useless.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Scientists still trying to understand baffling, unpredictable coronavirus
Wisconsin State Journal: With Wisconsin's COVID-19 rules relaxing, what activities are safe? Here's a FAQ
Forbes: Student loan forgiveness and another round of stimulus checks - Here’s what you need to know about the HEROES Act
LinkedIn: Deepak Chopra: Building mental, emotional and spiritual strength during the pandemic
Isthmus: Madison College meeting the challenges of COVID-19
TIME: Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine shows promise, generating positive immune responses in an early study
The Journal Times: When will national parks reopen? Grand Canyon and others have phased plans
Inc.: Architects and designers are rethinking the workspace for the age of coronavirus
Urban Milwaukee: As COVID-19 testing expands, racial disparities persist
TIME: WHO pledges evaluation into agency's response to the coronavirus outbreak

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