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Dear readers, March 17, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 upon us, we’re entering a time in which both urgency and patience are assets. Urgency because a number of businesses and institutions must move quickly to stem the tide. Elected officials, corporate leaders, small business owners and others may be criticized for over-reacting, especially if the worst doesn’t happen. However, the penalty for under-reacting is stiff and would likely be paid in the form of much longer lockdowns, business interruptions and overwhelmed healthcare institutions. That’s where patience comes into play as people continue to interact with one another in ways that can help, virtually or otherwise.

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Fitchburg Star: Promega to ramp up production of COVID-19 testing materials
Reinhart Law: Beware of cybersecurity attackers taking advantage of coronavirus uncertainty
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WTMJ4: Wisconsin Senate postpones session due to coronavirus


The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters will hold its “Climate Breakfast Series” 3/18 7:30 a.m. discussion via Zoom. Register here.

The Smart Cities Connect Spring Conference & Expo and US Ignite Application Summit set for April 6-9 in Denver, Colo., will now coincide with the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference & Expo scheduled for Nov. 17-19, 2020 in National Harbor, Md.

Creative Wisconsin Day will be reformatted from its live Thursday, April 16, day of advocacy in the State Capitol to online and social media advocacy interactions, to be called the Virtual Creative Wisconsin Day, also on April 16. Get in touch with Arts Wisconsin Director Ann Katz, who spoke recently at a Tech Council Innovation Network event, at for questions and more detail.
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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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·       Centers for Disease Control: Coronavirus latest updates

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

·       Live dashboard with QUICK NUMBERS and FACTS on the IMPACT of COVID-19

·       WMTV15: Wisconsin schedule changes for events, cities, school and universities.

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

·       View UW-Madison’s COVID-19 top updates, plans and response .

·       Newance is offering free “Office Hours” for any business leaders who need to talk through remote management, morale or any other concerns. Click here to reach out to Amanda Daering via Calendly.

·       Fiveable offers free AP assistance while in-person “Advanced Placement” high school classes aren’t in session. AP exams through CollegeBoard are still scheduled for May. Learn more.

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

·       Access Microsoft’s efforts to help teams work remotely and navigate online.

·       Michael Best has formed a COVID-19 Task Force to address business and legal implications.

·       Reinhart’s Coronavirus Resource Center includes the impact of HR 6201 on employees.

·       BDO monitors the latest COVID-19 business impacts and regulatory updates.

      Tom Still 2017
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