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June 8, 2020

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Conference participants reflect on economic recovery, more
Participants in the first-ever “virtual” Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference were asked to take part in a survey that tested their confidence in the recovery of their own businesses, the state economy and the U.S. economy. We also asked how soon people would feel safe venturing out into crowds of 250 people or more. The results are revealing!
Read survey results here.

It’s a wrap: Our first-ever virtual 2020 Entrepreneurs’ Conference
We’ll be adding highlights all this week from our June 4th Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, including winners, features in the news and more. 
Click here to read the latest.



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

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will issue 30,000 grants of $2,500 to Wisconsin small businesses to help them get back on their feet amid disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read details here.

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Majority of Wisconsinites not ready to return to work, restaurants or malls

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce conducted this survey May 26-28, building off the basic question: Are you willing to do the following? Results: 87% Grocery shopping, 69% Visit family, 57% Visit friends, 51% Go to barber or salon, 49% Go to work, 41% Eat at restaurant, 41% Send your child to school, 35% Go to a mall, 33% Stay in a hotel, 30% Go to church, 23% Fly on a plane, 23% Go to a movie, 21% Go to a bar, 19% Go to a health club, 19% Attend a stadium sporting event] ... "Three months of lockdown did a pretty good of making people cautious and making people scared," MMAC senior vice president of governmental affairs Steve Baas said in an interview. "And it's going to take a while to regain that confidence. ... we'll have a 'swoosh' (shaped) recovery and not a 'V' because we have to work through the psychology of confidence." See here or below to read the full article.


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
Milwaukee Business Journal: Employers need to weigh legal and health ramifications when reopening, experts say As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, precautions advised
The Cap Times: Some Madison restaurant owners wary about reopening dining rooms How should I clean and store my face mask?
Wisconsin State Journal: How to manage COVID-19 risk as you leave your cocoon
BizTimes: Area restaurants carefully approach reopening dine-in service
Humana offers a Workplace Reentry Essential Guide in checklist format to assist employers
Forbes: Expert advice for behaving responsibly during the next phase of the pandemic
The New York Times: See how all 50 states are reopening
Milwaukee Business Journal: MMAC: Majority of Wisconsinites not ready to return to work, restaurants or malls
Milwaukee Business Journal: First look at changes made to Potawatomi Casino as it prepares to reopen


WisBusiness: Public officials discuss how to address two pandemics: coronavirus and racism
BizWomen: Pandemic leaves workers questioning their skills
TechCrunch: U.S. e-commerce sales to jump 18% in 2020, but not enough to offset retail’s decline
UpNorthNews: What defund the police really means
BizWomen: HR pros think remote work will keep growing post-COVID
BizTimes: Greater Milwaukee Foundation backs African American Chamber COVID-19 recovery fund
The New York Times: When 511 epidemiologists expect to fly, hug and do 18 other everyday activities again
Milwaukee Business Journal: How Visit Milwaukee plans to get back on track after losing $64 million  in convention business
Gov. Evers announces appointments to Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity
Wisconsin State Journal: [Photos] “Black lives matter” solidarity march
BizWomen: Target commits $10 million to support social justice, rebuilding
Social Media Today: Facebook will review its policies around state use of force and voter suppression
WPR: Routine legal work on pause during COVID-19 pandemic
Wisconsin State Journal: Art brings messages of solidarity, protest and large swaths of color to State Street
Milwaukee Business Journal: Milwaukee to lift restrictions on stores, restaurants as city begins third phase of reopening
Milwaukee Business Journal: Community Care CEO on how nonprofit provides health services amid pandemic
Wisconsin State Journal: Pandemic brings twice the pain to nonprofit fundraising
Inc.: Reopening? Your employees will need extra emotional support
Mayo Clinic: How to travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Please send your upcoming virtual events for consideration to

’s U.S. Economic Development Administration to discuss CARES funding & new innovation opportunity is on Tuesday, June 9

Real Talk Business Reboot featuring Daymond John is on Tuesday, June 9

Real Talk Business Reboot featuring Steve Case is on Wednesday, June 10

presents a Cloud Café webinar: ForeFront: Sherman Park on Thursday, June 11

s Trends on Tech Talent Attraction due to COVID-19 with Kathy Henrich on Thursday, June 11

Accelity Marketing
presents a bi-weekly COVID-19 Business Strategy (open forum) webinar, next on Thursday, June 11

is hosting Candid Conversations in Nonprofit Leadership: Staying the course during a crisis on Friday, June 12

Center for Technology Commercialization is holding a virtual Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Workshop on Thursday, June 18

Greater Green Bay Chamber presents TechConnect: Work in a Tech Startup on Monday, June 22

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