FOCUS FORWARD

The go-to resource to keep Wisconsin citizens, communities and businesses moving forward.

WORKING TOGETHER TO PREPARE WISCONSIN TO PROSPER

By working together, we can overcome the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 has put on us all. Focus Forward provides tools, information and inspiration related to business, community and personal resilience. It’s a place to communicate and connect regularly, where you’ll find information on financial and operational assistance programs from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and other state and federal partners that will prepare you for economic recovery. Most of all, it’s a destination to unite, roll up our sleeves and get to work helping each other and the entire state of Wisconsin move forward.

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Subscribe to Focus Forward updates to stay in-the-know about important Wisconsin economic and business news, as well as new programs and resources available for your business and community.

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FOCUS FORWARD VIDEOS & LIVESTREAM EVENTS

Join WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes for videos and livestream events covering business-critical topics and peer-to-peer conversations featuring recovery tips. You’ll find the information and insights your business and community need to successfully move beyond the current crisis.

Stay tuned for Focus Forward livestreams, featuring information on reopening and recovery efforts. We’ll also take your questions live as we work together to get Wisconsin’s economy and your business back on track.

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FOCUS FORWARD PODCAST

THE VOICE OF WISCONSIN BUSINESS

The Focus Forward podcast connects business and community leaders and other Wisconsin “doers” in conversations about how we can all help each other succeed. In each episode, WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes guides the discussion toward real and actionable advice you can incorporate in your business or community to help overcome the challenges you’re facing today and prepare for the new opportunities of tomorrow.

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PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

Focus Forward is here to connect you to the programs and resources WEDC, other state partners and national organizations have created to help your business. It’s our commitment to make it easier for you to find the information you need for relief and recovery, including WEDC financial assistance for Wisconsin companies, SBA disaster assistance, COVID-19 federal relief programs and more. Subscribe to our Focus Forward updates to ensure you have access to the newest programs and resources as they become available.

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WE’RE HERE TO HELP

Navigating the complexity of COVID-19 relief and recovery can be daunting. Let us connect you to the information, insights, partners and resources needed to keep your business and community moving forward.

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FOCUS FORWARD UPDATES

Stay in-the-know about important Wisconsin business and economic news, community announcements and new programs and resources available for your business.

New guidance released for preventing and managing workplace outbreaks of COVID-19

Available on the Department of Health Services website, the document covers best practices for testing, working with local health authorities, and reopening the workplace after an outbreak, among other topics. Read More

Apply now for the second round of We’re All In Small Business Grant funding

Applications are due Nov. 2 for this grant round, which aims to distribute 10,000 grants of $5,000 each to qualifying small businesses around the state. Read More

Focus Forward Podcast Ep 7: New Comfort Zone, New Partners with Sabrina Madison

Sabrina Madison, founder of the Progress Center for Black Women and known locally as Heymiss Progress, is an award-winning entrepreneur talks with WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes about building networks, taking action and supporting black women. Read More

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