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Listen to the Focus Forward podcast to get actionable insights on how to move forward with purpose. This podcast will provide business owners, community leaders and inspired citizens with real and honest conversations featuring insider tips and information you won’t find anywhere else. With discussions guided by WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes, you’ll hear directly from Wisconsin “doers” on how they’re moving from surviving to thriving.


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Focus Forward Podcast Ep 4: The New Networking: Attract and Engage with Angela Damiani

Serial entrepreneur Angela Damiani, Newaukee CEO, builds connections and growth for talent and small businesses. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Damiani about the state’s business and talent opportunities pre- and post-COVID. Read More

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Focus Forward Podcast Ep 3: President Ray Cross and the UW System

Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin system, discusses students’ desire to thrive despite COVID-19 university closures. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes speaks with Cross about Wisconsin’s future and the investments we can make as we return from the pandemic. Read More

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Focus Forward Podcast Ep 2: Scale Up Milwaukee: Inclusive Prosperity with Elmer Moore

Start-up and scale-up projects in Wisconsin offer unique opportunities to infuse communities of color with economic prosperity and growth. WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes interviews Elmer Moore, executive director of Scale Up Milwaukee, a Greater Milwaukee Committee initiative. Read More

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Focus Forward Podcast Ep. 1: Moving your restaurant forward with Luke Zahm

Luke Zahm discusses how he’s moving his restaurant forward in the wake of the pandemic in Wisconsin. Join Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC as she talks to the chef and owner of Driftless Cafe and Wiscochef Enterprises and host of the “Wisconsin Foodie” television show about his restaurant business before and after COVID-19. Read More

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Event planning during a pandemic

With most communities canceling events and unsure when they will be able to resume programming in light of the pandemic, WEDC’s downtown development team is offering some ideas for how communities can adapt. These include a focus on smaller events and virtual events, as well as events that can be planned in a short amount of time—so communities can adopt creative strategies instead of simply going the whole summer without any events. Read More

Reminder: Join us for the Focus Forward livestream Monday, June 29

Join us for the next Focus Forward livestream on June 29 at 11 a.m. CDT where WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes will highlight tools are resources available to small businesses in Wisconsin to respond, recover and thrive during these challenging times. Read More

Browse events or list your own with WEDC’s new COVID-19 Business Recovery Events Calendar

As organizations throughout Wisconsin plan and host events to help businesses recover, this calendar collects them in one central place. Read More