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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
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
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
As organizations throughout Wisconsin plan and host events to help businesses recover, this calendar collects them in one central place. Read More
Applications are now due Friday, June 26, at 11:59 p.m. Read More
Answering frequently asked questions and clarifying details about the We’re All In Small Business Grant Program as the application deadline approaches Read More
The application window will be open until 11:59 p.m., but applicants are urged to begin their application in advance of the deadline in case of any technical issues. Read More
Acceptance of applications had temporarily been paused due to depletion of funding for the program. Read More
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
In the video, Hughes explains more about the criteria and application process for the We’re All In Small Business Grants. Read More
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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.