• Due to the current average COVID-19 case count in Dane County, we are issuing Emergency Order #9. The order requires all county schools to begin the school year virtually for students in grades 3-12, closing them to in-person pupil instruction, effective August 24, 2020. Grades K-2 may have in-person pupil instruction, with precautions outlined in the Order. Schools serving K-2 students are not required to open for in-person instruction, and those that choose to provide in-person pupil instruction for grades K-2 must still offer virtual learning options for students. See details in our news release: https://bit.ly/2Yn1qK4


    Public Health Madison & Dane County issued an order requiring that individuals age five and older wear a mask or face covering indoors where other people, except for members of the individual’s household or living unit, could be present.

    The requirement takes effect Monday, July 13, at 8 a.m.   
    Read the full order hereNews Release

    The face covering order applies to indoor public spaces including in businesses, health care settings, waiting in line and on public transportation. It also requires individuals to wear face coverings when in someone else’s home.

    Exceptions will be made for certain activities such as eating or drinking at a restaurant or bar, but during those activities, six feet distancing of individuals not from the same household or living unit is required. Exceptions are also made while obtaining a service that requires the temporary removal of the face covering, when necessary to confirm an individual’s identity or where an individual has a physical, mental or developmental condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.

    If someone can’t wear a mask in a business due to a condition or disability, the order recommends people ask that business for reasonable accommodation, such as a curbside pickup or delivery option. Though not required, children ages 2-4 are strongly encouraged to wear masks in public.

    Businesses are required to ensure employees are provided with and wear face coverings at all times when indoors, as well as ensure individuals are at least six feet from others whenever possible, as part of their mandatory written protective measure policy and procedure.

    Businesses are also allowed and encouraged to refuse service to anyone who is not wearing a mask or a face covering. Public Health suggests the following strategies to discuss masks with customers:

    * Offer an alternate service, such as curbside pickup or delivery;
    * If possible, buy or ask for donations of masks that you could offer to customers who do not have them;
    * Make it clear on your business’s website and front doors (signage available here) that you will be requiring masks in your business; or
    * Explain that this policy is countywide and required by the local health department.

    Public Health will evaluate complaints about individuals and businesses that do not comply with the face covering requirement, with the primary emphasis being on education. Enforcement will generally focus on businesses or individuals that continue to violate the order, despite attempts to educate.

    If you are unable to obtain a mask, the Dane County website will feature information soon about how to acquire free masks.

    If you have additional questions about the order or other issues impacting your business, please continue to submit them through our Q&A portal here and our staff and team of regional partners will work to get you an answer. All responses are posted on our website here.


    WEDC GUIDELINES (6/4/2020) 

    PHASE 1 FORWARD DANE (May 27, 2020) 

    FORWARD DANE (May 18, 2020) 

    Public Health MDC EMERGENCY ORDER #2  (May 18, 2020)



    Public Health Madison & Dane County Re-Opening Packet (April 24, 2020)

    Wisconsin State Parks and Forests to Reopen on May 1 (April 28, 2020)

     "MACE: Sponsorships & Social Distancing - How to Repackage Benefits in Age of COVID1"  recording password 4J*18p4d   (June 11, 2020) 

  • MadREP Report March 20, 2020 / 
    Read morewww.sba.gov
    Read morewedc.org

    Read morewedc.org GUIDELINES
    Read morewww.cdc.gov
    Read moredwd.wisconsin.gov
    Read moreamericassbdc.org




    UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank will be our guest this Thursday, July 16, for the next Lunch(UP)date, the Chamber's weekly program where you can take a break and enjoy lunch while staying connected, curious and informed.

    For this week's program, the Chancellor will discuss the University's "Smart Restart" reopening plan and their overall efforts to keep students, faculty and staff safe.

    Register here. You can submit in advance any questions you may have for Chancellor Blank or the Chamber at ask@madisonbiz.com.

    Paycheck Protection Program DEADLINE EXTENDED

    The deadline has been extended to August 8 to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the federal initiative designed to incentivize small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. President Trump signed the extension into law on Saturday.

    Additional SBA information about the PPP can be found here. We encourage business owners that did not previously apply for a PPP loan to consider contacting their lender to start an application.

  • Join Dane Buy Local for Weekly Webinar

    A business collaboration that is free and open to all. 

    danebuylocal.com or Zoom Link

    Join business owners and groups for a mass webinar every Monday at 10am. 

    Specific questions, please submit ahead of time to colin@danebuylocal.com.  




    Starting July 15, these webinars will only be open to WMC members. If you are interested in joining WMC, please contact Wade Goodsell at wgoodsell@wmc.org.

    Medical Update: Dr. Robert Golden, Dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs of UW-Madison. 
    Tourism Update: Penny Strom, St. Germain Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Stephanie Klett, VISIT Lake Geneva President & CEO and former Wisconsin Tourism Secretary, and Bob Dunn, Landmark Development President

    Click here to watch the recorded webinar



  • Return to Work 8 Steps To Keep Employees Safe
    Watch Video with Laura
     Waide from Wisconsin Safety Council

    Wisconsin Safety Council encourages businesses to follow these best practices and to follow the WEDC guidelines posted here. 

    Wisconsin Safety Council Celebrates June as National Safety Month
    Each June, Wisconsin Safety Council – the state’s leading provider of safety training and products – partners with the National Safety Council (NSC) to recognize National Safety Month. Throughout the month, Wisconsin Safety Council will engage its members through workforce training programs, conduct a social media campaign and educate the public on how to stay safe at work, at home and everywhere in between. Click here to learn more

    Wisconsin Safety Council Launches Online Training Library
    As many businesses and employees continue to work from home, Wisconsin Safety Council has launched a brand new online training platform. The new library contains hundreds of courses in multiple different languages to meet the needs of employers and workers across the state. The new platform will be offered in addition to virtual training, in-person training and the Safety Council's Annual Conference in September.
    Both customers and workers need to be confident in their safety, so we need everyone to be diligent in following best safety practices so we can continue to move our state forward while keeping our families and communities safe. Learn more here: https://wedc.org/reopen-guidelines/.

    More information on today's turn of the dial is available at the press release here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/28af33b