WMC Thanks Lawmakers for Protecting Wisconsin Businesses from Predatory COVID-19 Lawsuits

MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association – praised lawmakers on Thursday for protecting businesses, universities, schools, non-profits and other organizations from predatory COVID-19 lawsuits.

The Senate passed Special Session Senate Bill 1 – which contained a measure providing COVID-19 liability protections to businesses and others – last week 27-3, the Assembly approved it on Tuesday 89-0 and Gov. Tony Evers signed it into law on Thursday making it 2021 Act 4.

Following the bill being signed into law, WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer released the below statement:

“Wisconsin businesses and many other organizations have spent the last year taking every possible step to keep their workers, customers and the public safe. While they did everything right to protect the health and safety of others, this legislation will now protect them from costly and predatory COVID-19 lawsuits. WMC and our members thank lawmakers for their bipartisan support of this legislation that will allow employers to focus on our state’s economic recovery.”

NextHome Refined Grand Opening

NextHome Refined had their Grand Opening reception today. Owner Mini Samuel said that NextHome Refined is well equipped to service a diverse group of clientele. She elaborated, “Our vision is to provide white-glove service that is framed by the guiding principles of honesty, integrity and exceptional customer service. NextHome Refined is a progressive real estate firm with consumer-focused technology and world class marke6ng as we stand behind our #Humansoverhouses motto. From the first meeting to the closing table, you will always feel like you’re my only client. Being a Realtor for the past 18 years has taught me to be honest, transparent and open and those traits are what my clients love about me. People often say, “You’re not a sales person” as I put honesty, integrity, and relationships above any sale. My relationships with my clients lasts beyond the closing table!”

NextHome Refined
7850 Green Bay Road
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 960-0468

Leadership Kenosha – February 2021

The Leadership Kenosha Cohort met on February 17, 2021, and the theme was titled: You Either Lead by Example or You Don’t Lead at All! In addition to the theme, there were three key focus areas of the day: learning about the current Kenosha County business climate, exploring barriers to inclusion in the business sector, and developing your own leadership brand.

After our initial check-in, which is intended to interject a level of fun and learn about each other, we then transitioned into a discussion topic from the book, The Truth About Leadership. LK Cohort participant and UW-Parkside’s, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Trina Patterson, led us in a discussion about how we either lead by example or do not lead at all! As part of that discussion, we watched a very impactful video that shared a story about a CEO just being a nice person and how one’s positive and influential behavior can radiate through the workforce. (more…)

WMC Thanks Gov. Evers, Legislature for Protecting Small Businesses from Unexpected PPP Taxes

MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers signed Assembly Bill 2 (AB 2) into law on Thursday, which will protect thousands of Wisconsin small businesses from facing hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpected taxes on loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The bill became necessary when the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR) announced in January that expenses paid for with revenue from PPP loans would not be deductible for tax purposes – resulting in a surprise tax in excess of $400 million. Congressional intent was clear that these forgivable loans were meant to be tax free.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association – immediately called on lawmakers to uphold the promise made in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, Sen. Roger Roth, Sen. Howard Marklein, Rep. David Armstrong and Rep. Robert Wittke paved the way in the legislature.

“WMC heard from countless members of the business community about the devastating impact these surprise tax bills would have on their companies,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer. “This legislation is critical for thousands of employers who are still recovering from the worst economic downturn in a generation.”

WMC led a coalition of nearly 50 business associations and other advocacy groups to encourage bipartisan support of the bill. AB 2 was approved earlier this week by a vote of 87-3 in the Assembly and 27-5 in the Senate.

“WMC and our members thank Gov. Evers and the legislature for coming together to protect thousands of small businesses from costly and unexpected tax bills,” added Bauer. “As we continue to recover from COVID-19, it is critical that lawmakers work in a bipartisan fashion to promote economic growth and improve our state’s business climate.”

With Gov. Evers’ signature, AB 2 became 2021 Act 1.

Network at the Chamber’s March Virtual Networking!

The whole business community is invited to join the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce for Virtual Networking. Enjoy virtual networking with Kenosha area professionals and make new contacts! Assigned networking room rotations will enhance the experience and guarantee exclusive time to introduce yourself and your company.

Cost to network is $5. Registration closes March 5. Only one person per company.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am
Register Online ($5)