Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

A message from WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer:

ATTN: Wisconsin Business Leader –

As you know, the number of COVID-19 cases are spiking in Wisconsin. Hospitalizations are also rising and approaching overcapacity in some parts of the state, at an alarming rate.

This is a serious situation.

You will recall that the original Safer at Home order last March was instituted to keep our health care system from becoming overwhelmed. However, we have more people hospitalized today from COVID-19 than any other time since the pandemic hit Wisconsin.

Again, this is a serious situation and we all need to do our part. You are a business leader in this state, which means you are also a community leader. As such, I am asking you to remind your employees that it is critical to be careful and responsible at home, just as it is at work. This includes wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands frequently.

I know people are tired of this pandemic and want to resume normal activity. But that doesn’t make COVID-19 go away. It is clearly still here and still very much a grave threat to public health, particularly for the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions.

Studies show that employees respect and, therefore, listen to their employers. So please, for the health of your employees, your community and our state, please consider sharing the following communication with your employees urging them to be safe by being diligent and resolute. (more…)

Network Live on Zoom with Area Professionals at Regional Connections!

Join us for Regional Connections Speed Networking, on Thursday, November 12th, at 10:00am. This 90 minute, multi-Chamber, virtual networking event is designed to help those from around our region get connected in a fun, easy way! It removes the uncomfortable part of networking and provides participants with a venue to perfect their self-presentation skills and connect with others.

Regional Connections Speed Networking will take place inside Zoom and Zoom Rooms. Rather than tables, we will have networking rooms and room Captains to ensure exclusive time for each networker. This opportunity to connect and expand your network is limited to current Chamber Members only and only one person per Member business. Total cost per person is $15.

Participating Chambers include the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, Fox Lake-Richmond-Spring Grove Area Chamber, RAMAC (Racine Chamber), and Greater Union Grove Chamber of Commerce. Deadline to register is November 6, 2020.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am
Register Online ($15)

Gov. Evers Invests Additional $100 Million in Wisconsin Small Businesses and Economic Stabilization 

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $100 million in investments aimed at providing additional economic stabilization for small businesses and communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new infusion of funds includes an additional $50 million for “We’re All In Grants,” an economic development grant program launched by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) this summer. More than 26,000 businesses received “We’re all In Grants” statewide, but many continue to face economic challenges from the pandemic.

“Small businesses, including the tourism and lodging industries, are the backbone of our Wisconsin communities. The ongoing pandemic, combined with a lack of action at the federal level may force many of these businesses to shutter their doors for good,” said Gov. Evers. “That’s why we’re investing another $100 million in businesses and communities across our state. Our communities are in desperate need of additional federal support, but we can’t wait a moment longer to do what we can here in Wisconsin.” (more…)

WMC Calls on Business Community to Educate Employees on Best Practices to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – called on its members and the broader business community to educate employees about best practices that can slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and observing proper hygiene like frequent hand washing.

In a WMC member-update call on Wednesday, Wisconsin Hospital Association Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Kaufman emphasized that some hospitals in the state are reaching peak capacity due to increased COVID-19 patients. He called on individuals to take the virus seriously.

“Masking works. Physical distancing works. Good personal hygiene works,” said Kaufman during the WMC call. “This is basic science. It’s not a political issue. It should not be a political issue.”

WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer echoed Dr. Kaufman’s remarks and praised businesses for taking steps to protect their employees on the job.

“But we’re not just business leaders, we’re community leaders,” he told WMC members on Wednesday. “And we need to use the influence we have over our employees to emphasize and reinforce that your employees take the same precautions at home and at play to protect themselves, their family, their friends, their coworkers and of course their community.”

WMC has worked closely with its members over the last six months to ensure they could safely reopen and restart the Wisconsin economy. In fact, Wisconsin Safety Council – a division of WMC – has provided COVID-19 training and consultations to a number of business around the state to help protect employees who returned to work.

A recording of Wednesday’s WMC member-update call is available by clicking here.

Leadership Kenosha — September 2020

Flexibility. Opportunity. Investment.

These three words can unite all of us. We are flexible in our understanding that our experience is unlike any cohort before us. We have the power to see these challenges as obstacles, or to transform them into opportunities. We are here to invest in ourselves, to invest in each other, in our community and in our futures. We are the 2020-2021 Leadership Kenosha cohort.

Thursday, September 24 marked the first session of the ‘20-’21 Leadership Kenosha session. With the mask mandate still in place, we met outside for lunch at the Wyndham Garden Harborside Deck. The lake always makes for the best backdrops, doesn’t it? We dove right into learning more about the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, our tentative program schedule and introducing ourselves with ice breakers, including which TV shows we are currently binging. When lunch concluded, we each headed our separate ways to where we would login virtually for the afternoon session. (more…)