Chamber Chat 3-30-20


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Stop Worrying and Start Living

It is “Let’s start moving forward Monday!” There’s less uncertainty than a week ago. We know there’s money coming with the state of Wisconsin now beginning its discussions. the best plans begin with the right attitude. Our Chamber Chat speaker today will help you compartmentalize all that we have to worry about — whether it’s our health, our home schooled children, our closed businesses, and more — and create a plan to improve. Let’s get this Monday started!

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3:00 PM Today Chamber Chat with Dale Carnegie Trainer Jon Walrath on “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”. Through our partnership with Jon Walrath, we bring you mental health — tools to help you with the change occurring around you and fuel to rise above the anxiety. Register here >>

    • Tuesday: La Crosse City Planning Andrea Schnick on their assistance to businesses register here >>
    • Thursday: Rep. Ron Kind on the current federal stimulus plans  register here >>


  • Clear Business Checklist for CARES Act Funding developed by the U.S. Chamber is here >>
    • US Chamber believes checks will arrive within two weeks
  • Social distancing to continue through April 30 according to President Trump, although the left the conversation open to letting some places reboot faster. More info >>
  • Extension of your business-collected sales tax now allowed here >>
  • Minor work permits. With permit providers closed, companies needing work permits for should go here >>
  • Hmong Chamber Offering Loans (not restricted by race, but Hmong preferred) here >>

Chamber Updates

  • Shifting Gears: This week the Chamber team begins looking at what you need to maintain your business so you can prepare to reboot. Stay tuned.
  • 65 + Businesses List their Jobs on Chamber Jobs Board: here >>
  • 60+ Local Essential Businesses Ready to Help. Listed here >>


    • President Trump is expected to sign the CARES/Federal Stimulus Act.  Rep. Ron Kind’s reaction to what passed here >> 
    • Gaining Clarity: the complexities of the federal funding sources and state safe-at-home order have been processed and developed into some Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs):
      • Safer at Home – Essential Driving Guidelines & More in FAQ here >>
      • Paid Leave Due to Coronavirus & Child Care Shortages: aka the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Find the FAQ from the
      • Your College Student is at school on April 1. That’s how the Census Bureau needs you to fill out your census. The data impacts the communities where college students would normally reside on April 1. Instructions >>
      • In Case You Still Need a Plan: We found the US Chamber’s guide for employers here >>


      • Gov Evers says no evictions, foreclosures More info >>
      • Avoid the politicking. Order your absentee ballot. As Gov Evers and the state Republicans debate (story here >>) mailing a ballot to every Wisconsin registered voter, just order the ballot yourself and save them the hassle here >>
      • Gov Evers Asks for $700 mil COVID Aid Plan, Buys Ventilators, Masks amidst much controversy here >>
      • Wisconsin’s Tourism Expected to Take Big Hit More Info >>


      • La Crosse Distillery Hand Sanitizer Came & Went within hours. More being bottled here >>
      • Xcel Energy Donates 20,000 Masks here >>
      • Festival Foods Donates $200,000 to United Ways in Wisconsin here >>

      The Chamber team that’s been behind most of these updates steps into the spotlight a bit this week. Our team knows I lead with transparency and vulnerability. My family’s story is public. It’s how we operate. In 45 minutes my husband gets his second (and hopefully last dose of chemo for a very curable cancer). I am putting my family “compartment” (as Dale Carnegie will teach you) in the front today and perhaps a bit more this week. We’re the family you all are washing your hands and socially isolating for. Keep doing so. Be well!


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