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Wisconsin Farmer Crisis hotline offers 24/7 counseling

  Several Studies and the Center for Disease Control have found the rates of mental illness and suicide are higher among farmers There is no doubt that they work long hours, have limited social interaction and are at the mercy of many factors they cannot control like the weather and events like COVID-19. Add other concerns like alcohol abuse, depression, financial worries, and even trauma over having to euthanize livestock- to many farmers the situation might become unbearable to handle by themselves. Contacting the Farm Center at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Wisconsin has established a hotline that which helps farmers with financial, legal, and mental health concerns. The program also is getting usage from farmers that need help dealing with the effects of COVID-19. There is no doubt that [...]

Wisconsin Farmer Crisis hotline offers 24/7 counseling2020-07-10T10:49:07-05:00

Champion of Economic Development Awarded to Rep. Rob Summerfield

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was able to help celebrate alongside Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) as they recently presented Rep. Rob Summerfield 67th Assembly District (R-Bloomer) as a Champion of Economic Development for the 2019-20 session for his leadership on legislative initiatives to drive economic growth and prosperity in Wisconsin. The award is presented to state legislators who exemplify WEDA’s mission of promoting economic development and are committed to making Wisconsin a better place to live, work and do business through effective policies. Rep. Summerfield earned the “Champion of Economic Development” designation for his work on key legislation during the 2019-20 legislative session, which included Small Business Development, Tourism, and other various committees. This past session alone, Rep. Summerfield helped secure additional broadband grants for the Chippewa Valley; ushered through legislation to [...]

Champion of Economic Development Awarded to Rep. Rob Summerfield2020-06-30T15:30:17-05:00

Redevelopment Authority Covid-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Program

The City of Chippewa Falls and the Redevelopment Authority deadline is fast approaching for the recently announced "Redevelopment Authority Covid-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Program", which is aimed to assist businesses within the city limits of Chippewa Falls. This grant program is designed to assist in offsetting costs of commercial property mortgages, loans, and leases following the March 17, 2020 "Safer at Home" order. The program offers eligible businesses up to 60 days, up to a maximum of $2,500 for commercial rent, mortgage, or lease payments that became due after March 17, 2020. Who is Eligible: Small businesses with 15 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees prior to the Safer at Home Order Must be located in a brick and mortar storefront as a major tenant or owner, within the City of Chippewa Falls [...]

Redevelopment Authority Covid-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Program2020-06-18T11:09:04-05:00

SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation: “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and [...]

SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans2020-03-16T16:32:09-05:00

“Wisconsin’s Hemp Rebirth” Lunch & Learn Series

On March 4th 2020, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation was proud to host another successful Lunch and Learn event at our sponsor, B&B Electric's, facility. The event discussion was led by Justin Kirking (Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development). Justin spoke to attendees about "Wisconsin's Hemp Rebirth" and was focused on addressing the current challenges and future opportunities that exist through Rural Development Programs in order to assist in financing the processing and other value projects that could potentially be eligible under the Rural Development's financial programs and post-harvest eligible projects as well. This event is the first in the upcoming series of similar Lunch and Learns, stayed tuned for updates & flyers for the upcoming events over the course of the next few weeks!

“Wisconsin’s Hemp Rebirth” Lunch & Learn Series2020-03-13T09:48:50-05:00

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Press Release

BrightStar Announces Two New Investments “Give Me Liberty” Receives Acclaim and Awards MILWAUKEE, March 4, 2020 – BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. today announced that it has invested in two more Wisconsin based companies: Stem Pharm, Inc. and AgriCycle Global, Inc. These investments bring to 54 the number of early-stage Wisconsin companies in which BrightStar has invested. Stem Pharm, Inc. is a Madison biotechnology company focused on creating adult stem cell derived neural organoids to evaluate drug treatments for neural diseases. Its unique in vitro models will explore new therapeutics for the most devastating central nervous system (CNS) diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, and brain cancers such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). AgriCycle Global, Inc. is a Milwaukee based vertically integrated company with a portfolio of ethically sourced and up-cycled consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. Agricycle sells fully traceable, 100% natural, organic [...]

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Press Release2020-03-06T09:34:54-06:00

UW-Stout (MOC) partners with CCEDC & Drylock Technologies to kick-off Lean Certificate Series + SME Bronze

Recently, CCEDC was asked by our economic partner UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (hereafter MOC), to help promote their Lean Certification Training Program. In today’s workplace CCEDC understands that Lean Certifications can open up many employee opportunities, position the employee for possible promotions, help the employee better understand a production process within a business, and improve organizational operations by eliminating non-value-added steps (wastes) in processes. Drylock Technologies in Eau Claire, Wisconsin continued on their Lean journey by participating with the MOC by hosting this high impact Lean Certification Training Series. Over fifteen employees from Drylock Technologies and other advanced manufacturers from and around Chippewa County are participating in the class. To further build the talent pipeline in Chippewa County the MOC, CCEDC, and Drylock Technologies reached out to the Chippewa Falls High School to [...]

UW-Stout (MOC) partners with CCEDC & Drylock Technologies to kick-off Lean Certificate Series + SME Bronze2020-03-18T14:09:12-05:00

Workforce Attraction: Attracting New Employees “Times Have Changed!”

Sarah Gordee (Director of Sales, Hookd Promotions) led another outstanding BEAR Lunch and Learn where over 20 Chippewa County business leaders gathered at Hangar 54 within the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to discuss emerging strategies utilized in attracting new employees.  The session also explored trends and statistics around the role that internet video use has on talent attraction and those potential employees searching for new opportunities. Gordee stressed, "companies need to constantly monitor and adjust their social media marketing and utilize optimization strategies effectively, if they're going to have their company websites noticed by these new, savvy job seekers." Another important role CCEDC's Business Expansion And Retention (BEAR) program plays is to gather businesses together to discuss the latest trends and issues that may hinder economic development growth in the [...]

Workforce Attraction: Attracting New Employees “Times Have Changed!”2020-02-26T14:46:32-06:00

Business in Focus Magazine

Take a look through and see where we are mentioned. Business in Focus Magazine issue Dec.2019-Jan.2020 https://mags.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNADec2019/#page=1  

Business in Focus Magazine2020-02-25T12:15:54-06:00
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