Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We’re All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin’s Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices

Gov. Tony Evers announced a $75 million in assistance for small businesses as part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s We’re All In initiative, a comprehensive effort to celebrate and help Wisconsin’s small businesses get back on their feet and support best practices to keep businesses, consumers, employees and communities safe. Funded largely by federal dollars received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this initiative will provide direct assistance to small businesses most impacted by the duration and restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. These $2,500 cash grants will assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages, and inventory. Businesses will be able to apply for grant assistance in early June. Wisconsin small businesses have stepped up during this pandemic to [...]

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We’re All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin’s Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices2020-05-18T12:42:57-05:00


The Chippewa County Board of Supervisors has partnered with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and the Regional Business Fund, (RBF,INC) to help implement a COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program to assist small service sector businesses that are struggling due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chippewa County Board of Supervisors allocated $300,000 to be used for the Emergency Loan Program. The COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program offers a three to five-year loan up to $10,000. Payments are deferred for the first year, and then payback of the principal with a 1.5% interest rate for the remaining months of the loan. Loan funds may be utilized to cover ongoing monthly operating expenses, restocking of supplies and inventory, and/or expenses incurred related to COVID-19 “social distancing” protocols. There is no fee to apply [...]


First Ever On-Air Graduation for Seniors in Wisconsin

Our high school seniors in Wisconsin are missing out on major milestones this year. For that reason, Z100 and Hot Country B95 are throwing them an on-air commencement for their hard work and continued positive attitudes during these trying times. Every senior’s name read during the ceremony will receive a Toppers Pizza’s gift card, a Micon Cinemas gift card, AND... one student will be randomly drawn to win a new-to-them car ($6,000 value) from Prestige Auto Corporation - OR - a 1-year lease of a 2020 KIA Soul! FIRST, ENTER your senior's name: HERE After tune in and relax with your favorite senior and celebrate them! Listen to Hot Country B95 or Z100 - commencement begins at noon. Winner of the car will be announced at the end of the ceremony.

First Ever On-Air Graduation for Seniors in Wisconsin2020-04-27T09:57:31-05:00

Badger Bounce Back Plan to Restart Economy

Gov. Tony Evers announced Wisconsin's "Badger Bounce Back" plan which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. “The Badger Bounce Back plan is informed in part by the President's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again that was issued by the White House on April 16, 2020. Currently, Wisconsin does not meet the criteria the White House established to start reopening our state. The Badger Bounce Back plan takes important steps to get the state of Wisconsin there,” according to a news release from the Governor’s office. The plan would require the following before ending the Safer at Home order: A downward trajectory of influenza-like [...]

Badger Bounce Back Plan to Restart Economy2020-04-27T09:31:12-05:00

A big step has been taken by Chippewa Valley’s own based start-up business

A big step has been taken by Chippewa Valley’s own based start-up business. Jim McDougall from UpStream AV has recently been named a finalist among twenty-eight other entries representing sectors as broad as health technologies and innovations in products or services who are all competing in the 17th Annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. UpStream launched in 2019 as a start-up technology business engaging in AV’s most pressing problems with next generation technology. UpStream focuses on developing next generation AV over IP solutions to make systems easier to use, faster to install, and overall, more flexible. This top of the line technology will be used more frequently in convention centers, restaurants, hotels, airports, businesses, houses of worship and various other locations with the systems that businesses need to reach their consumers in ways [...]

A big step has been taken by Chippewa Valley’s own based start-up business2020-04-24T10:45:53-05:00


Exciting news is something we all need during these uncertain times and that is what VentureHome-Eau Claire, a new startup hub, announced this spring. This startup hub combines statewide resources with community initiatives to provide local entrepreneurs access to a full menu of startup resources in their community. They also serve as a landing spot for Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial “alumni” to “venture home” and contribute to their local communities. The seed accelerator launched at the beginning of April 2020 with six individuals all looking to start their own businesses in the area, beginning with the first cohort with virtual programming amidst COVID-19.The accepted individuals and businesses include Jim McDougall, Upstream AV, Eric Boud, Life-Line, Beth Crowell, The Hippie Banker, Brian Graff, Solar Forma, Aaron Accola, ALO Applications, and Mary Cait McManamon, Spark Convos, LLC. [...]


COVID-19 Economic Loss Survey

To support our communities as well as the state of Wisconsin during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Customized Research and Services, area chambers of commerce and economic development organizations are coming together with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to collect data and build solutions. CCEDC asks you to take this survey by April 6 which will be used to measure the economic loss and to assist in future recovery efforts, as this COVID-19 pandemic plays out across Wisconsin. We thank UW-Oshkosh Center for Customized Research & Services for their survey technology and staff support. The goal of the project is to create and distribute a data collection tool to businesses in the region who are experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will be available to businesses in all [...]

COVID-19 Economic Loss Survey2020-04-02T13:46:44-05:00

Red Letter Grant offers Small Business Workshop Series for All

During this unprecedented time in our community the Red Letter Grant has developed a series of free, virtual workshops to support small businesses in the Chippewa Valley over the next few weeks. Please note - all workshops held through the month of April are virtual and a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to presenters who have offered these free services to support our small business community. To participate all you must do is register to attend. Workshops being offered include the following: April 1st: Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop April 6th: Social Media & Public Relations During COVID-19 April 8th: Finance Support & Advice During COVID-19 April 13th: Squarespace Basics April 17th: Keeping Organized in the Digital Age Click Here to Register for Workshops Please download the Zoom app (free) and [...]

Red Letter Grant offers Small Business Workshop Series for All2020-04-01T15:40:41-05:00

Urgent Call for Manufacturers of Medical Equipment from Wisconsin

In fabric shops and on factory floors, the race is on to make and manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States, including Wisconsin before supplies run out for those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Medical staff wear face shields over face masks while treating patients to protect against flying respiratory droplets that can transmit COVID-19, such as from coughs and sneezes but now more than ever protective equipment of all kinds has become hard to find. Healthcare workers have shared that face shields are especially critical because staff now wear them routinely during the race against the war of COVID-19. Here in Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley and our community that we call home, organizations at the County and local levels are looking to help identify any Wisconsin companies [...]

Urgent Call for Manufacturers of Medical Equipment from Wisconsin2020-03-31T17:25:23-05:00

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency  

CCEDC hopes that you and your families are safe and healthy in this incredibly challenging time.  Our hearts go out to all those who are being impacted by this crisis around the United States, and particularly our business partners, communities, and neighbors in the Chippewa Valley. We are  working in close partnership with many others in our state economic development and business community, to advocate for resources to be put to work in response to this COVID-19 health emergency. CCEDC wants you to be aware of some of the latest programs that have just been announced:  WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency $5 million grant program to assist “smallest of the small” businesses around state MADISON, WI. March 18, 2020 – In another step toward assisting [...]

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency  2020-03-18T16:11:04-05:00