Innovation can come from many directions – a small business that offers new ways of dining; a precision machining shop that tweaks a new part for ventilators; or a startup that’s using software to improve e-learning. Whatever it may be Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) would like you to know about a new contest that Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is offering for Wisconsin businesses.

Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and in all industries are demonstrating resilience, ingenuity and compassion—all traits our state is well known for—in their response to COVID-19. WEDC is recognizing and rewarding these companies with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through the We’re All Innovating Contest, administered in partnership with the Wisconsin Technology Council.  As we work together to build a stronger economy, we continue to learn, grown and turn challenges into possibilities. Every day, we’re all innovating with new ways to work, learn and live. The We’re All Innovating Contest will support those taking it to the next level, celebrating the individuals who own, run or started businesses to take COVID-19 on. They hustled to meet their customer’s needs or anticipated what new ones might be. The contest is designed to reward as many of these ideas as possible, with approximately 195 awards up to $68,000. The We’re All Innovating Contest will help offset costs incurred between March 1 and those anticipated through Dec. 30, 2020.

Applicants for the We’re All Innovating Contest will be asked to provide their Employer Identification Number (EIN), W-9 and a description of their business innovation. The deadline for application is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020

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