Subject: 03.19.2020 New North Newsletter

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Support of Entrepreneurial Climate and Small Business
WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency
In another step toward assisting small businesses that suffer losses related to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is creating a program to provide grants to targeted businesses throughout the state, WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes announced today.

The WEDC Board of Directors on Tuesday approved $5 million in funding for the program, which will be known as Small Business 20/20 (SB20/20). SB20/20 will provide grants of up to....


Promote the Regional Brand
Oshkosh packaging company offers to help restaurants in need of takeout containers
An Oshkosh company that makes to go containers for the restaurant industry is expecting a spike in demand, but they're also making a special offer to local restaurants in need.

As restaurants everywhere in Wisconsin attempt to promote to go orders with dining rooms shut down there's a greater need for....


Promote the Regional Brand
Demand for toilet paper is rising, and Wisconsin's $13 billion paper industry could thrive
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As images of toilet paper shortages raced through social media in coronavirus panic buying, Wisconsin paper makers hustled to shore up the supply chain.

America’s Dairyland is the nation’s No. 1 paper manufacturer, cranking out $13.8 billion in products annually and employing 30,000 people. The city of Green Bay has been dubbed by some as the 'toilet paper capitol of the world.'

The industry went into overdrive when shoppers....


Economic Development Feature
COVID-19 Federal Request for Assistance

Dear Colleagues,

As you are no doubt aware, COVID-19 presents many difficult challenges to organizations and individuals. The good news is that by working together we can meet these challenges head on, do what needs to be done, and move forward.

One of the key national challenges is an expected shortage of key medical supplies needed to prevent the spread of and/or treat the COVID-19. Examples of supplies that are potentially in short supply include:

  • N95 masks
  • Gloves
  • Protective goggles
  • Face masks
  • Face shields
  • Respirators
  • Disinfectant (70-percent solution and liquid hand soap).
  • Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Zicam....
  • Peroxide
  • More info

Yesterday afternoon President Trump announced that he will imminently be invoking the Defense Production Act to help make up for potential medical supply shortages. WMEP Manufacturing Solutions has been asked to reach out to Wisconsin manufacturers to help identify companies that are able to or could be reconfigured to help increase production of items that are in short supply.
Our ask: If your company is interested in pivoting to produce one or more item above, please reply to by EOD Friday March 20, 2020 with the following information:

  • Your company: (Name and website address)
  • Contact person information: (Name, title, phone, email)
  • Products your company could potentially manufacture:

We will forward that information to our congressional delegations who have requested it, as well as to the national NIST MEP network who we are working with to coordinate the federal response. We thank you in advance for your consideration.

We have also put together a COVID-19 manufacturers resource page to help keep you informed of the latest developments. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can assist you in meeting this or any other challenge your organization is facing in the current environment.


Tim Wiora
Executive Director/CEO
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