Following are comments from the Chambers that responded.
Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
David Eckmann, president/CEO
The staff of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce is operating daily from home, working with members and the business community as a whole.
A variety of guides, checklists, recorded webinars and more have been assembled on WausauChamber.com to assist businesses with new resources added frequently.
A daily email on available resources related to COVID-19 is sent to almost 10,000 email addresses each weekday.
The Chamber has launched a Ready. Let's Grow! campaign to rally the region around a return to commerce. The campaign will relaunch the region's economy by offering resources to business and consumers, through insightful interviews with members of the local business community and through partnerships with a variety of community organizations.
We take great pride in the business community found in the region and look forward to preparing them so all are ready when it's time to grow again.
Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
Angel Whitehead, president
1. The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce announced today the formation of a task force that will discuss economic recovery strategies relating to the reopening of local businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The task force will study best practices, recovery, and existing guidelines on how businesses can reopen as soon as possible, but in the safest possible way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
2. The Heart of Wisconsin has offered an interactive map for businesses to update their business hours, services, and contact information. This interactive map is currently a free resource available to all businesses in the Community. To participate in the business just needed to fill out a brief survey. http://www.wisconsinrapidschamber.com/restaurants.
3. As the Chamber strives to be the first choice for businesses, we have developed a COVID-19 Lasted website. This website is a one-stop-shop for updates that are happening locally, statewide and nationally. The resource webpage is to help our community understand the facts and stay informed.
4. The Chamber, City of Wisconsin Rapids, and the Wood County Health Department host several Business Briefings. This briefings are to give the local businesses an opportunity to be updated on business resources, discuss concerns and ask questions.
5. The Chamber is hosting Community Spirit Week beginning Monday, April 6. Community Spirit Week includes a variety of engagement activities and themes, all of which are in accordance with Wisconsin's Safer at Home order as a result of COVID-19. Community Spirit Week is an opportunity for community members and businesses to socialize via the Chamber's Facebook page @HOWCOC.
Portage County Business Council
Todd Kuckkahn, executive director
1. We continually send and share up-to-date information on federal, state and local programs supporting local businesses and their challenges through social media and our membership communication.
2. We continue to promote talent attraction through our digital marketing campaign connected to everythingpointshere.com
3. We are part of the Portage County Economic Recovery Team that also shares information and work on plans to support businesses get back on their feet again. A special website has been developed at portageeconrecovery.org.
4. We connected a local health facility with a national vendor who supplies masks.
5. We connected a local health company with PPE resources for their use.
6. We have surveyed members on their needs and best practices with most responses being to promote them through our usual marketing channels.
7. We have provided different business and self-care games on our social media platforms to promote businesses and provide a distraction.
8. We continue to sell gift certificates to be used locally to support our member businesses.
9. We have shifted to virtual technology for our network development events.
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
Terri Schulz, president
We are providing all businesses in our area continual updates on relevant and current information concerning COVID-19 information, loan and grant information, and any support that can help them.
We created a webpage (https://waupaca areachamber.com/corona-virus-covid-19-busi ness-information/) listing all of the available agencies who can offer assistance and help. We are also keeping in close contact with our City and local health providers.
We have increased our efforts in promoting all restaurants and businesses who are offering any type of curb side pick- up or specials they are offering. And we are working on a program to help infuse our local economy once the Safer at Home order is lifted.
Marshfield Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Scott Larson, president
The Chamber is making COVID-19 resources available to business and community members. Our combined expertise allow us to
offer assistance in navigating the various resources available to businesses. We look for ways to support our local economy and have established new “support local” efforts. We serve as a sustaining resource to our community.
Some of these efforts include:
•Information on national, state and local incentive plans.
•Economic impact of COVID-19 surveys. (View results at uwosh.edu/ccrs/covid-19-sur vey).
•Weekly informative webinars.
• Greater Marshfield job board (Visit marsh fieldchamber.mcjobboard.net/jobs).
•MACCI Minute (viewable on MACCI’s
• Support of local initiatives such as the Marshfield Area Takeout & Carryout Facebook group and Chamber gift certificates.
A complete list can be found on the Chamber website.
Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce
Debbe Kinsey, CEO
The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work as “information central.” You will find all local, county, state and federal information on our website and face book page including tutorials/posters on how to stay safe.
We also are taking part in daily webinars and teleconference meeting, all designed to give our members and the community the newest
updates available in a timely manner.
We also have all applications for grants/loan assistance from the City of Merrill, Wisconsin departments and federal programs. We have been here for 109 years and continue to be here today and all the tomorrow/s to come.
Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
Lauren Sacket, executive director
To ensure that all remain safe, RACC has compiled resources to keep everyone informed at www.rhinelanderchamber.com/covid-19resources. We are also surveying our members, creating a membership grant fund and continually sharing potential funding opportunities to those who need it.