COVID-19 New North Business News

From Fortune 500 companies to small mom-and-pop shops, COVID-19 has affected businesses of all sizes. This page features the latest New North business news tied to COVID-19.

Survey: Businesses change operations in response to pandemic

Businesses are changing their operations to include steps to keep employees and customers healthy, according to the latest University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh COVID-19 business and economic impact survey. The majority of businesses responding to the latest monthly survey reported introducing significant changes in their operations in

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Study: Pandemic hitting nonprofits hard

COVID-19 is taking a toll on nonprofit organizations across the New North, according to a new study.  The research is part of a statewide effort to study the responses of nonprofit organizations to the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted by University of Wisconsin faculty from across the state, the

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Health care continues to battle widespread COVID-19

On a day when Wisconsin hit a new record of 7,497 new COVID-19 cases, ThedaCare leaders once again led a community conversation that painted a grim picture of what’s to come for the region if it does not get transmission under better control. The region’s

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Grant program aids nonprofits

State nonprofit organizations providing critical services for residents battling COVID-19 are eligible to receive funds through a $10 million grant program. The grant money comes from the state’s allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected folks

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UWO survey: Businesses brace for months of struggles

Uncertainty grows for Wisconsin business leaders as they expect another 12 to 18 months of impact from the COVID-19 virus and hold little hope for further government assistance. Results of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s October COVID-19 business and economic impact survey also reveal a rekindled

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ThedaCare leaders share dire COVID-19 message

Wisconsin is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation is poised to worsen. That was the message ThedaCare leaders shared during a virtual Community Leader Conversation the organization led today. The impact affects urban and rural communities alike, said Frank Mellon, senior innovation

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New round of state small business grants opens

Applications are now open for the second round of the We’re All In Small Business Grants, which will distribute an additional $50 million to small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program aims to provide 10,000 businesses around the state with $5,000 grants

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Evers announces indoor gathering limit, new COVID-19 aid

Gov. Tony Evers today made two major announcements surrounding coronavirus and the accompanying economic crisis. Evers has directed the Department of Health Services to issue an emergency order limiting public gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a room or building’s total occupancy. See

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Fox Cities officials issue public health emergency

Public health officers from Appleton and Menasha as well as Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties are issuing a public health emergency in response to an increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths. According to a press release, an escalation in cases has resulted in an

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Health care, Appleton leaders sound alarm on COVID

Health care and community leaders joined today for a virtual meeting to deliver a sobering message: If community members don’t take steps now to curtail the spread of COVID-19, Northeast Wisconsin could face dire consequences. ThedaCare convened the meeting, which included messages from that organization’s

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Poor broadband access worries businesses

More than half of all businesses responding to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s sixth monthly survey to monitor the COVID-19 impact in Wisconsin say access to broadband internet is limiting employees’ ability to work from home. Responding businesses pointed to internet bandwidth (53 percent) and availability

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Fall school plans worry business leaders

As schools begin to open across the state, 43 percent of Wisconsin business leaders responding to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s fifth statewide COVID-19 economic impact survey believe school district plans will significantly impact workforce availability. Another one-third of respondents were still unsure about the impact,

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UW System receives $32M for COVID testing

Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $32 million in financial assistance to the University of Wisconsin System and  UW-Madison as they prepare to welcome students back to campus this fall. The $32 million comes in addition to the $18.9 million the governor allocated from

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Survey: COVID-19 grounding business travel

Businesses responding to the fourth statewide University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh COVID-19 economic impact survey showed gains, rather than losses, on several key indicators but expressed extreme caution in their business and personal travel plans. “Among top-line impacts, the July survey showed significant growth over previous months,

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JBS USA donates $1M to Green Bay community

JBS USA has announced plans to donate $1 million to help Green Bay respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and invest in the community’s future through its Hometown Strong initiative. JBS USA is working with local leaders to identify where the funds can

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State issues mask mandate

Starting Saturday, Wisconsin residents will need to wear face coverings when indoors or in an enclosed space and other people are present. The new rule does not apply to private residents or when people are outdoors. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health emergency

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WEDC hands out $40M in grants to small businesses

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has approved grants totaling $40.7 million to almost 16,300 businesses as part of its We’re All in Small Business Grants program. WEDC already disbursed more than $27.4 million to nearly 11,000 businesses and is processing an additional $13.3 million to

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COVID-19 forces Packers’ preseason changes

The Green Packers and Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce today announced changes stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Green Bay Packers announced there will be no fans in attendance at 2020 training camp practices, Packers Family Night and any home preseason games. “The tremendous support

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Fourth round of COVID-19 business survey now open

A statewide survey of businesses measuring the economic impact of COVID-19 is now open through July 20. This is the fourth iteration of the survey, which will focus this month on mapping both the effects and recovery from the first months of the pandemic, along

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Ryder Cup pushed back to 2021

With rumors swirling for weeks about the fate of the 2020 Ryder Cup slated for Whistling Straits in Sheboygan County, the PGA of America and the European Tour announced today that the event will be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Unlike other

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WEDC offers advice for the road forward

A report from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. assesses the complex ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin and identifies priorities for the state’s recovery efforts. The 150-page report, “Wisconsin Tomorrow — An Economy for All” was submitted to lawmakers and Gov. Tony

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Survey: State businesses bouncing back

Wisconsin businesses continue to demonstrate resilience during the pandemic as 41 percent of respondents to a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh statewide economic survey indicate they have introduced or expanded online services over the last three months. “The survey results illustrate a business community that is reopening.

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UW-Green Bay prepares to bring back students

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today an overview of a two-phased plan to bring faculty, staff and students back to all four UW-Green Bay campuses for the fall 2020 semester. Faculty and staff who need to be on campus to do their jobs will

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Acuity donates $25K to Wisconsin manufacturer education

Acuity’s Manufacturing Team is donating $25,000 to WMEP Manufacturing Solutions to help provide free continuing education as manufacturers continue to deal with challenges related to COVID-19. The funding will help deliver virtual classes for manufacturers with an interest in obtaining education and coaching services for

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Booyah, Dock Spiders to begin play July 1

A pod of Northwoods League teams comprised of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, Green Bay Booyah, La Crosse Loggers, Rockford Rivets, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and Wisconsin Woodchucks will return for play this summer starting July 1. The league says the teams look forward to

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UW-Oshkosh ready to welcome students this fall

Students will be back on campus this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campuses in Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and the Fox Cities. UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt unveiled the Titans Return Fall 2020 plan that will help guide the safe return of students, faculty and

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EAA holding virtual aviation celebration

The cancellation of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic was a blow to aviation enthusiasts. The new EAA Spirit of Aviation Week aims to soothe some of the disappointment. A virtual event, the EAA Spirit of Aviation Week will run

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Third COVID-19 survey underway

The third round of a statewide survey measuring the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wisconsin has begun. The survey is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Center for Customized Research & Services, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the state’s nine regional

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ThedaCare projects to lose $30M

ThedaCare will lose a projected $30 million in 2020 due to the financial impact of COVID-19. With COVID-19 cases rising across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised all health systems to temporarily suspend non-urgent elective surgeries and other services to

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Report details COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits

Nonprofits are reducing staff and reducing their use of volunteers while trying to figure out new ways to deliver their services, according to a report from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs. “Covid-19 Effect on Nonprofit Organizations in Northeast Wisconsin, which is

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Fox Cities museums announce reopening plans

After being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums in the Fox Cities are collaborating to develop their phased reopening strategies in line with guidance from state and local health officials. The museums working together include: the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, the Building for

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Cities announce plans for attractions, pools

Cities around the region have released plans for reopening pools and other attractions as the region seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. While many cities have chosen not to open pools, Green Bay plans to open at least one as well as Bay Beach

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$200M in grants to help communities address COVID-19 concerns

Gov. Tony Evers today announced the launch of the “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” program, a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration, the grants will

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NEWMA debuts COVID-19 directory

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance created a COVID-19 Directory to facilitate connections between companies offering personal protective equipment (PPE) and related products and services and companies seeking them. The resource features NEWMA products, services and solutions workplaces can add to enhance the safety of workers and

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