COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES
COVID-19 continues disrupt the world as we know it with changes to our lives occurring daily. As we react to the disruption and the uncertainty created by the virus, we have taken proactive steps to protect the health and well-being of our staff and our members. As the confirmed cases grow in our community and our state, we know this situation will have long term impact for everyone, and we acknowledge the serious impact on our economy, our healthcare providers, our members and non-profit partners and those who are most the economically vulnerable in our community.
The GMC will continue to provide our member services and programming though we will adjust the delivery of the services during this time to protect our members, staff and program participants.
The April 13th Membership meeting will no longer be in person. We will be in touch soon with the means for you to participate on-line and through a podcast. The main topic for the April meeting is COVID-19 and best practices for managing your business and your personal environment. We will provide you with guidelines from local, state, and federal officials.
GMC team members are working remotely and are available by email and phone. Any messages left on the direct lines is automatically forwarded by email to the team member. We will manage all of our regular meetings by video or telephonically. We are suspending all domestic and international business travel. In-person meetings will be delayed until April 30th or when we decide that risk factor is minimal.
The Commons programming is moving to an online model for the remainder of the Spring semester. The status of summer programming will be evaluated in the coming weeks/months, with some corporate programming already being moved to the Fall.
Scale Up is in the middle of recruitment and can extend the recruitment into May. We will evaluate closer to time if the May start time is appropriate. Brew City Match is also extending its enrollment for the next round of small business expansion.
Staying Current with Up to Date Information
We are in daily communication with local and state officials and participate in a daily briefing for Milwaukee countywide governments and key stakeholders for the most updated information. This call identifies emerging issues, shares tools and resources and is a good opportunity to ask and answer questions. We will share relevant and timely information with our membership as it becomes available.
How to Support Our Community
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with local philanthropists and funders, has created a fund to respond to the COVID-19 situation. The
MKE Responds Fund will provide resources to organizations working in the Greater Milwaukee area with communities disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this pandemic. The fund is designed to be flexible and will provide grants for immediate needs including but not limited to organizations addressing basic needs, medical access, those serving aging populations and students as well as those who continue to be affected over a longer period of time.
As always, we greatly appreciate the collective efforts of our members and partners to create a stronger Milwaukee. Together, we will weather this global upheaval and continue to build an equitable community and a brighter future for all.
Resources & Webinars
Business Resources from Scale Up Milwaukee- Scale Up Milwaukee, an initiative of the GMC