Subject: New North Industry News 6-15-2020

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State of Wisconsin COVID Relief

We’re All In Small Business Grant Information
WEDC Launches ‘We’re All In’ grant initiative and will start accepting on-line applications on June 15th. The program will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses. It is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe. Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and announced by Governor Evers on May 18 We're All In Announcement, the grants will help small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

A business may apply for the We’re All In Small Business Grant if it:
  • Was in business in February 2020. Businesses that started in 2020 are not eligible;
  • Is Wisconsin-based and for-profit;
  • Employs 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner; and
  • Has more than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues.
Businesses will not be eligible for the grants if they are:
  • Part of a national chain, unless the business is a third-party franchise;
  • Industries covered by other Wisconsin CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund programs are ineligible for this program. These are:
  1. Crop Production
  2. Animal Production or Aquaculture
  3. Lessors of Residential Buildings and Dwellings (
To prepare for the online application process, businesses should be ready to upload the following documents to the WEDC application:
  • 2018 or 2019 federal tax return for business. (If you started your business in 2020, you are not eligible for this grant.)
  • Signed W-9 form available at
  • An email or letter of acknowledgement from a community organization indicating your business was in operation in February 2020. – You can email New North at to ask for this acknowledgment. You can also reach out to other local partners for assistance.
The online grant application will be accessible for a short duration – from 8 a.m. Monday, June 15 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. A link to the application will be posted on WEDC’s page. Grants are NOT being awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Partner Events & Announcements
June 16th - Acquisition Hour: Intellectual property for Government Contractors & Subcontractors & the STTR/SBIR Stakeholder

When doing business with the Federal Government, you (the contractor) may encounter situations where the government is entitled to receive intellectual property rights. The scope of government rights in a contractor’s intellectual property depends primarily on the type of intellectual property at issue, specifically, whether the intellectual property is a patent or patentable intellectual property, copyrighted material, or rights in technical data or computer software.

Small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR programs encounter those different types of IP and should have a good understanding of the rights to which the government may be entitled. For small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR program it is important to understand Intellectual Property (IP) ‐ Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and Copyrights.

Companies should not shy away from business opportunities with the government out of fear they will lose valuable intellectual property rights. However, it is critical that a company seeking to do business with the government, either as a prime or subcontractor, understands its intellectual property rights.

This webinar will help you understand the many differences in property rights and help you ensure that you are only providing the government with what is strictly necessary.

Speaker: Laura Grebe, Partner, Husch Blackwell

Register at

June 24th - 14th Annual Wisconsin Government Business Opportunities Conference (GOBC) – Webinar

The Government Opportunities Business Conference has drawn over 2,500 attendees across the region in the past 14 years. Businesses interested in contracting with federal, state, tribal and local governments should attend.

This year, on June 24th, the event will be virtual with six webinars of technical training.
Save the date, of October 15th, where the conference will be held at Volk Field with a program including in person discussions with government agencies and prime contractor representatives.

Small and large businesses who would like to start or increase their government & commercial sales should plan to attend.

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Business Workshop on Carbon: Q&A with the Professionals

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from Noon-1 p.m. CDT

This new webinar builds on the recent Business Workshop on Carbon at the Nelson Institute’s Earth Day Conference. We invite you to join us for a deeper conversation about the information shared during the original four-part workshop, which included sessions on key terms, carbon reduction and management tools, carbon strategies, and leadership.

Carbon management professionals from Evolution Marketing, Natural Capital Partners, WMEP Manufacturing Solutions, and the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change will be on hand to answer the questions you may have after watching the four-part series. Jessy Servi Ortiz with the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council will moderate the session.

To fully engage in the discussion, we request that attendees review the previous sessions and materials in advance of the webinar. Videos can be found here
You're invited to join us for

Water Stewardship: Getting Started and a Path Forward

Wednesday, June 17 | 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT

We've teamed up with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Procter & Gamble for an informational webinar to explore how organizations can develop water stewardship strategies. Join us to learn more about:
  • The open-source resources available to you from WRI and AWS, including Aqueduct 3.0 and the International Water Stewardship Standard v2.0 (“AWS Standard”)
  • How Procter & Gamble implemented its corporate water stewardship strategy, including the on-ramp process and how they used WRI's strategic framework to assess, prioritize and implement water stewardship practices
  • How Procter & Gamble set AWS Standard implementation targets for its sites to encourage water stewardship actions that emanated from their corporate strategy
  • The takeaways and insights from our speakers on implementing the AWS Standard in direct operations and lessons learned 
  • Matt Howard, Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America
  • Colin Strong, Research Associate, Corporate Water Stewardship, Water Program, WRI
  • Shannon Quinn, P&G Water Stewardship Leader, Procter & Gamble Company
  • Kate Brown, P&G Product Supply Water Leader, Procter & Gamble Company
In partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce,
we invite you to join us for

Rethinking Infrastructure
a virtual panel discussion

Wednesday, June 24 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m CDT

Join key Wisconsin utility leaders along with water technology experts from Germany as they discuss the biggest infrastructure challenges facing utilities and consider some promising solutions to address them. Learn from panelists about ‘de-risking’ technology and the best opportunities to deploy new innovations.


Stefan Peikert, Managing Director, Founder & President AHP International Group

Oliver G. Augustin, Managing Director, Neutralox Umwelttechnik GmbH
Stefan Borst, Director North America, KSB SE & Co. KGaA
Karen Dettmer, Superintendent, Milwaukee Water Works
Andreas Fleischmann, Executive Vice President, Rädlinger Primusline
Mitch Hylen, Business Development Manager, Continental Blower
Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Secrets of Successful Negotiations – Online Webinar

Join us on July 15th, 12-4pm where M-WERC, WAEE, and Wisconsin Biogas Council will be co-running a virtual event focused on the growing market for Variable Speed Drives. ABB will be "hosting" the event and provide a virtual tour of their facility in New Berlin. M-WERC will be providing an update on data related to the market as well as the capability of the newest drives to save both energy and water. 

For the past 13 years, Converters Expo has been the best source for converting solutions, from packaging and bags to tissues and diapers — and more. No matter what you produce, you’re sure to find an answer to your daily challenges. Converters Expo is also the ideal opportunity to network with hundreds of prospective business partners and catch up with old friends.

Online MS in Supply Chain Management at Marquette University

2020 August Enrollment Open!

The Online Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM) degree at Marquette University will equip you with the competencies and tools that you need to understand and lead the change in the transition from physical to digital supply chains. The program gives you the flexibility to learn on your schedule. Courses are delivered 100% online in conjunction with residential workshops. With the industry-driven curriculum, you’ll discover how to lead the transformation to a digital supply chain, and create business advantage across markets and industries.

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Thurs, Jun 18, 10 – 11 am
The Art of the Possible: One Man’s Journey through the evolution of asset management to digitalization from edge to cloud. 
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Marie Getsug, Jacobs Engineering

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