The Covid-19 pandemic hit almost all businesses hard, but it was especially disruptive to small businesses that were still putting down the strong roots needed to grow and thrive. In order to help these businesses, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) launched a We’re All Innovating contest to put a spotlight on some of the impressive adaptations small businesses made during the pandemic. More than 230 winners were selected to share in $3 million worth of grants.

Missy Hughes, WEDC secretary and CEO, moderated a virtual small business forum with some of the winning businesses that found ways to adapt and grow during the past year.

Panelists include:

  • Steven Anderson: Owner, 920 Tattoo Company, Oshkosh.
  • Sascha Dhanjal: Owner, Saffi Foods, Madison.
  • Chrishella Roche: Owner, Vibez Creative Arts Space, Milwaukee.

WEDC is continually adding new resources and support for small businesses. Register your business with us and we’ll let you know about new benefits as they become available.