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Entries for March 2020

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

Last week, Janesville plastic packaging manufacturer Prent Corp. learned that Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville had a shortage of personal protective gear it needs to handle the worsening coronavirus crisis. Effective this week, the Prent, a custom plastics thermoforming company, has a production line dedicated solely to manufacture of plastic face shields.

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(Janesville, WI) Neil Johnson, Gazette

The COVID-19 crisis has mobilized Janesville fabric mill Monterey Mills to pivot quickly into producing a safety item officials say is in desperately short supply: cloth face masks.

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(Rock County, WI) In response to COVID-19, the federal and state governments have released and/or expanded financial programming to assist businesses with their fixed costs during these unprecedented times. Additional details are provided below.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has added COVID-19 to its portfolio of Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs. Long-term, fixed-rate loans are available to assist businesses as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19. For additional information, contact WI's SBA District Office and/or a local lender.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced that it is offering $20,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19. These grants will be administered through WI's network of Community Development Financial Institutions. For additional information, click here.

Additional state and federal COVID-19 information is available online by visiting this link visiting this link.

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(Town of Fulton, WI) Benjamin Pierce, Gazette

A 440-acre solar farm is coming to the town of Fulton after the project was approved unanimously by the town board at its meeting Tuesday.

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(Janesville, W) Frank Schultz, Gazette

Nathan Burkart and his twin brother, Alex, were staples in the Janesville children’s theater group, SpotLight on Kids, in the 1990s. Burkart is executive director of the Janesville Performing Arts Center, which didn’t exist when he was a child actor.

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(Beloit, W) Austin Montgomery, Beloit Daily News

Blackhawk Technical College and the Beloit Public Library are growing a partnership that started in 2018.

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