Focus Forward


WEDC is pleased to announce a new digital platform with resources, information and inspiration to help Wisconsin businesses and communities facing economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Focus Forward serves as an online one-stop shop for state, federal and other funding and operational assistance programs, while also providing up-to-date information through multimedia formats.

Focus Forward will provide:

-Up-to-date information on financial and operational assistance programs from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and other state and federal partners

-Livestream events and videos that break down complex topics to help you understand and overcome the challenges the pandemic poses for you, your business and your community

-Podcast episodes that connect business and community leaders and other Wisconsin “doers” in conversations featuring actionable advice and valuable perspectives

-Answers to your questions about the evolving guidance related to COVID-19, such as essential and non-essential business designations, best practices for virtual operations, and parameters for safely reopening

WEDC is here to help. They created Focus Forward to streamline and simplify the flow of information on COVID-19 recovery, while delving deep into complex topics that require more explanation and featuring the stories of real Wisconsin business owners so you can learn from their ideas and experiences. They hope you’ll engage with Focus Forward and subscribe to receive updates as new resources are posted.



“Having lived in a large city for most of my adult life, I was looking for a place less crowded, less hectic.  …The nights in Rusk County are dark and on clear ones I love to stare into the heavens and be able to dream a million dreams and just let my mind wander.”

Arian Knops
Retiree to area – Community Volunteer

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