Small Business Advisor - February 2019

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Small Business Advisor - February 2019

PFAS information available on DNR website

If you are looking for information on the emerging issues regarding PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), the DNR has created a new webpage for your use:

Key environmental and health impacts of the PFAS chemicals are explained, and links are provided to the resources available at the WI Department of Health Services and the US Environmental Protection Agency

WisCon February Webinar: February 25

Electronic Reporting of Injury/Illness Log DataRegister Now (Note time change, now 3:00 in the afternoon)

The webinar will be delivered using WebEx.  About two days before, a link to the WebEx site will be sent to those who registered.  The link will be sent again on the morning of the webinar.

You can find a full listing of upcoming courses, along with registration links on their website at

WisCon workshops are provided free of charge to the Wisconsin business community by the University of Wisconsin. This is possible because of a cooperative agreement between UW Madison and federal OSHA under the onsite consultation program. The sites have limited seating, so please  register early.

OSHA Training: March 21

Silica in construction – Fall protection in all industries – Permit required confined spaces

One symposium addressing three of the most deadly hazards in construction. This is an excellent opportunity for a hands-on experience of the OSHA standards for silica, fall protection and permit required confined spaces. 

Join the Badgerland ASSP Chapter in this first ever annual event on March 21st.  The symposium will include both classroom and hands-on training in the state-of-the-art facility on the UW-Platteville Campus.

Choose from the topic you need to understand the most: confined space, silica, or fall protection.  Get an opportunity to speak with trainers who have a deep knowledge of the hazards and the OSHA standards that apply to them.

Registration size will be limited to encourage hands-on learning atmosphere. Go to the Badgerland website to register here:

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant application period now open

Farmers and businesses involved in Wisconsin’s food industry who are seeking to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for 2019 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin producer and processor grants.

Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently produce, process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions.

Proposals must be received by DATCP by noon, March 20, 2019. Necessary documents are available online at Grants will be awarded following a competitive review process. The target date for grant award notification is April 2019.

A total of $170,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget. Grants may not be used to fund feasibility projects or startups.

Qualified applicants include individuals, groups or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism operations. Proposals could include collaborations or partnerships.

Anyone with questions about the application process can contact BLBW program manager Kietra Olson at 608-224-5112 or

Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative

USDA and four of its partners, known as cooperators, are now accepting applications from rural communities and regions for free technical assistance to implement economic development planning projects. Through the Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI) initiative, USDA is partnering to provide this assistance with the National Association of Counties, Rural Community Assistance Partnership, McClure Engineering Company, and Purdue University Extension/ Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky.

Participation in REDI will enable a rural community, or region, to create economic development plans that include evidence-based assessments; quantifiable goals; plans to improve the local and regional economy; and metrics to track implementation and progress.

Rural communities with 50,000 or fewer people are eligible to apply. USDA and REDI Cooperators will score, review and select applications on a competitive basis.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2019.
Letters of Interest Deadline (Optional): March 8, 2019.

Download the application or request it here at