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July 2021

December 2020

PPP 2021: Know What Qualifies to Be Prepared to Apply

From Thanksgiving Dinners to Now Gifts for 250 Kids. Meet Your Neighbor Delania Heller and How You Can Help

NEXT: ENGAGE: The group has more than 250 children needing a brighter holiday. Join Everyone Needs a Helping Hand’s Facebook page and sign up to provide gifts. Here >>

Teach Generosity: Support this Central High School Club’s Mask Sale Now-Dec. 18

ENGAGE: Help this high school student and Central High School in La Crosse raise money for Unicef by buying a mask.

Get on Living Safely GOLS

Thirty-six locally-owned businesses united to promote buying local during the pandemic in a campaign called Get on Living Safely – meaning we must find ways to safely support our small, locally owned businesses. Slow online sales. The group’s belief aligns with Engage Greater La Crosse’s – that when you know your friends and neighbors you’re more likely to patronize them versus online.  People we know work for these businesses. We’re proud to spotlight these stories, fueled by the campaign. We must “Keep Christmas in the Community” – helping put food on tables and presents under trees.

Fresh Bread Just Says “Local”: Great Harvest Bread Co in L aCrosse

What’s Church Got to Do with Supporting Local?

Discover This Place to Buy Local: Orange Thumb

For the Makers & Artisans: Donna Elsen (Paper Love)

Bike Shop: Creating Community & Selling Like Crazy During COVID

Places to Visit: Caledonia Street in La Crosse

When Businesses Hurt, Nonprofits Hurt. Hear Where You’re Needed to Step In

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November 2020

I am proud to donate and project manage this campaign to supporting local businesses called Get on Living Safely.

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SHORT VERSION:  The growing list of local businesses that have closed, stopped operations indefinitely, and those that restructured. 


SHORT VERSION:  Based on La Crosse County sales taxes paid in March-June, the small local businesses that make up our quality of life (restaurants, salons, theaters, golf courses, hotels, and more) took in $54 million less. Projected out with the same decline, the hole could be $191 M by year-end.



SHORT VERSION:  Grocery & Parks are doing well. Racial disparity is growing in employment. Consumer spending is down. Foot traffic is down significantly at movie theaters, sit-down restaurants, bars, malls, and hotels. Small businesses employment is down 12-16%. Our recession numbers are not tracking well compared to prior recessions.

October 2020

SHORT VERSION:  Root Down Yoga created a community teaching people how to care for their own physical and mental well being. The employees and students are like family for owners Nick and Mandy Roush. On Sunday, October 4, 2020, they had to announce the indefinite closure of a business that was thriving seven months ago. Here is their story.


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SHORT VERSION:  Fayze’s keeps adapting to keep costs low and sales going but is worried as winter approaches and outdoor seating is eliminated.

SHORT VERSION:  Jacqlon’s broke ground as the first restaurant in Holmen 25 years ago. As Jacqlynn and Lonnie Hauser approached 2020, it was the year to retire. Unfortunately their savings is getting tapped instead during these challenging times.

SHORT VERSION:  The crew is keeping their chin up at this home-style restaurants (aka YUM!) but 2020 has their Viterbo lunch crowd and events crowd down. Help keep their spirits up by ordering lunch.

SHORT VERSION: La Crosse Street is going to be rebuilt in Spring of 2022. Same width, but improving safety. See what’s planned. Comment quickly.


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