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Here you’ll find out who’s making the decisions shaping our community: Policy-makers are always busy creating new ways to advance the Madison region. Stay informed on the latest policies that may impact the way you do business.


Letter to City of Madison alders opposing energy benchmarking ordinance

Dear Common Council member: A recently introduced ordinance, Legistar #32255, would establish energy benchmarks for businesses in Madison that meet certain size requirements.  The Greater Madison Chamber Board supports efforts to educate businesses about ways to reduce their energy footprint but must oppose this ordinance.  Requiring businesses to annually report energy usage is cumbersome, costly and ineffective.  The energy analysis…read more →

Greater Madison Business Leaders Invited to White House to Give Local Perspective on National Issues

MADISON – On Dec. 9 Greater Madison business leaders attended a four-hour White House Business Council Briefing. The invitation to the briefing grew from strategic partnerships with the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, the White House Business Council and Business Forward. “This was a unique opportunity for Chamber members large and small to deliver feedback from our local business community…read more →

Governor Walker signs Crowdfunding Bill

Wisconsin is one of the first states in the nation to allow investors to purchase equity in a company via crowdfunding. The Greater Madison Chamber supported the bill which passed quickly through the Wisconsin Legislature with strong bi-partisan backing. The legislation creates a new class of investor titled, “certified investor,” defined as a Wisconsin resident with a minimum net worth of…read more →

LGBT, Greater Madison Chambers Partner to Ask Rep. Pocan to Help LGBT Angel Investors

MADISON – The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce have joined together to advocate for a change to a Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule to provide an equal opportunity for LGBT investors to participate in startups. In a joint letter sent to Representative Pocan this afternoon, the Chambers ask the congressman to urge…read more →

Apprenticeships Build Career Pathways

Apprenticeship programs are a great way for businesses to partner with employees who learn hands-on skills as they build career pathways.  The Greater Chamber of Commerce partners with the Madison Metropolitan School District for placement of high school students through the state’s Youth Apprenticeship Program and supports Wisconsin Senate Bill 336/Assembly Bill 402 which would increase state funding for the…read more →

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