CITY OF DE PERE ALERT: COVID-19 Guidance for De Pere Businesses


COVID-19 Guidance for De Pere Businesses

The City of De Pere Health Department (DPHD) is committed to protecting the health and safety of De Pere’s workers, workplaces, and the public during these unprecedented times.

Due to current outbreak conditions in Brown County, it is essential that employers take measures to PREVENT the spread of COVID-19 in their workplace.  DPHD recommends the following measures be implemented: 

  • Sick employees should be sent home immediately. Symptoms would include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headache, body aches, loss of taste and/or smell. 
  • Wear a Mask: Employees should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace.  Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings. 
  • Social Distance: Employees should maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing while working and during breaks. 
  • Pre-Screen: Employers should monitor employees and assess symptoms prior to starting work. 
  • Disinfect and Clean work spaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared equipment. 
  • Implement Administrative Controls: Stagger breaks and/or work shifts to promote social distancing, provide visual cues as a reminder to workers to social distance. 
  • Modify work stations so that employees are at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Use physical barriers, such as strip curtains, or plexiglass to separate workers from each other. 
  • Place hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol in multiple locations to encourage hand hygiene.


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New initiative Downtown Faces Forward brings awareness, support for downtown businesses in Green Bay and De Pere

The faces behind the storefronts are featured in a social media campaign as COVID-19 forces creativity to drive business, sales and access to local services.

DE PERE, Wis. — Small businesses throughout the downtowns of Wisconsin are doing what they can for a second month amid the “Safer at Home” state order that has shaken their business plans and forced a new way of doing business. In each case, there is a business owner, who despite the odds, continues to face forward.

As a way to celebrate these downtown faces and their businesses, and stimulate further local support, starting in Green Bay and De Pere, a new initiative called Downtown Faces Forward is being launched today.

“Downtown Faces Forward is a creative, forward-facing project that raises awareness and support for downtown small businesses by featuring the people behind the storefronts,” explained Bridget O’Connor, owner and principal of O’Connor Connective. “These downtown small businesses, their owners, and their teams are the ones who fuel the vibrant communities that intertwine with our Broadway and Main streets and avenues, around the bends of the Fox River, and throughout the New North. It’s these faces and their places that make us, us.”

O’Connor and her team at O’Connor Connective, a strategic marketing communications consultancy located in the heart of downtown De Pere, created the concept of Downtown Faces Forward. They partnered with local photographers Mark Hawkins, owner of Mark Hawkins Photography and president of Hands On Deck, and Alexis Arnold, owner of artlessBastard and Alexis Arnold Photography, to feature businesses owners and their fortitude during the COVID-19 challenge.

“We’re showcasing the faces behind our downtown storefronts,” said Hawkins, who photographed business owners in downtown Green Bay. “These are the people who have the stuff it takes to keep things running. They aren’t willing to let a worldwide pandemic keep them from facing forward.”

“I’m one of them,” said Arnold, who focused her camera on the faces of downtown De Pere, where she operates artlessBastard, an art gallery. “This situation has temporarily closed the doors of my gallery, but not my creativity. To have an opportunity to capture the faces of other business owners at a time like this is lifegiving. I’m energized by telling our downtown story.”

Featuring the eclectic mix of offerings in downtowns at a time like this allows for an enhanced opportunity to educate, inform and perhaps entice others to choose local and visit when the time is right again.

“This effort showcases those who have made an investment in our downtowns and provide services that create a vibrant place to live, work, and we hope, soon again, visit,” said Brad Toll, president and CEO of Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We love how this campaign allows the world to see the faces and learn the names of those who, despite COVID-19 issues, are forward facing to serve their community, retain their unique businesses, and come out of this stronger, together. They are part of the fabric that makes our community such a special place.”

Beginning the week of April 20, owners of downtown small businesses said “yes” to having their photos taken with appropriate social distancing. More will be captured throughout May. Many say they find participating in this project a way to be a part of something that generates hope.

“Never before in our recent history have we been faced with such unfortunate, challenging and uncertain circumstances as we are today as a community, a country, a world,” said McKim Boyd, owner of the historic Union Hotel & Restaurant in De Pere. “Yet, in the face of adversity, we stand together as downtown businesses with an unbreakable spirit of continuing to serve our customers and the community who continue to stand by us. We are forever grateful to those who are buying takeout from our restaurants, shopping our stores online, or reaching out to our other neighbors for professional services until we are safely able to fully open our doors again.”

Starting May 1, photos and accompanying short stories for each small business, including Union Hotel & Restaurant, will be featured one weekday at a time on the Downtown Faces Forward digital platforms of Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

“The resiliency of our downtown businesses as they hang in there with better days ahead is nothing short of remarkable,” said Jeff Mirkes, executive director of Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Olde Main Street, Inc., nonprofits that serve those respective business districts in Green Bay. “We have a lot of small businesses that are hard at work, still providing services, offering curbside pickup, arranging for delivery to their customers, putting classes online—all in the midst of the Safer at Home order. We applaud them and say thank you!”

Joining Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Olde Main Street, Inc. as supporters of the Downtown Faces Forward initiative are Definitely De Pere, De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce, De Pere Art Center, Greater Green Bay Chamber, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, and New North Inc.

“Our motto in downtown De Pere during these difficult times is #DePereStrong. But saying we are in this together extends far beyond community boundaries,” said Tina Quigley, executive director of Definitely De Pere, a nonprofit that promotes De Pere’s downtown district. “Thanks to the heroism of those on the front lines who are keeping us safe, we are all facing forward with the hope and optimism that we will bounce back and be stronger, together. And so we also stand tall and say #DowntownFacesForward!”
A listing of the more than 25 businesses and their owners is on the Downtown Faces Forward Facebook page. Some owners are photographed by themselves. Some with their families. Other communities are welcome to join in by showcasing their downtown business owners and using the hashtag #DowntownFacesForward.

“Downtowns hold a special place in the New North region and to me personally,” said Barb LaMue, executive director of New North Inc. and who previously worked at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. “The owners of downtown businesses are proven contributors to our communities, our local governments and certainly to our economic engine. We invite everyone at home to think about how they can help our downtown storefronts from their laptops, tablets and phones at a time like this. Can you buy it local? Can you hire it to be done from here? Now, more than ever, this is the time to ask ourselves these questions so we can show our local support.”

To learn more about Downtown Faces Forward and see the faces behind the downtown businesses in Green Bay and De Pere, go to @DowntownFacesForward on Facebook and Instagram and Downtown Faces Forward on LinkedIn.

About Downtown Faces Forward is an initiative to raise awareness and support for downtown small businesses by featuring the people behind the storefronts. This effort showcases those who have made an investment in our downtowns and provide services that create a vibrant place to live, work and play. See the faces and learn the names of those who, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, are forward facing to serve their community, retain their teams, and come out of this stronger, together.

What Those At Home Can Do Downtown Faces Forward invites those at home to participate in this initiative by learning more about the small businesses in their downtown, purchasing locally through online or curbside options, hiring local professional services and, if able, contributing to the small business funds available through Definitely De Pere, Greater Green Bay Chamber, and other local organizations.

Partners Downtown Faces Forward is made possible by O’Connor Connective and is supported by local downtown enthusiasts at Definitely De Pere; De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce; De Pere Art Center; Downtown Green Bay, Inc.; Olde Main Street, Inc.; Greater Green Bay Chamber; Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau; New North Inc.; and photographers Alexis Arnold and Mark Hawkins. These organizations hope this idea catches on and is repeated in downtowns everywhere

Effective April 27, Small Business Administration Re-Opens Funding Process

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the application and funding process for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Program for small business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.


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One Law Group Welcome’s Attorney Sarah Brown DeBruin

One Law Group, S.C. is pleased to announce Sarah Brown DeBruin has joined the firm as a Shareholder and will be practicing from the De Pere office.

Attorney DeBruin received her B.A. in English & Classics, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI and her J.D. from Capital University Law School, Columbus, OH. Prior to joining One Law Group, S.C. she operated her own practice, Legal Business Edge, LLC in Appleton.

Attorney DeBruin’s primary practice areas include Business & Contracts Law, Trademarks & Copyrights, Franchise Law, General Counsel Services, Internet & Technology Law, Physician & Executive Employment Agreements and Title IX Investigation & Procedures.

You may contact Attorney DeBruin at or 920-336-5766.

Bayland BLDGS – Immediate Release: 2465 Marina Circle is Breaking Ground

ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN – Bayland Buildings Inc. is excited to announce ground will be breaking soon for a 60,000 sq. ft., 6-story office building located at 2465 Marina Circle in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, for a private developer. Bayland Buildings, Inc. will serve as the Design/Build General Contractor in partnership with respected local firms Excel Engineering and Robert E Lee and Associates, among others.

The new facility, situated on the Fox River waterfront and adjacent to the Riverway Marina, will offer enclosed parking, a private entertainment patio, lounge, and gym facilities. A major facility tenant is yet to be announced, and additional office leasing space is available within the Class A office facility. Construction completion is expected mid – 2021.

About Bayland Buildings Inc.
Bayland Buildings, Inc. is a 100% employee owned, Commercial and Agricultural General Contractor founded in 1991. Built on a simple principle of providing customers with a seamless experience, without compromising overall quality. Bayland is recognized as one of the most competitive and respected building firms in Wisconsin and currently employs nearly 200 dedicated people.

St. Norbert College: What’s the real economic cost of COVID-19?


What’s the real economic cost of COVID-19?


The economic impact of COVID-19 is staggering – encompassing everything from employment numbers to product availability to the balance in your 401(k) and the price you pay at the gas pump.


That much we know. But speculation, hyperbole and competing agendas, among other things, cloud the picture from there.


What’s really happening? Join economic and industry experts for a data-driven discussion of COVID-19’s economic impact. Speakers from St. Norbert College’s Center for Business & Economic Analysis (CBEA), Breakthrough and Wipfli Financial will offer diverse industry perspectives as they examine what’s happening across the economic landscape, with particular focus on financial and fuel markets.


The Economic Impact of COVID-19
A live webinar featuring:
Marc Schaffer, Associate Professor of Economics, St. Norbert College
Rafia Hasan, Chief Investment Officer, Wipfli Financial
Matt Muenster ’09, Senior Manager of Applied Knowledge, Breakthrough


April 30, starting at 2 p.m. CST


Anyone with an interest in COVID-19’s impact on the regional, national and global economies is welcome to attend this free event. Registration is required and is open now. Your registration confirmation will include a link to access the webinar.


The event is presented jointly by the Schneider School’s CBEA and the St. Norbert College office of alumni and parent relations. We are grateful for the participation and support of our sponsors, Breakthrough and Wipfli Financial.


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Register Here



Prevea Offers Tips to Safely Return to Work

COVID-19 Town Hall for Local Businesses

Safely Return To Work

We have all taken significant steps to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Safer At Home order, some businesses temporarily closed or reduced services and productivity, sometimes placing employees on furlough. With the order being lifted in the near future, you may be gearing up to get your business back to full operation. In doing so, you may have questions on how to do this safely.

Join Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO of Prevea Health, and his occupational medicine physician partners, for a town hall meeting to help answer your questions of starting your business’ life safely after the COVID-19 Safer At Home order.

Topics will include:

§  Cost effectively disinfect and clean work spaces

§  Recommended masks

§  Health screenings for employees

§  Traveling employees

§  Policies for employees returning to work, tested or non-tested

§  Workplace best practices for vendors/visitors

§  Any additional topics/questions attendees ask

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Free Zoom Meeting

Register today at Open to all business leaders, brokers and HR, workers compensation and safety managers.


COVID-19 Update

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative Applauds Governor, Legislature for Action on Surprise Bills

Non-profit Health Insurance Cooperative Says COVID-19 Package will Protect Consumers


Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative (CGHC) said provisions of the COVID-19 legislation signed into law this week will protect Wisconsin consumers from receiving surprise medical bills for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

“We applaud the Governor for introducing this idea in his coronavirus package and the legislature for improving it and adopting it as part of their package,” said CGHC CEO Cathy Mahaffey. “People should feel confident when seeking care for COVID-19 that they won’t have to worry about unexpected medical bills coming later from out-of-network providers that may have been involved in their diagnosis or treatment.”

Mahaffey explained that the new law, 2019 Wisconsin Act 185, establishes a Medicare-based benchmark for the payment of COVID-19 testing and treatment and requires insurers to use that benchmark to reimburse out-of-network medical providers. The legislation also prohibits health care providers from billing patients for more than the benchmark when a service, treatment, or supplies are related to the treatment of or testing for COVID-19.

These protections are already in place for in-network care through insurance company contracts.

“Simply put, it means that a patient will not receive a surprise bill when he or she is required to go to a non-network hospital due to capacity issues during the pandemic,” she said. “There will be no disagreements over payment for testing and treatment, and no patients stuck in the middle.”

Mahaffey said that CGHC has long advocated for a surprise billing solution based on a benchmark rate of payment for out-of-network care, but the issue took on more urgency with COVID-19. “As we explained to legislative leaders, we all need to work together right now for good of Wisconsin families and those who care for them,” she said. “That means insurers might have to pay a little more than they would otherwise, and providers need to accept that as payment in full.”

Congress has been working on a surprise billing fix at the federal level for several months, even before COVID-19 came into the picture, but they have not been able to come to agreement. “Congress should follow Wisconsin’s model and establish a Medicare benchmark. It’s open, transparent, and one of the easiest things we can do to simplify health care and protect consumers who have lost confidence in our country’s health care system,” said Mahaffey.


Please join us in welcoming new Performa team members!


Douglas Weber   

Performa is pleased to welcome architect Douglas Webster to our team. Douglas will serve as Performa’s Director of Southeast Region and lead our Atlanta, GA office. Prior to joining Performa, Douglas was a Senior Associate with Cooper Carry. Through his blend of career experiences, Douglas has developed a diverse portfolio ranging from adaptive reuse, mixed-use, hospitality and high rise residential, all of which reflect not only a wide range in budget, scale and aesthetics, but unique leadership capabilities as well. Whether providing leadership through design, technical detailing or management, Douglas utilizes his knowledge from each phase to create a holistic, balanced result. Douglas is a cum laude graduate from Auburn University [Bachelor of Architecture], a registered Architect and a member of the AIA. In addition to sharing architectural design skills with clients, Douglas will lead Performa’s southeast team of architects and engineers and grow client relationships.


Julie Simonet

Juli Simonet returns to Performa as a Plumbing Designer & Project Manager. This role allows clients to benefit from Juli’s technical expertise in plumbing as well as her ability to lead and manage projects for clients. Juli is driven to exceed customers’ goals and deliver quality results on all Performa projects.


Paul Janssen

Paul Janssen is a returning face to the Performa team. Paul is a registered architect who began his career with Performa. His career has been in project management delivering projects for higher education partners. Paul is a welcome face back to Performa in his role as Project Manager.


Sameer Matta

Sameer Matta is joining our Atlanta, GA office. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in HVAC design. Sameer has previously designed systems in Califonia and New Zeeland. He is LEED AP BD +C certified. Sameer has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Florida College of Engineering.

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order

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Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress we’ve made in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again. The order is available here.

“A few weeks ago, we had a pretty grim outlook for what COVID-19 could mean for our state, but because of the efforts of all of you, Safer at Home is working. That said, we aren’t out of the woods just yet,” said Gov. Evers. “As I’ve said all along, we are going to rely on the science and public health experts to guide us through this challenge. So, as we extend Safer at Home, I need all of you to continue doing the good work you’ve been doing so we can keep our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe, and get through this storm together.”

“Before we lift Safer at Home, the steps of testing and more robust public health measures must be in place,” explained Secretary-designee Palm. “These steps will help us reduce the risk of a second wave of the virus. If we open up too soon, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and requiring more drastic physical distancing measures again.”

The extension of the Safer at Home order includes a few changes. Some changes allow more businesses and activities to open back up, while other changes help make businesses safer for employees and customers. The changes in this order include:

Businesses and activities ramping up service and operations:

  • Public libraries: Public libraries may now provide curb-side pick-up of books and other library materials.
  • Golf Courses: Golf courses may open again, with restrictions including scheduling and paying for tee times online or by phone only. Clubhouses and pro shops must remain closed.
  • Non-essential Businesses: Non-essential businesses will now be able to do more things as Minimum Basic Operations, including deliveries, mailings, and curb-side pick-up. Non-essential businesses must notify workers of whether they are necessary for the Minimum Basic Operations.
  • Arts and Crafts Stores: Arts and craft stores may offer expanded curb-side pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Aesthetic or Optional Exterior Work: Aesthetic or optional exterior law care or construction is now allowed under the extended order, so long as it can be done by one person.

Safe Business Practices:

  • Safe Business Practices for Essential Businesses and Operations: Essential Businesses and Operations must increase cleaning and disinfection practices, ensure that only necessary workers are present, and adopt policies to prevent workers exposed to COVID-19 or symptomatic workers from coming to work.
  • Safe Business Practices for Retailers that Essential Businesses and Operations: Retail stores that remain open to the public as Essential Businesses and Operations must limit the number of people in the store at one time, must provide proper spacing for people waiting to enter, and large stores must offer at least two hours per week of dedicated shopping time for vulnerable populations.
  • Supply Chain: Essential Businesses and Operations that are essential because they supply, manufacture, or distribute goods and services to other Essential Businesses and Operations can only continue operations that are necessary to those businesses they supply. All other operations must continue as Minimum Basic Operations.

Other changes include:

  • Schools: Public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Local parks and open space: Local health officials may close public parks and open spaces if it becomes too difficult to ensure social distancing or the areas are being mistreated.
  • Travel: People are strongly encourage to stay close to home, not travel to second homes or cabins, and not to travel out-of-state if it is not necessary.
  • Tribal Nations: Tribal Nations are sovereign over their territory and can impose their own restrictions. Non-tribal members should be respectful of and avoid non-essential travel to Tribal territory. Local government must coordinate, collaborate, and share information with Tribal Nations.
  • Duration: The changes in this order go into effect on April 24, 2020. The order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on May 26, 2020.

If you have questions, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is available here for your review.

The public should continue to follow simple steps to avoid exposure to the virus and prevent illness including:

  • Avoiding social gatherings with people of all ages (including playdates and sleepovers, parties, large family dinners, visitors in your home, non-essential workers in your house);
  • Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes;
  • Avoiding touching one’s face; and
  • Staying home.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website. We encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook, Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

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