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Milestones and celebrations at the 2021 Fall Convention

October 28, 2021

It was beyond wonderful to see everyone at the 2021 Fall Convention and Tradeshow in Appleton last month where we had a record 891 registrants! Check out all the photos on the TLW Facebook page, capturing special moments like Pete Madland’s retirement party, the trade show and overall fun. There wasn’t a dry eye in…

Keith Kern is new President of the Tavern League of Wisconsin

October 13, 2021

The Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW), a non-profit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of the retail beverage alcohol segment of the hospitality industry in the State of Wisconsin, announces that Keith Kern, owner of Jimmy’s Saloon in Superior, Wis., has been elected to serve the TLW as President for a two-year term. Prior…

Dane County issues new mask mandate

August 17, 2021

Public Health Madison/Dane County has just issued a new indoor mask mandate, for all individuals age 2 and over. The order takes effect Thursday, August 19, and will remain in effect through September 16. Businesses are required to develop and implement a written policy and procedure that ensures employees are provided with and wear face…

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces closure of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

July 1, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is announcing the closure of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Through the American Rescue Plan Act, the SBA launched the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. SBA received over 370,000 applications from restaurant owners across the United States. The…

Income tax cut in the works

June 19, 2021

Wisconsin tax revenues outpaced projections by $4.4 billion in the last quarter of 2021. This unprecedented good news helped to frame the state budget when the Joint Committee on Finance approved the two year spending proposal with a $3.4 billion tax cut. Under the proposal, income taxes would be cut by $2.75 billion, property taxes…

Provision would eliminate local personal property tax

June 10, 2021

Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance included a provision in the state budget to eliminate the local personal property tax. State Representative Dan Knodl (R-Germantown) had introduced legislation this year to provide tax relief to main street businesses with the repeal of this onerous local tax. The Committee included his bill in the state…

How to check the status of your Small Business Recovery Grant application

June 7, 2021

An important update for those who applied for the Small Business Administration Recovery Grants, the application window is now closed. For those of you who have applied and have questions, there are a couple of places where you may find answers. Start by calling the SBA call center at 844-279-8898. You may also find answers…

Wisconsin Tavern League Foundation gave over $10 million to 25,000 charities in 2020

June 2, 2021

Charitable giving has long been a mainstay of American culture and trade associations have long been champions of giving back to others. The Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW), however, is a particularly generous bunch. The association provides its members with an opportunity to help others – a chance to change the world – by giving…

Apply for Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grants through June 7

May 24, 2021

The application window for the Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grants runs through June 7. The program will award $420 million to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to support businesses who are hardest hit by the pandemic and are key to Wisconsin making a strong recovery. The program is administered…

Marklein and Vos introduce workforce recovery legislation

May 19, 2021

As the United States comes out of the pandemic, the economy has picked up steam and the hospitality industry is leading the charge to hire new workers and get back to pre-pandemic employment numbers. With over 40% of Wisconsinites vaccinated, we are beginning to see long-anticipated increases in business. The major problem facing most businesses…


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