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Lawmakers Advocate for Transparent System for Performance Music

December 23, 2021

As anyone who has run a tavern can attest, navigating the world of music copyright laws can be a daunting task. Music can help bring value to your business, though making sure you are complying with existing laws can be difficult. Failure to do so can bring legal and financial consequences. ASCAP (American Society of…

Tavern League of Wisconsin Publishes Annual SafeRide® Survey Report

December 9, 2021

Since 1994, the Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW) has committed to eliminating drunk driving from Wisconsin’s roadways with the operation of its SafeRide® program, which provides free rides home to patrons of TLW member establishments. The program’s success is documented in results from a recent annual SafeRide® Survey of more than 60 counties in the…

TLW supports the restriction of credit card swipe fees

November 19, 2021

The TLW is a member of a Main Street Wisconsin business coalition in support of a bill sponsored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) and Rep. Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) to restrict swipe fees to retailers on the state tax portion of a transaction. Assembly Bill 587 and Senate Bill 572 would: Prohibit a “swipe…

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…


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