ACE Export Compliance Virtual Seminar: Day 2

On the second day, an overview of Commodity Classification, Global Market Finder, Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) export platform including the Automated Export System, the free filing tool, AESDirect and a demonstration how you can leverage the exports report feature to manage compliance and oversee export filings at the company level. The Bureau of Industry and Security will cover EAR requirements and identifying red flags.

Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CST)
Dial-in: 888-469-1342
Participant Passcode: 7769543
Event password, if required: census

* The Event password may be required when using certain mobile devices.

ACE Export Compliance Virtual Seminar: Day 1

The virtual two part seminar sponsored by U.S. Census Bureau will increase your overall knowledge on export compliance/enforcement.

The first day topics will include an update on the latest regulatory changes with respect to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on port related issues (invited).

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CST)
Dial-in: 888-769-9721
Participant Passcode: 4030184
Event password, if required: census

Community & Economic Development Award Nominations Are Being Accepted

The seventh annual Community & Economic Development Awards (CEDA) ceremony is right around the corner – currently scheduled for September 16, 2020 as a hybrid in-person/virtual event. The CEDA awards program was established by WEDA to recognize businesses, projects, and organizations that are making exceptional contributions to advance economic growth and prosperity in Wisconsin.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to showcase your community’s exciting economic development successes. Please consider nominating an innovative project or forward-thinking business for a 2020 CEDA Award. But don’t delay… nominations close on Monday, July 20.

CEDA Awards nominations are being accepted in the following six categories:

Business Retention & Expansion – This category recognizes innovative economic development projects where communities have successfully mobilized to help retain and potentially expand the operations of an existing business critical to the economic vitality of the community.
Economic Development Initiative – This category recognizes innovative community and economic development efforts that successfully promote growth and prosperity in Wisconsin communities.
Economic Driver – This category recognizes businesses committed to long-term investment in their Wisconsin operations that have a significant economic impact in their community and across the state.
Private-Public Partnership – This category recognizes projects, programs or initiatives that have been successful due to exceptional collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse – This category recognizes innovative real estate redevelopment or reuse projects that have had a positive impact on a community’s economy, including job growth and increased tax base.
Talent Development – This category recognizes initiatives or programs that have driven successful talent development efforts to strengthen the Wisconsin Workforce.

For more information, visit:  If you have any questions or would like additional information on the CEDA nomination process, please contact the WEDA office at

Big Changes Coming to the U.S. SBA Federal Women-Owned Small Business Program


The US SBA will be ending self-certification of Women Owned Small Business this year. In summer 2020, the WOSB and EDWOSB certification process will change. Self-certification will no longer be an option, and women owned small businesses will have to either certify through SBA’s FREE online certification at or an approved third-party entity. This webinar will walk you through the new process and share how a WOSB or EDWOSB can successfully leverage their certification in the Federal marketplace. Many Federal government agencies are not meeting their Women Owned Business goals.

If you are a women owned small business considering entering the Federal market or are a current Federal contractor, you should attend.


Shane Mahaffy, U.S. Small Business Administration
Jessie Leonard, Women’s Business Development Center
Kim Garber, WI Procurement Institute

This webinar is eligible for 1 CPE credit.

Drive Thru Job Fair

The pandemic has changed recruiting but the workforce system is still here to help you find the talent that you need! We’re hosting a Drive Thru Job Fair July 15 as part of a statewide, unified approach to let job seekers know that there is still opportunity available in their local area!

How will the fair work and how can you participate?
• Let us know that your company plans to participate by completing this short survey:
• If you have available positions, you will need to provide 500 one-page recruitment flyers for your company. Your one-page document can be printed on one or both sides, 8.5×11” in size; only one page per company!

What should you include? Here are some suggestions:
 Company name, location, logo, etc.
 Available position(s)
 How to apply
 Details about company benefits and/or wages
 What makes your company special, what is the service or product you provide?
 Include your Equal Opportunity statement
 Contact information if a job seeker would like to reach out to your company (email, phone or both)

If you have questions about this event or would like to learn more about other locations, contact:
Jeff Westra at or 608-249-9001.

• The deadline for dropping off your information is: July 8, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
• The location for dropping off information is: Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin – 3513
Anderson Street, Suite 104, Madison, WI. Hours: 8 AM to 4:30 PM. There will be a table set up upon entry for social distancing and safety. Please have recruitment flyers in a bag, place your company name on the outside of the bag, and drop it on the table inside the door.
• Your one-page document will be inserted into a bag
• Staff collating bags will be wearing gloves and masks
• Each car attending the Drive Thru Job Fair will be given one bag