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Thrive Economic Development Releases Statement in Support of Businesses

Jefferson, Wis., May 18, 2020 – Thrive Economic Development (ThriveED) supports businesses in Dodge and Jefferson counties. Both counties have issued statements pointing to the need for businesses to open in a manner that is safe for your workers, for your customers and for the community.

You can read the statement from Jefferson County here.
You can read the statement from Dodge County here.

ThriveED encourages all businesses to undertake the necessary research and follow the guidelines for safely reopening that were put out by WEDC. These guidelines can be found at

ThriveED will host two Peer to Peer Sessions this week in partnership with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Whitewater. In these sessions, we will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on specific industries, best practices for reopening, the safety guidelines and other issues as we look toward getting back to business. A session on May 19 will focus on the professional services industries, such as salon industry and hands-on beauty service providers, massage therapists, residential cleaning services and catering and event services. A session on May 21 will focus on bars, restaurants and cafes. For more information, and to register, please visit

Updates from Jefferson, Dodge or Watertown Health Officers related to operating your business within guidelines will be posted on the ThriveED website,, as they are issued.

We are here to help. If you have questions or concerns, please contact ThriveED President, Vicki Pratt at

We’re all in this together. Working together, we will survive and thrive.

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