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The Tavern League is working hard in our local communities across the state of Wisconsin.

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 at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund. TLW wishes you the best of luck on all your applications and invites you to reach out with any questions.

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 to those in need. Then the Wisconsin Tavern League Foundation boosts those efforts with its Matching Funds Program.
And even though the pandemic wreaked havoc across the industry, as well as on consumers’ wallets in 2020, the TLW is pleased to announce that its Foundation donated over $10 million to almost 25,000 charitable organizations and people in need through the hard work and big hearts of its members, and the Matching Funds Program.
So why does the Tavern League put such an emphasis on charitable 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 by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) in collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and is funded with money received from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The grants will provide as many as 84,000 Wisconsin small businesses with annual gross revenue between $10,000 and $7 million with a flat award of $5,000.

TLW partners with Hogs For Heroes to purchase bike for Wisconsin Dells veteran
May 17, 2021

May 23, 2021, Marine Sergeant Rick Erickson, of Wisconsin Dells becomes the 18th Wisconsin veteran to receive a Harley-Davidson motorcycle as part of the Hogs for Heroes program. And for the first time, the Tavern League of Wisconsin has stepped up and raised funds to fully pay for the bike.

Hogs for Heroes will hand him his keys at a special ceremony at the Keg & Patio in the Wisconsin Dells on May 23. Learn more about Rick’s story here. http://www.hogsforheroeswi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021-Erickson-Announcement.pdf

May is Tavern Month: Celebrating the social and economic impact of Wisconsin’s bars, taverns and restaurants
May 10, 2021

Local taverns, bars and restaurants have a long history in Wisconsin as gathering places for celebrating and commiserating while spending time with friends. TLW members also give significantly to charitable organizations and their businesses contribute to the economic prosperity of the state.

Apply for Restaurant Revitalization Funds beginning May 3
May 3, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it would begin accepting applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. As part of the American Rescue Plan, the Restaurant Revitalization Fund provides a total of $28.6 billion in direct relief funds to bars, restaurants, and other food establishments that have experienced economic distress and significant operational losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal and State Assistance for Small Business is On the Way
April 25, 2021

Passage of the American Rescue Plan included the $28 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund which will help thousands of small businesses across the country survive the devastating economic impact to the hospitality industry caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Governor Evers Annouces $420 million in Small Business Grants
April 25, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers has announced that the state will award up to $420 million to small businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic through the new Wisconsin Tomorrow Small Business Recovery Grant program, a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Department of Revenue (DOR).

ABL Welcomes Passage of COVID-19 Package
January 21, 2021

Targeted relief still needed for bars, taverns...

DOR Liquor Sale
December 21, 2020

Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Unit is again selling a batch of confiscated liquor.

All In Grant Applications Extended
October 13, 2020

The All in Grant has been extended and applications for it can be submitted beginning October 19th.
The State of Wisconsin has announced that it is extending the “We’re All In” grant program for small businesses, adding another $50 million to the program. Small businesses who apply are eligible for a grant which you do not have to pay back of up to $5,000 to assist them with the costs of business interruption, salaries, rent/mortgage and for health and safety improvements. Businesses must comply with industry-specific COVID-19 safety guidelines that have been created by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Legislative Leaders - Evers Order Not Enforceable
October 8, 2020

The Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader both said that because Governor Evers did not go through the Administrative Rule process required by the State Supreme Court, his order limiting the size of public indoor gatherings is not enforceable.

House Includes Restaurant Act to HEROES Bill
September 30, 2020

House and Senate leaders have not yet reached agreement on the HEROES Act, however, House Democrats have just added the Restaurants Act, a bipartisan bill supported by the hospitality industry, to the HEROES Act to provide $120 billion in grants which do not have to be repaid for bars and restaurants.

Kenosha Tavern League Decries Cabaret License Changes
September 28, 2020

The Kenosha Tavern League opposes the changes proposed to the city's cabaret license requirement.  They made that opposition very clear at their meeting Tuesday at Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St.

Free Masks From LAX County Health Dept. And Tavern League
August 25, 2020

Bar and restaurant owners want you comfortable, happy and safe. When you are out enjoying your favorite local establishment, remember social distancing, hand washing, sanitizer, and ask for free complimentary mask courtesy of La Crosse County Health Department and the La Crosse County Tavern League.

ABI Argues Against Changes to Federal Dietary Guidelines
August 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) are in the process of crafting the latest iteration of federal dietary guidelines—which seek to counsel Americans about healthy eating and drinking.

Thank You TLW Members for Supporting Primary Candidates Endorsed by TLW
August 12, 2020

Thank you to TLW members around the state for their help supporting primary candidates endorsed by the Tavern League of Wisconsin.

Dietary Guidelines Action Alert: Make Your Voice Heard
August 6, 2020

Right now, the federal government is currently updating guidance on healthy diets, called the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). For decades, the DGA have provided evidence-based, practical information about diet and health, including the definition of moderate alcohol consumption for adults who choose to drink and advising that some people should not drink at all.

ABL Elects Officers for 2020-2022
August 5, 2020

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) elected officers to two-year terms at the association's 18th Annual Meeting in July. Officers elected were Mat Dinsmore of Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colorado, Treasurer; Juan Negrin of Super Wine Warehouse in Paterson, New Jersey, Vice President Off-Premise; Jay Gesner of Souse's Lounge in Rockford, Illinois, Vice President On-Premise; and Terry Harvath of Wishing Well Bar & Grill in Appleton, Wisconsin, At-Large Representative.

Dane County Health Skewes Data
July 27, 2020

Dane County weekly positive rate drops from 13.4% to 2.1% when using factual data. Dane County Health Department did not count over 17,000 negative tests when calculating the 13.4% positive rate last week.

All Madison Potbelly Sandwich Shops close except for one
July 16, 2020

Three of the four Madison Potbelly Sandwich Shops have closed: One on State Street, one at West Towne Mall and one on University Avenue.

A woman who answered the phone at the location near East Towne Mall said it's the only local Potbelly to remain open.

Mask Enforcement Becomes a Battleground for Operators
July 16, 2020

Bob Palmgren was working in the kitchen of his barbecue restaurant, RJ's Bob-Be-Que Shack in Mission, Kan., last week when an 18-year-old employee rushed back to alert him of trouble.

A customer in a red Make America Great Again cap was showing off his concealed weapon after being asked to wear a mask inside, saying he was exempt from the order because he was armed.

Restaurants and Bars Add 1.5 Million Jobs in June
July 10, 2020

According to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the leisure and hospitality industry added 2.1 million jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped seven points to 28.9 percent for that sector. More specifically, restaurants and bars added 1.5 million jobs—which accounts for nearly one-third of job creation across the broader economy.

Business Coalition Letter to Governor Evers
July 8, 2020

Dear Governor Evers and Secretary Palm:

We, the undersigned representatives of thousands of Wisconsin businesses, are aware that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received at least one and perhaps more open records requests from media outlets or others to identify businesses that have had employees test positive for COVID-19.

ABL Statement on States Re-closing Bars and Taverns
July 1, 2020

American Beverage Licensees (ABL) Executive Director John Bodnovich issued the following statement regarding states re-closing bars and taverns due to COVID-19:

D&D Amusement of Waupaca Donation C.H.E.E.R.S.
June 30, 2020

The members of the TLW would like to thank D&D Amusement of Waupaca for their generous donation of $1000 to our CHEERS account. 

Beam Suntory Donation
June 24, 2020

The members of the Tavern League of Wisconsin would like to thank Beam Suntory for their donation of $30,000 to our CHEERS account.

Joint Association Letter on Streamlined Forgiveness Process
June 24, 2020

The TLW has joined with other Associations to urge the SBA to simplify the loan forgiveness program for small businesses. We will keep you posted on our progress on this important issue. Please see the letter.

New Marquette Law School Poll
June 24, 2020

After the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the unlawful stay at home order, the public was told that there would be a huge spike in COVID-19 cases. This was almost 6 weeks ago, and not only has the spike not occurred, the state continues to show a downward trend in positive cases.

Resourceful Information
June 24, 2020

Read below for resourceful information regarding the CARES Act.

Judge Halts Racine's COVID-19 Restrictions, Citing Strike Down of State Safer at Home Order
June 22, 2020

Judge Halts Racine's COVID-19 Restrictions, Citing Strike Down of State Safer at Home Order

A Racine County Circuit Court judge on Friday afternoon issued a temporary halt to Racine's COVID-19 restrictions.
That means the city can no longer enforce its restrictions at this time, per the court order.

Charted: America’s Biggest Brewers by Decade, From 1950 to Now
November 20, 2018

Big beer has an enormous footprint. We charted data from 1950 to the present to determine the largest brewers by decade, using figures from Beer Marketer’s Insights and BeerHistory.com. The results are staggering.

Craft Breweries oppose AB492
November 9, 2018

View the Wisconsin Craft Breweries who "support" TLW opposing AB492 (Cheers Bill).

We put UTAH to the Test
November 9, 2018

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah -- In a conference room at the Unified Police Department, FOX 13 put Utah's new .05 DUI law to the test.

When it goes into effect on New Year's Eve, Utah will have the nation's toughest DUI law, lowering the blood alcohol level from .08 to .05. It's been the subject of protests and pushback across the state, with worries it will harm tourism and jail casual drinkers. But so far, efforts to repeal it or modify it have failed on Utah's Capitol Hill.

AB492 Cheers Bill
October 24, 2018

This bill creates a distillpub permit issued by the Department of Revenue that authorizes the manufacture, rectification, and sale of intoxicating liquor other than wine (distilled spirits). The bill authorizes certain retail interests and activities of distillpubs and, if a person holds both a distillpub permit and brewpub permit, modifies the permissible retail interests for the brewpub.

AB492 TLW Position
October 24, 2018

The WisCraft brewers, state wineries and craft distillers have all indicated their support for the bill which is somewhat perplexing given that Wisconsin taverns are selling their products helping to contribute to their success. Despite our strong relationship with these craft manufacturers they have decided to support a bill which will decimate the very businesses selling their products today.

America’s Beer, Wine & Spirits Retailers Create 2.03 Million Jobs & $122.63 Billion in Direct Economic Impact
October 24, 2018

BETHESDA, MD – OCTOBER 23, 2018 – As the American economy continues to grow, a new economic impact report released today details the significant impact that America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers have on their local, state and national economies through job creation, direct economic impact and the generation of tax revenues.

American Beverage Institute (ABI) as “one of the biggest opponents of .05 legislation”
October 24, 2018

A Utah Jazz fan drinks a beer while watching a game at Legend Sports Grill in Salt Lake City last year. A new Utah law, which goes into effect Dec. 30, lowers the DUI blood alcohol threshold in the state from .08 to .05, a move that has been praised by traffic safety advocates and denounced by the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Wisconsin Brewers Guild Members
October 24, 2018

On behalf of the independent craft breweries of Wisconsin, we'd like to thank the retail partners who join craft breweries to contribute over $2 billion to Wisconsin's economy. Your commitment to quality Wisconsin products is not only vital to our state's economic prosperity, it is essential to our mutual success. We look forward to growing with you, creating more employment opportunities, and keeping our ties to local communities strong.

ABL's Position on Issues, Presentation by John Bodnovich
October 23, 2018

American Beverage Licensees Report

Tavern League of Wisconsin 83rd Annual Fall Convention & Trade Show.

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Fall Following Two Years of Rising Toll
October 9, 2018

Deaths on American roads fell by nearly 2 percent last year, blunting two years of increases that had troubled regulators and safety advocates.

Despite Ridiculous Claims, Senate Tax Bill Won’t Kill Thousands of People
November 28, 2017

While trying to derail tax reform, there’s been no shortage of misleading statements and outright falsehoods. But a recent article in the Washington Post might be the most outrageous story to date. The article, titled “Here’s how many people would die as a result of the Senate’s tax cut on booze,” goes after a provision in the Senate bill that would reform excise taxes for brewers, distillers, and winemakers .

MADD Against WI Bill Lowering Drinking Age
November 9, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers are circulating a bill that would lower the drinking age in Wisconsin to 19. Mothers Against Drunk Driving quickly responded to the bill with strong opposition."We don't support anything that has any kind of acceptable loss of life, " Doug Scoles, Regional Director for MADD told NBC15 over the phone.

SafeRide Advertising Bill – Contact your Legislators
February 9, 2017

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