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Business fund started by area building trade companies

Brad Williams

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La Crosse area businesses have a new source of funding to help them through tough times, like the current pandemic. 

Nine local companies in the building trades have joined with the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce to create the Building Community Grant Fund. 

Businesses can apply for grants through the Chamber webpage, and Chamber CEO Neal Zygarlicke says the funding for an individual company could be generous, averaging around $7500.    

The fund has $225,000 to begin with, and it may continue beyond the COVID-19 emergency.     

The companies which worked together to propose the fund include Mathy Construction, Fowler and Hammer, Market and Johnson, and J.F. Brennan. 

La Crosse County will accept applications for grants from now through January 15th. 

Businesses applying for the grants must be in the La Crosse area, and have 50 full-time employees or less.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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