To survive, business owners know they need to be prepared for what’s next. It’s safe to say most weren’t prepared for the cataclysm of the last year. Yet, most adapted. From reducing hours and adding curbside pickup or outdoor seating to changing product lines, finding new suppliers and moving their operations online, companies reinvented themselves. Some of those changes were temporary; others will alter the face of Madison’s business community for years to come.

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The COVID-19 pandemic touched nearly every aspect of our lives, changing how and where we work, study, play and shop. With restrictions on soc…

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In March 2020, as stay-home orders forced businesses and offices to close, leaders at American Family Insurance were trying to figure out how …

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PAID CONTENTAs the Princeton Club successfully prepared for the safe return of its members during the pandemic, it also planned for a brighter…

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On their websites, members of the Food Fight restaurant group list their safety protocols alongside their menus. In email blasts to customers …

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As work, school and most social interactions shifted to online platforms, internet usage skyrocketed by as much as 50%, according to a report from OpenVault.

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Habitat for Humanity expects to build more homes but is facing higher construction costs due to a rise in the cost for building materials.

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PAID CONTENTGrieving the loss of a loved one is difficult enough, but the COVID-19 pandemic provided Cress Funeral and Cremation Service with …

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In its effort to make streets more pedestrian-friendly, Madison and other cities around the country have long relied on “mixed-use” developmen…

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Some Madison-area restaurant owners who developed online restaurant concepts during the pandemic say the experiments paid off.

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Amid a fast-spreading virus that at times threatened to overwhelm them, health care providers had to quickly retool many of their practices an…

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PAID CONTENTThe Wisconsin Idea is the notion that the benefits of the University of Wisconsin should ripple well beyond the borders of campus.…

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The newest beer coming out of Jim Goronson’s two-barrel brewing system couldn’t be more apropos.

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When COVID-19 outbreaks forced mass shutdowns of large slaughterhouses last year, it led to an overwhelming surge in demand for small meat pro…

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PAID CONTENTUp Close & Musical® is a program of the Madison Symphony Orchestra that delivers the foundations of music to Dane County eleme…

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When a group from Madison Opera walked inside the Overture Center a few weeks ago to film a video, several of the Madison Opera staff members …

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The COVID-19 pandemic is not the reason the contemporary dance company Kanopy Dance had to find a new home for its dance studio.

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PAID CONTENTAs the global economy bounces back, investors will face both uncertainties and opportunities. In order to maintain a strong portfo…

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The costs of the COVID-19 pandemic have been immeasurable. But as the state and the nation emerge from the trials of the last year, the Wiscon…

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The pandemic had devastating consequences for many Madison-area businesses. Some didn’t make it. Others found a way to limp through. The commo…