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THE CAPITOL REPORT

Wisconsin saw 42 percent rise in business startups during the pandemic

The head of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) says the state’s “entrepreneurial spirit” is reflected in the 42 percent boost in new businesses formed during the pandemic.

“It’s actually really exciting, because you could imagine that in the face of a pandemic, folks would retract, right?”WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes said in a recent interview. “They would say, ‘I’m not going to do anything new, I’m going to stay safe in my job, I’m going to stay safe where I am.’ But instead, what we’re seeing is a real entrepreneurial spirit.”