Wednesday • April 10, 2019
Restaurant Advocacy Day
Join us as we advocate for small business at the State Capitol in Madison!
Who tells the story of your business better than you? Fill the State Plate with your knowledge of the industry. This is your chance for your voice to be heard.
Overture Center, Madison
Featured Speaker Craig Thompson, Secretary of Dept. of Transportation
- Talk face-to-face with lawmakers
- Help improve the business climate for small business
- Gain connections and build on your relationships with your legislators
The day includes briefing sessions, pep rally luncheon at the Overture Center and small group lobbying at the capitol followed by a networking reception.
- American Transmission Company
- Brakebush Brothers, Inc.
- Culver Franchising System, LLC
- Food Fight Restaurant Group
- Rocky Rococo Restaurants
- Wendt's on the Lake
- 10:00 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
- 10:30 am — Program Begins
Briefing on the Issues
- 11:15 am — Legislative Leaders Panel and Q&A
- Rep. Jim Steineke, Assembly Majority Leader
- Rep. Dianne Hesselbein, Assembly Asst. Minority Leader
- 12:00 pm — Lunch
- 12:30 pm — Craig Thompson, Dept. of Transportation Secretary
- 1:15 pm — Briefing Issues Wrap-Up
- 2:00 - 4:00 pm — Meetings in the Capitol
- 4:00 - 5:00 pm — Joint Tourism Advocacy Reception-Overture Center Upper Lobby
horsd’ oeuvres and cashbar.
Guest Speaker: Joel Brennan, Secretary of Dept. of Administration
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association
Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions
Wisconsin Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Event LocationsLuncheon and Briefing
201 State St
State Capitol Building
201 State St
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Advocacy Day?
What does the day entail?
Wisconsin is currently controlled by a party I support. Do I still need to lobby my legislators?
I can’t afford to take a day away from my business. Is it really that important that I attend?
What can I accomplish face-to-face that I can’t do on the telephone?
How will I know what to say to my legislators?
The meetings are generally casual in nature – they will simply be conversations to share examples from your business. The best quality you bring to these meetings is just to be yourself, even if you’re nervous. You’re the expert on your own business, and that is what we want legislators to hear about.