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Nov/Dec 2014
Creating Opportunities for
Commerce & Community
November/December 2014
From the Executive Director
Dear Members,
October is manufacturing month and we are pleased to honor all of our members that are in manufacturing or
support the industry. West Bend has its roots in manufacturing and we owe a great deal to those that had the
vision to start their companies here in our community.
Our Chamber is always in motion and with the month of November fast approaching we are putting the finishing
touches on our annual dinner and business of the year awards. This year’s dinner is very special because we will
be honoring Pat Strachota for her many years of serving our community in the State Assembly. The dinner will
give our members the opportunity to thank her for her unwavering support of our business community. Please
be sure to mark your calendar for November 12th and join us in celebrating her ten years in State Government.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner we are preparing for the huge rush for Chamber Gift
Checks. From late November through December we sell over $100,000 in checks to local businesses that give
them out as Christmas bonuses. Residents use them as gifts for teachers, coaches, delivery folks and family members. Unlike generic gift cards, our Gift Checks keep the money here in our community. Our checks are usually
just a small portion of a purchase payment with the remainder paid with cash or a credit card.
On the tourism front, I’m happy to report that our new Four Seasons Geotour has been a huge success. In the
last three months it has brought over 600 people to the West Bend area. Folks have travelled an average of 162
miles, stayed over 550 nights in our hotels and purchased over 1,100 meals at participating restaurants. Please
keep in mind that this is just the start of the program that will continue through 2016.
Registration information was recently mailed out to previous exhibitors for the 41st annual US Bank/West Bend
Chamber Home, Garden & Leisure Show, March 13th through 15th at Fair Park. Booths are going fast, so if the
information is sitting on your desk, act quickly to select your booth location and get the early bird discount. If
you are considering exhibiting at our show, an application is enclosed…..see page 5 for more information.
In closing, I would like to have you circle your calendar for our annual
Christmas Open House on December 10th between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.
It is an opportunity for you to see the Frisby House decorated for the
holidays and visit with fellow members and our Chamber staff.
We send you our warmest holiday wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2015!
Craig P. Farrell
WIN— West Bend
Business After Hours-River Shores
Munch N’ Mingle—Chamber Holiday
Open House
2014 Home, Garden & Leisure Show
Charter Business • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]
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November Events
 Nov 12—Annual Dinner
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November 2014
 Nov 19 —Business After Hours
 Nov 20 — Leadership History,
Heritage & Cultural
 Nov 21 — WIN-West Bend
 Nov 27 & 28 —Thanksgiving
(Office Closed)
December Events
December 2014
Dec 3 — Ambassador Holiday
Dec 10 —Chamber Holiday Open
Dec 11 — Leadership Public
Safety Day
Dec 17 —Business After Hours
Dec 19 — WIN—Germantown
Dec 24 thru Jan 5 —Office Closed
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we value your knowledge and invite you to join our group. If already a member, please share
the group with your connections and don’t forget to post questions or share news about your
business. • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]
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Chamber Website
Go Live on the Radio
Promote your Holiday Events & HOT DEALS
With the Local Business Spotlight
This holiday season, allow us to help you draw more
customers to your business. As a Chamber member, are you
using the FREE Chamber website tools available to you?
Take a quick minute or two to visit and
check out the following.
Want to promote your business on
the radio? Consider the Local
Business Spotlight.
Events Calendar—A user-friendly calendar that allows
members to post their events and list the details. A great
spot to list your Upcoming Holiday Events.
Working in partnership with WBKVAM 1470 / WBWI-92.5 FM, the
Chamber is looking to promote members
“LIVE” on the radio every Tuesday at 9:00 AM.
HOT DEALS— Holiday specials? Coupons for
additional savings? Discounts or specials that offer a costsavings benefit? This online coupon allows
potential customers a printer-friendly coupon that is
designed to draw them into your business.
This FREE air-time is a great way to increase
your visibility within the community. Speak from
the comfort of your office/home and share what
makes you different from your competitors. This
is a great time to include your upcoming
promotions, specials or events.
Take advantage and use your Chamber membership to its
fullest potential. Plan on using these cost-saving, timeproven website tools this holiday season.
For more details or a list of available slots, please
contact Craig Farrell at (262) 338-2666 or via
email at [email protected]
For additional information on how to post to the Events
Calendar or HOT DEALS, please contact the office at
(262) 338-2666 or [email protected]
Remember to tune in every Tuesday morning
to hear another chamber member’s success
This holiday season, plan on using this member
Business After Hours
Craig Farrell, Lloyd Kanzenbach & Randy Weber
August Business After Hours
September Business After Hours
was hosted by Daco Precision located at
8565 Highway 45, Kewaskum. We enjoyed
food & refreshments while networking with fellow
members. We also were given a tour of their
impressive facility and viewed their product line
which was on display. They can be reached at
(262) 626-4911 or online at
was hosted by PNC Bank at 1801 S. Main St., West
Bend. We networked with fellow members and
enjoyed delicious food & refreshments. Members
learned about the upcoming Apple Pay. Just wave
your iPhone 6 at Visa payWave enabled checkouts to
pay without opening your wallet. To learn more they
can be reached at (262) 365-6580 or online at • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]
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Leadership Greater West Bend
Leadership Greater West Bend is off to a GREAT start…
In September, this year’s class of 14 area leaders began the Leadership
Greater West Bend program with a 2 – day “retreat”. The first day
began with the class getting to know each other followed by a session
on name one thing true about you and one thing not true about you
and have your classmates guess which is true. The candidates were
assigned to project teams based on a leadership styles assessment they took prior to
the retreat. The afternoon was launched with a team “ice breaker” followed by several
team building activities at the YMCA.
The second day began with a continental breakfast with the Chamber Board of
Directors and members of the Chamber Government Relations Committee.
Following an assessment on leadership styles and developing yourself as a community
leader, five non-profit agencies presented community service projects to the candidates. Each team was paired with a mentor and project that will be worked on
throughout the upcoming year. The day concluded with a city-wide bus tour conducted by Gary Britton, with a special stop to present awards and socialize.
On October 16th, the group met for Environment Day. The purpose of this day is
to acquaint the candidates with the agencies in our community that focus on different
elements of our environment. The day’s activities included a tour of the Wastewater
Treatment plant in West Bend, a visit to the Fellenz Woods, a property of the
Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust, as well as experiencing the “SCOPE” of
Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend.
The candidates will meet again on November 20th for Heritage, History and Culture
Day. They will enjoy a brief look at a wide variety of cultural/arts organizations in
Washington County as well as learn about the history of the area.
The curriculum for each of the “days” is coordinated by the Leadership Great West
Bend Alumni Board. With assistance from the Leadership Greater West Bend
Alumni, they continue to develop the curriculum to keep the Leadership program
fresh and new.
The current members of the Alumni Board are Tim Dehring (WB Police Dept.),
Craig Hoeppner (WB Parks, Rec and Forestry), Andrea Kaehny (Horicon Bank),
Mary Kurer (UW-WC), Bonnie Nissly (Lighthouse of WB), Candy Sarauer (Regal
Ware), Amy Schmoldt (Commerce State Bank), John Spartz (WB Fire Dept.), Jenny
Zaskowski (KM YMCA), Cory Neuy (Regal Ware), Jason Loomans (MPTC) and
Holly Schneider as the 2013-2014 class representative.
If you are interested in more information on the Leadership Greater West Bend
program please contact Mary Driscoll at The Chamber (262) 338-2666. • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]
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Showcase Your Business in 2015
Each month make your membership work for you
at a Chamber networking event. Members are
invited to renew old and make new business
connections at these fun and relaxed social settings.
Business Building Opportunity
Exhibit at the Home, Garden & Leisure Show
Make plans to showcase your
business at the Home,
Garden, and Leisure Show
scheduled for
March 13-15, 2015 to be
held at the Washington County
Fair Park, Ziegler Building.
Early Bird Discount
with Signed Contract &
Payment by
December 19th
The Home, Garden, & Leisure Show
features all of the best in products and services for:
Home improvement
Home maintenance
Leisure sports and
Reach thousands
Business After Hours is held the FOURTH
WEDNESDAY of each month, 4:00pm-6:00pm
WIN Breakfast is held the THIRD FRIDAY of
each month, 7:30am-9:00am
Munch ‘N Mingle is held quarterly (starting in
February) on a tbd THURSDAY from 11:30am1:00pm
Why not invite fellow Chamber members and their
guests right in your front door by hosting an
upcoming event? If you are interested in hosting
or co-hosting an event, please email
[email protected] or call the chamber office at
Business After Hours
The West Bend Area Chamber is pleased to invite
members and area businesses to exhibit during this
showcase event. If you are a business or service provider
offering any type of home improvement, garden/landscape
product or service, or any type of leisure sport or activity,
this is a MUST-participate event.
As a show exhibitor you can:
 Showcase products and services
 Gain exposure through event sponsorships
 Expand your customer base
 Host product demonstrations
 Reap benefits from your Chamber membership
by participating at a “Members Only” rate.
“Space is Limited”
An application is enclosed. Exhibitor application kits will
be emailed to exhibitors from last years show. For
additional information, contact MJ at the Chamber at
(262) 338-2666 or email [email protected]
Craig Farrell & Fred Schwertfeger
October Business After Hours
was hosted by Horicon Bank located at 1525 W.
Paradise Drive, West Bend. Guests enjoyed food
and refreshments while networking with fellow
Horicon Bank has committed to a bank-wide
campaign to send local Wisconsin veterans to
Washington, DC with the Wisconsin Honor
Flight Network. Visit
The bank website is or
contact them at (262) 334-3040 • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]
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Supply Chain Connections
2014 Annual Awards Dinner
Wednesday, November 12th
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Prairie Center
5:00pm Cash Bar & Networking
6:00pm Dinner & Awards
Honorary Guest Speaker
Our semi-annual Supply Chain Connections meeting
was held October 24th at JL Business Interiors located
at 515 Schoenhaar Drive, West Bend.
Pat Strachota,
Wisconsin State Representative
Speakers included Jeff Lambie, JL Business Interiors,
Steven Hook, Paladina Health, Barb Fagan, Froedtert &
Medical College of WI, Workforce Health and Jennifer
Walkowiak of Aurora Health Care.
Guests enjoyed breakfast and networking with those in
the manufacturing industry and with the businesses that
support them.
Ribbon Cutting
2014 Annual Membership Survey
Below is a link to our online annual survey. We
truly value your opinion and filling out this survey
is a great way to let us know how we are doing
and what we can do better. Let your voice be
Thrivent Financial
New Office
Complete the survey online at the following link:
1625 E. Washington St.
West Bend • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]
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Renewing Members
Derma Care Skin Clinic
River Bluff Townhomes
A & W Iron & Metal Inc.
Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop
River Shores Chiropractic
Advanced Pain Management
Family Promise of Washington Cty.
Roundy’s Pick N’ Save
Allenton Dental S. C.
Fifth Ave. United Methodist Church Seek Careers/Staffing, Inc.
Auto Safety Center
Freedom’s Way Chimney Sweep
Auxiliary Court, LLC
Gardner Schofield Chiropractic
St. James Episcopal Church
Barton Roller Mill Office Suites
Gericare of West Bend
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Bielinski Homes, Inc.
Just Between Friends-
UW Extension—Washington County
Binner Pools, Spas & Fireplaces
King Pin Bowl & Ale House
University Mobil
Bits N’ Pieces
Koehn & Koehn Jewelers, Inc.
Washington County Fair Park
Buffalo Wild Wings
Lake Shore Dance
WOW—Workforce Development Inc.
Chocolate Factory
Lighthouse of West Bend
West Bend Open MRI
ComForcare Senior Services
MJ Stevens Pub N Restaurant
Comfort Inn & Suites
Nancy & Jerry Mehring
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Omicron Restaurant
Culver’s of West Bend
Planet Fitness of West Bend LLC
DWD-Div. of Vocational Rehab. Pleasant Valley Tennis & Fitness Club
New & Re-Joining Members
Collin’s Deck Bar
131 S. Main St.
West Bend, WI 53095
(414) 313-3592
Connect Hearing
1755 W. Paradise Dr., Ste. 103
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 299-3170
Hearing Aids/ Audiology
Edward Jones Investments
2360 W. Washington St.
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 334-3556
Express Employment Professionals
W225 N16722 Cedar Park Ct.
Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 242-0303
Employment Agencies
From Scratch Catering
N56 W6287 Center St.
Cedarburg, WI 53012
(262) 618-4661
Wellspring Education Ctr & Organic Farm
4382 Hickory Road
West Bend, WI 53090
(262) 675-6755
Jackson Family Dentistry
W194 N16727 Eagle Drive
Jackson, WI 53037
(262) 677-3003
Dental Services
West Bend Masonic Lodge #138
301 University Dr.
West Bend, WI 53095
(414) 708-4810
Office Depot/Office Max
1301 W. Paradise Drive
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 306-2660
Office Supplies/Equipment
Wisconsin Windshield Centers
3800 S. River Rd.
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 438-1251
Windshield Repair/Replacement • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]
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US Postage
304 South Main Street
West Bend, WI 53095
West Bend, WI
Chamber Board of Directors & Staff
Executive Directors
Dan Miller, President
Steve Kilian, Jr., Treasurer
Mike Nowack, Past President
Chamber Staff
Craig P. Farrell, Executive Director
Mary Driscoll
MJ Loos
Debbie Santopoalo
Karen Christianson
Kirk Emerich
Allen Ericson
David Ertmer
Dave Goodno
Jeff Lambie
Ted Neitzke
Todd Opgenorth
Kraig Sadownikow
Joshua Schoemann
Randy Weber
Jim Williams
The Perfect Holiday Gift!
...West Bend Area Chamber Gift Certificates
Redeemable at Chamber Member businesses.
Available in $5, $10 and $25 denominations.
Pre-order by phoning 262-338-2666.
Office hours are Monday thru Friday
Office Closed December 24th thru January 5, 2015 • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
[email protected]