Jan/Feb 2015 - West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce

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Jan/Feb 2015
Creating Opportunities for
Commerce & Community
January/February 2015
From the Executive Director
Dear Members,
On behalf of the entire team here at the Chamber, we would like to wish you a happy, healthy and
prosperous 2015! To quote comedian Joey Adams: “May all of your troubles last as long as your New
Year’s resolutions”. ☺
The circulation of Tuesday News Clips continues to grow; we are now reaching 900 folks with our
weekly electronic newsletter. Please let us know if you would like to add any of your staff to our
mailing list. I’ve received many positive comments regarding my “Craig’s Quips” column in TNC, and
since you enjoy them, I’ll keep them coming.
If the November and December sale of Chamber Gift Checks are a predictor of the future, than 2015
should be a great year. We sold approximately $30,000 in the month of November and an equal
number in December. Purchase volumes were comparable between city residents and local businesses
that were buying the checks for their employees.
Our Annual Chamber Dinner and Awards Presentation was a success with a record 240 members in
attendance at the Prairie Center. I would like to give special thanks to Manitou Americas for being the
Premier Sponsor of our dinner. We also had a record number of award finalists this year, turn to page 4
to see the list of nominees and the winners.
On December 10th members joined us for our annual holiday open house in the beautiful and historic
Frisby House. You may be interested to know that this lovely old building, built in 1865 by Leander
Frisby, will be celebrating its’ 150th birthday this year.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for our Home, Garden & Leisure Show scheduled for March 13th,
14th and 15th at Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center. There is an old marketing adage
that says “people can’t buy your product or service if they don’t know that you exist”. If you are in the
retail or service industry here is your chance to meet 3,000 local area residents over a three day period.
I strongly encourage you to join us as an exhibitor at this year’s show. Look for more details on page 6
or call us for additional information, but act fast because space
SPECIAL INSERTS:
is limited.
Best regards,
Business After Hours—Musical Masquers
Craig
Home, Garden & Leisure Show
Charter Business
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January 2015
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Feb 19—Leadership Education
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Feb 25—Business After Hours
Join our LinkedIn Group—West Bend Area Business Professionals
Just search for our group name and click join! West Bend Area Business Professionals is a place
for you to share ideas and ask questions. It’s a great way to network with members you might not
see at a Chamber event.
www.wbachamber.org • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
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Leadership Greater West Bend
History, Heritage & Culture Day
“Creating leaders
today...to build our
tomorrow”
The Leadership Greater West Bend program continues as this year’s class
experienced Heritage, History and Culture on November 20, 2014. The
candidates began their day in Hartford where they toured the Schauer Arts
and Activities Center. Their next stop was the West Bend Co/Regal Ware
museum to learn about the history of manufacturing in West Bend and
Kewaskum. Lunch was special as two area historians, Richard Klumb and
Prudence Pick-Hway shared stories of the past. Fellow classmate Amy
Becker gave a brief tour of the Library and talked about the new “Patrons
Park” project. The day concluded at the Washington County Historical
Society where they enjoyed the old jail as well as a climb to the top of the
Old Courthouse tower.
Public Safety Day
On December 11, 2014 the leadership group experienced a behind the
scenes tour of public safety. The day began at the Courthouse where the
group heard from Judge Andrew Gonring and other members of the
county’s district attorney’s office as well as the State of Wisconsin Public
Defender’s department.
The next stop was an “eye-opening” tour of the Washington County jail.
The group then enjoyed chili and conversation with the West Bend Fire
Dept. The tour of the fire station was very interesting as we all now know
the difference between a fire truck and a fire engine.
The final stop of the day was the West Bend Police Department. Police
Chief Ken Meuler addressed the group on the challenges facing the law
enforcement officers. The class also had the opportunity to tour the new
Police Dept. facility.
If you are interested in more information on the Leadership Greater West
Bend program please contact the Chamber (262) 338-2666.
Chamber Ambassadors made their
annual donation to the Albrecht Free Clinic at their
holiday luncheon held December 3, 2014 at the Chamber
office. Thank you!
Pictured: (first row, L to R) Stacy Gehring, Renee
Dahman, Richard Klumb, Tim Koenings, (second row,
L to R) Peggy Fisher, Mike Walter, Nancy Mehring,
Amy Johnson, Rose Petitte, (third row, L to R)
Guilhem Domenget, Craig Hoeppner, Sharon Martin,
Ann Johnson, Barb Justman.
Not pictured: Amy Schmoldt, Mark Landvatter,
Cara Taticek, Jenny Zaskowski
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2014 Annual Awards Dinner
Chamber Members, Board Members & Volunteers joined the Chamber Staff at West Bend Mutual Insurance
Company—Prairie Center for an evening of networking and recognition. Awards were presented to the Small,
Medium & Large Businesses of the Year, the Community Agency of the Year and New Member of the Year.
Congratulations to all of the fine businesses & community agencies that were nominated for this years awards.
State Representative. Pat Strachota was our honorary guest speaker. We presented her with an award for her
many years of public service.
RIVER SHORES CHIROPRACTIC
AFFILIATED CLINICAL SERVICES INC.
Dr. Krysti Wick
Jim Giese, Debra Pietsch, Rajesh Kumar
Business of the Year—Small Employer
TIED
Business of the Year—Medium Employer
DACO PRECISION-TOOL
UW-WASHINGTON COUNTY
Randy Weber
Paul Price
TIED
Business of the Year—Medium Employer
Business of the Year—Large Employer
FAMILY PROMISE OF WASHINGTON COUNTY
WEST BEND TAP & TAVERN
Kathleen Christianson-Fischer
Brian & Monica Culligan
Community Agency of the Year
New Member of the Year
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Amy Johnson
Jeff Szukalski
Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Director’s Award
Business of the Year Finalists
Affiliated Clinical Services Inc.
Albiero Plumbing
Badger Packaging
Barton Solvents
Benders Restaurant and Sports Pub
BMO Harris Bank
Clever Dog Creative
Clothes Clinic Dry Cleaning & More
ComForcare Senior Services
Daco Precision-Tool
Delta Defense
Design 2 Construct Development Corporation
Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop
EPIC Creative
Equipment Rentals
Hanson & Co. Real Estate
Holzhauer-Hewett Orthodontics
Home Depot
Horicon Bank
Jeff’s Spirits on Main
Johnson School Bus Service Inc.
Jumbo’s Frozen Custard
Kilian Management Services
Klotz’ Piggly Wiggly
Lighthouse of West Bend
Manitou Americas
Network Pro Wisconsin
Next Horizon Home Inspections
Regal Ware, Inc.
Reis Financial Services
River Shores Chiropractic
Russ Darrow West Bend
Sattell, Johnson, Appel & Co. S.C.
Spaulding Clinical
Supercuts
Tennies Ace Hardware
Texas Roadhouse
The Spice & Tea Exchange of Mequon
TNT Fitness Results
US Bank
UW Washington County
WBKV AM/WBWI FM
West Bend Joint School District #1
West Bend Tap & Tavern
Community Agency of the Year Finalists
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
Family Promise of Washington County
Friends of Lac Lawrann Conservancy
Interfaith Caregivers
Roots & Branches
Volunteer Center of Washington County
Washington County Humane Society
The Chamber would like to thank Theresa Fuerbringer and her staff at the Prairie Center for your outstanding service
at our Annual Awards Dinner. We also wish to thank From Scratch Catering for the exceptional dinner.
www.wbachamber.org • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
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In 2015, the Washington County Home Garden & Leisure
Show will celebrate 41 years! The show represents the
businesses in our surrounding communities and also showcases the Fair Park in a very positive way.
Again this year, three separate charities will collect the
proceeds from admission during the three days of the
Exhibit at the Home, Garden & Leisure Show
show; Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center on Friday night,
Make plans to showcase your business at the Home, Garden,
Friends of LacLawrann Conservancy, Inc., on Saturday and
and Leisure Show scheduled for March 13-15, 2015 at the
Roots and Branches on Sunday. We have many non-profit
Washington County Fair Park, Ziegler Building.
organizations who are members of the West Bend Area
Chamber and wanted to make this our
You have some great privileges as an Exhibitor:
“Three Days of Giving Back”.
· Showcase and sell your products or services
· Gain exposure through event sponsorships
Again this year US Bank is our Premier Sponsor. A great
· Host product demonstrations
partner in bringing this show to the community! This means
· Join the Chamber to participate at a “Members Only”
additional exposure and exciting highlights to the show.
rate.
The Home, Garden, & Leisure Show features all of the
Schwai’s is our concessionaire for the weekend and they are
best in products and services for:
serving their famous Fish Fry on Friday night at the Fair
Park…fun! And their equally famous brats and burgers all
· Home improvement
weekend!
· Home maintenance
· Gardening
On Sunday only, we will host “The Local Marketplace”
· Landscaping
promoting our small and local businesses through this
· Leisure Sports and activities
endeavor. Shop local, small retailers bringing their products
to the show!
Be part of our Show Coupon Book to extend deals to
41st Annual Home Garden & Leisure Show
guests and encourage them to come back to your
business before the end of the year!
“Space is Limited”
Watch our website and weekly Tuesday NewsClips for more
information! And, of course…join us at the show!
An application is enclosed. For additional information,
contact MJ at the Chamber at (262) 338-2666 or email
[email protected]
November Business After Hours
December Business After Hours
was hosted by River Shores Chiropractic. They are
located at 705 Village Green Way, Suite 105, West
Bend. Members enjoyed touring their facility and
networking with fellow members. If you would like
more information they can be reached at
(262) 334-4070.
was hosted by Cedar Lake Sales.. This year they
celebrated 45 years in business. Congratulations for
your years of service to our community. Members
enjoyed networking and meeting their employees. They
are located at 3820 Highway 33 West, West Bend. For
more information contact them at (262) 334-7588.
www.wbachamber.org • 304 South Main Street • West Bend, WI 53095 • phone/262.338.2666 • fax/262-338-1771 •
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Renewing Members
Thank you to the following members who recently renewed their annual memberships!
AM Construction
Full Service Car Wash, Inc.
Ninja Japanese Steak House, Inc.
Ahrens Heating & Cooling LLC
Girl Scouts-Wisconsin Southeast
Novo Print USA
B & L Graphic Solutions
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of
Washington County
Goodwill Retail & Donation Center
NuStone Transformations
Hanson Soft Water Inc.
Pepsi Beverages Company
Birds on Deck
Horicon Bank
Reis Financial Services, LLC
Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center
Integrated Management & Accounting
Silver Spring Collision Center
Certa Pro Painters
JT Feyrer Exteriors
Nancy Slinde
Clever Dog Creative
Jeff’s Spirits on Main
Pat Strachota
Cyndi & Mark Seefeldt Real Estate
Kiwanis Club of West Bend-Early Risers TM Solutions
Dale Anderson Masonry, Inc.
Stephen Kjer, CPA
Voss Insurance Group, LLC
Delta Defense LLC
Kohl’s Department Store
WB Warehousing & Logistics, Inc.
Discount Ramps.com, LLC
Lori’s Costume Shop, LLC
Washington County Builders Assn.
Downtown West Bend Association
Mill's Fleet Farm
West Bend Country Club
Dublin’s
NAI MLG Commercial
West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club
New & Re-Joining Members
Please join us in welcoming these businesses that have joined or re-joined the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce. We invite you
to use your Chamber Gift Certificates at these and all Chamber members. For a complete member listing, visit www.wbachamber.org
and select the Business Directory.
B & B Property Enterprises, LLC
P.O. Box 114
Slinger, WI 53086
(262) 297-2019
www.propertiesbb.com
Moving/Storage/Real Estate Sales
Bath Fitter
3450-B N. 127th St.
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 524-8172
Bath/Tub/Shower Repair
Grass Chopper Grounds Maintenance
PO Box 270259
Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 673-7668
Landscaping
Gutterglove
3900 W. Brown Deer Rd., Ste. A220
Brown Deer, WI 53209
(414) 810-8833
www.guttergloveguards.com
Home Improvements/Remodeling
Home Improvement Network
201 East Park
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 837-8370
www.findaremodeler.com
Home Improvements/Remodeling
Jugs Hitching Post Saloon & Grill
5781 Main St. Hwy D Kohlsville
West Bend, WI 53090
(262) 629-5859
Restaurants/Clubs/Pubs
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Chamber Board of Directors & Staff
Executive Directors
Dan Miller, President
Steve Kilian, Jr., President Elect
Dave Ertmer, Treasurer
Mike Nowack, Past President
Chamber Staff
Craig P. Farrell, Executive Director
Mary Driscoll
MJ Loos
Debbie Santopoalo
Directors
Karen Christianson
Kirk Emerich
Allen Ericson
Stacy Gehring
Dave Goodno
Jeff Lambie
Ted Neitzke
Todd Opgenorth
Kraig Sadownikow
Joshua Schoemann
Randy Weber
Jim Williams
Annual Chamber Holiday Open House
On December 10th close to 100 members rang in the holiday season during the West Bend Area Chamber of
Commerce’s Annual Holiday Open House. The event was held at our beautifully decorated home where we
brought new and current members together during our casual meet and greet networking event. The Chamber
Board of Directors and staff were thrilled to see so many members in attendance.
We would like to give a special thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, Jug’s Hitching Post, Kilian Management, Little
Caesar’s, Riverside Brewery, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Texas Roadhouse, Wellspring Ed.Ctr & Organic
Farm and Wisconsin Windshield Center for their donations.
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