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Summer 2018 I Volume 19 I Issue 2

Your Future LIVE! Connecting with tomorrow’s workforce

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InThis 2 The President’s Perspective

17 Happenings

3 Fox Cities Chamber Welcomes Jennifer Brown

18 Member Spotlights

4 Innovating for Success Cover Story

20 Lighting Up Our Communities Bazaar After Dark, Village of Little Chute

6 Upcoming Chamber Events

21 Welcome New Members

7 Q&A with the Professionals

22 New Brand. Same Mission. Rebranding the Volunteer Center

8 A Future So Bright Your Future LIVE!

23 Fast Forward Grants

11 Employer Benefits Survey

24 Member Milestone Anniversaries

Fox Cities Regional Partnership

25 Tips for backing up your cell phone

12 Fox Cities Chamber Business Awards

26 An interview with Sheriff Brad Gehring

14 Leadership Fox Cities 2017-18 Graduates

27 Protecting Your Business with Cyber Insurance

16 Community Spotlight Sexual Assault Crisis Center - Fox Cities



On The Cover Innovating for Success Fox Cites Chamber Business (v259180). Published quarterly by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 125 N. Superior Street, Appleton, WI 54911. PH 920-734-7101. WEB www.foxcitieschamber.com. Periodical postage paid at Appleton, WI. Annual subscription fee to members for Fox Cities Chamber Business is $9 and is included in dues. Postmaster: Send address changes to: Fox Cities Chamber Business, 125 N. Superior Street, Appleton, WI 54911.

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Board of Directors 2017-18

The President’s PERSPECTIVE “The Fox Cities will always hold a special place for Martha and me. Our time here was brief but the people of Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Cities welcomed us with open arms and tremendous support.” Dear Chamber Members, Investors and Community Partners, As many of you know I have resigned from my position as President/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce effective June 29 to accept the President/CEO position with the Sioux Falls Development Foundation in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sioux Falls is my hometown where many of my friends and family members (including my mother) reside. This was a dream job opportunity my wife Martha and I felt we must consider. It has truly been an honor for us to be part of this wonderful community and great Chamber organization. The Fox Cities Chamber is a strong and growing organization with a dedicated staff. The organization deeply values investors, members, community partners and volunteers, and is focused on enhancing and promoting the economic growth and prosperity of our stakeholders and the overall Fox Cities Region. Our budgets, annual action plan, strategic direction, staffing plan and governance structure are solid, in place and ready to be implemented. Our next leader will start from a position of strength with the right tools to launch the Chamber and its affiliate partners to continued success in the future. We have the ability and the potential to be the best of the best because the Fox Cities are a leader in regional cooperation, development and successful innovation. I encourage all of you to continue your support of this effort. The Fox Cities will always hold a special place for Martha and me. Our time here was brief but the people of Northeast Wisconsin and the Fox Cities welcomed us with open arms and tremendous support. People went out of their way to make us feel welcome and they succeeded. We will always speak highly of the region and lend a hand whenever possible to help our friends in the Fox Cities. We wish you nothing but success in the future. It has truly been a pleasure serving this great community. Make every day an AWESOME DAY.


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Gratefully, Bob Mundt, President/CEO

Chairman of the Board Bruce Zak Johnson Bank Chairman-Elect Kathi Seifert Katapult, LLC Past Chairman Daniel P. Ferris SECURA Insurance Companies Secretary/Treasurer Travis Froze BMO Harris Bank Board of Directors Kimberly Barrett Lawrence University Jen Bauer Miron Construction Co., Inc. Lisa Cruz Red Shoes Inc. John Dennis Gardan Inc. Curt Detjen Community Foundation DeDe Heid Heid Music Jason Henderson newVoices Choir Chris Hess Goodwill NCW Jim Johnson Pierce Manufacturing Dean Kaufert City of Neenah Chris Matheny Fox Valley Technical College Rick Parks Modern Woodmen of America Todd Romenesko Calumet County Mark Scheffler The Appleton Group, LLC Heather Schimmers Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital Denise Starcher Menasha Corporation Scott Teerlinck Werner Electric Supply John Trottier AZCO, Inc. Gary Vaughan Guident Business Solutions Abe Weber Appleton International Airport Bob Zemple Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Ex-Officio Kevin Eismann Epiphany Law, LLC Sharon Hulce Employment Resource Group, Inc.

Fox Cities Chamber Welcomes Jennifer Brown as Director of Existing Industry & Innovation in the Fox Cities Regional Partnership


The Fox Cities Chamber welcomed Jennifer Brown as its Director of Existing Industry & Innovation for the Fox Cities Regional Partnership (FCRP) in April. Brown comes to the organization with 20 years of economic development and government affairs experience. She was previously employed at the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation as the Executive Director.


As the newest member of the FCRP team, Brown will focus on fostering purposeful partnerships to maximize business retention efforts and accelerate business growth in the Fox Cities Region. She will also concentrate on expanding and elevating efforts to retain and attract talent through creative programming. Brown looks forward to helping promote the people, places and businesses which make the Fox Cities a vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. Increased business retention and expansion visits will help share our best message locally and globally.

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Brown and her husband, Kevin, have one child. Her passion for life reflects in her appreciation of travel and other cultures.



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INNOVATION Innovating to Stay Relevant in a Competitive Market In today’s business world, innovation is no longer a “nice-to-have”. It has become one of, if not the most, important factor for business sustainability and success. On the extreme side we hear about new startups that are disrupting the current business model in which they compete. They are the game changers, the “David’s” that can take down even the giants of industry.

Iteration allows them to incrementally improve on their hypotheses due to data they collect through implementation. This leads to better results, better products and innovative solutions.

But innovation can be applied to many disciplines within any given company. Product innovation is what we usually think of, but leading businesses are innovating in the areas of sales, marketing, customer service and manufacturing processes as well.

Their success in design thinking and agile marketing is directly correlated to three internal processes:

We spoke to three Fox Cities businesses and asked them how innovation has helped them separate themselves from their competition. Here’s what they had to say. At Blue Door Consulting, their company’s innovative approach for going from “idea to market” blends design thinking and an agile approach to identify incremental and disruptive innovations. The outcome: They achieve results that grow their clients’ businesses. Design thinking at Blue Door Consulting places humans and their behavior at the core of their work. It requires a consistent commitment to gaining an understanding of behavioral data, based on what users do online and offline. This initial step in their design thinking process enables them to formulate a hypothesis and a better understanding of their clients’ target markets and user behaviors and needs. This clear portrayal of who they are trying to reach allows them to seize opportunities and solutions and then iterate.


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1. Proactive communication – Through daily production meetings to weekly coaching sessions their entire team is engaged in the workflow, how it will be accomplished, and what check-ins are needed to ensure the projects are progressing and improving. 2. Internal and external collaboration – Clients and customers are engaged in discovery, requirements gathering, iterations and review, to ensure projects achieve the goal and move the needle. 3. Micro-corrections – Small and constant alterations or adjustments, based on data throughout a project or process, are used in their daily communications to move them toward the right process or result.

These, in combination with several other unique cultural characteristics, enable Blue Door Consulting to remain innovative and ensure their clients are as well. Blue Door Consulting is one of the 25 largest marketing firms in Wisconsin, with clients from 16 states ranging from small startups to Fortune® 500s in all sectors and industries. They are a full-service firm, offering depth and breadth of expertise in:

Innovation is ingrained in the engineering process. At C3, they’re not actively thinking about innovation at any one time, but instead it’s integrated into the way their engineers think. The engineering mind believes there’s a solution to any problem and anything is possible, therefore, they work to throttle this concept into well-designed equipment that serves their customers’ goals. They have a quote from their CEO, Joe Van De Hey, that drives much of their design and manufacturing, “A good design keeps giving, a bad design keeps taking.” They look to create “good designs” in order to manufacture quality equipment that can produce quality products. Their equipment generally reduces labor and shipping costs for their customers. These are two volatile industries today with shipping costs increasing and tight labor markets. They’re constantly looking at how to redefine people and products in these industries to better both efficiencies and operations.

• Design Thinking • Brand and Design • Web and Digital • Content Marketing • Video and Photography Their vision is: “‘Seize the day. Share the love.’ We love our work, we love our clients and we love doing what we do. For us, problems are opportunities for growth and innovation. And nothing quite gets us going like research, idea generation, strategy, implementation and results.”

Their sales department relies on selling modular solutions. What does the customer need today to solve his pain point? How can they scale it for future goals? Then they analyze what data collection software is needed and how they can best support them after installation. It’s truly a holistic approach to selling an asset. This allows them to develop strong relationships with their clients and act more as consultants than off-the-shelf suppliers. As much as they invest in good design, they invest in their people. They have a unique and strong culture at C3 that is consistently driven by empowerment and passion of their teams. By letting their culture flex as they’ve grown, they’ve seen incredible retention rates and an increase in recruitment success. All of this, of course, resulting in stronger teams and better products. C3 Corporation is an engineering firm and equipment manufacturer in Appleton, WI. They specialize in packaging, lamination, and assembly equipment for a range of industries. Most notably is C3’s advancements in compression packaging for foam, mattresses and other light weight materials. Learn more at www.c3ingenuity.com.

Pictured here: Courtney Cerniglia, Business Development, C3 Corporation

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The advantage of working with them is that they provide businesses with IT services for a fraction of the price that traditional consulting firms typically charge. They also receive better quality in service.

Make I.T. Soar, an initiative of SOAR Fox Cities, hires individuals on the autism spectrum by utilizing skill sets that are ingenuitive and unique. Every person is different, but there are certain traits that can often be found in those with autism that make them model employees. Some examples of such traits are the meticulous attention to detail, affinity for repetitive tasks, and ability to hyperfocus. They recruit, hire, and train an underrepresented segment of the population and utilize their skills and talents that are often overlooked due to social challenges. By providing a modified environment, they ensure that their employees can work to the best of their abilities with minimal distractions and stress. Their business model can also be scaled to other high-impact communities that have a desire for neurodiverse opportunities with training and employment.

Make I.T. SOAR competes within the vast cyber security industry but places a specific focus on website and/or web application security solutions. Their employees operate as “White Hat Hackers”, the good guys, to prevent cyber attacks on their clients. They defend and protect their clients’ web applications and entire IT infrastructure from damaging and costly attacks by using the same tools malicious hackers use. Their trained and certified technicians have learned the skills necessary to stop these attacks and prevent future attacks from happening. Through a careful evaluation and testing process, Make I.T. SOAR works with their clients to identify and understand the security risks they face now and in the future. Make I.T. SOAR is an initiative of SOAR Fox Cities, Inc. that exists to give individuals with differing abilities the opportunity they deserve to be gainfully employed in the I.T. industry. They provide high-quality and cost-effective cyber security services to companies in the Fox Valley, with the ultimate mission of generating social changes through their hiring and training programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Upcoming Chamber EVENTS JULY Fox Cities Chamber Blood Drive Thursday, July 26, 2018 Fox Cities Chamber 125 N. Superior Street, Appleton 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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Business Connection

Thursday, August 23, 2018 Strategies, LTD 2315 Newberry Street, Appleton 5:00 – 7:00 PM



Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Fox Cities Chamber 125 N. Superior Street, Appleton 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Thrivent Financial 4321 N. Ballard Road, Appleton 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Member Orientation

Business Connection

(In collaboration with the Heart of the Valley Chamber, Fox West Chamber, Appleton Downtown, Inc. and Appleton Northside Business Association) Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Waverly Beach N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Public Policy Luncheon (Topic: “Cybersecurity”)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Pullman’s at Trolley Square 619 S. Olde Oneida Street, Appleton 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Business Connection

Small Business Workshop – Three-part series

(Topic: “Hire, Engage and Retain Top Performers in a Unique Way”)

Wednesday, September 12, 19, 26 McMAHON Associates, Inc. 1445 McMahon Drive, Neenah 7:30 – 9:00 AM

Bazaar After Dark

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Downtown Menasha 5:00 – 10:00 PM

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Business Breakfast Bytes

(Topic: “People with Disabilities: An Underutilized Talent Pool”)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Location: TBD 7:30 – 9:00 AM

Talent Upload

Thursday, September 20 – Saturday, September 22, 2018 Locations & times vary

License to Cruise

Friday, September 28, 2018 Downtown Appleton 6:00 – 9:30 PM


Saturday, September 29, 2018 Downtown Appleton 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM For a complete listing of upcoming Fox Cities Chamber events, please visit foxcitieschamber.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us to get involved.

“How has your organization set itself apart through innovation?” with the PROFESSIONALS Opening in 2010 as the first pole and aerial studio in Northeast Wisconsin, Aerial Dance is the pioneer for using the aerial arts of pole, hoop, hammock and silks in fitness.

Valley Packaging Industries (VPI) uses innovative approaches to its integrated workforce, streamlined production processes, and customized customer service.

Innovation takes on many forms within Somerville. We are a 100% Employee-Owned Corporation and are all about transparency, collaboration and communication.

We are constantly inventing new tricks, conceiving the language to teach them, developing the progressions to reach them, and creating the techniques and spotting methods to keep our students safe. But our innovation isn’t limited to the physical requirements of our sport.

Our mission is to assist individuals with disabilities in developing their optimum level of independence. We are unlike the industry norm where rehabilitation service organizations rely on assembly lines of isolated workers with disabilities earning sub-minimum wages. VPI’s participants receive individualized and extensive vocational skills training.

A recent survey found that over two-thirds of the workforce is disengaged from their jobs. This is not the case at Somerville.

We have created a sanctuary for women by holding events like Smart Is Sexy, a monthly book club that focuses on strengthening your mind and improving your relationships. Self Care Sundays allow our members to focus on themselves, their goals, and multiple performance opportunities so our women can celebrate their journeys. We believe that fitness is about community as well as building strength and flexibility so we’ve initiated programs that support our students to find their strength and believe in their beauty.

Paula Brusky, PhD Owner & Instructor

Aerial Dance Pole Exercise, LLC

With job coach assistance, hundreds of trained employees with disabilities, earning at or above minimum wage, work side-by-side technically trained production workers. VPI delivers optimal efficiency when this uniquely blended workforce is inserted inside its customers’ operations to provide seamless, in-line packaging that is routinely analyzed and reconfigured to meet and exceed customers’ expectations. No other rehabilitation service organization in our area takes this innovative approach to deliver its mission and service its customers with exactly what they want and need.

Pat Buckley CEO/President

Valley Packaging Industries, Inc.

We are committed to promoting employee engagement and innovation. We encourage staff to research and bring new tools and technologies forward for implementation firm-wide. Many of these discoveries have helped us consistently exceed our clients’ expectations. Innovative practices like this result from having an engaged team of employeeowners who are dedicated to more than just the bottom line but the long-term success of the firm. That is evidenced by the fact our staff has an average tenure of 14 years. Change orders are a big deal in the design and construction industry. Industry averages for change orders typically range from 5-10% and upwards. Again, this is not the case at Somerville. Our average change order rate is between 1-1.5%, and this is a direct result of the quality of work we produce and our pride of ownership. At Somerville, innovation starts with our employee-owned, highlyengaged staff who are committed to providing excellence in design.

Cathy Hendricks Business Development

Somerville Architects & Engineers

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This past March, students in grades 8 - 12 attended the Fox Cities Chamber Your Future LIVE! career connection event. Students visited over 70 booths and interacted with over 120 professionals to learn about their careers. The event provided one-of-a-kind awareness to careers throughout the Fox Cities. As the Healthcare sponsor for the event, Ascension had a first-hand look at how these events impact their future hiring needs. We spoke with Heather Schimmers, MBA, FABC, BSN, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services, from Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital and asked her to share their experience. The Your Future LIVE! event was a great opportunity to connect with students, the local workforce and business leaders in the Fox Cities. As the healthcare sponsor for the event, Ascension’s goal was to showcase the entire continuum of care that they provide and dig deeper into healthcare careers that not everyone is aware of or has a deep understanding of – such as electroencephalogram (EEG) technicians, surgical technologists, and different rehabilitative therapies. They had many “aha” moments during the event. They discovered that 8th graders loved the EEG tech opportunity – which is wonderful because as an employer they have had challenges finding EEG technicians in Wisconsin. The chance to get in front of students at a young age and open their eyes to a healthcare career rooted in technology was impactful. Ascension received many requests for job shadow and nursing mentoring opportunities. The applications continue to come in and they have been able to hire associates from this event as well.


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Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital has made a very concerted effort to connect with local schools. Their director of nursing serves on the advisory board of a local high school, and one of their nursing managers travels to regional high schools to introduce certified nursing assistant (CNA) opportunities to students. We need to continue making these connections with younger students earlier so they understand that the Fox Cities is a vibrant place to work that’s filled with many opportunities. They’ve found that many students want to travel elsewhere because they aren’t aware of the opportunities that exist right here in the Fox Valley. St. Elizabeth Hospital, however, has two surgical robots, a hybrid operating room for minimally invasive surgery, and many other technologically advanced systems that students think they can only access if they travel to a bigger hospital or a larger city. The reality is, we offer these opportunities right here at home. To overcome these challenges, Ascension participates in community events and connects with students to get them into their hospitals to shadow real-life job opportunities. They’ve found that once people experience their culture as a mission and faith-based organization, and can visualize the larger opportunities within Ascension, they’re more likely to see the opportunity that exists right here in the Fox Cities. They also connect with young people graduating with degrees who are unsure of what their path is through the Youth Apprentice Certified Nursing program at Ascension St. Elizabeth, Ascension Calumet Hospital and Ascension Mercy Hospital. This program engages the younger workforce in healthcare and helps them build a career from CNAs, to registered nurses, to whatever the next step may be for them in nursing. At Ascension, associates can grow their career without needing to move from health system to health system.

One thing that absolutely sets Ascension apart from the competition is the fact that they are a mission and faith-based organization – and they exemplify their values every day through jobs.

“During our time at Your Future LIVE!, our associates had many conversations with people about how great it is to work for a mission and faith-based organization. Students who participated in past job shadows or training opportunities at Ascension described our nurses as mentors and our culture as being a teaching hospital. When people are exposed to this early in their careers, it helps them see the value in staying with a local organization,” shared Heather Schimmers. Ascension is focusedon helping students understand the diverse opportunities that exist within their organization. You may begin your career as a CNA at Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital but find you really have an interest in becoming a travel RN. As the largest nonprofit health system in the country with a presence in 22 states and the District of Columbia, they can work with you to achieve those goals – and they’ve found students really value that. Some of the challenges Ascension has experience are like most organizations: they have an incredibly competitive market here in the Fox Valley with other health systems and free-standing surgical centers in close proximity. This competition pushes them to deliver on their promise of providing the best care for all people in our community – which includes employing people from our community.

They’re also learning to adapt to a workforce that changes job often. By reaching students at a young age with K-12 programming, they can show students the value of working for a national health system. Ascension provides the opportunity to travel and explore other aspects of healthcare while maintaining the benefits of staying with the same organization for a long period. Ascension partners with local colleges to give students the opportunity to participate in an immersion clinical experience during their last semester in school. During this time, students can work in their desired field of healthcare and really see what it means to work for a mission and faith-based organization and learn from seasoned associates. To date, they have hired 46% of the students who completed their immersion clinical at St. Elizabeth or Mercy. Ascension also provides tuition reimbursement. If you start as a CNA with them and decide you want to become an RN, they will reimburse a portion of your tuition for the additional schooling during your tenure as an Ascension associate. Throughout the year, they host lunch and learns and round tables at area colleges. These open-ended events are an informal listening session to get to know the future workforce. Students can openly discuss questions and concerns with management, associates and clinical staff who hold various positions at Ascension. It’s beneficial for students and our health system because they can better prepare for changes based on what the future workforce wants from their organization.

“The earlier we can reach students, the stronger the outcome is for their career opportunities and for Ascension as an organization,” said Schimmers. Ascension St. Elizabeth, Ascension Calumet, and Ascension Mercy are all a part of larger, national health system - but they are still a community hospital and they get their best talent from the Fox Valley. It’s important that Fox Valley residents understand that their priority is – and has always been – providing our community with compassionate, personalized care.

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Thank you to our Sponsors! Presenting Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Corporate Sponsor

Corporate Sponsor

Job Fair Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsors AGC of Wisconsin IBEW Local 577 Fabio Perini Fox Valley Job Centers-Menasha Fox Valley Technical College Pierce Manufacturing School Specialty Tidi Products


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Faith Technologies Miller Electric Mfg. Co. Tundraland West

Benefits help employers reach business objectives The Fox Cities Regional Partnership, the economic development division of the Fox Cities Chamber, is excited to launch a comprehensive Fox Cities Benefit Survey this summer. To encourage mass participation in this extensive survey, organizations who complete the survey by August 31 will receive a digital copy of the survey’s results by November 1. A thoughtful overall benefits package helps employers:

√ Increase productivity √ Attract top talent √ Reduce turnover

A recent survey by Aflac reported that “58% of employees say they’re at least somewhat likely to take a job with slightly lower pay but a more robust benefits package.” The goal of this survey is to provide Fox Cities employers with the information they need to remain competitive in the marketplace, and make the Fox Cities more competitive as a region. A full package offered, including wages, benefits and culture, is what influences employees to pursue new opportunities. Our goal is that by gauging the competitiveness of currently offered benefit packages, employers are inspired to brainstorm ways to increase employee satisfaction.

A few examples of firms getting creative with benefits for little cost include: • Manufacturer offers free oil changes to employees during slow times in their fleet maintenance shop • Company located on bike trail offers company bikes (and helmets) to borrow on lunch hours • Having season passes to waterparks, zoos, museums, theme parks, etc. available for employees to utilize, providing them free admission during their time off Additional links and resources are available at foxcitiesregion.com, including salary information for every occupation. This data is collected by the U.S. Government and is able to be broken down by state and county.

Learn more and access the Benefits Survey at FoxCitiesRegion.com

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Thank you to this year’s Business Awards recipients for your hard work and dedication towards making the Fox Cities a vibrant, innovative and dynamic community.

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

ABT Foundation Solutions, Inc.

JP Graphics, Inc.

JumpStart Auto Repair

Blue Door Consulting

Security Luebke Roofing

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.

A2Z Design, LLC

Nutritional Healing, LLC

Thank You to our generous Sponsors Presenting Sponsor


Contributing Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsor

Multi-Media Sponsor

Business of the Year Recognized for outstanding performance, growing and/or increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity and community contributions. Large Employer


Small Employer

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center

JP Graphics, Inc

ABT Foundation Solutions, Inc.

Rising Star The Rising Star award recognizes relatively new “up and coming� small businesses with a unique blend of vision, energy, perseverance, and skill. It is for ventures that have been in business less than five years and have experienced a strong start with the potential for growing into a prosperous enterprise in the future.

JumpStart Auto Repair

Company Innovation The Company Innovation award acknowledges organizations that identify opportunities and execute creative-thinking and calculated risk-taking to bring innovation to the marketplace.

Blue Door Consulting

Exemplary Marketing Performance Recognized for taking risks around their marketing and promotional practices which have ultimately improved revenue, communication, customer relationships, market share or visibility. Large Employer

Security Luebke Roofing

Small Employer

Nutritional Healing, LLC

Corporate Citizen/Leadership The Corporate Citizen/Leadership award recognizes organizations with a philosophy of giving and community involvement that have made significant differences in the health and well-being of the Fox Cities. The award encourages and supports corporate social responsibility and community leadership. Large Employer

Small Employer

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.

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Martha Baldwin Ryan Batley Sam Benjamin Susan Boettcher Matthew Brehmer Kristin Cates John Cook Donna Evers Sara Folk Dan Gerken Craig Gloudemans Allie Gonnering Scott Jensen Rebecca Kellner Laura Kemps Kelcie Kleuskens Alex Kreul Tera Larson Tina Lechnir


The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Announces the 2017-2018 Leadership Fox Cities Graduates

Ryan McMurtrie Fox Valley Lutheran High School Kristopher Monty Best Western Premier Bridgewood / Ground Round Tim Murphy SECURA Insurance Aaron Olson Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital Nate Paul Sensenbrenner, S.C. Jennifer Peeters Volunteer Fox Cities Andy Poquette Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Inc. Adam Pritzl Thrivent Financial Brian Rammer J. J. Keller & Associates Joy Sams ADCi Michael Schmid Community First Credit Union Shana Shallue Thrivent Financial Michael Slowinski Appleton Ice, Inc. Alison Suski Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting Cara Techlin Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade Jacquelyn Warnecke Appvion Laura Waurio Newmark Grubb Pfefferle Paris Wicker University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Ryan Wirth Ascension

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United Financial Group, Inc.

We Energies Oshkosh Corporation Neenah Police Department Bemis Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. American National Bank Fox Cities Ritschke & Tyczkowski LTD Neenah – Menasha YMCA Thrivent Financial Miron Construction Co., Inc. Lawrence University Appleton Area School District Image Studios, Inc. Network Health Moraine Park Technical College Fox Valley Technical College Lawrence University RBC Wealth Management

Leadership Fox Cities Small Group Projects Serving Our Community

Ascend Initiative To assist The Ascend Initiative leadership in successfully planning, funding and designing a ‘community’ kitchen whose purpose is to enhance the lives and development of The Ascend Initiative participants.

FORTY1FREEDOM To bring awareness both to the issue of human trafficking in the Fox Valley as well as the resources available to combat it. By collaborating with many subject matter experts, they created a video with the goal of addressing this important issue and ultimately decreasing trafficking in our area.

Give Back Bus Fox Cities To bring the first “Give Back Bus” to the Fox Cities. The “Give Back Bus” is a fresh take on one-time volunteering for groups the most popular kind for a younger demographic.

Kindness Project To encourage a movement of kindness and connection in the community. By performing acts of kindness, we influence others to be kind too. The team has conducted different projects that cover a unique kindness theme.

Leadership Fox Cities Alumni Association To form the Leadership Fox Cities Alumni Association (LFCAA). This membership group is open to all Leadership Fox Cities graduates, or graduates from a similar program in a different community, beginning July 1, 2018.

Outreach Garden To develop an Outreach Garden at Appleton Central School in partnership with Riverview Garden’s ServiceWorks Program and Fork Farms.

Thank you, Leadership Fox Cities Class, for all of the successful projects benefitting the Fox Cities! For more information on Leadership Fox Cities, contact Amy Schanke at aschanke@foxcitieschamber.com or (920) 734-7101. Fox Cities BUSiNESS I Summer 2018 I Leadership Fox Cities



Celebrating 40-years of supporting victim survivors of sexual assault.

Founded in 1978, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center – Fox Cities, Inc. (Center) has become an esteemed community asset that delivers high-quality counseling and advocacy services and widely-respected prevention education programming. The cornerstone of the Center’s mission is to provide services to sexual assault and sexual abuse victim survivors, their families and others at no cost. The Center treats all victims with care, compassion and respect as they heal from the trauma of sexual violence. Committed to addressing the diverse needs of our community by providing prevention education and raising awareness, the Center provides crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling to create a safer Fox Valley. The Center has been supporting victim survivors of sexual assault for over 40 years. It began in the Emergency Department at St. Elizabeth Hospital with one physician and one nurse who saw that sexual assault victims were not receiving services and they wanted to make a difference. Today, the Center is one of 56 sexual assault service provider agencies throughout the state of Wisconsin. This year, the Center kicked-off a three-year adult education program, KNOW More to Protect Children, with the bold initiative of educating 5% of the Fox Cities adult population – that’s 8,225 adults. The education of adults is critical for child sexual abuse prevention efforts to be successful. The program uses the Darkness to Light curriculum that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The Center hosts one of the area’s premiere fundraisers, Shall We Dance. Now in its 11th year, the event raises funds to support the Center’s


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mission while raising awareness of the effects of sexual assault and sexual abuse in our community. This year’s event will reach the $2M mark. All of the funds raised will stay here and immediately help victim survivors in need of supportive services in the Fox Cities. The Sexual Assault Crisis Center – Fox Cities, Inc. provides the following programs and services:

• 24-hour hotline • Medical and legal advocacy • Support groups • Counseling • Prevention education for children and adults To learn more about the Center’s services visit sacc-foxcities.org or call 920.733.8119.










1. An open house and ribbon cutting were held at Express Employment Professionals in May for their new business. They are a full-service staffing and recruiting company offering flexible staffing, evaluation-to-hire and direct hire services. 2. Appleton’s Octoberfest Grant Committee of the Fox Cities Chamber recently presented the Parent Connection program of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin with a grant of $2,500 for the 10th Annual Butterfly Festival, which was held in June. 3. Provisions Wealth Planners invited the Fox Cities Chamber to a recent ribbon cutting at their business. They are a client service-oriented financial planning firm located in Downtown Appleton. They focus on helping clients pursue their most important life goals. 4. The Community Blood Center hosted our April Business Connection where guests were able to catch up and meet fellow professionals. 5. In April, the Fox Cities Chamber welcomed Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coaches from the UW Badgers Football team to present on the impact of health and wellness to business. 6. In May, the Chamber helped new member Brown & Greiner Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning & Water Restoration celebrate their business with a ribbon cutting ceremony. They specialize in all carpet cleaning needs along with water damage and water restoration for both residential and business customers.


7. Fox River Tours in Appleton is home to “RiverTyme Too”, a 40-passenger tour boat offering both narrated and non-narrated tours and events. They were welcomed to their Fox Cities location, an addition from their original location in DePere, with a ribbon cutting, renaming and christening ceremony in May. 8. Appleton Harley-Davidson invited the Chamber for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the official grand opening of their new Riding Academy. The new facility, located directly across from their main dealership, graduated over 196 new riders in its first year and has goals to exceed that number this year. 9. May’s Business Connection was held at the Fox Club at Neuroscience Group Field, home of the Timber Rattlers. Each month our Business Connections provide members, new and old, with an opportunity to build relationships and meet many people. 10. YPWeek 2018 kicked off in the Fox Cities with the Fermentasting Brunch Bus. Attendees traveled via bus to savor an exclusive tasting menu at three local restaurants. Special thanks to Reinvent Ferment, guests learned about the process and benefits of fermentation as well as the important ecosystem of local farmers, food vendors and restaurants.

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MEMBER Spotlights Assist-2-Sell is America’s Leading Discount Real Estate Company. They provide complete buyer and seller real estate services that they call, “Full Service, With Savings”. Serving the Greater Fox Valley Region for 15 years, Assist-2-Sell offices charge a low, flat fee commission and home sellers are given the choice for how their home is marketed. The MLS for Less™ Program adds the benefits of the MLS, while still offering home sellers the opportunity to pay only the low, flat fee should the home buyer purchase directly through Assist-2-Sell. Assist-2-Sell offices are full-service brokerages that take care of EVERYTHING home sellers need from a real estate company. Their clients include any buyer or seller of residential properties or vacant land. They provide complete buyer and seller real estate needs. For more information, visit www.FindValleyHomes.com.

Change Management Communications Center (CMCC) provisions business leaders with customized skills and tools needed to lead others through change. They help you accelerate your leadership, innovation, and operations management to achieve higher profits from changes you invest in. CMCC seeks leaders who value knowledge that delivers experience, action and competency. They serve businesses and business owners of privately-owned small and medium-sized businesses in manufacturing, construction trades, professional services, financial and health care who are comfortable looking outside their organization to solve problems. CMCC uses a proven and successful five-step process that supports people moving from their current state, through a planned and well-led transition, into a desired future state. They are intentionally lean, project management savvy, and known for their ability to care for the human side of change. Results come from their curiosity, creativity and unstoppable customer service. Business leaders looking for more positive and less frustrating ways to navigate change within their organization and those who want to advance their expertise in leading change to realize higher profits can find the solutions with CMCC. For more information, visit www.cmccfoxvalley.com or contact (920) 651-1144.

Grifols is a global leader in the production of plasma protein-based therapies and operates a network of plasma collection centers in North America and Europe. They currently operate nearly 200 centers in the United States and are the largest plasma collection company in North America. Grifols donors provide donations of blood plasma and are compensated financially for their time. Donations are then processed into treatments for a wide spectrum of rare disorders, including Hemophilia and Primary Immunodeficiency (PID). The Menasha Biomat Center has been a proud member of the Fox Cities community since 2016 and currently processes approximately 700 donations per week. They are always accepting new donors, and with your help, they hope to save the lives of thousands of people here in the Fox Valley and around the world. For more information, visit www.grifolsplasma.com.

The Hope Clinic and Care Center Inc. is a nonprofit faith-based organization that provides holistic care to uninsured and underinsured people in the Fox Valley community. The Clinic is located north of Appleton off Hwy 15/OO inside the Appleton Alliance Church campus. They provide onsite primary care, physical therapy and counseling. Their team is committed to your total health. They offer long appointment times, where their team will take the time to get to know you, understand your medical conditions and your life stressors. Their caring nurses and physicians will help you eliminate barriers to your wellness and assist you however they can at every visit. Services are provided to those who are uninsured or underinsured. Hope Clinic and Care Center also partners with various specialty providers and clinics for additional care beyond their core services. To make an appointment, please call the office at (920) 931-1150. For more information, visit www.hopeclinic.care.


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MEMBER Spotlights Rogers Behavioral Health provides specialized, evidence-based treatment for OCD and anxiety, depression and mood disorders, PTSD and addiction in their Appleton location. For 110 years, they have had one focus to provide thousands of people a place to turn when struggling with mental illness or addiction. Offering treatment in seven states, they are committed to a vision of delivering the highest quality, specialty behavioral health services with the best outcomes in the United States. They treat adults who are in need of the next level of outpatient care, when traditional therapy isn’t enough. They recently opened a new dual diagnosis program to treat addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Rogers Behavioral Health is a not-for-profit, independent provider of specialized mental health and addiction services. Their Appleton location helps you and your family make helpful, lasting changes at a pace that works for you. For more information, visit www.rogersbh.org.

SOAR Fox Cities is a non-profit organization providing programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. They offer a variety of services including Youth, Adult and Family Programs, Advocacy, Community Education, and the third largest Special Olympics program in the state! They serve close to 1,200 participants throughout the Fox Cities. SOAR serves individuals with developmental disabilities and varying abilities starting at age three through adulthood. They have programs specifically geared toward Youth and Transition (ages 3-23), Able and Active (ages 16-26), Adult Programs (ages 18 through lifetime) and Special Olympics (ages 8 and above). Annually, they host a variety of fundraisers to benefit their programs including an Annual Golf Outing, The Glow Run, Fall Annual Appeal, and a Corn Roast. Income raised from these events helps fund the more than 300 events they provide. They also operate a program called Make I.T. SOAR through which they employ individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and provide them with skills and training to work in the Information Technology field. Make I.T. SOAR provides a socially-conscious opportunity for businesses and non-profits alike to meet their IT needs by offering affordable contracted services related to cybersecurity including vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, cyber risk analysis, and applications testing. For more information, visit www.soarfoxcities.com.

The Division of Online and Continuing Education at UW Oshkosh offers a variety of online certificate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as personalized academic advising, professional development opportunities, personal enrichment programs, youth career exploration academies and more. They work with adult degree-completion seeking students, professionals wanting to move up in their careers, youth, and adults wanting personal enrichment opportunities. Programs offered by the division include: online bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs; professional development courses; conferences and workshops; exam prep courses for career professionals; youth career exploration academies; learning in retirement activities; and personal enrichment programs. Whether you’re looking to complete a bachelor’s degree or certificate program, or if you are just interested in expanding your knowledge in an area that interests you, discover your options with the Division of Online and Continuing Education. For more information, visit https://uwosh.edu/oce/ or call (920) 424-0234.

Member Spotlights are included in your membership package at the Grow ($700) or above level. Contact MiKayla Kunde for more information by email mkunde@foxcitieschamber.com or (920) 734-7101.

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Lighting Up Our Communities

“The Little Chute Bazaar After Dark was such a great event for downtown Little Chute. It brought many folks to our downtown to experience Little Chute for what was likely a first-time visit. We saw so many new guests at Seth’s Coffee, and to see our Main Street filled with people was truly a delight. I hope we are fortunate enough to host another Bazaar After Dark night market.” Seth Lenz, Owner, Seth’s Coffee

James Fenlon

“Quality of life and place-making efforts do not follow municipal boundaries. An event such as Bazaar After Dark, held in any of our communities, has ripple effects that benefit the entire Fox Cities. It is these factors that attract new businesses, residents and visitors.”

Events like Bazaar After Dark are important to economic development today, now more than ever, as communities and organizations across the nation compete for talent. James Fenlon, Village of Little Chute Administrator, had a longtime resident tell him, “We walked the entire event in Little Chute and only recognized a few people.” That is impressive for someone who is born and raised in Little Chute. The event clearly brought people to Downtown Little Chute that may never have had a reason to stop in its vibrant downtown. Perhaps the next time that visitor needs any service, they may be reminded of the shops, restaurants or establishments they visited the night of the event. Additionally, budding entrepreneurs may have experienced the charm of the community and when they are ready for a physical location, they hope that Little Chute is now on the radar. The Village of Little Chute recently amended and added to their downtown business development tool kit and is ready for development and redevelopment in their downtown. Having attended Bazaar After Dark in Appleton and Kaukauna, Fenlon knew there would be a dramatic influx of visitors. For those businesses, residents or organizations that were unaware of the Bazaar following, the number of people in attendance was a big success. The Little Chute Windmill had over two thousand visitors


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during the event, which was easily the most people that have toured the Windmill in a single date. Other businesses reported record days in terms of sales. The best feedback may have been that following the event businesses asked, “When can we do that again?”

Economic development in the Fox Cities must be a collaborative and regional effort in order to achieve success. The municipalities of our region owe that collaborative approach to our residents and businesses. Quite frankly, when we do things individually focused in economic development, we are missing a large component of what makes the Fox Cities so great. Events like Bazaar After Dark are a great example of how a regional approach benefits all.

Little Chute is thankful for all those who visited, especially thankful to their downtown businesses that were accommodating in hosting such a large event. Downtown Little Chute is poised for some major development projects this summer, including a new senior housing facility and redevelopment of a major commercial property. The village is willing and ready to welcome new businesses to town and they have programs to assist in that effort.

James Fenlon is Village Administrator for Little Chute, Wisconsin.

WELCOME New Members February - May 2018

The Fox Cities Chamber relies on members to continue its work in promoting business interests in the Fox Cities Region. Without these committed members, the Chamber would not be able to provide the high quality services it is known for.

Creative Results Corporation


Robert W. Baird & Co.,

3601 Electric City Blvd. Kaukauna, WI 54130-9685 (920) 521-4600 www.albint.com Manufacturing & Services

5750 W. Grande Market Drive, Suite E Appleton, WI 54913-8477 (920) 903-1850 www.creativeresults.biz Real Estate Company

3801 N. Richmond Street Appleton, WI 54913-9631 (920) 350-6200 http://www.meijer.com Discount Retailer

The Zuleger Kendall Group

Alberts & Heling CPA’s LLC

Crossfire Ranch

Menominee Nation Arena

Albany International

1977 American Drive, Suite 202 Neenah, WI 54956-1238 (920) 886-2241 www.alberts-heling-cpas.com Accountants

N1301 Pine Valley Lane Fremont, WI 54940-8716 (920) 740-0010 http://crossfireranch.wixsite.com/crossfireranch Non-Profit Agency

1212 S. Main Street Oshkosh, WI 54902 (920) 744-2039 https://menomineenationarena.com/ Music & Theater

BAKA Enterprises, Inc.

Differentiating Strategies

Modern Business Machines

3232 N. Ballard Road Appleton, WI 54911-8804 (920) 574-3833 www.bakaenterprises.com Assisted Living

100 N. Main Street, Suite 103 Oshkosh, WI 54901-5262 (920) 410-8219 www.diff-strat.com Leadership & Management Development

620 N. Lynndale Drive Appleton, WI 54914-3021 (920) 739-4326 www.mbm360.com Office Equipment & Supplies

Brown Greiner Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning and Water Restoration, LLC

Edward Jones • Neenah (Jennifer Flenz)

Mud & Prints LLC

W3945 Rock Road Appleton, WI 54913-9599 (920) 788-6852 www.browngreinercleaning.com Commercial & Residential Cleaning

Buffalo Wild Wings 4601 W. College Avenue Appleton, WI 54914-8507 (920) 830-4169 www.buffalowildwings.com Sports Bar

Cash Store 1218 N. Badger Avenue Appleton, WI 54914-3246 (920) 830-7778 www.cashstore.com/local/title-loans-appleton-wi Financial Services

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen 4531 W. Wisconsin Avenue Appleton, WI 54913-8635 (920) 749-0827 www.cheddars.com Restaurant

Clean Water Center 1990 Prospect Court Appleton, WI 54914-9000 (920) 734-7665 www.cleanwatercenter.com Water Conditioners

Cobblestone Hotels 980 American Drive Neenah, WI 54956-1363 (920) 230-2622 www.staycobblestone.com Hotel / Motel

Colliers International | Wisconsin

1024 S. Commercial Street Neenah, WI 54956-3806 (920) 729-1150 www.edwardjones.com Financial Services

311 E. College Avenue Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 277-1599 www.mudandprints.com Art & Frame Gallery

ESOP Partners LLC

NPHS Nurse Practitioner Health Services LLC

3701 E. Evergreen Drive, #600 Appleton, WI 54913-7416 (920) 659-6000 www.esoppartners.com Financial Services

2535 Northern Road Appleton, WI 54914-8753 (920) 840-8524 www.np-health-services.com Health Care Provider

Fox River Tours

North Shore Golf Club

181 S. Riverheath Way Appleton, WI 54915-8407 (920) 422-6300 www.foxrivertours.com Travel Management

Fox Valley Truck 5668 Neubert Road Appleton, WI 54913-1796 (920) 757-9400 www.foxvalleytruck.com Automotive, Motorcycle & Truck Repairs & Service

The Galleria of Tile 319 Lawe Street Kaukauna, WI 54130-2115 (920) 462-4775 https://www.thegalleriaoftile.com/ Floor Coverings

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Inc. 4815 N. Lynndale Drive Appleton, WI 54913-9665 (920) 731-6041 www.bubolzpreserve.org Nature Center

Huntington Bank, Appleton Branch

3051 Progress Way, Suite 211 Kaukauna, WI 54130-9591 (920) 347-9500 www.colliers.com Real Estate Company

1935 E. Calumet Street Appleton, WI 54915-4741 (920) 739-3202 www.huntington.com/Community/Wisconsin/appletonwi-locations Bank

Colortech Live

Jaripeo Mexican Grill

1011 Ashwaubenon Street Green Bay, WI 54304-5603 (800) 236-1321 https://colortech.live/ Sign Services

3401 E. Evergreen Drive Appleton, WI 54913-7414 (920) 733-7330 www.jaripeomexicangrill.com Restaurant

N8421 North Shore Road Menasha, WI 54952-9788 (920) 739-2386 www.nsgolfclub.com Golf Course - Private

Packerland Financial Wellness 1414 E. Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54301-3331 (920) 277-1299 www.packerlandfinancialwellness.com Insurance Company

Premium Waters, Inc. 3100 E. Capitol Drive Appleton, WI 54911-8723 (800) 326-4426 www.premiumwaters.com Vending Services

Promotional Pieces, LLC N1909 Winchester Road Hortonville, WI 54944-9204 www.promotionalpieces.com Promotional Products

REC Entertainment LLC d/b/a Luv 2 Play 4938 Integrity Way Appleton, WI 54913-9113 (920) 364-9694 www.luv2play.com/appleton Sports & Games

3913 W. Prospect Avenue, #301 Appleton, WI 54914-8797 (920) 830-3600 www.rwbaird.com Investment Management

Settlers bank 4321 W. College Avenue, Suite 100 Appleton, WI 54914-3966 (608) 842-5001 www.settlerswi.com Bank

Skyline Technologies 1400 Lombardi Avenue, Suite 104N Green Bay, WI 54304-3926 (920) 257-2100 www.skylinetechnologies.com Information Technology Services

Stewart Title 1000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 7 Appleton, WI 54914-3551 (920) 830-0110 http://www.stewart.com/appleton Real Estate Company

TDS Telecom W6174 Aerotech Dr. Ste. A Appleton, WI 54914-7503 (920) 882-3333 www.tdsbusiness.com Communications & Network Services

The Comprehensive Treatment Center - Appleton 3301 N. Ballard Road, Suite B Appleton, WI 54911-9002 (920) 733-4443 www.eastwisctc.com Health & Wellness

Trans International, LLC N93 W16288 Megal Drive Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-1555 (262) 253-3500 http://www.ticominc.com Trucking

Woolen Mills Lofts 218 E. South Island Street Appleton, WI 54915-1704 (920) 460-0296 www.woolenmillslofts.com Real Estate Company

Zymo Interactive 1263 Main Street, Suite 225 Green Bay, WI 54302-1341 (920) 455-5125 www.zymo.io Data Communications

Red Rock Productions 4321 W. College Avenue, Suite 200 Appleton, WI 54914-3968 (920) 264-8329 www.redrprod.com Music & Theater

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A New Brand The Same Mission

Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin has become Volunteer Fox Cities Interior painting: Thompson Center on Lourdes is searching for a skilled painter to help remove old paint, prime surfaces, choose materials, select paint colors and apply.

Clerical: SCORE Fox Cities is looking for someone to provide office support for five hours/month. You will prepare manuals, order items, purchase and manage office equipment, resource materials, update calendars and support the chapter’s general administrative activities. Volunteer Fox Cities (formerly known as the Volunteer Center), is thrilled to unveil a new name and logo as of June 1, 2018. What many people may not know is that they used a skills-based volunteer to help guide them along their rebranding process.

Volunteer Fox Cities found a great skilled volunteer -- Kara, a professional graphic designer from California -- who spent time getting to know their current brand and listened to their stories on where they wanted to be. Her expertise and guidance as a skills-based volunteer were invaluable as they set out to celebrate their new vision. This is a great example of how skills-based volunteers can help further the efforts of nonprofits that may not have the means to complete a project of this nature. Kara

If you’re interested in an opportunity where you can guide a nonprofit using your professional strengths, then let us help find you a skills-based volunteer opportunity! Here are some current opportunities in which you could use your skills to give back. Contact Volunteer Fox Cities at 920-832-9360 or email info@ volunteerfoxcities.org to respond to any of these opportunities.

Graphic design/marketing: Help Jake’s Diapers prepare marketing and social media materials through Canva or other design programs. Can be completed remotely. IT – Computers: IT professionals are needed at the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley to help with their MegaBites program, which helps kids in third through twelfth grade get excited about careers in IT.

Client Services, Program Assistance: St. Vincent de Paul Appleton needs a volunteer Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. to connect community mmbers in need with SVdP’s services. This person would be responsible for processing clothing and furniture vouchers for our neighbors in need. A good fit for this opportunity would be someone who is comfortable with computers, has the ability to adhere to set program guidelines while operating with sensitivity and maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those SVdP serves. For access to more than 400 other opportunities, visit Volunteer Fox Cities’ online volunteer matching database, Get Connected: http://getconnected.volunteerfoxcities.org/. If you’re looking to serve on a board of directors or committee with a local nonprofit, find these opportunities on Board Connect: vcboardconnect.volunteerfoxcities.org.


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Call 920-372-3990 or e-mail today to schedule a consultation. E-mail: cindy@aleadershipcoach.com • www.aleadershipcoach.com/contact

The Department of Workforce Development is accepting worker training grant applications year-round. Grants are awarded quarterly through the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. The program assists hundreds of businesses with addressing the skills gap through customized training grant opportunities. The Reference Guide below will assist you in the application process.

Wisconsin Fast Forward Reference Guide Website: http://wisconsinfastforward.com/wff_standard.htm Email: WisconsinFastForward@dwd.wi.gov • • •

Worker Training Grants Grants are reimbursements – grantee does not get a lump sum of money up front. Project Requirements: o Will train and employ (or retain) Wisconsin workers; o Proposed training has not been previously offered by the Applicant/consortium; o Training must be customized to address a documented business need; o Grantees must match grant funds 50 cents to the dollar for Small Business grants and dollar for dollar for all other grants; o Must include one or more Wisconsin employers who commit to hire or retain the trainees who complete training; o Training must be 12 months or less; o Funds may not be used for the purchase of real estate or other capital assets/equipment, facility construction or remodeling, K–12 education, tuition or trainee wages, stipends or fringe benefits; and o Funding cannot replace existing federal, state or local government funding. Effective July 1, 2017, grant applications are accepted year-round. Intent to award will occur within 60 days of the end of each quarter as shown below. Training should start no earlier than 30 days after the Intent to Award date.


As applications are entered: • Staff will provide Technical Assistance. Applicants should contact the Office of Skills Development (OSD) prior to submitting their application if they have questions or would like assistance. o After applications are submitted: • Background checks will be done; • Staff will ask for any clarifications needed prior to grant evaluations; • Staff will verify that the jobs being trained are in-demand occupations; and • An impartial evaluation committee will score grant submissions and make funding recommendations. For assistance: o Email OSD: WisconsinFastForward@dwd.wi.gov o Andy Heidt Andrew.Heidt@dwd.wisconsin.gov 608.266.0174 o Rita Atkinson Rita.Atkinson@dwd.Wisconsin.gov 608.266.2721

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MEMBER MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES (April, May, June) Thank you for your continuous years of membership and support as a Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce member! These outstanding and loyal businesses are what make the community great.

5 Years Kimberly-Clark Corporation D2 Sports Club Horizon Management Group d/b/a Eagle Flats Apartment Homes

GLK Foods BrightStar Care Image Studios 5 Star Insurance Group, LLC Wisconsin Public Radio Maxair Inc.

10 Years A.R.M.S.

15 Years The Osthoff Resort Sumnicht & Associates, & Sectors, LLC Copper Rock Coffee, LLC Candlewood Suites

20 Years Cellcom - Appleton East Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults, Inc. WPG Shippers Association

25 Years Wal-Mart Supercenter #1982 Ridgeway Country Club American National Bank - Fox Cities Appleton Public Library

30 Years D & D Landscape Service, Inc. Vande Walle’s Candies Inc. Appleton Dairy Queen Unitel, Inc.

45 Years The Community Blood Center Appleton Trophy & Engraving, Inc. Korth Financial Services


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Thank You to the

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce for honoring Hoffman with the

Corporate Citizen Leadership Award

Proudly giving back to our communities and supporting the Fox Cities.

Summertime Tip

Remember to back up your smartphone Summer in Wisconsin means more time outdoors and possibly more risk for your smartphone getting lost or damaged in the elements. With all the photos, videos, apps and other information we have on our phones today, it is important to backup your device to make sure the content significant to you never gets lost if something happens to your device.

Here are some options from Cellcom to make sure you never lose something important to you: • To create a backup with iCloud on iOS, visit the Settings menu and tap iCloud > Backup and toggle iCloud Backup on. This will back up your device daily when your device is connected to Wi-Fi, connected to a power source and the screen is locked. • With iOS you can also create a backup through iTunes by plugging your device into the computer and opening the latest version of iTunes. Once the phone is connected, you simply select backup from the file menu. Note that if iCloud back up is enabled, the phone will not back up to iTunes. • On your Android device download the Google Drive app from the Google Play Store. Once you’re logged in with your default Gmail account, visit the settings menu and select Backup & Reset and then Backup My Data. • You can back up photos on your Android or iOS device using Google Photos. Simply download Google Photos from the application market and the first time you go through set up turn the Backup and Sync slider on. The default is to upload high quality photos (unlimited storage) over Wi-Fi only. We recommend sticking to these settings, but you can change them in the settings menu at any time. For step-by-step details and how-to videos on how to back up and restore your device using any of these methods, you can visit cellcom.com/backup. If you need assistance, visit a local Cellcom store or contact us.

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An Interview With Outagamie County Sheriff Brad Gehring Brad Gehring has been Sheriff for 28 years and has been employed by the Sheriff’s Department for 35 years. He was elected as Sheriff in 1990. Gehring announced he would not seek re-election in Fall 2018 and will retire at the end of his term in January. Sheriff Brad Gehring

Q: Sheriff Gehring, as you are getting ready to retire, we wanted to thank you for your service to the citizens of Outagamie County. Looking back, what are you most proud of during your time leading the Sheriff’s Department?

law enforcement statewide. We have also conducted numerous presentations to civic groups, schools and businesses on what to look for and how to work with us.

A: There are too many aspects of the office that I am proud of to mention in this article. I am proud of the diversity and passion our officers bring to their duties every day. We have an ability as an organization to pivot and confront the various challenges we see with new strategies. For instance, we were one of a handful of Sheriff’s departments that developed and deployed global positioning technology as an alternative to incarceration of non-violent offenders in 2001. Today, the success of the program has diverted thousands of offenders and extended the lifespan of the corrections facility many years more than originally thought.

Q: The private and public sectors are both noticing the effects of the workforce shortage. How does your department recruit talent, and how do you approach retaining employees?

In 2000, I was awarded the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year for our community policing initiatives by Attorney General Jim Doyle. In 2001, we began the Victim Notification System (VINE) which allows victims to be notified of any changes in classification of their offenders. While we have created many new programs; a study published by the Wisconsin Taxpayer in 2016 showed that our expenditures in 2014 ranked 48th amongst 72 counties in spending on corrections and 67th in spending for law enforcement.

Q: The opioid epidemic continues in many communities across Wisconsin. What is being done locally to combat this problem? A: The abuse of opioids has forever changed our communities and how we need to confront the issue. The Sheriff’s office has strengthened our ability to go after the traffickers by partnering with the Lake Winnebago MEG unit and the Appleton Community Response Unit by assigning two Sheriff’s deputies and entering into a cross deputization agreement that enables the officers to investigate and pursue those involved in illegal activity county-wide.These collaborations create better lines of communication and strengthen our ability to work cooperatively with


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A: Recruitment and retention of employees has been a continuously changing process for us. Recently we worked with human resources to identify ways to streamline our screening process. Because of the nature of our duties, we have very high expectations of an individual’s background and the ability to problem solve which reduces the number of qualified applicants we can select from. We are spending a great deal of time marketing the employment opportunities available in high schools, colleges and job fairs because of the workforce shortage.

Q: Do you have any advice that you would like to share with the next Sheriff of Outagamie County? A: The office of Sheriff is unique to law enforcement, steeped in the history of our state and constitutional law. While the responsibilities are significant, it also carries with it many tools that can be used to help many new initiatives aimed at making our community a great place to live. Get as involved as you can in community initiatives.

Three Reasons Your Cyber Insurance Might Not Protect Your Business By: Zachary Kaiser, Strategic Risk Advisor, McClone

Zachary Kaiser

News of another data breach seems to hit the headlines every week. Rightly so, many business owners look to protect their companies by purchasing cyber liability insurance. However, just as you can get different coverage options for your home, a cyber insurance policy offers many options and circumstances under which it will provide coverage.

I’ve come across many woefully inadequate policies when working with potential clients who thought they were covered for various situations, when, in fact, they were missing coverage for key exposures. Let’s take a look at three major areas of cyber liability that are often overlooked and what types of coverage your business may need.

1. Multimedia Coverage A typical general liability policy offers coverage for unintentional infringement of a trademark, slander, personal and advertising injury and the like. However, those definitions typically don’t include online publications such as those on social media, videos and some website content. New forms of online communication exist now that didn’t only a few years ago, so it’s crucial to ensure your policy is comprehensive and protects you in each scenario. Lawsuits and their associated costs can mount quickly for these types of claims, and damages can easily exceed $1 million.

2. Security and Privacy Some cyber policies provide first-party coverage to pay for your costs associated with a data breach or a ransomware attack that harms your business. However, what happens if one of your employees unknowingly forwards an email containing a virus to another company or accidently emails out a trade secret from one of their clients? It could cause financial or physical damage and shut down the business, and the company could sue.

Employee education is still the best way to protect your business from cyber threats. It’s estimated that 75% of security breaches are the result of employees mishandling information or unknowingly opening the door to hackers through phishing scams, poor password management and other missteps.1 In turn, many pass viruses on to outside parties, often leading to litigation. Do you know whether your cyber policy covers these types of third-party claims?

3. Contract Wording Many vendor and service provider contracts are starting to require your company to have cyber liability insurance but fail to define it. If a contract generally necessitates cyber or data liability insurance, insist that it’s spelled out more clearly before signing. And, as always, read the fine print. A contract may require a third-party coverage amount of $5 million when you only have $1 million, for example. The risks of living in a hyperconnected world have grown and you need to have insurance for your company’s online activities just as you do for other common business risks. Fortunately, cyber liability insurance is relatively affordable. We recommend you work with a reputable insurance agent who can assess your risks and customize coverage to meet your needs. Zachary Kaiser is a Strategic Risk Advisor at McClone with a wealth of knowledge in developing and implementing effective client strategies. He consults with businesses to solve unique issues related to human capital needs and protecting everything they’ve worked so hard to earn. Visit mcclone.com to learn more.

SOURCE 1. https://securityintelligence.com/news/insider-threats-account-for-nearly-75-percent-of-security-breach-incidents/ Fox Cities BUSiNESS I Summer 2018 I Public Policy



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