Page 1

fox cities chamber

Energizing & Empowering Enterprise

Summer 2017 Volume 18 Issue 2


Miron Construction’s

Build Like A Girl FVTC

Venture Center and Fab Lab CONNECTING to Community

Via Board Volunteer Service


ISSUE 2 The President’s Perspective Views from the Chamber President 4 2017 Business Awards 6 Build Like A Girl

Miron Construction introduces young women to the construction trade

8 2017 YP Week 10 Bazaar After Dark

Kaukauna event is great success inspite of the less-than-perfect weather

12 FVTC’s Venture Center and Fab Lab Winning combo for business startups and prototypes

14 Leadership Fox Cities The graduating class of 2016-2017 16 Q&A With The Professionals 17 Welcome New Members

18 Career Based Learning Preparing our students for the future 20 Upcoming Events Diamond Member Honor Roll 22 Connecting to Community through Board Volunteer Service

24 Talent Upload 2017 Fox Cities Tour 26 Happenings 28 Your Voice

Get to know the American Cancer Society

29 Guest Column

Hard of Listening? By: Wendy Riemann

30 Member Spotlight

Photography by:

BConnected, LLC Graham Washatka Trove Photography

On The Cover

Monday, June 26, 2017 Butte des Morts Country Club 3600 W. Prospect Avenue, Appleton, Wisconsin 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Community Engagement Miron Constructions “Build Like A Girl” Program 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.

Call (920) 734-7101 for more details Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


The President’s PERSPECTIVE “I look forward to meeting all of you and to working with you to build this region as a business powerhouse.” Dear Chamber Members, Investors and Partners: At the time of this writing I have been on the job all of 8 days as the new President/ CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. What a whirlwind of activity meeting and getting to know the staff, board and community leaders. Meetings, events and community activities have filled my calendar and I am learning fast that the Fox Cities are alive and well. Led by an awesome and engaged Board of Directors and a superior staff, your Chamber is in a good position and it is now time to begin the move ahead. I am very pleased to be working with Chamber members, investors, community leaders, staff and Board to move these efforts forward. As I learn more about the Chamber’s four pillars of focus, we will work with all of you to evaluate programs for effectiveness and efficiency and begin to formulate a strategy for taking the Fox Cities Chamber to the next level. From what I’ve learned so far, we will need to focus on the following: 1. We need to move quickly to implement the next campaign of the Fox Cities Regional Partnership to continue our efforts towards creating jobs, tax base and economic growth in the Fox Cities. Creating a strategic plan for the next five years backed by our partners and investors, and seeking funding for that plan will dominate a great portion of time over the next several months. 2. Addressing the Membership and Sponsorship programs here at the Chamber to solidify ongoing, coordinated sponsorships for programs and the integration of the membership sales program whether tiered or otherwise. Re-engaging the volunteer leadership base of the community in the Chamber programs and developing new opportunities. 3. Continue to implement, improve and expand the Talent Collaborative including Talent Upload and the multiple workforce development programs the Chamber is involved in. Continue to seek new ways to address workforce issues. 4. Our plate is full with Community and Member Events to engage the membership of the Chamber and continue to address the value proposition for our members. Evaluating the effectiveness of these programs and making sure they are supported will be the key to their continuation - using bottom line value to our membership as the measure of success. 5. Creating a business centered public policy platform generated by input from our business community and coordinated with our NE Wisconsin Chamber partners to effectively influence local, state and national policy. 6. Creating a coordinated and effective Marketing & Communications strategy that addresses the brand identification for the Fox Cities Chamber and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership to reflect more cohesive and identifiable brands resulting in a unified effort for marketing and communicating the successes of the region. On behalf of the Chamber staff and the Board of Directors, I look forward to meeting all of you and to working with you to build this region as a business powerhouse. Please be patient while we begin to put the pieces in place. We ask your continued support of our efforts and as always, we welcome your ideas, feedback and constructive comments. Gratefully, Bob Mundt, President/CEO


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

Chairman of the Board Daniel P. Ferris SECURA Insurance Companies Chairman-Elect Bruce Zak JPMorgan Chase, N.A. Past Chairman Kip Golden CR Structures Group, Inc. Secretary/Treasurer Kathi Seifert Katapult, LLC Board of Directors Jen Bauer Miron Construction Co., Inc. Lisa Cruz Red Shoes PR, Inc. John Dennis Gardan Inc. Curt Detjen Community Foundation Travis Froze BMO Harris Bank Ted Galloway Galloway Company Brian Giroux Kimberly-Clark Corporation Jason Henderson NewVoices Chris Hess ThedaCare Sharon Hulce Employment Resource Group Inc. Dean Kaufert City of Neenah Chris Matheny Fox Valley Technical College Rick Parks Modern Woodmen of America Todd Romenesko Calumet County Bruce Sasman We Energies Mark Scheffler Appleton Group, LLC Heather Schimmers St. Elizabeth Hospital/Ministry Healthcare Scott Teerlinck Werner Electric Supply Gary Vaughan Guident Business Solutions Abe Weber Appleton International Airport Bob Zemple Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Ex-Officio Kevin Eismann Epiphany Law, LLC Editor Emily Feagles Design Weidert Creative Photography BConnected, LLC Graham Washatka Trove Photography Image Studios Printing JP Graphics

Get To Know Your Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Staff The Chamber is a dynamic group of dedicated professionals who provide resources and solutions to businesses of all sizes within the Fox Cities region. The Chamber acts as an access point for solving business challenges, establishing and growing professional and social networks and providing assistance for business leaders to achieve their goals.

Operations 1.

Bob Mundt, President/CEO bmundt@foxcitieschamber.com 2. Linda Myers Executive Assistant to the President lmyers@foxcitieschamber.com 3. Nora Langolf Vice President, Finance and Administration nlangolf@foxcitieschamber.com 4. Emily Feagles Director, Marketing & Communications efeagles@foxcitieschamber.com 5. Kristen Greiner Events Manager kgreiner@foxcitieschamber.com 6. Connie Barlow Receptionist receptionist@foxcitieschamber.com 7. Pam Schweitzer Receptionist receptionist@foxcitieschamber.com












12. 12.

13. 13.


12. 15.

Economic Development 8. Beth Pritzl Director, Research & Technology beth@foxcitiesregion.com 9. Rob Peterson Director, Existing Industry Services rob@foxcitiesregion.com

Member Services 10. MiKayla Kunde Member Engagement Coordinator mkunde@foxcitieschamber.com 11. Beth Haase Director, Small Business Development bhaase@foxcitieschamber.com

Public Policy 12. Mark Rahmlow Vice President, Public Policy mrahmlow@foxcitieschamber.com

Talent 13. Patty Milka Vice President, Talent & Education pmilka@foxcitieschamber.com 14. Adrienne Palm Director, Pulse Young Professionals Network apalm@foxcitieschamber.com 15. Amy Schanke Director, Leadership Fox Cities aschanke@foxcitieschamber.com 16. Nikki Hessel Program Coordinator, Talent & Education nhessel@foxcitieschamber.com

16. 13.

Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


Thank you to the 2017 Business Award recipients for your hard work and dedication towards making the Fox Cities a vibrant, innovative and dynamic community.

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

Miron Construction

Appleton Ice, Inc.

McMAHON Associates

Make I.T. SOAR (A program of SOAR Fox Cities)

The Family 91.9 FM

Miller Electric

Verve, a Credit Union

Inspire Spa

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors Presenting Sponsors:

Supporting Sponsor:

Miron Construction 4

Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

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

CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa

McMAHON Associates

Small Employer

Large Employer

Company Innovation Acknowledged for identifying opportunities and executing creative-thinking and calculated risktaking by bringing their innovation in to the marketplace.

Make I.T. SOAR (A program of SOAR Fox Cities)

Miron Construction

Small Employer

Large Employer

Corporate Citizen/Leadership Recognized for their philosophy of giving and community involvement, which has made a significant difference in the health and well-being of the Fox Cities. Being able to encourage and support corporate social responsibility and community leadership.

The Family 91.9 FM

Miller Electric

Small Employer

Large Employer

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

Appleton Ice, Inc.

Verve, a Credit Union

Small Employer

Large Employer

Rising Star Recognized as a new “up and coming� small business with a unique blend of vision, energy, perseverance and skill. Being in business for less than five years and having a strong start with the potential for growing into a prosperous enterprise in the future.

Inspire Spa Fox Cities Business Summer 2017



Expanding Horizons and Tomorrow’s Workforce

These days it’s not uncommon to pass a construction site on your morning commute. In fact, it seems as though new facilities are popping up on every corner. The familiar sights and sounds of construction seem to surround us—the revving engine of construction vehicles, the rhythmic hum of power drills, jobsites peppered with workers in high-vis t-shirts. Something you may not expect to see on a jobsite, however, is a woman working side-by-side with the men. Let’s face it, historically the construction industry has been dominated by the male gender. While we never question a little boy wanting to play make-believe in a hard-hat and tool belt, it’s definitely less common to hear a young girl exclaim that she wants to be a construction worker when she grows up.

Well, Miron Construction is setting out to change that, one young lady at a time. Statistics confirm that while the construction industry as a whole is comprised of 9% women, female participation in the trades is even lower, coming in at 1.2%. In order to shake up an industry steeped in tradition and filled with multi-generational families of male tradespeople, Miron has developed a unique event to expose a new generation, and gender, to the construction industry. This summer, Miron will host its second annual Build Like a Girl event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 23rd of June. Approximately forty 7th-10th grade girls will descend upon Miron’s corporate headquarters in Neenah, Wisconsin, where they will learn about multiple facets of “the field.” The goal of the event—which was publicized with local schools, community organizations, and via social media—is to reach girls during some of their most impressionable years, while still in middle and high school. Event organizers decided to limit the event to females because, at this age, some students are easily embarrassed in front of the opposite sex, especially when it comes to trying their hand at something completely new and different.


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

“We were inspired by a similar event we heard about that had taken place down South. Since ‘community,’ ‘dreams,’ and ‘innovation’ are three of our corporate drivers, an event like this just seemed like a perfect fit for us. Build Like a Girl is a way for us to not only get kids excited about the potential of a career in construction, but also to encourage more diversity and inclusion in our industry,” stated Jen Bauer, Miron’s director of marketing. The day will begin with introductions, a presentation panel comprised of women who hold different positions in the industry, and a safety overview. Attendees will get a feel for typical wages for careers in construction as well as the types of apprenticeships that would be available to them. Next up, students will tour a working jobsite in Appleton in order to see the trades up close and in action. Upon returning to the Neenah office, the young ladies will have the chance to “get their hands dirty,” exploring different components of construction, from carpentry to masonry to equipment operation. During planning, organizers have always kept in mind that it’s one thing to watch work being performed, but getting a chance to actually do it makes a much stronger impact.

Many female Miron team members will be on hand to serve as mentors to the girls, sharing their own stories and backgrounds in the industry. The exclusive use of female mentors for the day is critical in getting a crucial point across to attendees. Bauer explains that “the whole idea is for the girls to see someone like them being active and successful in the industry.” One of those mentors is Amanda Manteufel, a project manager for Miron. Manteufel was attracted to engineering at a young age. She was captivated by Legos and dump trucks as a child, and even declared while she was in middle school that she wanted to be an engineer when she grew up. As she progressed through high school, her passion for construction began to fade as she feared the job of an engineer meant being tied to a desk and would lack opportunities to collaborate with others. It was only when she paged through a course catalog for a civil engineering program that her interest in the field was renewed. Manteufel has expressed that she’s excited to share with young women that they can gain a great deal of satisfaction from a career in construction. In fact, “one of the most rewarding benefits is being able to build something and see the finished product,” she stated. Becky White, who serves as a carpenter journeyman for Miron and assisted with last year’s event, echoes Manteuful’s sentiments, explaining that the reason she enjoys working in the industry is

“the variety of work, variety of people, and seeing a project come together from beginning to end.” The team wants to show young women that there are countless viable, satisfying, and well-paying positions available to them in the field of construction (see infographic for specific details on wages). The phrase “earn while you learn” is often heard during discussions about apprenticeships, which are a phenomenal way to gain on-the-job training without taking on the burden of debt that so often accompanies a college education. A strong selling point of apprenticeship programs is that apprentices are paid to train in their respective crafts.

Another benefit of the industry is that the pay gap between men and women in construction is much smaller than the national average for all other industries. In terms of union employees, no pay gap exists as employers are required to pay certain wages for certain levels of skill and experience without gender being a consideration. While the team at Miron is excited to share their knowledge and passion for the industry with the next generation, they also hope to see payback in the form of skilled workers down the line. Women are an untapped market in the field of construction. Dave Walsh, vice president of human resources for Miron, explains, “In Wisconsin, we take pride in the ability of both genders to put in a solid day’s work.” While the demand for skilled workers continues to increase, the number of individuals entering the trades does not. With a shrinking labor pool to draw from, Miron hopes that events like Build Like a Girl will not only provide educational and hands-on learning opportunities for students, but that they will also expose them to the countless opportunities available in the field of construction, ensuring the continued success of the industry as a whole.

For more information on this exciting event, please visit www.miron-construction.com/build-like-a-girl. VIDEOS: 2016 Build Like a Girl Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n1HAa3uIz4 Feature by The Post Crescent: http://www.postcrescent.com/videos news/2016/06/27/86357688/ Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


YPWeek 2017 events attracted 6,111 people. 611 of them in the first 12 events and 5500+ at Bazaar After Dark!

PULSE young professionals network



Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

YP Survey Results

When choosing the BEST location to persue your passions, what is the most important factor you consider? Community Culture 28% Quantity & Quality of Offerings 16% Family 15% Opportunities for Advancement 13% Ease of Access & Location 10% Cost of Living 7% Career Prospects 6%

Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


Another SUCCESSFUL Bazaar After Dark Bazaar After Dark is dedicated to revitalizing and drawing positive attention to underutilized business districts in the Fox Valley while fostering community collaborations through art, music and common experiences. Check out these scenes from our latest Bazaar After Dark in Downtown Kaukauna.

Brought To You By


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

Mural Courtesy Of

PULSE young professionals network


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


Brian Davis, inventor of My Fix It Sticks tools for bicycles, the Backbottle hydration bottle and the Weatherneck System.

6 12

Fox FoxCities CitiesBusiness BusinessSpring Summer 2017 2017

1-2 PUNCH FVTC’s Venture Center and Fab Lab deliver a winning combo for business startups and prototypes. Inventor Brian Davis turned his passion for bike riding into a full-time career. “I am not an engineer, but I love finding better ways to do things,” says the 40-year-old Appleton resident. “The experts at the Fox Valley Tech Fab Lab helped me turn three ideas into real products. My Fix It Sticks tools for bicycles, the Backbottle hydration bottle and the Weatherneck System balaclava are now realities.” Working with the Fab Lab also connected Davis to Amy Pietsch, director of the FVTC Venture Center. “Every area entrepreneur said I had to meet Amy,” states Davis. “She was the one who introduced me to 1 Million Cups, a weekly gathering of small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who exchange ideas.” Davis made a presentation at a 1 Million Cups meeting in 2016 before he first launched the Weatherneck. “I had attended several of these meetings and knew that the audience provides good advice,” he says. “After my presentation, someone in the audience said, ‘Oh, this is like a bandana.’ That one observation helped me better define my product and tailor a marketing message.” The popularity of the Fab Lab continues to grow. This year it added community workshops in chair building and making structures for house cats to sleep in and play on. This is not to mention serving a record number of youth in summer camps focusing on growing skill sets in science, technology, engineering, and math. Below: FVTC’s Venture Center provides formal training and community workshops for entrepreneurs.

The Venture Center’s centerpiece offering is its E-seed® entrepreneur training experience, which has gained national attention in the form of a train-thetrainer model. In April, the Venture Center teamed up with FVTC’s Global Education & Services department to welcome a group of entrepreneurs from the Ukraine. The international delegates engaged in a weeklong immersion of best business practices that involved tours of area companies and roundtable discussions with several successful entrepreneurs. “The Venture Center’s impact runs across the globe while it continues to build our local workforce,” says Pietsch. “We offer an innovative pipeline of services that delivers ideas-to-inception thanks to having the availability of a Fab Lab. For an aspiring small business owner, that means a onestop shop for all things dreamed of and then made.” Learn more: www.fvtc.edu/VentureCenter www.fvtc.edu/fabLab.

Fox Fox Cities Cities Business Business December December Summer 2017 2015 2015

15 13 13

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Announces the 2016-2017 Leadership Fox Cities Graduates LEADERSHIP FOX CITIES A PROGRAM OF

Carlyn Andrew Lisa Barwick Brent Baumler Mary R. Butler Amanda Chavez Brett Christofferson Julie Coenen Melanie Draheim Trevor Ermers Jennifer Fisher Sarah Forseth Chip Gabbey Josh Gitter David Govier Laura Gruender Nicole Hanke Jamin Homan Danielle Jost Julie King


Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. ThedaCare Regional Medical Center Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital Go Valley Kids Corcoran Glass and Paint, Inc. Fox Valley Technical College Network Health American National Bank SECURA Insurance Bank First National Pro Staff BLC Community Bank Appvion Thrivent Financial Stella & Dot St. Elizabeth Hospital Thrivent Financial Appleton Area School District

Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

Melissa Kissinger Melissa Koehler Tina Krueger Brandon Lepp Jessica M. Marhefke Sara Marquardt Jill Martin Justin Monnette Michelle O’Mahoney Zack Pawlosky Susan Perri Amy Rutz Kate Seifert Anna Simeth Mark Thiel Jim Vander Sanden Ryan Veleke Emily Wagner

Miron Construction Co., Inc. Affinity Medical Group - Madison Center Appleton Public Library BMO Harris Bank Miller Electric Manufacturing Company Wipfli LLP Outagamie County We Energies Schenck SC Candeo Creative United Way Fox Cities, Inc. Chase Seifert Law Office Lawrence University ThedaCare Regional Medical Center PRN Health Services Plexus Corp. Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin

Leadership Fox Cities Small Group Projects Serving our Community

Go Go Garage, serving Youth Go in Menasha.

Revitalization of Scanlan Park, partnering with City of Menasha Parks and Recreation Department, Heart of Menasha Neighborhood Association and Neighborhood Partners

Family Dinner Night partnered with Weight of the Fox Valley, a United Way program

Buddy Benches in partnership with Menasha Joint School District

Harbor House Marketing Support

Project R.A.D.A.R., Safe Routes to School-East Central Wisconsin Partnership

Congratulations to all the successful projects benefiting the Fox Valley! For more information on Leadership Fox Cities, contact aschanke@foxcitieschamber.com Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


“How do you keep your employees connected to your organization’s mission?” with the PROFESSIONALS At Aerotek our tagline is “Our People are Everything”. It is important that we serve in our community to support the members that may work for us currently or in the future. It has helped us create awareness in the community of who we are and how we can work together.

U.S. Bank encourages and supports employee community involvement through the U.S. Bank Volunteers program, where we provide access to benefits and events that support both company-sponsored volunteer activities and individual interests.

Businesses large and small that build a strong culture build it around shared values. Shared values are those common guiding principles that lead us to make decisions, guiding principles that decipher right from wrong for our company.

Community engagement has helped us gain new business by making connections with companies through our philanthropy partnerships and by attending community events. We have gained recognition in the community through our philanthropy efforts such as receiving the Business Partner of the Year award and being a sponsor and part of the annual FUSION event.

We provide opportunities for involvement and paid time off for eligible employees. We call this time “U.S. Bank Volunteer Day.” Through this program, we offer eligible employees up to 16 hours to actively use their skills and knowledge to improve their communities.

What we find is if leaders put an emphasis on community involvement they were likely raised in a family where “helping those who can’t help themselves” was important. They bring into the workplace a culture of “giving back”.

We have had a strong partnership with St. Joseph’s Food Program for over 5 years. Two employees from Aerotek go there every Friday and help distribute groceries to families in need. We also have annual fundraisers for them. Attendance at the chamber events has provided professional development opportunities for our employees as well. This helps with employee retention and engagement by allowing involvement in meaningful activities outside of daily job responsibilities.

Jacquelyn Stephan Account Manager- Aerotek


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

To make volunteering easy, U.S. Bank gives employees access to a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and the ability to track the hours they contribute. In all areas- volunteerism, financial education, innovative services and capacity building programs- U.S. Bank moves forward in a way that strengthens the fabric of our communities in all their rich diversity and potential. We find that community engagement is important because it adds value to the local communities in which we live; and a strong community is relevant to the success of any business including U.S. Bank.

Regan Pfeiffer- Vice President Community Priv Bkg RM NMLS U.S. Bank

At ERG we believe, “you get more in return than you ever give when you give back” and that has been the case for us. At ERG, we conduct searches for our local not-for-profits probono, a gift of talent that we share. To date that has resulted in over $3 million in search fees donated. The reward? We have observed first hand the leadership of our not-for-profits and how these organizations have made this community a better place. It’s all about making the Fox Valley region amazing, not only for our businesses, but also for our families.

Sharon Hulce- President Employee Resource Group

WELCOME New Members The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce 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.

A Dee Vine Consign


Riesterer & Schnell, Inc.

3319 W. College Avenue Appleton, WI 54914-3921 920-733-5000 http://deevineconsign.com RETAIL SALES

W4862 Nature Lane Sherwood, Wisconsin 54169-9313 800-556-4491 http://www.iiwengr.com ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS

1775 American Drive Neenah, WI 54956-1406 920-751-8787 http://www.rands.com LAWN CARE

ATI Physical Therapy

Lakeland University Fox Cities Center

Signarama of Appleton

3212 E. Calumet Street, Suite E & F Appleton, WI 54915-4168 920-819-4222 http://www.atipt.com PHYSICAL THERAPY

2320 Industrial Drive Neenah, WI 54956-4863 920-727-0777 http://www.lakeland.edu UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES

2428 W. Nordale Drive Appleton, WI 54914-1819 920-739-7446 http://www.signarama-appleton.com SIGNS

Dynamic Alliance LLC

Level 3 Communications, LLC


3962 N. Richmond Street Appleton, WI 54913-7153 920-221-3330 http://www.dynamicallianceroofing.com ROOFING

100 W. College Avenue, Suite 50B Appleton, WI 54911-5749 414-908-1041 http://www.level3.com TELEPHONE DATA & COMMUNICATIONS

W2825 Emons Road Appleton, WI 54915-9426 920-810-2301 http://jj.mysisel.com HEALTH & WELLNESS

Edward Jones

Marshfield Clinic Wellness Services

Staffing Synergies

2301 S. Oneida Street Appleton, WI 54915-1658 920-738-9252 http://www.edwardjones.com/devon-schoenbohm FINANCE

558 Eisenhower Drive, Suite F Kimberly, WI 54136-2145 800-275-8744 http://www.marshfieldclinic.org HEALTH & WELLNESS

1655 Bergstrom Road Neenah, WI 54956-9701 732-696-8778 http://www.staffingsynergies.com STAFFING SERVICES

Elevate Engagement, LLC

Michiels Restaurant & Catering

Strategic Partnerships, LLC

930 Manor Drive Neenah, WI 54956-5108 920-224-3892 http://www.elevateengagement.com CONSULTANT

1100 Appleton Road Menasha, WI 54952-1906 920-722-7885 http://www.michielsbarandgrill.com RESTAURANTS

First Quality Forklift Training LLC


4230 E. Towne Blvd., #332 Madison, WI 53704-3704 608-279-6445 http://www.totalrewardspartners.com EMPLOYEE BENEFITS/CONSULTING, OUTSOURCING & INSURANCE SERVICE

911 S. Fidelis Street Appleton, WI 54915-3633 920-378-3738 https://firstqualityforklifttraining.com/ TRAINING AND CONSULTING

111 W. College Avenue, 4th Floor Appleton, WI 54911-5781 920-832-9700 http://www.newvoiceschoir.org MUSIC & THEATER

GBC Safety Glow

Paradise Solutions

3201 Progress Way Kaukauna, WI 54130-4137 920-462-4242 http://www.gbcsafetyglow.com MANUFACTURER

1043 Union Street Stevens Point, WI 54481-2752 715-254-0679 http://www.psoltech.com TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANTS

GJB Health Services

Platinum Transportation Services

711 N. Lynndale Drive, Suite 1A Appleton, WI 54914-3078 920-560-4525 http://www.gjbhealthservices.com COUNSELING CENTER

1835 E. Edgewood Drive, #10514 Appleton, WI 54913-9407 920-540-2256 http://www.platinumtransportationservices.com TRANSPORTATION

Grifols Biomat USA, Inc.

Red Rock Productions, LLC

905 Midway Road Menasha, WI 54952-1113 920-729-0732 http://www.grifols.com PLASMA DONATION CENTER

One International Place 100 Oliver Street Boston, MA 02110-2602 617-938-9851 http://www.redrprod.com BUSINESS SERVICES

Technical Prospects LLC 1000 S. County Road CB Appleton, WI 54914-8614 920-840-6821 http://www.technicalprospects.com MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER/RETAILER

University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Foundation 1478 Midway Road Menasha, WI 54952-1224 920-832-2849 http:/www.uwfox.edu CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Division of Online & Continuing Education 608 Algoma Blvd. Oshkosh, WI 54901-3502 920-424-0234 http://wwwoce.uwosh.edu UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES

Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


Preparing Our Students

for the FUTURE The vision for the Appleton Area School District, “Preparing Our Students For Their Future, Every Child Every Day,” is a vision embraced by all members of our educational team. Traditionally determining college and career readiness has focused on course work grades and test results. As a school district we have worked to identify additional indicators of a student’s readiness for post high school course work and the world of work. Toward this end, the Appleton Board of Education has established a PreK-12 Career Based Learning Goal:

All students in the AASD will experience a dynamic Academic Career Plan. This plan evolves from PreK12 learning experiences, both in and out of school, that support employability skills, career awareness, exploration, planning and training. In the Appleton Area School District, we are committed to providing: • a continuum of activities and experiences both in and out of the classroom beginning in PreK through 12th grade • students with the activities to develop their self-awareness and a personalized academic and career plan (ACP) • a student-driven, adult supported process requiring parents, local businesses, and educators to collaborate so that all students take ownership of their career aspirations • all graduates with a game-plan for reaching their future career and a support system to help throughout the process


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

Local CEO’s and Presidents spent time with graduating Seniors to share with them how to transition from high school to work and beyond. There is a career path for everyone and working together as an educational and business community we can help our students truly become college and career ready. Business Involvement is ESSENTIAL - Benefits to the businesses include: • Shows students how classroom learning connects with the world of work • Creates valuable networking contacts with businesses and creates a welcoming environment for businesses to engage with school staff • Helps keep CBL relevant to changes in workforce and career demands, is a source of advice and input to shape CBL curriculum and experiences • Connects individuals in business with individual teachers • Creates opportunities for business to donate time, money, in-kind services to the classroom, extra-curricular activities, and the school culture • Helps identify real-world situations for learning outside of the classroom experience

“Being a parent of a student who is participating in the CBL experience, I can see first-hand how my daughter is developing real world skills and work habits for whatever career path she decides to go down. Being a committed part of a team, completing tasks on a deadline, and using the knowledge she’s gained from her classroom experiences is directly applied to her every day CBL experience. This opportunity is something she’ll definitely be able to carry forward that will help her achieve her educational and career goals.” Tami Wendt, Appleton North Parent

“I’m excited about working with students, teachers, parents, and the community in the area of Career Based Learning. I believe that experiential learning (on-the-job and on-site) is the most effective learning when making a decision about working in a specific vocation or profession. I encourage career exploration and highly recommends each high school student spend a minimum of eight hours (before they graduate) with 2-3 different mentors in fields they have an interest. The continuum of education is lifelong. An emphasis on early childhood education has proven to result in higher achievement academically and socio-economically. I believe it is equally important to help students be proactive in making mindful decisions about the path they will take after high school.” Gary Huzzard, Owner-Huzzard Systems

Career Based Learning


connect to your future workforce www.yourfuturefoxcities.com

Students Parents


Get involved and engage the future workforce today. Job Shadows | Internships | Youth Apprenticeships Tours | Classroom Guest Speakers and more! Bring an understanding of the labor market, the path and skills required to work in your industry. Engage one on one with educators and students or host a group event.

Everyone’s role is essential

Get involved today!

Contact Nikki Hessel, Talent Program Coordinator nhessel@foxcitieschamber.com


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


Upcoming Chamber


All of the Fox Cities Chamber events and details can be found online at foxcitieschamber.com.


Honor Roll


January - March

Business Connection

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Whistler’s Knoll Vineyard N2845 Highway 15, Hortonville 5:00 – 7:00 PM

PULSE: Bazaar After Dark Thursday, July 20, 2017 Downtown Menasha 5:00 – 10:00 PM

AUGUST Business Connection

Thursday, August 17. 2017 Waverly Beach N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Public Policy Lunch ‘n Learn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Topic: CEO of the City Radisson Paper Valley Hotel 333 W. College Avenue, Appleton 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

SEPTEMBER Business Connection

Thursday, September 14. 2017 Thrivent Financial 4321 N. Ballard Rd, Appleton 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Business Breakfast Bytes

Topic TBD Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah 7:30 – 9:00 AM

PULSE: Bazaar After Dark TBD Wisconsin Avenue Appleton 5:00 – 10:00 PM

License to Cruise featuring Ford Friday, September 29, 2017 6:00 – 9:30 PM Downtown Appleton


Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Downtown Appleton


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

Diamond Members are companies that have supported the Chamber and community for more than 40 years. We’d like to express our gratitude to the following Diamond Member businesses for their membership and support to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Albany International


Appleton Trophy & Engraving, Inc.


Aramark Uniform Services, Inc.




AZCO, Inc.


Badger Plug Company


Calnin & Goss, Inc.


Christensen & Wisnet , Inc.


Creative Group, Inc.


Eagle Performance Plastics, Inc.


George’s Steak House


Grant Thornton LLP


Korth Financial Services


The Community Blood Center


United Way Fox Cities, Inc.


Willis of Wisconsin, Inc.


Helping your business succeed TALK TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW YOUR INDUSTRY At Schenck, you’ll work with professionals who serve other businesses like yours and understand the issues driving your industry. Our expertise includes: f Agriculture & Food Processing

f Manufacturing & Distribution

f Dealerships

f Not-for-Profit Organizations

f Government

f Real Estate & Construction

f Health Care

f Trucking & Logistics

f Hospitality & Retail To learn more about our full line of solutions and how we can help, visit us online at schencksc.com or call 920-731-8111.

200 E. Washington Street | Appleton | 800-236-2246 | schencksc.com


Connecting to Community

through Board Volunteer Service Joseph Quinnell and Kristin Cates In the nonprofit world, a board of directors is like an elite squad in a Hollywood heist film. The team usually includes someone in a van franticly tapping away at a laptop who needs just one…more…minute. There is a member who is able to talk his or her way past guards into some swanky charity ball. There’s another member who is not afraid to get dirty, crawling through a sewer to get to the perfect spot. And, of course, the leader who provides the vision for the rest of the group. Also, someone who knows karate. The formation of a diverse team is paramount to a NPO’s successful evolution. A broad cast of characters is required including both women and men, from experienced professionals with connections, to those fresh-faced millennials we keep hearing about who communicate through Snapgram and Instachat. When most people think of volunteering, service on a board isn’t usually at the top of that list, but perhaps it should be. Behind every outstanding NPO is a dedicated team of professionals who give their time, money, ideas and hearts to mold their community into a better place. Companies throughout the Fox Cities are setting an example for their employees by making community service a priority in addition to their regular workload. (Wisconsin is number three in the nation in


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

volunteering for a reason!) Many local corporations have requested a database to help their employees find the right role on a board of directors or committee at a nonprofit in our community. If after considering the assets you offer, mixed with the cause you care about, lands you in search of a seat on a board or committee, you are in luck. Board Connect is the Volunteer Center’s new search-friendly database where you can meet your match. Put your carefully-honed information technology, accounting, human resources, management, marketing or other skills to work. And karate. Begin your search today by visiting: vcboardconnect/volunteercenter.net Board Connect is brought to you by the Volunteer Center in partnership with Thrivent Financial, Kimberly-Clark and the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative. Joseph Quinnell is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director at the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin. Kristin Cates is a superhero’s secret identity name and is the Volunteer Center’s Director of Marketing and Special Events. Questions? Please email: info@ thevolunteercenter.net


• ARTS AND CRAFTS • FAMILY FUN AREA • FOOD FARE For complete details, visit octoberfestonline.org Download the Octoberfest app at

License to Cruise • Friday, September 29, 2017 2017

College Avenue, Appleton 6:00 – 9:30 pm • Enjoy the Doo-Wop Daddies

in Houdini Plaza • Street corner performers

throughout College Avenue

Talent Upload 2017 Fox Cities Tour As recent studies state, “Millennials” are more likely to choose a job by “place” than previous generations. Talent Upload is an allexpense-paid familiarization tour for university students to explore career options and life as a young professional in the Fox Cities Region, targeted to fill entry-level positions in IT, computer science, supply chain management, finance, logistics and engineering. This event showcases how the fantastic employers in our region have come together in the spirit of cooperation to bring this in-demand talent into the region. We also receive tremendous support from the public sector, with the City of Appleton stepping up as the premier sponsor for this fall’s event. Over two days and nights (October 12-14), we will introduce approximately 200 students from around the Midwest to the Fox Cities Region—both our employers and our community. Students are picked up from college campuses and courted by potential employers during receptions, a career fair, on-site facility tours, and an interactive community tour in the form of an app based scavenger hunt. The event is free of cost for the students, with all transportation, lodging and food provided. Talent Upload is designed to assist Fox Cities Primary Employers fill over 750 high-tech, entry-level positions currently open—some of which have been vacant for years. By exposing soon-to-be graduates to opportunities and amenities available in the Fox Cities through a familiarization tour, we give the students a glimpse into their life as a young professional in the Fox Cities Region. The success of Talent Upload has been overwhelming, with approximately 63% of participants being placed as either a full time hire, or an intern with participating companies. If you would like more information on how Talent Upload could benefit your company, please contact Beth@FoxCitiesRegion.com or visit foxcitiesregion.com/talent-upload.

“63% of participants being placed as either a full time hire, or an intern with participating companies” “TAKEOFF” Reception

20 24

Fox FoxCities CitiesBusiness BusinessSummer Spring 2017 2017

2017 Agenda Thursday, October 12 “TAKEOFF” RECEPTION 6:30-8:30pm ATW Platinum Flight Center Welcome students to the Fox Cities in a private airplane hangar complete with jets! Friday, October 13 EMPLOYER TOURS 8:00am-5:00pm Each student gets four, 1.5 hour tours EMPLOYER EXPO & RECEPTION 6:30-8:30pm Location TBD Career fair meets professional networking. Saturday, October 14 YP TECH PANEL 8:30-10:00am Location TBD Tech focused individuals will share their perspective on life as a young(ish) professional in the Fox Cities. TALENT RACE 10:00am-2:00pm Start/End Point: Locations TBD Team race highlighting the Fox Cities points of interest—includes lunch and prize ceremony.

“TAKEOFF” Reception

Talent Race

Employer Expo

Employer Expo

Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


5. 1.

ephan photo is 194 dpi - dots are 102 dpi (I didn’t flag this

und) 6 dpi photo is 211 dpi



e numbers on 11 and 13 - they’re two 7.





Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


1. The second installment of Bazaar After Dark, a program of the Pulse Young Professionals Network, was held in downtown Kaukauna in April. More than 5,500 people turned a coldshoulder to the weather and enjoyed music, food, friends and celebrated community. 2. The Leadership Fox Cities Class prepared for Wellness Day which was held at Fox Valley Technical College in March. The class experienced a dementia simulation.


3. In May, the Fox Cities Chamber hosted its annual Business Awards. The Business Awards recognize businesses and organizations in the Fox Cities that help make it a vibrant, innovative and dynamic community. This year we honored 9 recipients who are making a difference in the communities in which we live and work. 4. A reception to welcome our new CEO/President, Bob Mundt, was held in May at Waverly Beach in Menasha. Community Leaders, Staff and Board Members had the opportunity to welcome Bob to the Fox Cities. 5. Child Care Resource & Referral hosted a ribbon cutting and 30th anniversary celebration in March. CCR&R is a community based non-profit agency offering services to parents, child care providers, employers and the community that improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood education and care. 6. In March, Coldwell Banker the Real Estate Group held a ground breaking & ribbon cutting to announce their newest addition on John Street and their remodel on Lynndale Street, Appleton.


7. Urban Evolutions hosted our Business Connection in February where attendees were able to catch up and meet fellow professionals. 8. March’s Business Connection was held at Headliners Bar & Grill in Neenah. Business Connections are informal after-hours events where attendees can have a chance to meet fellow professionals. 9. Adam Van Zeeland, Threat Assessment Officer with the City of Appleton Police Department, shared an overview of the Run-Hide-Fight strategies, and other steps businesses can take to prepare for the unexpected during the Your Voice Active Shooter Lunch ‘n Learn in April sponsored by Fox Communities Credit Union.


10. Werner Electric Supply Co. was the host of our March Business Breakfast Bytes. It featured a panel of experts from UltraCom Wireless, GDC and the Appleton Area School District. The panel provided education regarding cyber threats, specifically how to best secure mobile and portable devices. 11. Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center was host to our April Business Connection. It was a great turnout while helping professionals connect with each other. 12. The Chamber welcomed Quill Creative with a ribbon cutting and grand opening in March. Quill Creative is a creative agency located in downtown Oshkosh that specializes in brand development and advertising. 13. In April, the Fox Cities Chamber welcomed Appleton native Lt. David Carter from the U.S. Navy to talk about Navy Week activities in July as part of EAA Air Venture.


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


YOURVOICE Advocating for pro-business policy in the Fox Cities

United Against Cancer An Update from American Cancer Society By Laurie Bertrand

For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has envisioned a world free from the pain and suffering caused by cancer. We work tirelessly with our two million volunteers to achieve that goal every day by fighting for every life, threatened by every cancer, in every community. While it’s true that most people know us for our cancer research, we do so much more – we attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you stop cancer before it starts. We fight for lifesaving policy changes in Washington, D.C., and in statehouses nationwide. We provide information, resources, and support when you or a loved one is coping with a cancer diagnosis. And we invest millions in research to find cancer’s causes and cures. These comprehensive cancer-fighting efforts have contributed to tremendous progress – a 25% decline in U.S. cancer mortality rates since the early 1990s and more than 2.1 million lives saved. But progress is never guaranteed. Nearly 33,000 Wisconsinites will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year, and thousands more are cancer survivors. That’s one reason the American Cancer Society rallies communities around the world to join us. Our communitybased fundraising events like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Real Men Wear Pink, Relay For Life, and Sole Burner raise awareness and the funds needed to fuel our mission. It’s the dollars raised through these events that enable us to help patients get answers to challenging medical and insurance questions, provide access to care through transportation and lodging programs, connect patients to clinical trials, and be the top private funder of cancer research.


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

In fact, we’re here for anyone facing cancer with the resources and support they might need – when they need it. Last year in Wisconsin, the American Cancer Society: • Fulfilled more than 4,800 requests from people looking for information, help, and support via phone, email, and online chats. • Provided more than 4,500 rides to and from treatment through the Road To Recovery™ program. • Helped more than 770 people manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment through the Look Good Feel Better™ program. • Provided more than 11,600 nights of free or reduced cost lodging through our 2hotel partners and Hope Lodge programs. • Invested more than $14 million in cancer research grants. Join us and become part of a network of people committed to ending cancer once and for all. There are many ways you and your employees can help in the fight against cancer, including joining an event planning committee, forming an event team, sponsoring an event, or making an in-kind donation. We invite you to give in a way that’s convenient for you. The progress we’re making is real – more people in the U.S. are surviving cancer than dying from it – but our sights are set on an ambitious goal. We need your help to achieve it. For more information or to join us, visit cancer.org or call the American Cancer Society, anytime, at 1-800-227-2345. Laurie Bertrand is Senior Director, Community Events Midwest Division, American Cancer Society, Inc.

Hard of Listening?

By: Wendy Riemann

It has been said that a person has two ears and one mouth, and should use them in proportion. True in relationships. True in meetings. Conveying that we are actively listening is often more important than what we are saying. Research suggests that somewhere between 65-90 percent of meaning comes from nonverbal messages we use to communicate in face-to-face interactions, such as body language. This means that we are always communicating. Additionally, research also suggests that nonverbal messages are believed more than verbal messages. But how do we better communicate if we are not talking? To start, a firm handshake with solid eye contact and a smile makes an important impression. A good appearance is also critical. Sit close, but not too close, and sit up straight – show an interest in being there. Demonstrate engagement by making eye contact and keeping the phone hidden. Eliminate distracting habits, such as clicking a pen. And LISTEN. Most people are not hard of hearing, but hard of listening. Listening requires being humble enough to focus 100 percent on someone else… Letting go of preconceived ideas and putting oneself in the speaker’s shoes to best understand that perspective. Listening entails complete concentration -- comprehending the words -- and noticing all the non-verbal cues. Without listening, it can be difficult to offer a meaningful response or ask thoughtful follow-up questions. Besides, if people think they can multi-task and hear with only one ear because they are that good, or too busy, or know everything, why the meeting? Instead of more meetings, perhaps we should be holding more meaningful meetings.

“Research suggests that somewhere between 6590 percent of meaning comes from nonverbal messages...” Furthermore, we must listen for what is being said (verbally and nonverbally), not what a person seeks to hear. “I’m so glad you brought this to my attention.” Or, “This is really helpful information.” Neither of these statements convey support, a yes, or agreement to a cause. If we are not completely listening, it is easy to misinterpret words. Listening also helps us better develop a relationship and a response. If a boss says, “This is the first I have heard of it,” that may indicate more background information is needed. All sorts of clues are provided in a meeting best directing next steps if we actively pay attention to all communication. Remember, our mouths get us in trouble far more than our ears. Riemann is president of 1492 Communications, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Email her at Wendy@1492communications.com.

Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


MEMBERSpotlight Spotlight MEMBER

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

AT&T AT&T provides entertainment and complete communication needs to individuals and businesses. Some of the products and services provided are wireless and home phones, TV, Internet, tablets, live streaming, unlimited data, and prepaid plans. We offer solutions that help businesses in every industry serve their customers better. Also, AT&T’s global IP network connects businesses on six continents representing 99% of the world’s economy. Our locations are ready to earn your business. For more information, visit www.att.com

Camera Case Wireless Camera Case Wireless, an Authorized Agent for US Cellular, offers a wide variety of cell phones, accessories, tablets, home phones, hotspots, routers and even vehicle monitoring devices. Camera Case Wireless recently opened Fixin’ Phones within some of our locations which now allows us provide repairs to phones & tablets as well. In addition, we are a DISH Network and DirecTV retailer; truly offering the whole home solution for our patrons. We offer plans for single, family, and business clients, whether they are post-paid accounts or low cost prepaid accounts. Young or old, family or business, we can get you connected! Camera Case Wireless is celebrating its 40th year in business this June. We pride ourselves on our excellent and personalized customer service, while always offering the hottest new wireless products. We hope to continue our tradition of offering superb service for years to come! For more information, visit www.cameracase.com

NOVO Health NOVO Health exists to provide money saving medical options to self-insured businesses facing untenable healthcare cost increases. By uniting independent, single specialty practitioners, NOVO has designed a model that delivers high quality medical services that are both affordable and accessible. NOVO Health targets any regional self-insured employer. By directly contracting with small, medium, and large businesses and organizations, NOVO takes out the middleman and provides medical services ranging from onsite physical therapy solutions to Workers’ Compensation and total joint replacement surgery. NOVO Health continues to add breadth to their specialty care services. In 2016, eight physician-led specialty practices joined founding member Orthopedic & Sports Institute at NOVO. In 2017, NOVO Health will open its first NOVO branded clinic, providing integrated services to the Green Bay market. For more information, visit www.novohealth.com

Richmond Street Automotive Richmond Street Automotive specializes in full automotive repair including scheduled maintenance, suspension, drivetrain, brakes, tires, computer diagnostics, exhaust, engines, transmissions, and more. Our company serves local customers up to a 10 mile radius who own foreign or domestic vehicles. Brent Vanden Heuvel owned and operated Vans Hi-Way Auto for 15 years prior to purchasing the newly renovated Richmond Street Automotive, and we officially opened on June 1st, 2016. At Richmond Street Automotive, we only hire trained technicians who are ASE certified. For more information, visit www.richmondstreetautomotive.com


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

MEMBERSpotlight Dynamic Alliance Dynamic Alliance opened our doors to self -employment in October of 1991.Our business of choice was commercial and residential roofing contracting. There was little startup money; virtually no equipment and a worn out 1973 work truck. We decided to look beyond the obstacles - to a brighter future for our new roofing business. Now, 25 years later, business is thriving and our vision of operating a successful roofing company has come to fruition. Dynamic Alliance, LLC, owned and operated by Ruth and Thad Brown, is one of the few women owned roofing businesses in WI. We operate from our two locations, Appleton and Wisconsin Rapids. Our employees ensure quality workmanship by following each manufacturer’s guidelines for application in addition to codes subjected by the State and County. Regular inspections are completed by trained foremen to guarantee quality control. In fact, we are one of only 23 percent of all roofing contractors nationwide who qualify to be Duro-Last Master Contractors, recognized for outstanding workmanship. OSHA guidelines are also strictly followed to warrant safe roofing practices. If traditional values, honored commitments and commitment to deadlines are important to you, we’d love to be your Roofing contractor! For more information, visit www.dynamicallianceroofing.com

J. J. Keller & Associates J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is the nation’s leading provider of regulatory, safety and compliance solutions. Organizations of all sizes rely on our expert insights to help create safe work environments and simplify the complexities of regulatory compliance. Our company serves more than 600,000 customers, including more than 90% of the Fortune 1000® companies in a variety of markets including transportation, human resources and industrial safety. Rely on J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. to provide you with the products and services you need to help keep your company stay safe and compliant, especially with new regulatory changes in areas such as Walking Working Surfaces, Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, and Labor Law Poster requirements. J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is proud to be recognized as a Great Place to Work®. For more information, visit www.jjkeller.com

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley delivers the first two years of high-quality university studies, the foundation to a bachelor’s degree, and specialized professional and occupational degrees. UWFox awards the Associate of Arts and Science degree and excels at helping college students successfully progress toward their bachelor’s degree in one of more than 200 available majors. UWFox serves students of all ages from the Northeast Wisconsin region. Approximately 25 percent of students are of age 22 or older. The campus is also home to the Barlow Planetarium and the Weis Earth Science Museum. The UWFox Communication Arts Center (CAC) is a performing and visual arts center serving as an academic resource and hosting many community and statewide events including art exhibits, receptions, theatrical productions, musical performances, business meetings, fundraisers and public events. Area students can also complete a bachelor’s degree at UWFox in select areas of study including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, human services leadership, communications, American studies, organization administration, and management. These collaborative degree programs are offered at UWFox in partnership with UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point or UW-Stout. For more information, visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu Fox Cities Business Summer 2017


MEMBERSpotlight Spotlight MEMBER

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

Element Is it the moose head hanging in our office? The Wisconsin-brewed beer on tap? The epic ping pong matches with clients? Well, yeah, those things are pretty cool, but what really makes Element special is what we do to help our clients stand out in a crowd. Established in 2003, Element is a full-service advertising and web development agency serving more than 80 clients of various industries and sizes throughout Wisconsin and beyond. Our mission is to produce great work that strengthens our clients’ bottom lines through marketing and sales. Element has the expertise in developing business-to-business strategic marketing plans that are relevant, trackable, and produce results. We provide a unique blend of in-house capabilities that combine traditional marketing strategy, branding, sales process management, public relations, content marketing, and digital strategies. Translation? All the Elements that a business needs to click. Plus, we pride ourselves on a down-to-earth culture, honest communication with our clients, and our ability to get real and have fun. Element is located at 2081 Profit Place in De Pere, Wisconsin, with an additional office at 126 ½ W. Wisconsin Avenue in Neenah. Check out our website: goelement.com

Marshfield Clinic Wellness Services Marshfield Clinic Wellness Services provides custom wellness solutions for companies interested in improving the health of their employees. With an emphasis on personal touch, we tailor workplace wellness programs to meet your company’s unique needs. Our services include an interactive health assessment, convenient biometric screenings, health advocacy and more. Our Clinic Wellness Services also offers: • Lowest price guarantee • Onsite screenings nationwide • Non-fasting screenings with more accurate blood sugar testing (2-3 month average vs. the standard 24 hr. snapshot) • Online scheduling, evidence-based health assessments and programs • Challenges and interventions • Dedicated partnership with your team to meet the specidif needs of your population • Assurance that all company wellness resources are promoted and utilized as appropriate • HelpLine services staffed by an RN and MD that provide your employees with experienced health advocacy, benefits and claims assistance services For more information, visit: www.marshfieldclinic.org/services/worksite-wellness

Grifols Biomat USA At Grifols Biomat USA, our plasma is used to create life-saving medicine for patients worldwide with rare, chronic and potentially fatal diseases. Patients and their families count on plasma donations to stay alive and live long, healthy lives. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and must be between the age of 18-69. Donors must also have a valid government issued ID and proof of their Social Security Number. Giving has its rewards, and we compensate our donors for the time committed to being a Biomat USA donor. New donors can earn over $400 the first month, and return donors can earn over $250 a month. Donating plasma is one of the easiest and most impactful things you can do to help save a life. For more information, visit www.grifolsplasma.com


Fox Cities Business Summer 2017

2017 - 2018 Wage & Benefit Survey • • • • •

Receive accurate and up-to-date wage and benefit data collected locally on an annual basis Attract and retain quality employees Compare their wage and fringe benefit information against the entire Northeast Wisconsin area Receive a dynamic online reporting tool for Have access to wage and benefit results in PDF format


You need one to win. Let’s build it together.

Successful Journeys Need a Guide™ 920.427.5077 www.guidentbusiness.com


fox cities chamber




POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Fox Cities Chamber Business C/o Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. 125 N. Superior Street Appleton, WI 54911


Your Place on the Water

Can Y You See the Possi Possibilities... Signs

JP Graphics Inc. 3001 East Venture Drive Appleton, WI 54911 Phone 920-733-4483 www.jpinc.com


Profile for Fox Cities Chamber

Summer 2017 | Volume 18 | Issue 2  

Summer 2017 | Volume 18 | Issue 2