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Energizing & Empowering Enterprise

Winter 2018 I Volume 19 I Issue 4

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InThis 2 The President’s Perspective

18 Community Spotlight

3 Meet the Chamber Staff

20 PULSE Young Professionals - 2018 Review

4 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors 6 Leadership Fox Cities Forms Alumni Association 7 Upcoming Chamber Events

Hope Clinic & Care Center

8 2018 Pinnacle Awards 14 2018 Octoberfest Review

22 Member Spotlights 24 Welcome New Members 25 Member Milestone Anniversaries 26 Member Services

Celebrating 37 Years Of Giving

28 Talent Collaborative

16 Happenings

30 Fox Cities Regional Partnership 31 & 33 Q&A With The Professionals

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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. CORRECTION: In our last issue, we mistakenly captioned a photo of Cranky Pat’s owner, David Earle as “Steve Earle”. We sincerely apologize for our error.

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The President’s Perspective “We are aware of the community’s desire for increased collaboration of services within our area and those conversations have already begun.”

Dear Chamber Members, Investors, Sponsors, and Partners, In 2019 the Fox Cities Chamber and Fox Cities Regional Partnership’s goal is sharpening our focus on YOU! Our team will be reaching out to you in many ways to learn more about your organizations, your challenges, and how we can be an even better resource for you. Our focus will be on bringing you better tools to help grow your business as well as anticipate and prepare for whatever changes may impact our community in the future. We are aware of the community’s desire for increased collaboration of services within our area and those conversations have already begun. We are exploring a new platform to help connect educators, municipalities and our businesses to collectively work together to grow our workforce, retain our local young talent as well as celebrate outstanding academic achievement. For Chamber members, we are aggressively seeking new and exciting ways to bring world-class products and services at discounted rates as part of your membership package. So, don’t be surprised when you hear from our team in the upcoming months. We want to know more about you! There’s never been a more exciting time to be a member of the Fox Cities Chamber with all of the changes and challenges in our area. We want to continue to be your trusted partner and one of your best investments. Thank you again for all of your ongoing support.

All the best to you, your family and your organization!

Becky Bartoszek President/CEO


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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. 1. Becky Bartoszek President/CEO bbartoszek@foxcitieschamber.com 2. Connie Barlow Receptionist receptionist@foxcitieschamber.com 3. Tonya Boelter Senior Director, Community Engagement tboelter@foxcitieschamber.com 4. Jennifer Brown Director, Existing Industry & Innovation jennifer@foxcitiesregion.com 5. Emily Feagles Director, Marketing & Communications efeagles@foxcitieschamber.com 6. Kristen Greiner Events Manager kgreiner@foxcitieschamber.com 7. Beth Haase Director, Membership bhaase@foxcitieschamber.com 8. Vaya Kiel Manager, Talent Initiatives vkiel@foxcitieschamber.com 9. MiKayla Kunde Manager, Member Programs mkunde@foxcitieschamber.com 10. Nora Langolf Vice President, Finance and Administration nlangolf@foxcitieschamber.com 11. Linda Myers Senior Administrative Assistant lmyers@foxcitieschamber.com 12. Amy Schanke Director, Leadership Fox Cities aschanke@foxcitieschamber.com 13. Pam Schweitzer Receptionist receptionist@foxcitieschamber.com 14. Peter Thillman Vice President, Economic Development & Workforce peter@foxcitiesregion.com LOANED EXECUTIVE 15. Beth Davis On loan from Community First Credit Union bdavis@foxcitieschamber.com
















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2018 - 2019 Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair of the Board Kathi Seifert

Chairman-Elect Chris Matheny

Past Chairman Bruce Zak

Secretary/Treasurer Travis Froze

Katapult, LLC

Fox Valley Technical College

Johnson Financial Group

BMO Harris Bank

Board of Directors

Kimberly Barrett

Jen Bauer

Lisa Cruz

John Dennis

Lawrence University

Miron Construction Co., Inc.

Red Shoes, Inc.

Gardan Inc.

Curt Detjen

DeDe Heid

Jason Henderson

Chris Hess

Community Foundation

Heid Music

Boys & Girls Club

Goodwill NCW

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Jim Johnson Pierce Manufacturing

Dean Kaufert City of Neenah

Arist Mastorides

Rick Parks


Modern Woodmen


of America

Todd Romenesko

Mark Scheffler

Heather Schimmers

Denise Starcher

Calumet County

The Appleton Group, LLC

Ascension St. Elizabeth

Menasha Corporation


Scott Teerlinck

Mark Thompson

John Trottier

Gary Vaughan


AZCO, Inc.

Guident Business Solutions

Abe Weber

Bob Zemple

Appleton International Airport

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Ex-Officio Sharon Hulce

Werner Electric Supply

Employment Resource Group, Inc.

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Fox Cities Chamber Announces Inception of

LEADERSHIP FOX CITIES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce has announced the inception of an official Alumni Association for its long-standing program, Leadership Fox Cities (LFC). Newly formed Leadership Fox Cities Alumni Association’s first social event in December at D2 Sports Pub in Appleton.

Since 1991, Leadership Fox Cities has been driven by the mission of teaching participants to be imaginative and informed leaders in the community while preparing them for leadership roles in their place of business as well as the Fox Cities community. The newly established LFC Alumni Association (LFCAA) will actively support positive change through leadership development by providing resources to individuals and organizations in the Fox Cities. Membership in the LFCAA is open to all alumni of LFC.

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The LFCAA is coordinated by a Board of Directors and committees. Networking opportunities, service events, social events and advanced leadership education will be provided for LFCAA members throughout the year. Past LFC participants can apply to join the official LFCAA by submitting an online application found at foxcitieschamber. com. LFCAA participants are requested to provide an annual donation of $50 per year or a lifetime contribution of $500. (A percentage of this contribution is tax deductible.) As a member of the LFCAA participants will have the opportunity to: • Network with LFC Alumni • Serve in leadership roles on the LFCAA board and committees • Volunteer with LFC alumni projects in the community • Participate in professional leadership education, service projects and social networking events • Connect with current and future LFC projects • Financially support LFC projects and scholarships

President - Matthew Brehmer Attorney at Law, Certified Public Accountant Remley & Sensenbrenner, S.C.

Vice President - Lindsay Fenlon Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region

Secretary - Kelcie Kleuskens Human Resources System Analyst Appvion

Treasurer - Adam Pritzl Certified Public Accountant, Manager Roberts, Ritschke & Tyczkowski, Ltd.


“As LFC Alumni, we all remember the level of excitement and emotion each LFC day ignited inside of us; the LFC Alumni Association hopes to recreate that excitement and emotion for its members through continuing the conversation from our LFC days,” shared LFCAA President Matthew Brehmer of Remley & Sensenbrenner, S.C. “We hope to do this through more leadership development, networking opportunities, educational events and community service, while also supporting each new LFC class annually through scholarships and other support.” Scott Jensen Director of Marketing & Digital Wisconsin Herd


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Aaron Olson Chief of Police City of Neenah Police Dept.

Amy Schanke Director, Leadership Fox Cities Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce

Upcoming Chamber EVENTS


TODAY! Applications for the Leadership Fox Cities Alumni Association are now being accepted online at: http://bit.ly/LFCAA-app. To learn more, please visit the Fox Cities Chamber website at: foxcitieschamber.com or contact Amy Schanke, Director of Leadership Fox Cities at: (920) 734-7101 or by email at: aschanke@foxcitieschamber.com.

For a complete listing of upcoming Fox Cities Chamber events, please visit foxcitieschamber. com. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us to learn more and get involved.

JANUARY 2019 Business Breakfast Bytes (Topic: “Investing in Employees through Professional Development”) Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 – 9:00 AM Menasha Corporation 1645 Bergstrom Road, Neenah Business Connection Tuesday, January 15, 5:00 – 7:00 PM The Grand Meridian 2621 N. Oneida Street, Appleton Report to the Community Thursday, January 17, 7:30 – 9:30 AM The Grand Meridian 2621 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

FEBRUARY 2019 Member Orientation Friday, February 1, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Concordia University Wisconsin 4351 W. College Avenue, Suite 100, Appleton FVTC Seminar: Marketing Made Lean (4-part series, Exclusive discount available for Fox Cities Chamber members.) Thursdays, February 7/14/21/28, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Center 5 N. Systems Drive, Appleton Economic Outlook Lunch Thursday, February 14, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel 333 W. College Avenue, Appleton Business Breakfast Bytes (Topic: How to Effectively Correct Performance, Discipline, Remediate and Separate Employees from Employment) Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 – 9:00 AM Keller Williams 517 N. Westhill Boulevard, Appleton

MARCH 2019 Your Future LIVE! Career Expo Wednesday, March 6, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Fox Cities Exhibition Center 335 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton Your Future LIVE! Career Expo Thursday, March 7, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fox Cities Exhibition Center 335 W. Lawrence Street, Appleton Business Connection Tuesday, March 12, 5:00 – 7:00 PM Miron Construction Co., Inc. 1471 McMahon Drive, Neenah Business Breakfast Bytes (Topic: “TBD”) Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 – 9:00 AM Valley VNA Senior Care 1535 Lyon Drive, Neenah

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2018 Pinnacle Awards The Fox Cities Chamber is proud to recognize these individuals for their many contributions to the community. They have dedicated themselves as professionals and volunteers to the wellbeing of the Fox Cities.


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The Pinnacle Awards program recognizes individuals who embrace principled leadership, strategic thinking, balanced workplace values and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence. The selected award recipients have a unique blend of vision, energy, perseverance and skill and have demonstrated outstanding achievements in operating businesses as well as leadership in the community. Congratulations to this year’s deserving award recipients!

BUSINESS LEADER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE The Business Leader Hall of Fame is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated personal and business success, business leaders who have gained recognition and honor for outstanding achievement in their industry, who have been dedicated to the economic vitality in our community, and are role models for future generations.

Walter Keller - Founder (retired), Keller, Inc. Walter Keller is a current board member of Keller, Inc., and one of the original founders of Keller Structures, Inc., located in Kaukauna, WI. Keller, Inc. was created in 1960 and, under Walter’s presidential leadership, grew from a single agricultural buildingerection crew, into a full-service construction company with concrete, truss, and farmstead divisions. In 1986, Walter sold Keller to his employees, eventually retiring in 1989. Throughout the years after Walter retired, Keller has continued to thrive in the commercial and agricultural building markets, grown to more than 260 employeeowners and added offices in Milwaukee, Wausau, and Madison. Walter continues to monitor the company’s growth as an active member of their board of directors. Walter is extremely blessed to have a loving wife, son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. While Walter has changed the lives of many people in the Fox Valley, he has always extended his heart of gold to his family, friends and to the community. He started Outer Limits Youth Center in Forest Junction, is a member of the Endowment Trust board at the New Hope Center in Chilton, and is the current owner of Camp Forest in Forest Junction. Walter also enjoys hosting guests to view one of the largest John Deere tractor collections in the world, with 620 tractors on his property in Forest Junction. His collection includes many first-generation tractors, models that only had a single model ever made, and one-of-a-kind treasures that people travel from around the world to see.

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ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD Awarded to an individual who, through his/her own risk and initiative, has established a thriving and successful business.

Kimberly Stoeger - Owner/Clinical Nutritionist, Nutritional Healing, LLC Kimberly Stoeger is the owner of Nutritional Healing, which she started in 2010. She is a Clinical Nutritionist with her undergraduate degree in Business Management, Professional of Human Resource certification and background, and Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Disease Management. Kim developed her company for the betterment of health care. She knew that fad diet companies were draining people’s wallets and making them more ill, and the hospital care model was not equipped time-wise for the personalized health programs we need for chronic conditions. Kimberly has experience working with clients having weight issues, food sensitivities, sports nutrition, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, digestive distress and autoimmune disorders. Kim has since grown her company to 10 employees and two locations: Appleton and Green Bay. Nutritional Healing compliments our health care system through science-based nutrition, bloodwork, and personalized nutrition/menu direction unique to each client. The dream behind her passion has always been to change people’s lives from the inside out and get to the root cause of disease. Outside of Kim’s growth in employees and clients, she has earned the following professional accomplishments within our community: • 2014 Fox Cities Chamber/Pulse Young Professionals Network: Future 15 Young Professional Award • 2014 - 2018 Best of the Valley Winner – Best Nutrition Center • 2015 Fox Cities Chamber: Rising Star Award • 2017 Heart of the Valley Chamber: Emerging Leader of the Year Award • 2018 Women in Management: Woman Businesses Leader of the Year • 2018 Fox Cities Chamber: Exemplary Marketing Performance Award

JOYCE BYTOF EXCEPTIONAL MENTOR AWARD Awarded to an individual who is proactive in the advancement of others by sharing time, talent and business experience for the purposes of promoting growth and opportunity in the Fox Cities community.

Joanne Fischer - President, Telecom Insites, LLC Joanne came to the Fox Valley in the 1960s raising four children over the years. She worked as the first marketing director for the Nicolet Clinic Healthcare (HMO), now known as Network Health. She began her career in the telecommunications industry in 1984 with Schneider Communications, moving on to successful years at AT&T before founding Telecom Insites in 1999. She was a founding member of the Appleton chapter of Women in Management, past President of Appleton’s Breakfast Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and President of Sales and Marketing Execs. Joanne taught Sunday School for 16 years, was Team Leader for three years with Lutheran Girl Pioneers, served as a board member of the Junior Women’s Club and chaired the first city-wide paper recycling program. Joanne organized community volunteers to acquire and develop Summit Park on Appleton’s north side. The list of her community involvement is extensive, and includes past President of the Children’s Hospital Regional Board. She served seven years on the Goodwill Industries Board and co-chaired their capital campaign “I had no idea”, among others. Joanne also served three years on the UW Fox Valley Foundation Board. Her involvement with the chamber includes being an Ambassador since 1984; chairing the Ambassador Club, Small Business Committee, Golf Committees and was a Fox Cities Chamber Board member. She received the ATHENA® Leadership Award, as an outstanding business woman, in 1992 and was Ambassador of the Year in 2012. Joanne has always loved being part of the Fox Cities business, social and cultural communities; you can see she has found ample opportunities to support the chamber and our community.


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ATHENA® LEADERSHIP AWARD Awarded to a woman who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence. This individual contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the Fox Cities community, and actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

Patti Habeck - President, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin “If it isn’t illegal, immoral, unethical, expensive--doesn’t hurt the children and doesn’t use the good kitchen towels, then try it.” This was the guidance offered as Patti began her very first job in the nonprofit sector. With permission to be creative and take risks (yet frugal), she began her nonprofit career as the Director of Education at the Fox Cities Children’s Museum (now known as the Building for Kids). In this role, she assisted in leading the Museum through financial and program renovation, a capital campaign and a massive rebranding—and in doing so, fell in love with the nonprofit sector. Patti particularly enjoys tackling the challenging issues facing nonprofit organizations. She left the Children’s Museum to accept a role at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. At the Foundation, Patti found her niche in identifying and funding the exact intersection of philanthropy and community need—a unique spot that leaves funders inspired by their giving, and nonprofits stronger from the connection. Several years later, she was presented with a new nonprofit challenge—fundraising and overseeing the building of the Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Food Bank in Little Chute. Eventually, Patti accepted the role of President, and now leads the largest hunger relief organization in the state. Patti has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Master of Science in Education degree in counseling with an emphasis in higher education and community development. She has formerly worked as a college residence director and an Anatomy and Physiology instructor. Patti resides in Appleton with her husband of 25 years, Kevin. They have three children—Abby, a marketing professional now living in Pewaukee; Emily, a senior at UW Madison majoring in Operations Management/Supply Chain; and Jack, a senior at Appleton East High School. Patti enjoys traveling, sports, and relaxing with a great glass of wine.

CHAMPION OF THE CHAMBER AWARD Awarded to an individual who, through his/her on-going volunteer efforts within the Fox Cities Chamber, helps strengthen the local economy through innovative leadership, workforce development, and community and business development. This individual influences both members and non-members to become more involved in the Chamber.

Scott Jensen - Director of Marketing & Digital, Wisconsin Herd Since moving to Oshkosh in 2011, Scott has found himself most comfortable in the Chamber of Commerce setting. He started attending chamber events at the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce while working for UW-Oshkosh athletics before his employment began with the Boys & Girls Club in Berlin, WI. There he continued building relationships and creating greater visibility for the Club through chamber volunteerism. He arrived in Appleton in the summer of 2015 and immediately reached out to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce to find out about his company’s membership status. As a member, he quickly signed up to become an Ambassador and began meeting with businesses to walk them through their chamber benefits. He leveraged resources through the chamber to increase the visibility of Appleton Ice, Inc. by hosting social events and utilizing its marketing benefits. He currently serves on the membership council. He became a board member of the Fox West Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and served as its secretary for two years. He’s received the Exemplary Marketing Award for small business from the Fox Cities Chamber in 2017 and the Community Service Award from the Fox West Chamber of Commerce in 2017 on behalf of Appleton Ice, Inc. In the spring of 2018 he graduated from Leadership Fox Cities, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber, and his small group led a capital campaign for the Ascend Initiative in Neenah by raising $100,000 to build a kitchen. Most recently he joined the Leadership Fox Cities steering committee and is a board member on the Leadership Fox Cities Alumni Association.

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GUS A. ZUEHLKE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD This award is named in honor of Gus A. Zuehlke, a past Chairman of the Board of the Fox Cities Chamber. In the spirit of Gus’ passion for serving his community, this award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions through leadership in business and service during his/her years as a Chamber member. This business leader has been a job creator through business endeavors, and has made significant contributions as a driver of economic growth in the Fox Cities. The recipient of this award has a $5,000 grant donated in his/her name to the charitable organization of their choice.

Catherine Tierney President/Chief Executive Officer, Community First Credit Union Cathie joined Community First Credit Union in 1976 as a teller/receptionist. Over the years, Cathie learned the business and worked in many areas, spending the majority of her career as Vice-President of Marketing and branch operations. In 1991, she received the Certified Credit Union Executive Designation and in 1993 graduated from the first CU Executive Leadership Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Cathie was promoted to executive vice president in 1993 and in January of ‘94, was named President/ CEO of Community First. During her 24 years at the helm, the credit union has grown exponentially in team members, member-owners, assets and branch locations. For the past ten consecutive years, Community First has been named one of the top 10 credit unions in the U.S. for financial performance. Cathie holds several significant state and national service roles and is also very active locally. She serves on the boards of: SECURA Insurance, Habitat for Humanity Fox Cities, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Fox Cities Building for the Arts, Riverview Gardens, The Fox Cities Environmental Learning Campus at the Bubolz Nature Preserve and New North. She also serves on the United Way Community Leadership Committee. Cathie served on the Governor’s Council for Financial Literacy under WI Governor Jim Doyle, and is a passionate supporter of life-long learning and an advocate for making financial education available to everyone. She received the Governor’s Financial Literacy Award from Gov. Scott Walker in 2016 in the category of Legacy. Cathie has been honored with several other awards including the CU Hero of the Year (CUNA), ATHENA® Leadership Award, Credit Union Professional of the Year (WCUL), Woman Manager of the Year, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award, Walter Rugland Community Service Award and the 2016 Post Crescent Media CEO of the Year. She was also inducted into the Fox Cities Chamber Hall of Fame in 2015 and on November 5 was inducted into the Credit Union Executive Society Hall of Fame.

YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD The Fox Cities has thousands of young professionals who excel within their places of employment and in the community. This professional excels in his/her respective field and positively influences the quality of life in the Fox Cities. This individual has a hand in attracting and retaining young talent to the area. This Future 15 recipient was chosen based on dedication, a strong sense of vision for the Fox Cities and an understanding of the importance of giving back.

Brad Cebulski - President, BConnected, LLC Brad graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 2011 with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. Since graduating, Brad has channeled his passion for small businesses by founding BConnected, LLC, to help small businesses navigate the complex social media landscape. In the last seven and a half years, BConnected has grown to 19 employees and expanded into the Milwaukee market. Brad sits on the Board of Directors for the History Museum at the Castle, and has been a long-time member of the Pulse Young Professionals Leadership Board. Beyond his work with BConnected, he has been a co-founder of Fox Cities Restaurant Week, a co-founder of Blank Slate Collective a creative studio in Downtown Appleton, and a co-founder of The Alley Project, a fundraiser for The History Museum. When not working, he enjoys time with his dog, exploring his passion for music, cooking, and spending time with his family.


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Thank You To This Year’s Generous Event Sponsors! PRESENTING SPONSOR








ANONYMOUS DONOR SUPPORTING SPONSORS Community First Credit Union • Fox Valley Technical College • Keller, Inc. • Nicolet National Bank • SECURA Insurance

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Celebrating 37 Years Of Giving In 2018


Octoberfest was the result of a 1981 brainstorming session of the Appleton Downtown Retail Association, (the predecessor of Appleton Downtown Inc.) and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. They were searching for a way to promote their businesses, to improve their community image and to showcase Downtown Appleton and the businesses located there. Octoberfest is volunteer driven. About fifteen people serve on the executive committee, to almost 800 volunteers who tend bar, work in headquarters, sell beer tickets and work as block captains, to the 2,000 plus people who work in the food booths, each person feels a personal ownership of Octoberfest. Octoberfest is “community driven”. Each nonprofit booth that sells food at Octoberfest uses their profits to support their community project. Some of them view Octoberfest as their major fundraiser for the year. We estimate that more than 2.5 million dollars have been reinvested in the community as a result of Octoberfest over the years. Octoberfest is truly a “Fox Cities Institution” and serves as a role model for other regional festivals.

2018 Results Nearly 66% of the nonprofit food vendors made $1,000 or more this year, and Octoberfest has become a steady source of revenue for them as 80% have been vendors in the past. In addition, proceeds from Octoberfest are used for the competitive grant program that provides funding to nonprofits year round. Grants are awarded via an application process in three cycles: December 15, March 15 and June 15. The application and instructions are available at octoberfestonline.org.


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2018 Grant Recipients Appleton Downtown, Inc Appleton Parade Committee Central High School City of Appleton Family Services of NE Wisconsin Fox Cities Book Festival Fox Cities Building for the Arts Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Friends of the Appleton Fire Department Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Inc. Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Hope Clinic and Care Center, Inc Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities LEAVEN, Inc newVoices Prevent Suicide Fox Cities St. Joseph Food Program The Building for Kids Childrens Museum WisconSibs, Inc

2018 Sponsors - THANK YOU! Title Sponsor - Budweiser Presenting Sponsor - Tundraland Home Improvements Premier Sponsors Chase J.P. Morgan and Appleton Harley-Davidson Executive Sponsor - McCain Foods Family Fun Area Sponsor - Wisconsin Herd In Partnership With Valley Transit, Element, Van’s Waste, The History Museum at the Castle, BConnected, LLC, Appleton Downtown, Inc. Media Partners 103.9 WVBO, 105.7 WAPL, KZ 104.3, Razor 94.7/104.7, 95.9 Kiss FM, WHBY, NBC26

License to Cruise Sponsors Corporate Sponsors Tundraland Home Improvements and Pick ‘n Save In Partnership With Valley Transit, Element, Van’s Waste, Lamers Bus Lines Media Partners - 103.9 WVBO, WNAM

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2018 Octoberfest Executive Committee Eric Stadler Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Homes Brian Kuklinski Green Bay Booyah Baseball Darrell DeRidder AT&T Kristen Greiner Fox Cities Chamber Joy Sams Thrivent Financial Char Van Vreede GLK Foods, LLC Mark Lewis Salzwedel Thundera Multimedia Paul Shrode FVTC/Waupaca Regional Center Dan Hoeck Sola Salon Studios Tara Brzozowski Element Nikki Voelzke The Quotient Group Jeff McMullen The McMullen Group

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1. Our Business Breakfast Bytes monthly educational session focused on available funding opportunities and how to access them in November. The session’s panel of experts, representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region, J.J. Keller Foundation, Lawrence University, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, provided education to attendees on grants and other funding options such as fundraising, donors, planned giving and annual funds.


2. Once again, Thrivent Financial generously hosted our September Business Connection with quite the event. After a brief welcome from Chief Administration Officer, Terry Timm, guests were able to enjoy international cuisine by sampling foods from around the world. 3. Luv2Play, a family entertainment center featuring an indoor play structure and arcade games, recently welcomed the Fox Cities Chamber for its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Their facility offers party rooms, a cafĂŠ and plenty of indoor play space for the family. 4. Apotheke Wellness celebrated their new location with a ribbon cutting and open house in November. They are a health and wellness boutique offering patients supplements, natural skin care, CBD oil products, essential oils and more. Visit their location in East Appleton. 5. The Fox Cities Chamber and Fox Cities Regional Partnership hosted a breakfast event with key partners to highlight the recent results from the Fox Cities Benefit Survey. Attendees heard from a keynote speaker about the benefits of and ways to improve family-friendly policies in the workplace.


6. We recently hosted our December Business Connection and holiday party at Gibson Music Hall where members could network with one another and enjoy time together during the holiday season. 7. Mathnasium of North Appleton invited the Chamber to join them for a ribbon cutting event of their new location this fall. Mathnasium is a math-only learning center that teaches students in a way that makes sense to them, helping kids understand and appreciate math. 8. Little Critter Pediatric Dentistry hosted a ribbon cutting event and open house and the Chamber was honored to attend. They are a pediatric dental practice focusing on patient care. Contact them to request an appointment today.


9. A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony were held recently at Primrose Retirement Communities in Appleton in conjunction with the Heart of the Valley Chamber. Primrose is a place to retire to, not retire from. They serve ages 55 and older with independent and assisted living as well as memory care. 10. Our Leadership Fox Cities class was immersed in all things health and wellness during their program in November. Participants gained a deeper understanding of trends in healthcare along with local resources available to address a variety of healthcare needs.

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“Our mission at the Hope Clinic is to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to medically uninsured and underinsured people of the Fox Valley by providing access to quality medical care for the healing of the body, mind and spirit.

Hope Clinic has provided more than 4,500 patient visits to help those in need. Services that they provide range from primary care visits with labs to specialist visits. For example, a 19-year-old came to the clinic because he was trying to get a job and needed a work physical for clearance to get started. The employer told him they thought he might have a thyroid issue. Hope Clinic doctors ran the blood work and did a full exam. He had a rapid heart rate. The provider then asked him when he felt his heart racing like this, he said that it always felt that way. After the blood work came back showing hyperthyroid, the clinic called him and got him on the appropriate medication. Two weeks later he came back in looking like a young kid, refreshed.


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The Hope Clinic & Care team taking a break at the Clinic. L to R: Teri Werner RN, Mary Hilgenberg, NP and Sandy Giel, RN. It was an amazing transformation. A month later, he came back again with pink cheeks and a healthy weight gain. He was all excited about starting his new job. Feeling healthy can make the world of a difference to one’s outlook and productivity. The Hope Clinic started from a vision by the Senior Pastor of Appleton Alliance Church to help those who could not afford their healthcare and or medications. As they continue to grow and serve the community in 2019 and 2020, they are looking to expand to new services and add additional hours. To learn more about Hope Clinic, you can go to the Hope Clinic’s website at www. hopeclinic.care or call them at (920) 931-1150. They are located at the Goodwill Campus in Menasha at door #3. The clinic is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-5 pm and Thursdays from 1-5 pm.


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Engaging Community

EXPERIENCE MATTERS Fostering an inclusive, engaging and innovative community is essential to talent attraction and retention in our region

PULSE Young Professionals Network focused its efforts in 2018 on providing purposeful events to enhance the economic and creative vitality of the Fox Cities Region by combining local assets, unexpected locations and meaningful interaction to continue shaping the cultural landscape to showcase what makes the Fox Cities a great place to live, work and play.


VISION: To foster a diverse and innovative community that enhances the vitality of the Fox Cities Region, making it an attractive place for young professionals to call home.

MISSION: PULSE Young Professionals Network acts as a catalyst for growth and collaboration in the Fox Cities through opportunities to connect, develop and inspire our community.


Bazaar After Dark Attendees

Little Chute 8,000 Neenah 8,000 Menasha 9,000 20

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PULSE hosted its 8th Annual Fox Cities Future 15 Young Professionals Awards with a sold-out event held at Outer Edge Stage in Appleton in early March. The event highlighted the 15 selected young professionals who excel not only within their respective places of employment but also give back to our community in innumerable ways. The 2018 Young Professional of the Year, Brad Cebulski, was also recognized.

2018 brought three Bazaar After Dark Night Markets to various communities across the Fox Cities. The first being in downtown Little Chute as the culmination of YPWeek 2018 in April. The second was held on Commercial Street in Neenah in July and the final night market event ended the lineup in September in downtown Menasha.

Each year we are proud to celebrate these professionals who positively influence our quality of life in the Fox Cities, playing an integral role in attracting and retaining talent in the area.

SPRING For the fourth consecutive year, PULSE participated in YPWeek, a statewide collaboration through NEWaukee and WEDC, to bring several engaging and creative events to immerse young professionals (and those young at heart) in the Fox Cities community. YPWeek is a weeklong platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin. It brings together key leaders in the community, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in experiences that are important to young professionals while educating employers on the important role these functions play in retaining this workforce.

In partnership with Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block Neighborhood Builds, Bazaar After Dark is dedicated to revitalizing and drawing positive attention to underappreciated business districts in the Fox Cities. More than a unique street event featuring fire breathers, aerial dancers and food trucks, Bazaar After Dark works to foster community collaborations through art, music and cultural experiences under the warm glow of Edison light bulbs.

FALL Recently, PULSE hosted its annual traveling urban art market, The Artery. This event pops up in unexpected vacant spaces throughout the Fox Cities, providing local artists with a platform to sell their work, meet fellow makers and drive the creative economy forward in Northeast Wisconsin.

2018 Fox Cities Future 15 Young Professionals Award Recipients Ryan Batley General Manager, Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel

Martin O’Donnell Band Instructor, Kimberly Area School District

Chris Burns Director of Business Development, BConnected, LLC

Nicholas Reising Director of Development, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Katie Chicquette Adams High School At-risk Educator, Appleton Area School District

Ryan Roth Community Development Manager, Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity

Tara Hawley Business Systems Analyst Consultant, Thrivent Financial

Kayla Rouse Lead Process Engineer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Katie Heim AVP Treasury Management Relationship Manager, Johnson Financial Group

Alex Tyink President/CEO, Fork Farms

Jamin Homan Director of Patient Care Services, Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital

Trenten Woelfel County Treasurer, Outagamie County

Dustin Kraft Customer Replenishment Specialist, Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Jake Woodford Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Lawrence University

Adriana McCleer Community Partnerships Supervisor, Appleton Public Library Fox Cities BUSiNESS I Winter 2018 I PULSE Young Professionals


MEMBER Spotlights Anakh Leadership Coaching specializes in increasing emotional and social intelligence in business leaders, managers and supervisors through customized one-on-one coaching sessions. Many individuals struggle with ineffective interpersonal skills, lack self-confidence, have difficulty making decisions, procrastinate, and/or struggle with emotional self-control. These are all leadership pitfalls that can adversely affect an organization’s success. Throughout the 10-week coaching process, clients obtain a heightened level of selfawareness and learn through proven techniques how to eliminate ineffective behavioral patterns that block their leadership effectiveness. Leadership coaching clients can expect to accomplish in months what might normally take years or even decades to achieve. Invest in the future success of your business by investing in leadership coaching for your key people. For more information, visit www.aleadershipcoach.com

Appleton Retirement Community passionately enriches the lives of seniors by providing independent and assisted living. Seniors 55 ages and older who want to remain active yet enjoy the peace of mind of having a staff available 24/7 for expected, or unexpected, needs may reside at Appleton Retirement Community. Effective October 1st, Appleton Retirement Community has a new management company, Oxford Management, based in Rochester, Minnesota. There is no change in ownership. With a commitment for caring, Oxford Management believes in creating healthy living environments for their senior communities with passion for the well-being of residents and family values. We strive to enrich the lives of seniors and are always ready to welcome new residents home. For more information, visit www.appletonretirement.com

Huntington Bank was founded more than 150 years ago. Since then, they have grown into one of the largest and most respected banks in the country, with $105 billion in assets and a network of branches and ATMs across eight states. Huntington’s purpose is to help make people’s lives better, help businesses thrive, and strengthen the communities they serve. Thanks to their growth, Huntington has been able to continuously invest in communities through the Huntington Charitable Grant Program, financial education and volunteerism. “We believe that developing relationships and investing in local nonprofit organizations builds healthy and vibrant communities,” shared Keith Scott, Sr. Vice President of Huntington in Wisconsin. “Looking out for people means proactively caring for those we serve. We notice when our customers are facing a challenge and we step in to help.” Huntington and its affiliates provide consumer, small business, commercial, treasury management, wealth management, brokerage, trust, and insurance services. Huntington also provides auto dealer, equipment finance, national settlement and capital market services. For more information, visit www.huntington.com/Community/Wisconsin/appleton-wi-locations


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MEMBER Spotlights Lakeland University provides quality education to non-traditional adult students who want to earn their undergraduate degree or move forward in their professional careers by earning a graduate degree. They also offer highly regarded courses for people preparing to take their CPA and CMA exams. Lakeland’s Fox Cities Center in Neenah offers 11 undergraduate and three graduate degrees with unmatched flexibility in student access and personalized academic advising. Attend classes in person or online, join classes live on your laptop/smartphone, from any location with an internet connection, or watch a recording later. Beginning in Fall 2018, they are proud to announce the addition of a Master of Science degree program in Leadership and Organizational Development. Lakeland has also partnered with some of Wisconsin’s biggest food manufacturers to launch the nation’s first bachelor’s degree in food safety and quality. Lakeland is a popular transfer destination for Fox Valley Technical College graduates seeking a four-year degree. No matter what your educational goal is, contact them for a transfer credit evaluation and to learn how their BlendEd® options can help you fit school into your busy life. For more information, visit https://lakeland.edu/Academics/evening-weekend-online

Luv 2 Play is a family entertainment center, specializing in children six months to 12 years old, providing a safe and secure indoor climate-controlled environment to allow children to be active, and meet and play with other children. Their facility features an indoor playground with various sections and activities for children. Parents are encouraged to play with their children at no cost. In the future, they will offer party rooms, a maternity room for nursing mothers, arcade games with redemption prizes and a café with various food selections. Field trips and special programs will also be offered. Visit their new facility at 4938 Integrity Way in Appleton. For more information, visit https://luv2play.com/appleton

Member Spotlights are included in your membership package at the Grow ($700) level or above. Please contact MiKayla Kunde for more information by email mkunde@foxcitieschamber.com or (920) 734-7101. The Fox Cities Chamber is grateful for all of our members. We offer resources and benefits to help your business grow and prosper. Not sure of the benefits at your level of membership? Please contact us!

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WELCOME New Members September - November 2018 920 Wellness Studio 4076 W. Spencer Street Appleton, WI 54914-4015 (920) 944-9202 Health & Wellness

Alignex 100 W. Lawrence Street, Ste 313 Appleton, WI 54911-5754 (414) 944-9318 http://www.alignex.com Computer Software Development & Support

Apotheke Wellness, LLC 3020 E. College Avenue, Ste B Appleton, WI 54915-3279 (920) 378-4508 http://www.ApothekeWellness.net Health & Wellness

Badger Bay Management Company 563 Carter Court, Ste B Kimberly, WI 54136-2201 (920) 560-5610 http://www.badgerbay.co Associations, Clubs & Organizations

BSI - Building Service, Inc 2920 N. Ballard Road, Suite B Appleton, WI 54911-8318 (920) 882-4205 http://www.buildingservice.com Office Furniture

Concrete Cutters 1020 Prospect Lane Kaukauna, WI 54130-1103 (920) 766-1721 http://www.concretecutters.net Construction Services

Dalton Carpet Outlet, Inc. N468 Speel School Road Appleton, WI 54915-9433 (920) 991-1740 http://www.daltoncarpetonline.com Floor Coverings

Dalton Carpet Outlet – West

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

The UPS Store 6753

846 N. Westhill Blvd. Appleton, WI 54914-5788 (920) 380-0123 http://www.daltoncarpetonline.com Floor Coverings

3525 E. Calumet Street Appleton, WI 54915-4167 (608) 293-4394 http://www.jacksonhewitt.com Business Services

4764 Integrity Way Appleton, WI 54913-8464 (920) 954-6753 http://www.theupsstorelocal.com/6753 Commercial Printers

Dealer Inspire

Otto Chiropractic, S.C.

Titan-Concrete LLC

423 W. College Avenue, #100 Appleton, WI 54911-5830 (855) 357-4677 https://www.dealerinspire.com Web Site Design & Hosting

308 E. Northland Avenue Appleton, WI 54911-2163 920-739-6800 http://ottochiropractic.net Chiropractor

1114 N. Briarcliff Drive Appleton, WI 54915-2847 (920) 378-4508 http://www.titan-concrete.com Concrete Supplier


RMM Solutions (Appleton)

Touchstone Merchandise Group

2935 N. Ballard Road, Suite 2 Appleton, WI 54911-8705 (920) 843-9800 http://www.donzecpa.com Accountants

2201 E. Enterprise Avenue, #201 Appleton, WI 54913-7413 (920) 750-6220 http://www.rmmsolutions.com Information Technology Services

1046 Meadow Lane Neenah, WI 54956-3937 (920) 716-5882 http://www.tmgideas.com Promotional Products

Edward Jones

RMM Solutions Inc. (Wausau)

Town Planner - Fox Cities

211 S. Casaloma Drive Appleton, WI 54914-9102 (920) 832-0313 http://www.edwardjones.com/tina-grenlie Financial Services

210 McClellan Street, Suite 100 Wausau, WI 54403-4830 (877) 730-7471 http://www.rmmsolutions.com Information Technology Services

1835 E. Edgewood Drive, Suite 105-72 Appleton, WI 54913-9407 (920) 851-9416 http://www.townplanner.com Advertising

First State Bank

Robert Half

Trigger Action Sports

113 W. North Water Street New London, WI 54961-1207 (920) 982-3300 http://bankfirststate.com Bank

100 W. Lawrence Street, Suite 303 Appleton, WI 54911-5754 (920) 996-0610 http://www.roberthalf.com Staffing Services

327 Randolph Drive, Suite D Little Chute, WI 54140 (920) 257-9564 http://www.triggeractionsports.com Sports & Games

Fox Cities Sign & Lighting Services, LLC

Schmitt Title

Wiltzius Associates, LLC

1125 W. Tuckaway Lane, Ste D Menasha, WI 54952-1776 (920) 378-3515 http://www.foxcitiessign.com Sign Services

900 W. College Avenue Appleton, WI 54914-5261 (920) 749-3700 http://www.schmitttitle.com Title Company

400 N. Richmond Street, Suite 424 Appleton, WI 54911-6204 (920) 733-2120 http://www.wiltziusassociates.com Leadership & Management Development

Fox Run Dental

Shea Electric & Communications LLC

229 E. Franklin Street Appleton, WI 54911-5434 (920) 733-2371 http://www.foxrundental.com Dental Services

1922 S. Washburn Street Oshkosh, WI 54904-8253 (920) 303-9380 http://www.sheaelectricllc.com Electrical Contractor

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.

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MEMBER MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES October - December 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.

to the

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce for honoring Hoffman with the

5 Years

Corporate Citizen Leadership Award

Marketplace Financial Group, LLC Murphy Desmond S.C. Van’s Waste, Inc.

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

10 Years Copper Rock Coffee, LLC Evergreen Credit Union

15 Years Bridges Child Enrichment Center

20 Years Appleton Ice, Inc. Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

30 Years Bergstrom Enterprise Motorcars PRO-X Systems (Lawn Care) Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin

35 Years

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Lamers Bus Lines, Inc. Levenhagen Oil Corporation Northland Mall

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40 Years

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Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Inc. Custom Printing, Inc. WFRV - TV 5 WiscoLift, Inc.

f Dealerships f Government f Health Care f Hospitality & Retail f Manufacturing & Distribution

45 Years

f Not-for-Profit Organizations

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) Wisconsin Distributors Appleton, LLC

55 Years Avis Rent A Car Corporate Office

f Real Estate & Construction f Trucking & Logistics Visit schencksc.com for more information. 800-236-2246 schencksc.com

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Helping Our Members


When you invest in the Chamber, you invest in the success of the entire Fox Cities Region. The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce works to enhance and promote economic growth and prosperity for our members, investors and the Fox Cities. We are a place where people come together to do business, learn, and to make our community a better place. From monthly events, to annual awards and professional development opportunities, invest as much or as little time as you like. Fox Cities Chamber members have numerous channels to promote their business to both local residents and businesses and to build relationships through educational and networking events. By taking advantage of the resources and tools the chamber has to offer, you enhance the value of your membership and help to build a thriving community.

Business Breakfast Bytes

Monthly complimentary educational sessions addressing our members’ topics of concern, providing business building ideas and connecting professionals with resources. Each session is hosted by a member organization and showcases subject matter experts in varying fields comprising our membership to give you solution-based resources to help improve your business.


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Small Business Workshops Our in-depth professional workshops are comprised of several sessions that provide turnkey solutions to answer questions to your business challenges.

“I belong because…” “It allows us to stay connected with other members in our Fox Cities community.”

Fox Valley Technical College Seminars FVTC offers select seminars at discounted rates for the professional growth and development of Fox Cities Chamber members.

Katie Heim, Johnson Financial Group

Top Reasons to Join the Chamber: “It legitimizes my business within the community.”

Connecting: Expand your circle of influence in the business community by meeting people at many Chamber functions. Network, get referrals and build your business relationships.

Jennifer Boehmer, Touchstone Merchandise Group

Visibility: Expose your business to a wider audience and enhance your name recognition. Promote your business through news releases, our online directory and member-exclusive advertising opportunities.

“We get to meet great people and build fantastic business connections.”

Making a Difference: Be part of the solution. Share your knowledge and expertise in Chamber publications or at Chamber events. Help move business forward by volunteering or getting further involved in task forces or community groups.

Sara Hebert & Roberto Leon, Nicolet National Bank (Neenah)

Community: “I believe connections and outreach are key to supporting your community.”

Heighten your knowledge of how the Fox Cities community is moving ahead and be part of the change. Stay informed regarding local, state and federal policies that may affect your business.

Leah Helms, JDog Junk Removal

Member Discounts: Take advantage of the cost savings opportunities provided by companies that offer discounted rates for products and services specifically for Fox Cities Chamber members.

THANK YOU To Our Dedicated Ambassadors The Fox Cities Chamber Ambassadors are an extension of the Chamber team, existing to promote the work of the Chamber and serve as the Chamber’s primary liaison to members. These dedicated volunteers are highly

Dr. Paula Brusky Beth Davis Deana Elandt Joanne Fischer Becky Goland Tina Grenlie Sara Hebert Donald Herrmann Scott Jensen Dennis Jochman June Johnson Zachary Kaiser Dennis Korth Kaye Krueger Jennifer Manion Patrick Minskey, MBA, CFP, AAMS

Aerial Dance Pole Exercise LLC Community First Credit Union Alignex Telecom Insites First State Bank Edward Jones - Appleton Nicolet National Bank Herrmann Advantage Consulting, LLC Wisconsin Herd The Bechard Group, Inc. J.A. Johnson Health Insurance McClone Korth Financial Services University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Division of Online & Continuing Education Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Campus Experienced Wealth Management

engaged and considered the premier volunteer arm of the organization. We are grateful for their time and dedication to serving our organization at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce! Cindy M. Nelson Richard Parks Judy Payne Kelly Radandt Greg Scanlon Scott Stephens Conner Stilp Ann Thielman Mitch Van Ornum Les Van Ornum Laura Weis Trish Welzien Sharon Wolfert Maria Young Ron Zahn Brooke Ziglinski

Anakh Leadership Coaching LLC Modern Woodmen of America Midwest Communications, Inc. Woodward Radio Group Munroe Exhibits & Graphics GPS Education Partners Century 21 Ace Realty Keller Williams Realty Merchants’ Choice Card Services LLC Merchants’ Choice Card Services LLC Keller Williams Realty SEEK Careers/Staffing Prospera Credit Union Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Inc. Nutritional Healing, LLC

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Through the Talent Collaborative The Talent Collaborative of the Fox Cities Chamber is comprised of business, education and community partners throughout the Fox Cities. Building a thriving, sustainable talent ecosystem can only be achieved through partnership and collaboration. The Talent Collaborative pursues new ways to align resources and efforts to develop partnerships with: employers, economic development groups, K-12 school districts, post-secondary institutions, government and community organizations to increase its ability to anticipate, adapt and respond to workforce needs, current and future, in the Fox Cities. Our mission is to identify and support innovative and sustainable strategies that will lead to developing, attracting and retaining a skilled, motivated and responsive workforce.


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Your Future LIVE! Career Expo Your Future LIVE! offers an all-access pass to career exploration for local students in the Fox Cities Region. Expanded to two days in 2018, the first day of the event encourages 8th grade students to map their career pathways and navigate 16 career clusters all in one location. Connecting students to a variety of careers and local employers helps provide insight for our young talent as they prepare for their future. Introduced in 2018, day two of the event linked area high school students with a variety of opportunities including: career exploration, apprenticeships, summer jobs and postsecondary paths. Students planned the day according to their interests, seeking out purposeful conversations and opportunities. This addition to the annual event offered another tool towards formalizing academic and career planning goals.

Smart Girls Rock! As the demand for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers grows, the opportunities to connect students grows. Smart Girls Rock focused on the opportunity to connect young women to careers in STEM-related fields with professional technical women in our local community. Celebrating its 4th year at Menasha Corporation, the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce helped organize the event

which welcomed approximately 100 young women exploring an interest in STEM. The successful event helps foster a connection between mentors, STEM careers and students.

Your Future Fox Cities Your Future Fox Cities is the web-based platform and tool used to connect employers, educators, community partners and students. The Talent Collaborative is actively engaged in using this tool to link students to career-based learning opportunities.

Since its inception, Your Future Fox Cities helped facilitate approximately 6,000 student connections from 22 schools. Job shadows continue to be the number one career-based learning connection. Top student interests include veterinarian, engineer, teacher and firefighter. To get further involved in the Talent Collaborative at the Fox Cities Chamber, please contact us at (920) 734-7101 or info@foxcitieschamber. com.

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How Does A GREAT Benefit Package SAVE YOUR BUSINESS MONEY? Union-entry level



Union-experienced 7.14%


Hourly-entry level 2.94%


37.50% 42.86% 23.53%

Hourly-experienced 1.37% 9.18%


Salaried, Exempt entry 1.45% 10.14% Salaried, Exempt expert 1.43% 4.28% Salaried, Non-Exempt entry 2.22% 11.11% Salaried, Non-Exempt expert 2.17% 4.36% 0%





34.78% 50%





13.70% 17.39% 22.86%


23.91% 30%

9.59% 8.70%


7.14% 7.14%

5.88% 13.24%






12.50% 6.25%






21-40 HOURS


13.33% 13.04%




8-20 HOURS


The average number of hours an employer actively spends on hiring a single qualified employee.

Earlier this fall, the Fox Cities Chamber and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership conducted an employer survey regarding the benefits they currently offer to their employees. The Fox Cities Benefit Survey, consisting of 238 questions, was conducted from August 1st through September 30th, 2018. Several other organizations with aligning missions helped distribute the survey including: Fox Valley SHRM, Heart of the Valley Chamber, Fox West Chamber, the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, United Way Fox Cities, the Community Early Learning Center, and the Childcare Resource and Referral Center. Soon after, several other Chambers and Economic Development organizations throughout Northeastern Wisconsin also distributed the survey. The survey results were offered for free to participants to encourage participation to respond to this survey. One of the last questions was, “What creative benefits do you offer?”. We explained that these “creative benefits” might be something that their company in particular was able to offer because of their industry/type of business.


Some of these great examples might work for your business: • Use of company tools after hours • Technology discounts and free used office appliances • On-site fitness classes • Scholarships for employee dependents • Dry cleaning pickup • Health club discounts • Pet insurance • Clothing allowance • CSA membership/drop-off • Volunteer time off • Many more As we all know, the battle to attract and retain the best talent is competitive to say the least. A comprehensive benefit package only helps your company’s chances to excel in employee interest and satisfaction. To purchase a complete survey report, please visit http:// business.foxcitieschamber.com/events/details/benefitsurvey-report-2018-14950

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“What was the most important thing you learned this year that will help your business succeed in 2019?”

As I reflect on 2018 and what I learned that will make me more successful in 2019, there is one event that stands out. In February, Community First Credit Union brought nationally renowned author Jon Gordon in to speak to our employees. One exercise we all had to do was based on his book “One Word That Will Change Your Life”. We each chose a word that would guide us through the year. I chose the word “Positivity”. This was a stretch for me as I have not always been the most positive person in my life. But I found myself living that word. My outlook changed and even more importantly, I saw myself as someone that could spread that feeling of positivity to others. Every interaction I have, I do my best to have a positive experience and encourage others to pass that on. I truly feel that this is something that will stay with me in 2019 and well beyond.


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To stay competitive, you need to find, select and train new and existing employees.

Through ultra running I am able to transfer the lessons I have learned into the business world.

Let Fox Valley Technical College help you: • Find new employees • Evaluate with employee assessments • Enhance employee skills with seminars and customized training

A few things that you can do to ensure that you are believing in yourself is: • Push past the discomfort. • Learn that it is okay to fail…it leads to success. • You are stronger than you think – keep trying. • Trust yourself and believe you deserve success. There is no one that can make you successful. You have to believe that you are worthy and in charge of your destiny. You have to believe in you. And once you do that you will be unstoppable.

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WINTER 2018 | VOLUME 19 | ISSUE 4  

WINTER 2018 | VOLUME 19 | ISSUE 4