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Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

July 2016

WOW! Our annual Heart of the Valley Chamber Golf Outing was once again a great success, for the 27th year in a row! This would not be possible without the support of our Chamber Members! Over 200 golfers and volunteers took to the course for a day of fun! We kicked off the day with our Presenting Partner, Calmes Construction sponsoring their famous Bloody Mary bar and ended the day with Community First Credit Union sponsoring the Reception! Thank you to everyone for your continued support...mark your calendar for June 14th, 2017! July brings more exciting things for our chamber members to look forward to:

“The Heart of the Valley Chamber has been an excellent resource for our

Active Shooter Training - We have partnered with the Kaukauna Police Department to provide our members with the knowledge and skills to help them should anyone be confronted with this tragedy that has become an epidemic around the globe. This is a one day training and we are offering two days for you to choose from, Wednesday July 13th or Thursday July 14th. Space is limited!

business, Keller, Inc. The Chamber provides multiple channels for business awareness, networking

Business After Hours - Please join us on July 14th at Waverly Beach. Doug and his staff will be ready for us with drink specials and appetizers! Always a great time! rd


3 Assembly Debate - We are co-hosting a debate for the 3 Assembly candidates with the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. It will take place on July 20th at the Kaukauna Library from 7:30am - 9:30am. Member Appreciation Cook Out - The Chamber will host a Member Appreciation Cookout on July 20th at the Chamber office from 11am -1pm! We will be serving Haen Meats and ATW Airport will be here with their ice cream truck serving up some delicious treats! We hope that you join us for lunch!

opportunities and helpful educational programs. Being an involved member of the Chamber has really made a difference in helping expand our business visibility, growth and development in the Heart of the Valley."

Out with the old and in with the new…Our membership directory is 3 years old, time to have a new one created! We have partnered with Town Square Publications. Terri Groves will be working on the project and will be reaching out soon. Please see the information within this newsletter.

- Lindsa Wiese, Co-Owner KELLER, INC.

Finally, I wish everyone a very happy and safe summer. Whether you are traveling, staying close to home or just hanging out, we truly hope you have the opportunity to create wonderful memories with your families and friends. Thank you once again for your partnership and support. I am honored to be the Executive Director in this community and to such a great group of businesses, associates and friends. Please let me know if you have any questions about your membership!

Kelli Clussman, Executive Director 920.766.1616

What’s Inside? 

Upcoming Events

Welcome New Members

Photos from our events

Good News is worth Repeating


Upcoming Events Name: Business Card Exchange Date: July 12, 2016 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Chamber Office --------------------------------------------------------------Name: ALICE - ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE TRAINING Dates: Wednesday, July 13 AND Thursday, July 14 Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: (New) Kaukauna Police Station --------------------------------------------------------------Name: Business After Hours: Waverly Beach Date: July 14, 2016 Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Location: Waverly Beach N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha --------------------------------------------------------------Name: Dwyer's Food Mart 25 Year Anniversary Date: July 15, 2016 Time: 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM Ribbon Cutting at 10:00am Location: Dwyer’s Food Mart 2051 E. Main Street Little Chute --------------------------------------------------------------Name: Primary Debate for the 3rd Assembly GOP Candidates Date: July 20, 2016 Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Location: Kaukauna Library 207 Thilmany Rd, Kaukauna --------------------------------------------------------------Name: Member Appreciation Cookout Date: July 20, 2016 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: Chamber Office

To register for an event, go to or email

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Member Appreciation


You are invited to join us for a cookout in appreciation of your support and participation with The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm Chamber Office 101 E. Wisconsin Ave. Kaukauna

Please join us as we celebrate YOU, our valued members to thank you for your membership and support. We will be grilling award winning Haen Meats hamburgers, brats and hotdogs! ATW will be on site with their Ice Cream truck serving your choice of toffee bar, vanilla ice cream bar, orange creamsicle or popsicles. You can also enter ATW’s summer long “What’s Your Flavor” contest and register to win 2 airline tickets to your choice of 4 Allegiant Vacation Destinations. Plus, get your ATW Airport designer sunglasses, available in seven fabulous colors!

Thank you to our Partners:

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Welcome New Member Food Dudes Delivery Mike Tracy - Managing Partner 1438 Baytree Lane Neenah, WI 54956 (920) 944-7141 Food Dudes Delivery is a restaurant delivery and marketing company in the Fox Cities and in Oshkosh. Orders may be placed online or over the phone. They work with Restaurant partners and deliver their food to homes, offices and hotels. Their website features online ordering and up to date restaurant menus. They specialize in business meetings, events, presentations and office lunches of all sizes. Many of their restaurant partners offer catering menus. You can place orders days or weeks or months in advance. Save time and money by having them pick up and deliver food to your next meeting or social event. For a complete list available restaurants that they are partnered with, go to food dudes If you are a restaurant owner and would like more information about their service give them a call or send an email.

27th Annual Golf Outing Presented By:

Our golf outing could not be a success without the support of so many of our Chamber Members! A huge thanks to Royal St. Pats Golf Links, all the sponsors, players and volunteers to make it a success!

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Presenting Partner -

Tee Box Partners AnchorBank Bank of Kaukauna Cellcom Dental Associates Keller, Inc. Kobussen Buses Lamers Bus Lines MCCS Nicolet Bank Orthopedic & Spine Prospera Credit Union ShellyCookies ThedaCare At Work We Energies Weyers Equipment Wipfli

James J. Calmes & Sons Reception Partner Community First Credit Union Lunch Eagle Graphics James J. Calmes & Sons, Community First Credit Union Hole In One Sponsors Bergstrom of Kaukauna Beverage Cart -

Baker Tilly

Clear Approach Optometry Complete Office of WI CR Structures V&S Midwest Carriers

Prime Steer Supper Club, Schenck SC Hospitality Cart BMO Harris Goodie Bags Premier Promotions Putting Green Kamp’s Bar Pergola Sponsor Berken Heating & Cooling Morning Hospitality Larry’s Markets Grand Meridian Fox Communities Credit Union Balcony Ball Toss BLC Community Bank Cheat Sheet Culver’s Of Darboy and Little Chute

Hole Partners

Raffle Donations

Foursomes Amplitel Anchor Bank Badger Sports Park Baer Performance Marketing Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Bank of Kaukauna BLC Community Bank BMO Harris Building Services Group Capital Credit Union Cellcom Cinders Community First Credit Union CR Structures Eagle Graphics East Wisconsin Savings Bank Epiphany Law Expera FirstMerit Bank FNB - Fox Cities Forbes Insurance Fox Communities CU Investors Community Bank James Calmes Kelderman Plumbing Keller Midwest Restoration Network Health Nicolet Bank Orthopedic Spine Therapy Prospera Credit Union Schenck Stewart Title TDS Metrocom ThedaCare at Work Unison Credit Union V & S Midwest Carriers Valley Mortgage Solution VanDeHey Financial We Energies Weyers Equipment WI Retirement Solutions

5th Quarter Amazing Events Anytime Fitness Badger Sports Park Bakers Outlet Building Services Group Calumet County Bank Cinders Charcoal Grill Cold Stone Creamery Country Inn & Suites-Little Chute Culvers of Darboy & Little Chute Darboy Club Escape Salon Studios General Beverage  Goody Bag Partners Haen Meats Anytime Fitness High Cliff Golf Course Building Services Group High Cliff Restaurant Clear Approach Optometry Holland Cold Storage East Wisconsin Savings Bank Kamp’s Bar Ghostown Fitness Kaukauna Clinic Heart of the Valley Chem-Dry Main Event KR West Mark’s East Side Marko Promo Mid Vallee Golf Course Network Health Plan B Prospera Credit Union Prime Steer Supper Club St. Paul Elder Services Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links TDS Metrocom Skyzone Tailwaggers Stewart Title Stone Chiropractic Clinic Van Abel’s of Hollandtown Van De Hey Financial *We apologize if we have missed anyone! Vandehey Company We really appreciate your support! Wisconsin Distributors

Business After Hours: Cinder’s Charcoal Grill

Ribbon Cutting: Lindner Ace Hardware

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Fox Cities Sign 10th Anniversary Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate!

Speedy Clean’s 30th Anniversary Congratulations on 30 years in business!

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It is very unfortunate that we need to address this topic in our seemingly safe haven of the Heart of the Valley. However, the tragedy of an active shooter or violent intruder is getting out of control and our local communities and businesses have been affected. The HOTV Chamber cares about our communities, chamber members, families and friends. The Orlando tragedy has made it imperative that we bring awareness and education on this subject sooner than later to ensure your safety. We have partnered with The Kaukauna Police Department to hold a hands-on Active Shooter Response Training Class, ALICE. ALICE – stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is a set of proactive, options-based strategies, that increase your chances of survival during a violent intruder or Active Shooter event. This day long training course is designed to teach you the skills and strategies that bridge the gap between the time a violent event begins and law enforcement arrives.

You will become knowledgeable in statistics and information about active shooter situations and how ALICE training is effective.

You will experience live scenario drills that will take you through an active shooting and how to respond.

You will be able to create an emergency response plan to implement within your organization.

We will be offering 2 dates for this one day training. Spots are limited to the first 25 people each day and limited to 2 per business per day. We will place names on a waiting list if spots become available. Dates: Wednesday, July 13 or Thursday, July 14 Time: 8am-3pm Location: (New) Kaukauna Police Station Cost: $75 per person ($125 for non-members) Lunch is included. Payment required at the time of registration To register, you can call the chamber at 920.766.1616 or email Space is limited.

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Too Busy for Business? Ever heard the saying, “If you need something done, give it to a busy person.”? While that may work for errands, many business owners are finding they’re too busy for business anymore. Small business has changed a lot over the past decade and the demands on a business owner’s time have multiplied like rabbits. Businesses must now connect with buyers offline and on through: *Blogging *Videos *Creating and providing helpful content *Tying different forms of content aimed at conversion into the appropriate level of the sales funnel *Maintaining a fan page and/or multiple social media profiles *Publishing on thought leader and niche social sites like Medium, Quora, and LinkedIn publishing *Analyzing your analytics *Tweaking all of this knowledge and know-how each time a platform changes or rolls out a new feature, and keeping up with new technology WHEW! And that doesn’t even include taking your marketing to the next level through drip campaigns, newsletters, and building your list.

clients, that’s beneficial to your business. If it’s helping you to establish know, like, and trust, the fatigue is worth it. But social media and digital marketing are not like a treadmill. You don’t get points for just getting on it and moving. You need it to go somewhere. Being busy doesn’t equal being productive and reaching your business goals. How to Change a Busy Activity into Business As a business owner you need to ensure your busy is productive. To do this, have concrete goals in mind. Goals need to be: *Realistic *Measurable *Time sensitive *Specific“

Busy” should always accompany its friend “productive.” This means your goal needs to be tied into your business strateHopefully you have someone who helps you with all this, a gy. A goal is not to “get” on social media. Even if you tailor marketing person or partner, but many small business people that goal to follow the rules above, it’s all busy work if it don’t. These activities all increase your know, like, and trust doesn’t tie into what you are trying to accomplish for your with your customers or clients. People do business with business. If regular social media posting is your goal, you people they’ve established a connection with through these need to understand not only the howbut the why behind your aspects. The list of tasks provided above contains essential actions. What are you trying to accomplish? More sales? marketing practices and to avoid them, or refuse to do them, More visitors to your site? Better quality employees? These is akin to ignoring your phone. But while you may feel too are all different goals. busy to do these things, you must ask yourself are you busy for business or too busy to do business? Analyze Your Efforts Often The best way to avoid unproductive busy-ness is by reviewThe Difference Between Good Busy and Bad Busy Good ing your efforts often. Tie your goals into your strategy and busy relates to customers. You have lots of people buying ensure you are accomplishing what you’d like by analyzing from you. You’re processing so many orders and credit cards the results (at least quarterly). you don’t have time to breathe. This is good busy. We all have the same 24-hour days, yet some business ownYou spend all morning on social media but not posting or ers are able to accomplish a lot more of their revenue goals interacting, just scurrying down one rabbit hole after another. than others. Some of that is luck, and a sexy product or serYou’ve spent time on social media and have been occupied vice, but in today’s digital marketing a lot of success depends all morning, leaving less time for other business activities, but upon building worthwhile relationships and getting off of that you’ve accomplished nothing. unproductive treadmill of doing the work but not going anywhere. It’s not performing the action that will get you there This is bad busy. The problem with being busy – good or bad but streamlining your efforts, and continually pointing yourself – is that it’s exhausting. If it’s in service to your customer’s or in the direction of where you want to go.

Good News is Worth Repeating Stellar Blue Technologies, a Fox Valley, Wis. based digital marketing firm, has promoted Jason Busse to a full-time web developer. Schenck is offering LEAD (Learn, Engage And Develop) HR Councils for professionals at all levels to get more strategic about human resources.

Willie Freshour, Hortonville, speaks to the crowd gathered for CAP Services’ 50th anniversary recognition event May 25 in Stevens Point. Freshour was one of 11 CAP clients to receive Transform Awards at the event.


Schenck is presenting a free workshop for manufacturers, “Turning Innovation into Results with 3D Printing,” Wednesday, June 29 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Corporate Conference Center, 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay, Wis. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Participants will learn how additive manufacturing, including 3D printing, can help companies develop products more cost-effectively and get them to market sooner—sometimes creating custom prototypes in hours.

TDS Announces New VoIP and Collaboration Service in Fox Cities

TDS has announced that new collaboration tools are available for Fox Cities businesses. The TDS cloud-based Voice over IP (VoIP) service, called managedIP Hosted, now enables colleagues to connect via live chat, video call or HD phone call. A popular desktop sharing tool allows teams to collaborate easily. TDS has also enhanced the service by Stellar Blue Technologies, a Fox Valley, Wis. based adding a suite of mobile applications for tablets and smart digital marketing firm, launched six new custom websites this phones. May. The websites include Oneida Tribe of Indians of TDS is a local telephone and Internet provider with local Wisconsin, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Inc., Resource One, Batley CPA, Valley Cooperative Association, installation and support staff serving the Fox Cities. The company serves more than 100,000 VoIP users nationwide. Riverview Gardens, and CommunityFest. Call Scott Williams at 920-882-3332 or visit for details. Cornerstone Business Services, Inc. of Green Bay, WI has announced that Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. of Little Chute, WI has been acquired by Yards of Eden LLC of Little Chute, WI. John P. Kelly of Cornerstone Business Services, Inc. was the mergers and acquisitions advisor to Van Zeeland Nursery. Financial services firm Edward Jones moves up on the annual Fortune 500 list, as published by Fortune magazine, in its fourth appearance in four years, according to Patrick Minskey CFP.

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The Manufacturing & Distribution team at CPA and consulting firm Schenck recently published the results of a survey, “Robotics and Additive Manufacturing.” The report highlights how companies are using and benefiting from robotics and additive manufacturing technologies—today and into the future. More than 80 Wisconsin-based companies responded. Investors Community Bank has been named a Top 25 Performing Bank in the nation by the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA) in their annual “Best of the Best” listing. The recognition was in the category of Subchapter C corporations, $500 million to $1 billion in assets. Marco is keenly aware of that Millennials represent the future of the economy and that this generation of younger workers is reshaping company cultures by expecting more from the workplace. That’s why we’re proud to announce that consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune have named Marco one of the country’s 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2016. 12 Connecting People – Promoting Business

Give us a call for more information about our services and products Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce 101 E. Wisconsin Ave. Kaukauna, WI 54130 (920) 766-1616 Visit us on the web at:

Member Spotlight Michele Hepfler 920.205.6426

Twenty two years ago, my friend and I considered building salon studios in Appleton. The salon studio concept had already been around for ten years before this in larger cities such as Milwaukee and we wanted to bring it to the valley. Although it was a great idea, we chose to take a different direction in business partnership. I continued to be in business for my self via salon chair rental until December 2004. At that time, I left the salon industry and worked from home successfully as a Certified Lifestyle Coach. Escape Salon Studios was birthed out of adversity. In June of 2013, my husband lost his job and two weeks later his part time inventory business and I had minimized my lifestyle coaching business. I chose to return to the salon industry as a stylist chair renter and rebuild. I was not satisfied with location and salon space where I was rebuilding, so we (my husband and I) started laying the groundwork for Escape Salon Studios. We had several bumps, detours and potholes on our journey prior to opening but we built relationships and trusted those people who entered our business path. (Many of whom are HOTV Chamber Members). On January 15, 2015, Escape Salon Studios opened at full capacity with seventeen salon and spa professionals filling nine studios. (SO PROUD of this moment) As landlords, we provide private and salon and spa studios that the business owner can customize with paint color, decor, etc to meet their business needs. We offer many amenities, (please refer to website) including a Heart of the Valley Chamber Membership. Please visit us and stroll through the hallway that has the feel of a European village complete with courtyards, fountain and black wrought iron hanging signs for each business.

pageant consulting, (training young women in all facets of pageant competition). Escape Salon Studios, its location and amenities, especially the HOTV Membership, has brought much success to U Unlimited. As a chamber member I have taken advantage of: networking events such as business card exchanges, socials and have donated to the chamber raffles for exposure and new clients. As a result, from January 2015 to the present I have had a 75% increase in revenue, been selected as the official make up artist for Fox 11- The Better Half (Packer wives weekly talk show), Women’s Magazine and Debbie Daanen Photography (Senior Portraits).

e The Cast of The Better Half

Heaven Daniels and Myself

Our mission statement: Escape Salon Studios’ mission is to provide salon and spa professionals with upscale, individual salon spaces to build their clientele and their profits. Currently, many of the tenants at Escape have increased I have been thrilled with my HOTV Membership, the their businesses by as much as 30% from the location, networking opportunities, exposure, variety of events and Escape marketing and promotion and cross marketing amongst the salon professionals within the Escape business. connecting with those people and businesses that can be an asset in our future expansion of additional locations for Escape Salon Studios. As owner of Escape, I also have my own individual salon studio business called U Unlimited-Where You And Your Image Has No Limits. U Unlimited offers: hair design, make up artistry, (featuring: custom blend liquid and powder foundations, women of color make up artistry and step by step make up instruction for your personal needs), lifestyle coaching, (Metabolic MethodTM - specializing in reducing inflammation, balancing hormones, and fat loss), and

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