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Business Connection December 2013

2013 Board of Directors Executive Committee

President Randy Krantz Neckerman Insurance Services President Elect Jason Guttenberg Liberty Mutual Secretary Terry Healy-Lemke Celerity Staffing Solutions Treasurer Regina McFarland Park Bank Past President Beth Russell Russell Law

Board of Directors June Brown R.W. Baird

Donna Parks Middleton Travel Josh Marron Middleton Community Bank Dave Neelsen Story First Media Michelle Schultz North Central Group Bob Vanden Burgt Yahara Software Kyle Von Ruden Hausmann-Johnson Insurance

Ex-Officio Members

Mike Davis, City of Middleton Don Johnson, MCPASD

Chamber Staff

Van Nutt, Executive Director Jill Frank, Membership Services Lisa DuChateau, Communications Phone: 827-5797

Dear Chamber Members, As we approach 2014 and my term as President comes to a close, the Chamber is in great shape. Jason Guttenberg from Liberty Mutual is taking over as President in 2014. Jason’s Executive Committee will consist of Bob Vanden Burgt (Yahara Software) as President Elect, Josh Marron (Middleton Community Bank) as Treasurer and Regina McFarland (Park Bank) as Secretary. I would also like to welcome two new board members: Jeff Kraemer (Kraemer Development) and Curt Fuszard (Merrill Lynch). These leaders have a vision for the future of the Chamber and each brings a unique perspective and set of strengths that will move us forward in 2014. It has been very rewarding to serve you in 2013 and I look forward to serving on the Executive Committee as Past –President.

The main areas of discussion at this years’ retreat involved communication, programs and outreach. It became clear that we have many great events and networking opportunities but we need more member input. We want to find out what you need most, how we can improve and how you prefer to receive communication from us. The Chamber has grown to well over 700 members and the challenge to provide exceptional service to all members, large and small, will remain our focus.

I would also like to extend a huge thank you to the entire 2013 Board of Directors and the committee leaders who are responsible for making 2013 a great year for the Chamber. Our active members make the events, socials and educational opportunities successful as well. None of these successes could happen without the Chamber staff, Van, Lisa and Jill, who work tirelessly on a daily basis to keep the Middleton Chamber an enthusiastic, fun and valuable organization for its members. I would like to acknowledge the contributions of outgoing board members –Beth Russell and Donna Parks who together, have volunteered many years of unselfish service to the Chamber. I am very thankful to have had the privilege of working with such an outstanding group over the last year.

As a result, we will be collecting your comments to help move the Chamber’s vision forward with short, targeted surveys at GMM and through personal interaction. The Ambassador Committee, which has been revamped and is doing a very nice job, may be asked to help gather some if this key data. Details have yet to be fully worked out.

In November, the Chamber staff and Board of Directors convened its annual planning retreat, led by Jason Guttenberg and consultant Laura Page. Our Project 2015 Plan has served the Chamber well (since 2010) and most of the initiatives set forth have been implemented.

Best wishes to all of our members for a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

The Chamber has grown to well over 700 members and the challenge to provide exceptional service to all members, large and small, will remain our focus. As a result, we will be collecting your comments to help move the Chamber’s vision forward with short, targeted surveys at GMM and through personal interaction. Details have yet to be fully worked out, but you’ll be involved!

Randy Krantz

2013 Board President

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce

promotes a strong economy and a high quality of life for its members and community

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How Did You Get From There to Here? Profiles On The Vocational Journey

Interview by Jack McGee Jack is an Account Executive with Corporate Business Systems, a Local dealership for Xerox, Canon, Ricoh, HP and Lexmark. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Georgia and has been a Chamber member since February 2013.

Meet: Chad Boyer

Co-Owner of The Village Green

What is the history of The Village Green? The building has been around for quite a while. There is even an old coal chute. When Dad bought it in ’76, it was a four lane bowling alley. Dad had been working at Kelly’s Drive-In and the opportunity came to open the bar.

Where did you grow up? At the bar! Cheap labor and baby sitting in one! Things haven’t changed much since. We lived on the north side and went to East High, but spent the majority of our time working. We usually worked 4-9, went home, did home work and went to bed. Do it again the next day.

What is the family doing now? Dad is retired, but Mom still helps. (Cricket was serving customers during the interview.) Craig and I run the bar and our older sister and younger brother live in the Madison area.

Where do the ideas come from for new menu items? After 30 years of cooking, we like to mix it up and keep it fun. Some of things we whip up in the same kitchen we have always had, our dad can’t believe. We still have the original menu on the wall. Sometimes we just get bored and sometimes customers come up with names like, “Road Kill Burritos.”

What’s your favorite dish? Probably the Cajun pork sandwich, but really everything is good. Craig and I are doing 90% of the cooking. We really take pride in the quality of our food. With all the chain joints out there, we like to set ourselves apart by our attention to how we prepare our dishes.

What’s your secret to longevity? We learned a lot from our parent’s work ethic. There is no easy way around getting the work done. We focus on good service and expect more from our wait staff than other restaurants. We want them to make our customers feel taken care of.

What is your biggest challenge in 2013? Technology. We like having our regulars come in and a lot of people who grew up in Middleton know who we are. However, these days people are looking for places on the smart phones and using social media, it is hard for bars and restaurants like ours to keep up with all the changes while still managing a business. Luckily some of our neighbors are doing a great job of drawing people to downtown Middleton.

What has your experience been with the Middleton Chamber? Great! Ron [our dad] has a lot of plaques from when he was running the bar and was very active in the Chamber. Van and the team do a great job of promoting Middleton and do everything you would expect a Chamber to do for supporting local businesses.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? We would probably sell to someone eventually, but we are not in a hurry. I would be curious to see what changes they would make to the place. Some places make changes from time to time, but we like keeping our bar the same when Middleton has changed so much.

What should people think of when they think of The Village Green? That we have been quietly serving Middleton’s best burgers for 35 years.

You can find Chad, Craig & their staff at 7508 Hubbard Avenue or online at

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elcome New Members AIESEC Michael Larson 333 East Campus Mall #4430 612-483-9174 Description: AIESEC is an international not-for profit organization that provides students with leadership training and internship opportunities. “AIESEC” was originally the French acronym for “Association Internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales” (English: International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences). The AIESEC network includes over 86,000 members in 124 countries and territories. It is the largest student-run organization in the world, being present in over 2,400 universities across the globe, provides more than 24,000 leadership experiences to its members and sends students and graduates on 20,000 international exchanges yearly.

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Mark Rufenacht 8333 Greenway Blvd. Ste 330 608-829-8200 Description: What sets Ameriprise Financial apart from other financial firms? They listen closely and take the time to understand your complete financial picture — your cash and liabilities, protection, investments and taxes. Through their personal approach to financial planning and advice, they can help you bring your dreams and goals to life.

FASTSIGNS Odana Road Tricia Dushek 6101 Odana Rd. 608.276.7446 Campos Realty Group Kevin Campos 5321 Old Middleton Rd 608-235-1030 Description: Kevin specializes in the buying and selling of residential homes, condos, investment properties, land, short sales and foreclosures in the Middleton/Dane County area. He has been in the financial industry for the past 19 years and the real estate business for over 8 years. He will relieve you of the stress & anxiety of this process, and his clients benefit from his extensive knowledge in the financial, insurance, tax, and real estate industry. He is a licensed Realtor and Financial Representative in Wisconsin, putting his clients first as their Trusted Advisor.

Eagan Auto Sales Shawn Eagan 7182 US Hwy 14, Suite 101A 608-445-8947 Description: Looking for a quality used vehicle at a fair price without paying for the crazy overhead of a larger dealership? Shawn Eagan is an ASE certified auto technician and has served Madison/Middleton for the last ten years. His goal is to provide clients with an honest and easy process for selling a vehicle that is no longer needed or wanted. Eagan Auto Sales specializes in consignment and sales of used vehicles.

Description: FASTSIGNS creates expertly designed signs and graphics to meet all your visual communications needs, from initial consultation to design, production, delivery and installation.

Fit Body Boot Camp Madison Jade Bunk 5617 Odana Rd 608-616-5695 Description: Fit Body Boot Camp is Madison’s premier indoor boot camp studio. Their workouts are designed to get you twice the results in half the time, in a fun, supportive atmosphere. They’re making fitness fun again!

Floor Coverings International Hubert Durst 622 Struck Street 608-729-5388 Description: Floor Coverings International is North America’s leading in-home design floor coverings brand. Their company is carefully crafted on creating for you, the customers. Their product selection covers all areas of materials you might consider for a flooring design in your home – carpet, hardwood, ceramic tile, vinyl, and specialty products from bamboo to slate and accents like glass.

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elcome New Members

Gentle Tiger Acupuncture Miguel Cardenas 6629 University Avenue, Suite 101 608-831-8160 Description: Gentle Tiger provides affordable community acupuncture along with the option of a one-to-one format. Gentle Tiger Acupuncture works to enrich the health and wellness of the community it serves.

KSC Bookkeeping Services, LLC Kimberly Crowley 205 Green View Dr, Belleville 608-807-6145 Description: Outsourcing your bookkeeping is an inexpensive and highly effective way to free up your time to focus on what really matters-running your business. KSC Bookkeeping Services, LLC specializes in small, home based and medium business bookkeeping, payroll and financial reporting as well as setup, cleanup, training and support of Quickbooks software. Your bookkeeping services will be customized to suit your business.

MRA -The Management Association David Karst N19W24400 Riverwodd Dr, Waukesha 262-523-9090 Description: MRA is one of the largest notfor-profit employer associations in the nation. Organizations join MRA and receive access to expert guidance, best practices, essential tools, professionally facilitated roundtables and dozens of business services in the areas of human resources and training.

Network Cabling Solutions, LLC Lisa Rhode 3040 Laura Lane, Suite 130 877-627-1057 Description: NCS provides Installation and Support of Structured Cable and Communications systems. Voice, Data, CCTV, Fiber, Paging, Network Equipment and Wireless installs in commercial, office, retail and apartment environments. From new construction to service and maintenance, NCS delivers on-time, on-budget, quality network cabling solutions.

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elcome New Members Never Forget Legacies & Tributes Linda Abbott 5316 Scenic Ridge Trail 608-826-6215 Description: Never Forget Legacies & Tributes creates beautifully-crafted life story books, business histories and tributes that capture and preserve your story for loved ones and the next generation.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Mel Kite 2237 Deming Way 608-831-2488 Description: At P.F. Chang’s they are committed to providing you with an exceptional dining experience every time you walk through our doors. Each dish on the menu is prepared to order using the freshest and highest quality ingredients. At P.F. Chang’s you are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. These elements showcase the cuisine and create a stylish, comfortable, upbeat dining experience for our guests.

R&R Insurance Josh Timm 762 Edenberry Lane, Oregon 608-515-4811 Description: Serving Wisconsin since 1975, R&R Insurance Services has grown to be one of the largest independently owned insurance agencies in the Midwest. They represent top rated national and regional insurance carriers and as a top performer, are granted elite access to markets, products and programs giving them the flexibility to match each client with the best carrier—whether it’s coverage for business, personal or health insurance needs. They work closely with clients to help determine the best coverage for their company and their families.

Sherwin Williams Blake Guyer 8301 Murphy Drive, Suite 100 608-827-8388 Description: Sherwin Williams is your local and national paint supplier of top quality products.

Small Change Personal Training Jo Chern 2564 Branch St., Suite B10 608-576-1244 Description: Small Change is an owner operated personal training studio specializing in Core Training, Orthopedic Post-Rehab, Women’s Strength Training, Toning, Nutrition and Qi Gong (gentle movement activity for promoting strength and suppleness). Small Change Personal Training focuses on you and your fitness and health goals with personalized training meant to work with your lifestyle.

Steam Plus Carpet Cleaning Alex Govorukha 1702 Tierney Dr., Waunakee 608-333-1415 Description: Steam Carpet Cleaning serves both home and commercial customers. They specialize in carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning, pet stain and odor removal, carpet deodorizing and sanitizing, scotchgard, area rug cleaning, autos, boats, RV’s and planes.

‘Tis the Season Muriel Coleman 7507 Hubbard Avenue 608-836-3749

Thanks for a great 2013 Seminar Season, look for the 2014 Schedule soon! *Ask the Expert Seminars are an included Member benefit*

Description: ‘Tis the Season is a Christmas Store with a Yarn Corner. They specialize in collectibles, ornaments, musicals, yarn, needles, books, accessories, kits, cross Stitch, felt and needlepoint.

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elcome New Members Let’s Celebrate! Why Knot? Susan Chiaro 6629 University Avenue, Suite 102 608-630-1001 Description: Why Knot? uses touch and the art of massage to serve as a springboard for empowering an individual to engage in his/her own healing process. They are facilitators for your healing, by using therapeutic presence and technique to bring your body to a more centered state. It is in this place of balance you will experience less pain and discomfort, infinite wisdom and continued health.

Wednesday, January 22 Doors Open at 5pm

62nd Annual Celebration Join us for our version of ‘The 5th Quarter’ Celebrate at an evening of team spirit, food & drink, silent auction and much more!

Register Now at

Zounds Hearing Mark Haas 8444 Old Sauk Rd. 608-831-7334 Description: Zounds Hearing of Madison employs a certified Doctor of Audiology who can perform free hearing tests. Whether you have a mild, moderate, moderate/severe or profound hearing loss, Zounds offers hearing aids, hearing systems and accessories that are equipped with everything you need to improve your hearing in multiple environments. The Zounds goal is to help the world hear better by providing a superior hearing system at an exceptional value in an accessible customerfriendly environment. Contact them to schedule your free hearing test!


Liberty Mutual Insurance - Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - R.W. Baird & Co. Stark Company Realtors, K.Bidwell & S.Miller - Valpak of Madison

Food & Beverage provided by the Marriott and the following Members: Capital Brewery • Chocolaterie Stam • Claddagh Irish Pub • Craftsman Table & Tap Death’s Door Spirits • Mid Town Pub • Milio’s • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub • Tanner’s Bar & Grill • Willy Street Coop

Donate to the Silent Auction call 827-5797

Thank you

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Conitinued Membership

October & November Member Renewals AJ Sue Consulting LLC

Kollath & Associates, CPA, LLC

Rescue Desk - Virtual Assistant Services

American Printing Company, Inc.

Lerdahl Business Interiors Inc.

Restaino & Associates Relocation Division

Applied Tech

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Rowland Reading Foundation

Ashley Furniture HomeStore

Little Caesars Pizza

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Associated Bank

Little Red Preschool

S & R Remodeling

Awen Therapy

Loren Imhoff Homebuilder, Inc.

Sara Investment Real Estate LLC

B. Goll & Dunn Insurance Agency

Lu Anders Boutique

Starbucks - Middleton Hills

Bask In Gifts

MacWorks, LLC

Sue’s Hallmark Shop

Bergamot Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Madison Community Montessori School

Sustainable Engineering Group, LLC

Best Western West Towne Suites

Mahadev Law Group, LLC

SWAT Madison

Betty Lou Cruises

Marilyn’s Salon & Opera House

TAS Consulting Group, Inc.

Bunbury & Associates Realtors

MHS Cardinal Booster Club

Teff Chiropractic

Burman Coffee Traders

Middleton Baby and Child Care LLC

The Art of Online Marketing, Inc

Capital Chaplains LLC

Middleton Cross Plains Area School District

The UPS Store of Middleton

Cayuga Court (Investment Planning Corp)

Middleton Cycle

Thill Design

CCL Management, Div. of Liberty Real Estate

Middleton Dress Company

Think It Then Ink It

Charter Business

Middleton Lacrosse Club

True Laser Ltd.


Middleton Sport Bowl

Upper Iowa University

Claddagh Irish Pub

Neckerman Insurance Services

UW Credit Union

Closets by Techline

NovaONE Networks

UW Health Transformations

Craftsman Table & Tap

Perkins Financial, Ltd

Wayside Place

Death’s Door Spirits, LLC

PropertyDrive, LLC

William Sonny Simon VFW Post 8216

Drake & Company, Inc.

Regus Management Group

Willy Street Co-op

Dryhootch of America

Renewed Life Chiropractic

WPS Community Bank, FSB

Edgewood College Encore Construction Inc. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation First Weber - See Goben Cars Goodwill Industries Harbor Athletic Club Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Madison West Huntington Learning Center Inlanta Mortgage Corporation Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Kiwanis Club of Middleton KMA Bodilly CPAs & Consultants, S. C.

25 Years in Business

ANiU Celebrates 25 Years of Helping People Look and Feel Great. 25 years ago, Ron Bredeson and his son, Jay, had a dream of providing the greater Madison area with a service everyone needed; a service that helps people feel good about themselves from the inside out.

ANiU opened its doors on December 5, 1988 under the name Salon 2000 and in 25 years expanded to what is now a 26,000 foot facility which houses beauty experts who continue to train with others from all over the world to make sure they stay up-to-date with the current trends. The Bredeson’s are thrilled to be celebrating this milestone with the many customers and employees that have been with ANiU for the past 25 years. To kick off the 25th Anniversary, for every $150 spent on ANiU Gift Certificates, you will receive $25 in certificates for yourself! Stop by ANiU and start your holiday shopping now!

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Announcements MassMutual Gives to Madison Cancer Research and Treatment Organization. The Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation will receive $1,000 as part of an innovative National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program from MassMutual, in the name of Camille Carter and Sarah Flanagan of MassMutual Wisconsin. MassMutual’s breast cancer awareness initiative is one of many ways it supports women personally, professionally and as business owners. October Clean & Green Middleton a Success. Clean & Green is a bi-annual re-use and recycling event that allows Middleton residents a convenient, one-stop location to dispose of items in an environmentally responsible way. Many thanks go out to the Middleton Sustainability Committee and the 25 volunteers who planned, organized, and carried out this entire event for the City. The results of the event are below: •

13,073 lbs electronics recycled

2,500 lbs building materials for Habitat ReStore

36 durable medical good items collected by Middleton Kiwanis for a medical mission trip to Cuba

272 lbs alkaline batteries recycled

324 CFL light bulbs recycled

59 mattresses recycled

207 printer cartridges recycled to benefit Kromrey PTA

Coming Soon: A New Park Bank Location to Open. A new centrally located Park Bank branch is currently under construction with a projected opening date of February 2014. Conveniently located on University Avenue across from Hilldale Shopping Center, the new branch will be a full-service branch offering all of Park Bank’s financial products and services. Located at 4200 University Avenue, this branch will also offer the convenience of a drive-up lane, ATM, a self-service coin-counter and free WiFi. In keeping with the pedestrian-friendly area around this branch, leashed dogs will be welcome and a bike rack will be provided.

Don’t Let the Delayed Tax Season Stop You from Being Prepared. The IRS recently announced that, for the second year in a row, it will delay the start of tax season. However, the April 15 filing deadline, which is set by statute, remains in place. The original start date of the 2014 filing season was January 21, so with a one- to two-week delay, the IRS will potentially start accepting and processing 2013 individual tax returns no earlier than Jan. 28 and no later than Feb. 4. Although the IRS is behind schedule, Berndt CPAs encourages clients to start preparing now in order to be prepared for filing as soon as the opening date of tax season arrives.

Killian Dental Clinic Thanks Community for Candy Donations. Patients of Killian Dental Clinic and the rest of the community were encouraged to trade in their trick-or-treat candy. Kids received one dollar for every pound of candy donated. Children also included letters for the troops to accompany their treats. The candy, letters, and dental supplies were shipped to Operation Gratitude, a volunteer organization which sends care packages to our Military Personnel deployed throughout the world. This year’s Killian Clinic’s record contributions were nine pounds by one child and 24 1/2 pounds by three family members.

Holy Wisdom Monastery Makes Visionary Land Acquisition, Launches Wisdom Prairie Project. “Restoring the Land, Protecting the Lakes.” That’s the theme of the latest visionary project of the Benedictine Women of Madison, known as the Wisdom Prairie Project. The sisters took a leap of faith in living out the caring for the earth portion of their mission by acquiring 53 acres of farmland adjacent to their current property with the help of a $1 million lead gift from an anonymous donor. Restored prairie protects the lake by absorbing runoff containing phosphorus from reaching the lake. To date, they have raised $1,320,000 from generous individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies. But still have $580,000 to go. If you are interested in learning more about the Project, volunteering your time, or making a donation, contact or 608-836-1631, x124.

Fairway Independent Mortgage Presents Four Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes Just Ahead Of Veterans Day. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation has embraced their commitment to support US active military and veterans with a dedication to serving those who serve with excellence. In celebration of Veterans Day, Fairway branch offices nationwide will be honoring active and retired military during Fairway’s home-giveaway week, in which Fairway will be presenting four mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors. Locally, Fairway’s Sun Prairie and Madison branches are supporting Veterans by helping to raise money for Badger Honor Flight as well as contributing monthly to the Boot Campaign on both a company and individual employee level.

Meriter Health Services Prepares for Future through Strategic Affiliation. Meriter Health Services announced that it has agreed to combine operations through an affiliation agreement in which it will become an affiliate of UnityPoint Health, a nationally recognized, integrated health system headquartered in West Des Moines, IA. The affiliation will allow Meriter to thrive in America’s changing health care environment, while advancing its commitment to high-quality patient care.

SupraNet Provides Complimentary Wireless Internet at Dane County Regional Airport. SupraNet Communications, Inc. is excited to offer passengers at the Dane County Regional Airport complimentary wireless Internet for the holiday season. Replacing the previous system where travelers were required to purchase a daily, weekly or monthly Internet pass, the new approach allows the more than 1.6 million annual travelers to enjoy complimentary 3 Mbps wireless service; suitable for checking email and Web browsing. SupraNet is providing the complimentary wireless Internet service at the airport as part of their “Responsible Success” core value. Giving back to the community is an important aspect of how SupraNet conducts business. SupraNet Communications, Inc. has been providing fast, direct and reliable Internet services to businesses across South Central Wisconsin since 1994.

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Announcements (Continued)

New officers elected for NAWIC Chapter and Regional Director. The Madison Chapter of NAWIC has elected the following for President: Erika Glapinski, JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.; President-Elect: Jane Holtzman, Great Wolf Resorts; Treasurer: Sheila Pokriefke, Erdman Company; Secretary: Heidi Hodel, M3 Insurance; and Membership: Meredith (Claeys) Kruser, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. Formal installation of the Madison Chapter NAWIC Officers took place on October 8.

Killian Dental Clinic Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees Serving in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced that Dr. Greg Killian and Dr. Brent Killian of Killian Dental Clinic were honored with a Patriot Awards in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees serving in the Wisconsin Guard and Reserve.

Solutions Provider transaction expands portfolio of TDS Hosted and Managed Service. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS) parent company to TDS Telecommunications Corp., today announced the acquisition of MSN Communications, Inc. headquartered in Englewood, Colo. for a purchase price of $40 million. MSN Communications generated annual revenues of $99 million in 2012. The acquisition amplifies TDS’ deep IT Solutions Provider capabilities and strong customer relationships in the portfolio of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS), a whollyowned subsidiary of Fortune 500® company Telephone and Data Systems.

Learn more about CNG vehicles - New photos and information resources from MGE. If you’re interested in CNG vehicles for your fleet, here’s your chance to learn more and see vehicles in action. For photos, check out MGE’s Facebook page at madisongasandelectric. If you have a CNG vehicle in your fleet, visit MGE’s Facebook page and send a message with photos of your CNG vehicle on the job. They’ll send you a Buck® Nobleman Linerlock Knife just for submitting your photos. To get the latest news, subscribe to MGE’s newsletter, CNG News Briefs. Sent every other week, this newsletter contains links to important stories about CNG vehicles, fueling, events and grants. To join MGE’s CNG email group and for more information on CNG at Work, visit

Middleton Police to Provide Texting Service for Non-Emergency Calls. In partnership with Zipwhip, the world’s first text carrier, people in Middleton have a new but familiar way to contact police for non-emergency services or to simply ask a question. They can now call or text the department at the same number they’ve been accustomed to using for years: 608-824-7300. The text service also fills a critical need by enabling better access to non-emergency services for citizens who are speech or hearing impaired.

Two Men and a Truck “Movers for Military Drive” Collects Hundreds of Items to Assist Homeless Veterans in Madison. Two Men and a Truck in Madison led a donation drive to collect essential items to support veterans in crisis as part of its Movers for Military program. The moving company recently delivered more than 850 items to Porchlight in the second year of this community-based campaign.

Awards Arata-Fratta of Wegner CPAs receives WWOCN Woman of Achievement Award. Julia Arata-Fratta, CPA, Supervisor at Wegner CPAs, is one of five women selected to receive a 2013 Woman of Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Women of Color Network (WWOCN). The WWOCN is a state-wide association whose members are women of color who believe in helping each other to achieve their fullest potential. Arata-Fratta, who is also the President of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County, was honored during the WWOCN 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Stark Company Realtors® Names “Paul E. Stark” Recipient. At its annual Appreciation Breakfast, Stark Company honored Katherine Bidwell with the Paul E. Stark Award. In the spirit of the Company’s founder, this award honors associates for their demonstrated exceptional service to the community, in their involvement and support of civic functions and organizations. Katherine’s involvement includes an extensive reach of activities: Past President of Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs, Girls Biz Advocate, Jefferson Middle School PTO Treasurer 2011-2013, Business Networking International VP/Education Coordinator 2011-2013, Ambassador with the Middleton Chamber of Commerce and active member with Dane Buy Local. Katherine still finds time to be an in-patient volunteer at Agrace Hospice and is active in the Walnut Grove Neighborhood Association.

Northwestern Mutual Recognizes Dettmann with Forum Membership. Northwestern Mutual is honoring Middleton financial representative Karl Dettmann, CLU, CLTC with membership in its 2013 Forum group, which recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security. Dettmann is affiliated with The Kosnick Financial Group in Middleton. This is the 1st time that Dettmann received the Forum honor.

JG Development Recognized with Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. JG Development, Inc. has been named award winner of the Residential Interior Under $100k category in the 2013 Contractor of the Year (CotY) annual awards competition by the Madison Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). In addition, both Jeff Grundahl, President, and Michelle Milestone, Director of Marketing, received 2013 Achievement Awards. Grundahl was the recipient of the Image Award, which honors an individual who has contributed to the enhancement of the remodeling industry’s image. Milestone was the recipient of the Employee of the Year award, which recognizes an employee of a NARI Member company whose talent, dedication, enthusiasm and teamwork has helped their company prosper.

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Hires/Promotions Studio 262 would like to welcome their newest stylist, Heather Martin. Heather has 18 years of experience in image consulting, freelance hair, and make up artistry.

Greenleaf Media welcomes Carrie Chase to its growing team. As communications manager, Chase will develop and manage marketing initiatives for Greenleaf and key clients, including strategy, messaging and web marketing. Chase joins Greenleaf with 15 years of marketing communications and writing experience, working for clients and companies at both the local and national level.

While you are Jason Smith has been hired as Assistant Vice President, Residential Lender with Associated Bank. In this capacity he provides creative financing strategies for home ownership to bank customers in the greater Middleton area.

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Be Inspired Salon is happy to welcome Jena Satterlee and Diana Schmiedlin as Junior Lead Stylists.

Smith & Gesteland is pleased to announce the addition of Theresa Zeidler-Shonat as a Manager in their business valuation practice. Theresa specializes in invested capital, equity, and intangible asset valuations for financial reporting, including valuations subject to the following standards: ASC 805 (single and multiple reporting units), ASC 350, ASC 360, ASC 820; gift and estate tax, succession planning, and lending support.

Wegner CPAs is pleased to announce the addition of two new, talented individuals to our firm. Joining our Tax and Business Services department are Manager, Michelle Eno and Manager, John Folsom.

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* Rate valid 11/15/13 through 1/31/14. Call hotel & mention Home for the Holidays Rate to book your stay. This rate is not advertised online & is offered to Local Residents, their Families & Friends. Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Taxes not included. We appreciate your local support! Happy Holidays!

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Events November 25 - December 25 Ruffin’ It Resort Holiday Donation Drive for La Casa Del Perro. Find out more at: www.

December 11 Corporate Business Systems present: Xerox Experts Explain Latest Technologies

December 3, 6pm & December 7, 12pm Jason Guttenberg of Liberty Mutual Insurance presents: “Hops & Homes”. First time homebuyers eat, drink & learn! Great Dane Pub - Hilldale. To register for either session, email

December 12, 1:20pm Holiday Concert with MHS Choir Holiday Wisdom Monastery

December 23, 7:30pm Middleton Community Orchestra Holiday Concert. Featuring Soprano Emily Birsan. Tickets $10. Middleton PAC December 31, 3-8pm US Bank Eve Keva Sports Center

December 4, 5:30pm Edward Jones Financial Advisor Career Evening The Madison Club. RSVP by emailing resume to December 4, 8pm Neckerman Insurance Share Your Holidays Benefit Concert at the Frequency. $5 at door. December 5, 12pm Tingalls Graphic Design “Munch and Learn”: How to Setup and Maintain a Successful Facebook Business Page. Register at December 7, 12pm Middleton Area Historical Society Annual Holiday Potluck. Middleton Senior Center December 7, 4-7pm elements therapeutic massage Holiday Open House. Come enjoy refreshments, free chair massages and holiday shopping! December 7, 6-9pm Dinner with AIESEC-Madison at the Essen Haus. Network, learn more about the organization and enjoy food. $15. RSVP at

December 5, 5-7pm Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bring a colleague or guest for an evening of networking

Top-quality educational programs designed for working adults New classes start every 8 weeks Online or in the classroom

Graduate Adult Accelerated Veterans Business • Education • Nursing • Sustainability Organization Development • Marriage & Family Therapy

December 7-8 “Creating for Causes” Art Fair benefit for Middleton Outreach Ministry. 30 local artists will have handcrafted items for sale. December 10, 8:30am Quickbooks Seminar Presented by KMA Bodilly CPAs. 525 Junction Road Conference Room. Register at December 10 The Wellness Champions present “Healthy Living to 100”. 7836 Mineral Point Road RSVP by calling 833-9445

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Monthly - 7:30 a.m. Chamber Hilton Garden Inn Events (Greenway Station)

December 6 Sponsor

October Business Social Hour - Nonn’s Design Showplace

January 3 Sponsor

Annual Sponsors Ribbon Cutting - Total Awards & Promotions

Ribbon Cutting - Why Knot? Massage

Ribbon Cutting - Z. Bella Boutique

November Business Social Hour - P.F. Chang’s

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Monthly - 7:30am - Hilton Garden Inn

December Sponsor

December Presenter Line-Up:

January Sponsor

Ralph Middlecamp, St. Vincent de Paul

Jill Tutaj, Middleton PD Zachary Ellis, WARF UpStart

Annual Sponsors

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Chamber Event Calendar

Show your support for your fellow members, network and socialize; Bring a guest! December 2, 11:30am Ambassador Committee Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites December 4, 12pm Annual Celebration Committee Regus December 5, 7:30am Get Moving Middleton Hilton Garden Inn December 5, 5-7pm Holiday Business Social Hour Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

December 24, 12pm Chamber Office Closed December 25 Chamber Office Closed December 31, 12pm Chamber Office Closed January 1 Chamber Office Closed January 6, 11:30am Ambassador Committee Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites January 8, 12pm Annual Celebration Committee Regus

January 9, 7:30am Get Moving Middleton Hilton Garden Inn January 10 Silent Auction Donation Deadline Email Lisa to donate! January 15, 12pm Economic Development Forum Wisconsin Bank & Trust January 22, 5-9pm 62nd Annual Celebration Madison Marriott West Register at

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Middleton Chamber of Commerce Business Connection Newsletter December 2013

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