Business Connection FEBRUARY 2014
2014 Board of Directors Executive Committee
As I write this month’s newsletter article there is a severe winter weather advisory underway. And although we’re hearty souls, most of us are likely ready for some warmer weather. The only time I’ve heard someone talk about being warm this week was in reference to our amazing 62nd Annual Celebration on January 22nd - with over 500 attendees, we heated up the Marriott with an evening of fun and camaraderie. Unfortunately, the Milwaukee Brewers Racing Sausage that I sponsored got scorched — even after my pre-race motivational speech for the 8-foot tall Brat. I am convinced that the winning sausage was on some type of PED!
President Jason Guttenberg Liberty Mutual
President Elect Bob Vanden Burgt Yahara Software Secretary Regina McFarland Park Bank Treasurer Josh Marron Middleton Community Bank Past President Randy Krantz Neckerman Insurance Services
Board of Directors June Brown R.W. Baird
This year’s Annual Celebration was truly special. With 15 food and beverage vendors, a 100+ package silent auction, bean bags and sumo wrestling, there was a little something for everyone. There are so many people to thank when such a phenomenal event occurs: staff, the planning committee, sponsors and the volunteers who put their efforts together for a great night. I can’t wait to see what next year’s theme will be as each years’ event committee attempts to top the previous years’ efforts. If you have not attended our Annual Celebration event over the past few years, I encourage you to attend in 2015 to see for yourself!
Curt Fuszard Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Jeff Kraemer Kraemer Development Terry Healy-Lemke Celerity Staffing Solutions Dave Neelsen Story First Media Michelle Schultz North Central Group Kyle Von Ruden Hausmann-Johnson Insurance
Mike Davis, City of Middleton Don Johnson, MCPASD
Dear Chamber Members,
Van Nutt, Executive Director Brenda Delabarre, Membership Services Lisa DuChateau, Communications Jill Frank, Membership Services
Speaking of great efforts, our Middleton Chamber has seen continued growth and participation from you, its members. Our Board of Directors is continually evaluating the success of events and the participation and engagement of members, and this will
be the focus of our strategic work moving forward. Through the year, we’ll be asking you what you and your organization need to be more successful. We’ll welcome any thoughts or ideas to build on our momentum and the energy of this organization. Finally, in 2014 I challenge you to try some programs—Ask the Expert, Economic Development, Get Moving Middleton or Business Social Hours—that you have never attended. To take this challenge one step further, try inviting a friend, co-worker or someone you want to do business with to attend with you. It’s a simple yet powerful way to show you care. I am very grateful for my Chamber membership and this opportunity to serve as your President in 2014. A remarkable percentage of my friends and people I do business with are members of this Chamber. I would have never imagined that an organization could facilitate so many special relationships in my life. Remember my challenge! I hope you see you and a colleague or friend at an upcoming Chamber program. Sincerely, Jason Guttenberg
2014 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 Magee 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.
Owner, Twin Valley Clay
What type of work do you do here at the Twin Valley Studio? This is my working studio and most of my pieces are made on the wheel. I create custom pieces, pie plates, soup bowls and mugs. I like creating functional pieces so when people take pieces home, they can use them in everyday life.
Besides throwing clay on the wheel, what other pieces do you create? Right now I have been doing carved tiles with hand painting. I am always looking for new things to try with a blend of color and design.
How long have you been in this location? It will be 2 years this spring. I finally decided to take the leap of faith to open my own studio. My original
studio was on Twin Valley Rd. for 2 years. Then I opened up on Parmenter St. one and a half years ago. What sessions and classes do you offer? We have birthday parties, pre-school/ parent classes, after school classes, adult classes and open studio time. People really like the atmosphere here and can get their creative side going.
How do you let people know about the classes and changes? Word of mouth and “constant contact,” have been very valuable. We offer classes in 6 week sessions and the topics are always changing. We also send email newsletters and post information on my website, www.twinvalleyclay.com
What inspired you to take up pottery? I just always found it fascinating. I graduated from the UW Madison with a degree in Art Education. I taught art for 8 years at Waunakee and then stayed at home with the kids for 10 years. PTA and kids activities kept me busy. Then the bug hit me to open my studio.
Do you sell your pieces at art shows? No, I don’t travel to many shows. The one show we do each year is a fund raiser for the local food pantry.
What future plans do you have? I would like to offer some guest artist classes and get some external input. I would like to offer some non-clay art classes. People are always looking for unique classes and mine are always changing. It would be great to build a raku kiln at home this summer so I can do some firings.
Twin Valley Clay Studio 1800 Parmenter Street
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elcome New Members Alliance Benefit Group WI Paul Strang 1200 John Q Hammons Dr., Suite #201 608-827-6008 www.abgwi.com Description: Alliance Benefit Group WI is a Third Party Administration firm which provides full-service retirement plan consulting, record keeping and administration. The firm specializes in designing and servicing participant directed 401(k), 403(b), 457 plans, and other types of qualified retirement plans. Staff includes 10 full time retirement plan professionals, with a combined total of over 100 years experience in the field.
Angel’s Wish Pet Adoption & Resource Center Amy Good 161 Horizon Drive, Suite 106, Verona 608-848-4174 www.angelswish.org Description: Angel’s Wish is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 2000. They are dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation, rehoming companion animals, and raising awareness of animal welfare issues in South Central Wisconsin. Also offering pet microchipping, cat nailtrims, retail store, volunteer opportunities, and more!
BConnected, LLC Tara Rushmer 5601 Grande Market Drive, Appleton 920-841-0965 www.bconnectedllc.com Description: BConnected manages social media so you don’t have to! By building communities around your brand and creating great content for you, they work with your customers to deliver the best experience possible!
Carpet Direct David Chadwick 3302 Grandview Blvd, Madison 608-698-6846 www.carpetdirectwisconsin.com Description: Carpet Direct brings the store to your door with the highest quality productions at the lowest possible price. They supply carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile, and vinyl at 25 to 45% below retail. They eliminate overhead by providing onsite estimates and buying directly from the manufacturers. Carpet Direct flooring specialists are the most highly-trained and knowledgeable salespeople in the industry.
First Weber Group - Mardi Stroud Real Estate 429 Gammon Place 608-469-5555 mardistroudrealestate.com Description: Where do you want to live? Mardi knows how to get you there fast at the best price. Mardi specializes in lakefront, suburban, urban and condominium residential and income property.
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elcome New Members Galin Education Zach Galin 6702 Stonefield Rd, Suite 101 608-841-1053 www.galined.com
Jones Lang LaSalle Teri Bell 245 South Executive Drive, Brookfield 608-354-2808 www.joneslanglasalle.com
Description: Galin Education is an education company dedicated to helping students succeed in school and in admissions. They provide tutoring, SAT and ACT test prep, and admissions counseling services here and throughout the country.
Description: Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm that specializes in commercial real estate and investment management. They are in business to create and deliver real value for clients and shareholders. In a complex world that is constantly changing, JLL is committed to helping you understand and navigate the intricacies of commercial real estate.
Innova Marketing Group Steve Querio 1715 Bates St, Sauk City, 608- 807-4100 www.InnovaBusinessMarketing.com Description: Innova provides smart business marketing strategy and services for one purpose - to generate more patients, clients and customers to increase your business profits. They offer consulting, business marketing strategy, internet marketing, video production, lead generation, social media, reputation marketing and mobile marketing.
New Awakenings, LLC Kelly Kinderman 5308 Valley Ridge Plaza 608-203-8646 www.newawakeningsllc.com Description: New Awakenings, LLC believes in the mind-body connection. When our heart is hurting, we make empty decisions, when our mind is cluttered, we have difficulty hearing the messages our hearts are sending. Too often we ignore our innate ability to sense our lives are out of balance and, instead of sitting with our pain, we fill our time with distraction. If you, or someone you know, is having difficulty managing the stress our lives can bring us or is experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or heartache, please make an appointment to see how New Awakenings may be able to support you.
Legacy Advisor Network Paula R. Possin 2450 Rimrock Road, Suite 203, Fitchburg 608-442-4273 www.legacyadvisornetwork.com Description: The mission at Legacy Advisor Network is tied to the mission of those they serve. Paula Possin is a trusted financial professional who is skilled at finding powerful solutions for financial well-being. She is an effective communicator who delivers a high level of personal service.
Tuesday, February 11, 8am (7:45am Registration) Affordable Care Act Panel Discussion CORE Auditorium - 2275 Deming Way Wednesday, March 19, 8am (7:45am Registration) 10 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2014 Edgewood College - 1255 Deming Way Register for Ask the Expert at www.middletonchamber.com *Ask the Expert Seminars are an included Member benefit*
Promises Floral and Gift Studio Sharyl LaBelle 741 N. High Point Rd 608-833-3279 www.promisesfloralstudio.com Description: At Promises, each person is unique and the floral or gift item should reflect the gift giver as well as the recipient. Sharyl’s customers are “family” and you should feel like you just left “home” when you walk out the doors. Promises offers: custom floral design, fresh floral bouquets, corsages & boutonnieres, baby gifts, badger jewelry and gifts, candles, scarves, jewelry, decor and much more!
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elcome New Members PULSE Kettlebells and Yoga Anne Jelinek 8845 S. Greenview Dr 408-641-1392 www.pulsekettlebellsandyoga.com Desription: PULSE combines RKC/SFG kettlebell training with Vinyasa Yoga to change bodies and lives. If you’re looking for a certified personal trainer or corporate wellness class to stay strong, lean and flexible with a powerful combination of iron, sweat and zen, PULSE Kettlebells & Yoga is the perfect choice. Oneon-one, small group and classes build lean muscle and develop your athletic potential. Anne also teaches vinyasa yoga and yoga workshops, with a focus on healing the body and clearing out mental clutter.
The Center for Play Therapy Jacqueline Wright 5308 Valley Ridge 608-203-8646 www.playtherapymadison.com Description: The Center for Play Therapy is a private psychotherapy practice for children, teens and families that focuses on utilizing evidence-based play therapy within an environment of healing from emotional and behavioral struggles. The services offered include Play Therapy, Creative/Expressive Therapy, Family Therapy and Caregiver/Parent Support Sessions.
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Tony Trapp Remodeling & Repairs, LLC Paul Zoske 5418 Marsha Dr., Madison 608.235.8982 www.tonytrappllc.com Description: Tony Trapp Remodeling and Repairs is a full-service, award-winning residential remodeling contractor that brings integrity, reliability and expertise to every project.
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elcome New Members
The Community of Bishops Bay Terrance Wall 608-345-0701 www.bishopsbaycommunity.com
Total Administrative Services Corporation Jim Gowan 2302 International Ln, Madison 608-241-1900 www.tasconline.com
Description: The Community of Bishops Bay offers a unique combination of new homes for sale and dynamic neighborhoods so you can choose the one that fits you perfectly. Interesting people have eclectic tastes, different generations find each other captivating and no one wants to be surrounded by other houses that look just like their own. By mixing things up, they’ve found a way to bring people together. So look around. Get comfortable and make yourself at home. Because The Community of Bishops Bay is one of Wisconsin’s most innovative new home communities.
Description: Total Administration Services Corp (TASC) provides superior outsourcing services and compliance expertise for employee benefits programs, including FSA, HSA, HRA, COBRA, ERISA, FMLA, and Payroll. The nation’s #1 privately-held TPA, TASC brings over 35 years of experience and is dedicated to delivering reliable administration and innovative services to its customers. Tens of thousands of Customers across all 50 states are served by the TASC team, which boasts 7,000 field representatives, a national network of Providers, and 700 professionals at the Madison campus and remote locations.
Wisconsin Brewing Company Vanessa LeBert 1079 American Way, Verona 608-848-1079 www.wisconsinbrewingcompany.com Description: Is it Passion? Obsession? All we know is, it’s Really Good Beer! At WBC, they’ve had a love affair with craft beer for over 30 years, and it’s never been stronger. Their philosophy: Create beers that honor the rich brewing heritage of Wisconsin, while embracing that same pioneering spirit to move forward. At Wisconsin Brewing Company, you’ll tour a state of the art facility dedicated to creating Wisconsin’s best craft beers.
62nd Annual Celebration
Thank You! 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
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Liberty Mutual Insurance - Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - R.W. Baird & Co. Stark Company Realtors, K.Bidwell & S.Miller - Valpak of Madison
Silent Auction Donors Adams Outdoor Advertising Adesys alphagraphics Middleton American Girl Brands, LLC American Printing Company, Inc. American Transmission Company Anunson Chiropractic Anytime Fitness Applied Tech AutoColor, Inc. Badger Key & Security, LLC Balance Personal Training Be Inspired Salon, Inc. Bergamot Massage Therapy and Bodywork Betty Lou Cruises Bloom Bake Shop Blue River Chiropractic BMO Harris Bank BodyFit Solutions Borakove Osman, LLC Bristled Boar Saloon Burman Coffee Traders Burse Surveying and Engineering, Inc. Cadre Camping for the FUN of It Campos Realty Group Capital Brewery Company, Inc. Carey Group, The Chalmers Jewelers Chartwell Wisconsin Chauette Chocolaterie Stam Cindy Ramlet Advertising & Marketing Closets by Techline CORE Health & Fitness Country Inn and Suites Courtyard by Marriott - Madison West Creative Business Interiors Cress Funeral & Cremation Service Diny’s Jewelers of Middleton LLC Dogtopia of Madison West Drake & Company, Inc. elements therapeutic massage
Emmons Business Interiors Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro EZ Office Products Fairfield Inn & Suites Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Family Dentistry & Orthodontics First Choice Dental Group, SC Fitzgerald’s of Middleton Gallant Knight Limousine, Inc. Globe University Green Bay Packers Greenway Station Shopping Center Gunderson West Funeral Home Hallman Lindsay Quality Paints Hampton Inn & Suites Madison West Happy Hill Consulting LLC Harbor Athletic Club Hilton Garden Inn Hitters SportsPlex/The Tennis Shop Holy Wisdom Monastery Homewood Suites Madison West Horizon Health & Fitness HotelRED Hubbard Avenue Diner I’m Board! Games & Family Fun Imperial Garden Infinity Martial Arts Isthmus Eye Care, S.C. J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. James A. Lord, DDS, S.C. Jas McDaniel Photography Jim’s BP Amoco LLC Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse Keva Sports Center LLC KMA Bodilly CPAs & Consultants, S. C. Knoche’s Food Center Kraemer Development, LLC KSW Construction Corporation Lerdahl Business Interiors Inc. Liberty Professional Services, LLC Little Caesars Pizza Madison Gas and Electric Company Madison No Fear Dentistry
Marcus Hotels/Hilton Madison Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Meriter Medical Clinic Middleton Dress Company Middleton Farmers Co-op Middleton Sports & Fitness Middleton Times Tribune Middleton Travel Inc. Milio’s Sandwiches Monks Bar & Grill Morey Airplane Company, Inc. National Mustard Museum Neena LLC Nerium International Never Forget Legacies Nonn’s Design Showplace OfficeMax Olson Toon Landscaping, Inc. Orange Shoe Personal Fitness P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Pellitteri Waste Systems Pizza Hut Pleasant View Golf Course Radisson Hotel Residence Inn by Marriott Restaino & Associates - Markley Team Restaino & Associates Relocation Division Rick Vanden Heuvel CPA, S.C. River Valley Bank Ruffin’ It Resort Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Sam Simon Real Estate Savant Capital Management Settlers Bank Settlers Bank Sherwin Williams Sofra Family Bistro Sperry Van Ness Springs Window Fashions, LLC State Bank of Cross Plains - Middleton Stevens Design Structural Research Inc. Studio 262 Salon
SupraNet Communications, Inc. SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. SwimWest Swim School TASC TDS Telecom The Alliance The Free House Pub The HR Generalist Store The Storage Guy The Wellness Champions Tingalls Graphic Design, LLC Tires Plus Top Promotions True Laser Ltd. Twin Valley Clay Studio & Gallery UW Health Transformations UW Provision Company, Inc. Valpak of Madison Village Green Bar & Grill Vom Fass Weed Man Weed Man Why Knot? WI River Outings Willy Street Co-op Windogs Pet Lodge WISC - TV3 / Madison Magazine Wisconsin Bank & Trust Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Wussow Chiropractic Z.Bella Boutique Zimbrick-Acura
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Special Thanks To: Bask In Gifts Park Electric Play’N Wisconsin Speedpro Imaging
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December & January Member Renewals Ace Hardware
Stark Company Realtors - Roche
Adams Outdoor Advertising
Holy Wisdom Monastery
Steve Brown Apartments
Adecco Employment Services
Horizon Health & Fitness
Affiliated Communications of Wisconsin, LLC
In Business Magazine
American Cancer Society
J.H. Findorff & Son
Sue’s Hallmark Shop
Jim’s BP Amoco LLC
SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C.
Keva Sports Center
SwimWest Swim School
Bachmann Construction Co.
Kiesling Associates LLP
Badger Insurance Associates
KMI - Kalish Masonry, LLC
The Business Source
The Storage Guy
Louisianne’s Etc. Restaurant
Trinity Financial Planning
Bauer Jewelry Designs
Madison Friends of CURE
United Cerebral Palsy of Dane County
BMO Harris Bank
Madison Gas and Electric
United Way of Dane County
Boley Tree & Landscape Care
UW Provision Company
Borakove Osman, LLC
Memorial Pet Services, Inc.
Valencia Place Apartments - Broihahn Mgmt
Capital Brewery Company
Middleton Art & Framing
Zingg Design, Inc.
Middleton Community Bank
City of Middleton
Middleton Farmers Co-op
CMS of Madison
Middleton Fire District
Cross Plains American Legion Post 245
Morey Airplane Company, Inc.
National Mustard Museum
Network Engineering Technologies (NET)
Edward Jones - Riley
Newmark Grubb Gialamas
Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro
OccuPaws Guide Dog Association
Orange Shoe Personal Fitness
EZ Office Products
Page Management Consulting
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
First Weber Group - Wills
Pleasant View Golf Course
Fish & Associates, Inc.
QPS Employment Group
Quaker Steak and Lube
Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo
Restaino & Associates - Adler
Restaino & Associates - The Markley Team
Reynolds Transfer & Storage
Gordon Flesch Company
Greater Madison Area SHRM
Gunderson West Funeral Home
Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub
H. Krueger & Associates
St. Vincent de Paul Madison
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Announcements TDS Renews Space with T. Wall Properties. T. Wall Properties L.L.C. announced the completion of a significant long term lease renewal in December 2013 with TDS Telecommunications Corporation and Telephone & Data Systems, Inc. (“TDS”) totaling a combined 320,000 square feet. The leases are in Class A office buildings located at City Center West (525 Junction Road Madison, WI) and The Wisconsin Trade Center (8401 Greenway Boulevard Middleton, WI) which provide various on-site and locational amenities.
Berndt Presents at RootWorks Academy Conference. Berndt CPA is a member of the RootWorks Academy, a national organization of forward-thinking accounting firms working to use the right technology to work collaboratively with their clients. Bruce Berndt CPA recently spoke at the Academy Conference. Bruce presented to his peers on the technology and processes his firm uses to support accounting clients through BOSS (Back Office Support System) service. BOSS is a cloud-based technology, including accounting, bill-pay, payroll, and paperless document delivery software. Clients have access to their data anytime, anywhere.
MacWorks Now Cirrus Partners. As a partner for your business, Cirrus leverages multiple layers of information technology to create a customized, efficient solution tailored to your organization’s specific needs and workflow. They take the time to analyze your organization’s structure, how you access your data and where information flows through your business. Each solution addresses not only your current needs but enables your organization to stay flexible and aggressive, meeting the demands of an ever-changing marketplace. Learn more at gocirrus.com. Now at 5940 Seminole Centre Court, Fitchburg.
Country Inn & Suites Supports Wounded Warrior Project. The Country Inn & Suites Madison West/Middleton recently hosted 20 Wounded Warriors and their guests, who were in town to attend the UW Men’s Basketball game on January 5.
Charitable Causes Earn Quaker Steak & Lube National Recognition. For most people, Monday is a drag, but for charities like OccuPaws Guide Dog Association, Waukesha C.A.R.E. Center, Echo Food Pantry, and so many others, it’s a day when a difference is truly made. As part of Make a Difference Mondays, Wisconsin’s Quaker Steak & Lubes use Mondays to donate five percent of food sales to local charities. In total, the Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants in Wisconsin (Middleton, New Berlin and Janesville) have donated over $95,000 to charities like these. That’s no small number, which is why it’s no surprise the corporate Quaker Steak & Lube office awarded the Wisconsin locations with its Ray Travaglini award, which recognizes the Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants that gives the most back to its community.
Meriter Health Services Officially Joins UnityPoint Health. Meriter Health Services is pleased to announce it has officially affiliated with UnityPoint Health, a nationally recognized, integrated health system headquartered in West Des Moines, IA. This agreement became effective on January 1, 2014. The affiliation will allow Meriter to advance its commitment to high-quality, local patient care through shared best practices with UnityPoint Health’s award-winning providers. Meriter will also gain the value of being part of a larger system, helping to lower the overall cost of care. Meriter patients and Physicians Plus members will continue to see their doctors and receive care locally, just as before. Meriter and UnityPoint Health hope to build upon current relationships with local health organizations.
Pellitteri Waste Systems Acquires Royal Container Service Commercial Routes. Pellitteri Waste Systems recently acquired the commercial trash and recycling routes of Royal Container Service of Monona, further expanding the customer base that Pellitteri serves for local commercial waste and recycling collection. Royal Container Service will continue to serve its construction customers.
Students Invited to Apply for Summit Credit Union Scholarships. High school and college students are invited to apply for Summit Credit Union’s continuing education scholarships. The three $1,500 tuition scholarships will be awarded this April. To apply, students must be members of Summit for one year as of Jan. 1, 2014, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and complete an application and explain in an essay how a credit union’s cooperative structure benefits its members and the communities it serves. Applications must be completed by Feb. 28, 2014. Students should visit: www.summitcreditunion.com/ scholarships to review the full eligibility requirements and complete the application. Over the past twelve years, Summit has helped 36 area students pursue quality higher education. The Board of Director Scholarship program supports Summit’s ongoing educational outreach efforts and its commitment to the communities it serves.
Savant Announces Acquistion. Savant Capital Management recently announced it finalized its acquisition of Paragon Advisors, a Naperville, IL based registered investment advisory (RIA) firm. The move puts Savant into the top 30 largest registered investment advisor (RIAs) in terms of total assets under management (AUM).
CORE Health & Fitness Supports Cancer Research. During the month of November, trainers at CORE Health & Fitness participated in the “No Shave” event and raised over $2700 for the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
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SVA Food and Fund Drive Raised Nearly 16,000 Meals in Support of Second Harvest Foodbank. SVA, in their annual tradition, kicked-off the holiday season by giving to people in need. From November 4 through December 2 the firm’s Madison offices participated in a food/fund drive benefiting Second Harvest Foodbank. The drive was conducted as a part of the NBC 15 Share Your Holidays to Eliminate Hunger campaign.
Springs Window Fashions Buys Illinois Company. Springs Window Fashions of Middleton has acquired Horizons Window Fashions, a northern Illinois maker of custom shades and other window treatments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Springs Window Fashions will retain Bill O’Connor, president of Horizons, and the transaction will not affect the size of either company’s workforce, according to a release. Horizons Window Fashions, a privately held company founded in 1891, has locations in Waukegan and Gurnee, Ill.
The Alliance Announces Board of Directors Mark Rieland, Flambeau Inc. Mark Stevens, Maranatha Baptist Bible College Larry Pribyl, Trachte Building Systems Mary Kay Brooks, Brooks Tractor, Inc Jennifer Pagels, Trek Bicycle Corporation Kyle Reading, Spuncast Inc Vikki Brueggeman, Zimbrick, Inc Wendy Culver, Mead & Hunt Brad Olm, Gordon Flesch Co. Inc Pat Whitmore, Hufcor Inc.
Hires/Promotions Neckerman Insurance Services is pleased to announce that Megan Cabalka has been promoted to Operations and Marketing Manager. Megan served as Marketing Director for the past 4 ½ years. Check out her Linkedin profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/ megancabalka.
Associated Bank has hired Molly McCarragher as Vice President, Personal Trust Manager. In this capacity, she is responsible for the management and administration of trust and investment relationships and coordinating estate planning that meets the client’s financial goals.
Be Inspired Welcomes New Talent. Be Inspiried Salon announced the addition of Junior Stylists, Erin Kirkpatrick, a graduate of the cosmetology program at Vici AvedaMadison, and Nate Mael, a graduate of the MATC barber/cosmetology program.
Raj Shah has joined Associated Bank as a Branch Business Banker where he is responsible for developing business relationships and providing customized banking solutions in the greater Madison area. Shah specializes in banking products that include commercial real estate, lines of credit, loan products, and equipment financing.
Starion Financial is pleased to announce that Emily Ryan has joined as Business Banking Representative. Ryan provides a variety of loan support functions and has several years of experience in customer service and mortgage loan processing. Haiying Zhang has joined Starion Financial as a Mortgage Banking Assistant. In her role, Zhang is responsible for organizing and tracking active loans as directed by Jason Weber. Zhang has several years of experience in administration and cultural resource management.
Karin Henning has joined Middleton Times Tribune as a Media Sales Consultant. She brings more than 25 years of sales experience and a strong commitment to the Middleton area. Karin will assist advertisers in branding and promoting` their products and services.
February 20, 5-7pm Middleton Community Bank March 13, 5-7pm Mid Town Pub Bring a colleague or guest for an evening of networking Register at www.middletonchamber.com
Brian Novinska, CFM, FMP recently joined Welton Enterprises, Inc. as the Property and Project Manager. His daily responsibilities include: daily coordination and upkeep of all properties, project management, budget preparation, tenant relations, safety and maintenance. Brian is a Certified Facility Manger, holds a certification as Building Operator Level II and belongs to the International Facility Management Association.
Wegner CPAs is pleased to announce the addition of Jill Ammann as Bookkeeper. Jill is a certified 2013 QuickBooks ProAdvisor and has over 15 years of bookkeeping experience. Her primary responsibilities as a Bookkeeper in Wegner CPAs’ Tax & Business Services Department will include providing a variety of accounting services for clients, preparing sales tax returns, and assisting in completing 1099’s and payroll reports.
Sperry Van Ness is pleased to announce the addition of John Dyke to their office. John Dyke, CCIM, has joined as a Senior Advisor with an extensive career in financing, management, development and sales of multi-family properties and senior housing. You can reach John at 608-338-0550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Awards JG Development Wins 2013 Achievement in Consumer Excellence Award. The Madison Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named JG Development, Inc., a team of residential design and building professionals, winner of a 2013 Achievement in Consumer Excellence (ACE) Award. The concept of the ACE Awards program is to: create additional awareness of NARI members, through the implementation of a client driven award system, provide a mechanism to provide client feedback on NARI members and create a recognition program for NARI vendors and suppliers in recognition of their providing exemplary service and support.
Wegner CPAs Receives In Business Executive Choice Award. Wegner CPAs was recently named one of the preferred local accounting firms by members of the In Business Executive Register. Wegner CPAs was awarded third place in this category and was recognized in the December issue of In Business Magazine as well as the 2014 Book of Lists. Each year, In Business asks members of their Executive Register to vote for their preferred local businesses and the winners are recognized with an IB Executive Choice Award.
Madison Remodeling Professionals Win Achievement in Consumer Excellence Awards. Achievement in Consumer Excellence (ACE) Awards for 2013 were awarded to nine NARI of Madison members, including Home Works Remodeling and JG Development, Inc.
Events February 9, 2-4pm PULSE Kettlebells and Yoga presents: IRON ORIGINS Intro to Kettlebells Class & Mixer! Email email@example.com to reserve your spot!
February 19 Doing Business in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities for Midwestern Companies. For more information, visit ocr.wisc.edu/brazil-2 UW–Madison, Fluno Center
February 7, 8:15am Identity Theft Awareness Seminar, Sponsored by Perkins Benefit Solutions & Susan D. Oja, LegalShield. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Globe University
February 20 & March 20, 8:45-10am Madison Community Montessori School Open House. RSVP to admissions@ madisoncommunitymontessori.org.
February 12 Globe University Health, Wellness & Safety Career Fair. Sheraton Hotel February 12, 5:30-7pm Edward Jones Financial Advisor Career Evening The Madison Club. RSVP by emailing your resume to email@example.com February 14 & 15 Dine with your Valentine at Basie’s. Radisson Hotel
February 22 Bockfest Capital Brewery March 28, 7:30pm Second City Benefit for Gilda’s Club. Tickets www.overturecenter.com/production/secondcity-benefit-for-gildas-club-madison Overture Hall
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Monthly - 7:30 a.m. Chamber Hilton Garden Inn Events (Greenway Station)
December 6 Sponsor
December Business Social Hour - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
January 3 Sponsor
62nd Annual Celebration - Madison Marriott West
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Show your support for your fellow members, network and socialize; Bring a guest! Monday, February 3, 11:30am Ambassador Committee Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Thursday, February 20, 5-7pm Business Social Hour Middleton Community Bank
Wednesday, March 19, 12pm Economic Development Briefing Wisconsin Bank & Trust
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Thursday, March 6, 7:30am Get Moving Middleton Hilton Garden Inn
Thursday, April 3, 7:30am Get Moving Middleton Hilton Garden Inn
Tuesday, February 11, 8am Ask the Expert: ACA Panel CORE Auditorium
Thursday, March 13, 5-7pm Business Social Hour Mid Town Pub
Wednesday, February 19, 12pm Economic Development Briefing Wisconsin Bank & Trust
Wednesday, March 19, 8am Ask the Expert: 10 Ways to Grow Your Business Edgewood College, Deming Way