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October - November 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, We are now in the fourth quarter of 2013! If you planned and set goals this year, you should have achieved ¾ of them (or better) to stay on track. The Chamber’s strategic planning process—“Project 2015”—which began over 3 years ago, has met many of its goals or is very close to meeting them. Membership and retention have exceeded projections, leadership and succession planning have been completed, communications strategy and IT infrastructure are nearing completion and government relations/business climate work is ongoing. As we move toward the end of the year, it’s important to readdress the goals and vision we have set. This will take place as part of our Board Retreat in November. 2013 has been a very active year for the Chamber. To date we’ve had nine Get Moving Middleton breakfasts, record setting Annual Celebration and Golf Outings, one Fortune 500 speaker in David Lumley from Spectrum Brands, nine Business Social Hours, eight Economic Development meetings, six Ask the Expert sessions, numerous committee meetings and countless Ribbon Cuttings and Open Houses. The Annual Sports Night at Keva in May set records and we surpassed our volunteer commitments to the Good Neighbor Festival. Get Moving Middleton continues to serve as one of our Chamber’s most popular monthly events, with timely updates on city, community and business issues. There will be a special member meeting on October 3 to vote on the slate of candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors - please try to attend this GMM to take part in the voting. We have a new GMM emcee in Nolan Brown! I would like to thank Bob Vanden Burgt for the great job he did over the last 2+ years as the emcee at GMM and welcome Nolan to his new role.

Please take advantage of all your Chamber membership has to offer in networking and educational opportunities. The next Business Social Hour is October 10 at Nonn’s Design Showplace. Ask the Expert has two sessions yet this fall including LinkedIn and Employee Engagement. Monthly Economic Development briefings are set for October 16 and November 20. The Wisconsin DOT held a public information meeting at City Hall on September 23 to accept input on long-term solutions to congestion and crash rates on the Beltline. The information presented was very interesting and eyeopening. As Middleton grows, the Beltline and other traffic corridors will have a significant effect on businesses’ ability to transport goods and people efficiently. It’s also a major quality of life issue. The study includes bicycle and pedestrian concerns, as well as rapid transit. Future public input meetings will take place late 2013 and early 2014. More information is available here: The Chamber’s Board of Directors knows that great outcomes start with a vision, followed by a plan, action and ongoing revisions. Our goal is to continue to assist in building and maintaining the success of our member organizations. Thanks for putting us to work for you! Sincerely,

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: Michelle Burse President of Burse Surveying and Engineering, Inc.

How did you become interested in civil engineering and land surveying? I got into civil engineering because of an aptitude test in high school that said I should go into chemical engineering. The chemical engineering curriculum looked too hard so I went the easy route and opted for civil engineering. I fell in love with my first land surveying class and decided that is what I wanted to do. I graduated from the UW-Madison Civil Engineering program with the Land Survey option.

What significant changes have you seen in your industry since you started? COMPUTERS! Started my first job using only an HP Calculator and ink pens, then around 1987 we used a computer and Autocad 2.6. Subdivision plats that would take a month or more to prepare, now they can be done in a week or two! Much easier to make changes with computers; Ink on Mylar does not erase well!

What are the biggest challenges you have faced professionally? When the recession hit us five years ago, it was very difficult having so many clients declare bankruptcy and not pay their bills. We had to lay off employees. For two years we barely got by, but survived. I was close to throwing in the towel in 2009. Now business is coming back with a vengeance and we are crazy busy with Department of Transportation and City of Madison projects.

Where did you grow up? What was your first job? What did your parents want you to be? Madison born and bred. First woman on the Maple Bluff Country Club grounds crew. Bartended at my parent’s bar, The Hope Tavern, which is now Country Corners. My dad was a firefighter/ paramedic and wanted me to join the Fire Department we could be the first father/ daughter team. I decided I did not want to break into an all male industry. Ended up [in a career] where all I work with is men. After the first two years of having to prove myself, it has worked out well.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A teacher or professional athlete, like a skier or tennis player. My parents said they would pay for college if I picked a different major. Not paying for college was a powerful motivation to pick another career path.

What activities do you do for fun? Fishing up north near Eagle River, salmon fishing near Bayfield in October, visiting the Union and going to Badger football games. Seeing the band V05 around Madison. I also have a 50’ x 50’ garden, so I spend a lot of time gardening and

freezing produce. My specialty is hot pickled carrots and bacon wrapped jalapeños.

What has your experience been with the Middleton Chamber? It’s fun! I really like the social events. It’s a 45 minute drive from my house so I don’t make many of the Get Moving Middleton meetings in the morning, but plan to attend more

Where do you think you will be in 20 years? I will be 70 so I hope I am retired! Eventually sell the company or have someone take it over and move to Sante Fe, NM. It was one of the communities I fell in love with during my travels. Or else become a professional gambler and travel the country!

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elcome New Members Alexander Real Estate Services Andrew Schmidt 145 E. Badger Road, #200 608-268-8116

Broadwing Advisors, LLC Craig Stanley 2631 University Avenue, Suite106 608-661-7450

Description: Whether you’re looking for new space for your business, residential property management, or commercial property management, Alexander Real Estate Services is here to help. With over 30 years of real estate experience in the Madison market as a local business, Alexander Real Estate Services is a name that ensures quality results, prompt attention and access to a full team of professionals. Real estate has always been their business and they always approach it from a business owner’s perspective.

Description: Broadwing Advisors is a commercial real estate advisory firm with over 20 years of experience in the field. Like their namesake, the broad-wing hawk, their advisors survey the landscape from a distance to provide clients with a broader understanding of opportunities. Broadwing’s focus is on tenant representation, commercial investments and contract negotiations.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of WI Jeanne McLellan 517 N. Segoe Rd, Suite 301 608-232-3400 Description: The expert staff of the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin understand that every person touched by Alzheimer’s or other dementia will need support to help them navigate the course of the disease. They help guide you through the complex maze of issues that can arise by offering personal consultations, education, access to resources and advocacy. They also work to promote Alzheimer’s research and assist people with access to cognitive testing for early detection of memory disorders, clinical evaluations, treatment options and research opportunities.

Firestorm Don Samanas 250 Pinnacle Dr, Lake Mills 920-545-4175 Description: Firestorm’s mission is to build strong Disaster Ready People and Disaster Ready Businesses through Continuity Planning, Critical Decision Support, Crisis Response, Crisis Management, Crisis Communications, Crisis Public Relations and Consequence Management. They achieve this mission through consulting services and products that focus on establishing readiness before crisis strikes. Since its founding in 2005, Firestorm has adopted a philosophy of providing Critical Decision Support services through proven management consulting skills. Their Senior teams are designed to bring unparalleled expertise in the delivery of products and services.

Capital Remediation Randy Schmidt 6330 Copps Ave, Monona 608-210-1993 Description: Capital Remediation is your answer for water damage remediation, mold & sewer mitigation and 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days-a-year, emergency response.

Coldwell Banker Success – Timothy Roehl 7609 Elmwood Ave. Suite 102 608-698-1119

Hoot Communications Robert Hoot 6902 Aldo Leopold Way 608-824-9969 Description: Hoot Communications does many things well. That comes through more than 30 years of varied experience in publishing, advertising, video production, print and online design. They offer a breadth of services and a depth of creativity supported by the right technologies and most current applications. Turn to Hoot for creative services and integrated marketing, including online, print and electronic media.

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elcome New Members Horn & Johnsen SC Dera Johnsen-Tracy 414 D’Onofrio Drive, Suite 330 608-829-2525 Description: Horn & Johnsen SC was founded in 2013 by Attorneys John Horn and Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy. They are a boutique law firm, focusing on estate planning, probate, guardianship, real estate and business law. At Horn & Johnsen SC, they have personal relationships with clients and their families. ‘’Building relationships, not billing minutes.’’

New York Life/ NYLIFE Securities Shawn Fischer 999 Fourier Drive, Suite 300 608-827-2111 Description: Providing long term financial security based on client driven goals, objectives, and passions. Holistic Planning through value driven analysis for Businesses, Individuals and Non-Profits.

Personal Finance Company Todd Schneeman 6333 University Ave. Suite 108 608-236-4654 Description: Personal Finance Company has established relationships of trust since their founding in 1937. They offer loans that meet customers’ needs. Serving generation after generation, they are committed to earning your business every day with their personal touch.

Kunkel & Associates Abby Zahorik 3220 Syene Road, Suite 102 608-210-1080 Description: Kunkel & Associates, Inc. is a rapidly growing insurance brokerage that provides consultative insurance services to commercial accounts for group benefits, property & casualty and transportation coverage. The company is headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, with a full-service office in Madison. Kunkel’s mission is to develop long-term, successful relationships with their clients, while providing to their employees a culture of respect, achievement, and both personal and professional growth.

Wednesday, October 16, 8am (7:45 Registration) Optimizing LinkedIn Tuesday, November 12, 8am (7:45 Registration) Employee Engagement Edgewood College - Deming Way Campus 1255 Deming Way To Register for an Ask the Expert:

Email or visit our Events Page *Ask the Expert Seminars are an included Member benefit.

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elcome New Members Qualia, Inc. Suzanne Qualia 608-354-5392

Restaino & Associates - Ann Francis 26 Schroeder Ct, Suite 200 608-620-4476

Description: Qualia provides leadership coaching, workshop training and group coaching utilizing neuroscience principles, to elevate consciousness and wellbeing within your organization. Suzanne’s role as a Coach is about expanding your awareness, discovering superior solutions, and making and implementing better decisions. Group Facilitation and Training utilize the powerful principles of Dr. Dispenza’s Neuroscience of Change, for companies that recognize that their most precious resource is their people and wish to empower, as well as unleash productivity and possibility thinking within their organization.

Description: Let’s face it. Buying and selling a home can be fun, stressful, sad, exciting, scary, or all of the above. Ann’s goal is to make your home buying and/or selling experience a great one!

Rawhide Boys Ranch Matthew Friese E7475 Rawhide Rd, New London 920-531-2591 Description: Rawhide was founded in 1965 by John and Jan Gillespie and Hall of Fame Quarterback Bart Starr and his wife Cherry. Rawhide has redirected the lives of thousands of youth that have either lived on the residential campus or received services through their numerous counseling clinics. Today, Rawhide offers a full continuum of services that provide prevention based programs for at-risk boys, girls, adults and families, and includes more intensive residential services for at-risk young men. At Rawhide, you will find committed, caring and professional staff who are focused on achieving positive outcomes with every youth or adult they serve.

Restaino & Associates - Melissa LeGrand 26 Schroeder Ct, Suite 200 608-438-2130 Description: Melissa is an accomplished realtor with a proven track record of success since 2004, she is a true leader in the real estate industry. Her extensive training and expertise in executive relocation and luxury home sales make her a trustworthy source for real estate information for both buyers and sellers.

Upbeat-Alz Activities Angie Studnicka 2111 Parmenter Street #5 608-622-9397 Description: Upbeat-Alz offers one-on-one companionship and respite service, which includes activities personalized to the interests and current abilities of the person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, living at home or in a facility. Also Activities Consulting Service finding personalized activities and teaching family members how to do activities with person who has Alzheimer’s/dementia. Angie is available to give presentations about how to visit with people who have Alzheimer’s and/or how to do activities with them, presentations are tailored to your group’s needs.

Z.Bella Boutique Zoe Schuler 1903 Cayuga St, Suite 101 608-827-8700 Description: Z.Bella is a locally owned, women’s clothing boutique. Specializing in sizes 12 & up and unique accessories for all sizes, there is something for every woman at Z.Bella!

St. Andrew Lutheran Church Caleb Cordes 6815 Schneider Rd 608-831-8540 Description: St. Andrew offers uplifting worship services on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings, as well as Bible study for children, adults, and teens. Their location is also home to Westside Christian School.

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Thank you

for your

Conitinued Membership

August & September Member Renewals Academy for Little Learners

Middleton Glen

Two Men and A Truck

American General Life Companies

Midwest Financial Group


Arneson’s Auto Repair

Milio’s Sandwiches

WI River Outings

AT&T Wisconsin

NARI of Madison

Auto Paint & Supply Company

OfficeMax Impress

Be Inspired Salon, Inc.

Olson Toon Landscaping

Bloom Bake Shop

Parfitt Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center

Buschs Signs & Designs

Park Towne - Feldt

CK Accounting & Tax, LLC

Park Towne - Ring

Comfort Keepers

Park Towne Development

Corporate Business Systems

Petersburg Insurance Agency, LLC

Easy Mortgage

Premier Painting & Contracting

Electronic Theatre Controls

REACH a Child!

Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison West/Middleton

Renschler Company

FedEx Office - Middleton First Business Financial Services Fred Astaire Dance Studio Friends of Pheasant Branch Gallina Companies Gilda’s Club Madison Good Neighbor Liquor Hallman Lindsay Quality Paints Hartjes Dental Associates LLC Heritage Middleton Home Health United I’m Board! Games & Family Fun

Reynolds Urethane Recycling River Valley Bank Ruedebusch Commercial Investments Safe Bridge Solutions, Inc. Sam Simon Real Estate – J.Utter See Change Management Sertoma Club Shulfer Architects, LLC Special Olympics Wisconsin St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Standard Imaging, Inc. Stark Company Realtors - Bidwell

J.Provencher HR Services, LLC

State Farm Insurance Dan Pechauer Agency

Klinke Cleaners

Summers Christmas Tree Farm

KSW Construction Corporation

The Carey Group

Liberty Professional Services, LLC

The Little Gym of Middleton

Luttig Law Office

Tingalls Graphic Design, LLC

Madison No Fear Dentistry

Top Promotions

Madison Polo Club

Town of Middleton

Madison Vineyard Church

Twin Valley Clay Studio & Gallery

Business Social Hours Thursday, October 10 5-7pm Nonn’s Design Showplace November - TBD 5-7pm West Corporation Bring a colleague or guest for an evening of networking

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Announcements Fairway to Present Wisconsin Native and Military Veteran with Mortgage-Free Home. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation has joined forces with the Boot Campaign and the Military Warriors Support Foundation— non-profit organizations supporting returning American military troops—to sponsor a “mortgage-free” home to a wounded military veteran. U.S. Army Sargent Branley, a Superior Wisconsin native, was presented with the mortgage-free home at a Fairway “Boot Camp” event in early August.

Starion Financial Shows Support for Troops. Starion Financial employees donated more than $1,000 worth of food and money to purchase care packages to send to deployed soldiers. The packages were sent to five different deployed troops, including those of Starion employees’ family members.

Sherman Attends LPL Financial National Conference. Rebekah Sherman from MHK Retirement Partners recently attended focus13, a leading financial services industry conference hosted by LPL Financial, the nation’s number one independent brokerdealer. Held in San Diego, focus13 was one of the industry’s premier sales and education events for financial professionals. More than 5,700 total attendees from around the country assembled to learn new strategies and skills, expand knowledge in numerous product areas, and network with peers and industry experts.

Wisconsin’s Largest Body Shop Makes Damaged Cars New Again. With the expansion of Ball Body Shop, from 20,000 to 28,000 sq. ft., the shop has become the largest full retail body shop in the state. But the company didn’t just increase the number of service bays or apply a fresh coat of paint, it also added high tech equipment to turn it into a state-of-the-art facility. From an alignment rack that can lift any vehicle, to a full service glass company (NOVUS Glass Madison), Ball Body Shop remanufactures vehicles back to pre-accident condition. Ball Body Shop, the official body shop of Smart Motors, opened its doors in 1950 and has provided body services to all makes and models of cars ever since.

Summit Credit Union Supports National Guard and Reserve. Fred McCormick, of the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) announced that Kim Sponem, CEO/President, Summit Credit Union, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. The signing ceremony occurred at the Summit offices in Madison. The Statement of Support confirms that Summit Credit Union joins other employers in pledging that: It fully recognizes, honors and enforces the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA); It’s managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve; It will continually recognize and support service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

New Plus Size Boutique Opens In Middleton. A new boutique, specializing in women’s clothing sizes 12 and up, opened on September 6th in the Cayuga Court shopping center in downtown Middleton. Locally owned Z.Bella Boutique is a one-of-a-kind store specializing in quality, well-designed and fashionable plussize clothing. With everything from denim to special-occasion dresses—and accessories—Z. Bella offers Madison-area women an answer to their shopping dilemma by providing “fashion that fits” in a comfortable and inviting setting. Z.Bella Boutique is owned by a motherdaughter team with a passion for fashion and retail. Madison natives Marvel Felton and Zoe Schuler have many years of customer service and retail experience.

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Announcements (Continued)

Jordan and Fuszard Form the Merrill Lynch Jordan/Fuszard Group. Merrill Lynch announced that Financial Advisors Jonathon T. Jordan and Curtis J. Fuszard have established the Jordan/Fuszard Group in the Merrill Lynch Madison office. Jordan has been in the financial services industry since 2008 and joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2011. Fuszard entered the industry in 1980 and spent many years building and managing investment programs. He joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2012.

Wegner CPAs Staff Become Hunger Heroes for a Day. The United Way of Dane County held their annual Days of Caring on Tuesday, August 20. A team of 15 volunteers from Wegner CPAs spent half the day at the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Adorned with aprons, gloves, and hairnets, the team was tasked with sorting through bulk donations of frozen meat and miscellaneous products. Donated items were checked for freshness and then sorted into appropriate categories. Over 7,000 pounds of meat were sorted in one afternoon.

NARI Reports Increase in Residential Remodeling, Construction Spending. In t July, over $8.8 million dollars were spent on construction and remodeling to single family residences in the city of Madison. This number comes from The City’s Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development permit summary reports. These reports are released by the city, on a monthly basis and detail the construction and remodeling permits that were sought by area property owners. The amount of money spent during July 2013, on an average single family residential construction or remodeling project, is 6.6% higher than it was in July of last year.

KEVA is Adding a Court! KEVA Sports Center is proud to announce the arrival of a fourth volleyball court, just in time for their Winter leagues! This will allow for earlier game times, improved playing surfaces and the ability to add more teams. Register your team today, as spots are limited. For details visit www.

Sperry Van Ness Announces Sale and Lease. Jeff Jansen has completed the sale of Lot 2 on Bourbon Rd, Cross Plains, to Cross Plains Storage LLC for the development of storage units. Jansen also completed the lease of office space at 8500 Greenway to Wisconsin Singles. 4,800SF of Retail Space in Market Square Shopping Center, 6686 Odana Rd, was also leased by Jansen to Total Awards & Promotions / AwardsMall.Com.

Hope & A Future III, Inc. Breaks Ground. Hope & A Future broke ground at 3440 S. High Point Road. This will complete phase 1 of a four phase Therapeutic Interactive Intergenerational Neighborhood (TIIN) development. Hope & A Future III, inc. is a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization and an expanded vision of intergenerational living. They are taking a fresh look at the needs and strengths of the two fastest growing segments of our population—seniors and young families at risk—by developing staffed neighborhood settings that use the resource potential of motivated individuals from both groups to be helpful while being helped. The current ground breaking is for an accessible wing on the Adult Family Home. Kendall Kolb, of Design Structures, is the project manager and is screening and coordinating volunteers to help build $32,000. in sweat equity for the project. Anyone interested in helping, should e-mail

SHOW To Work in Middleton October 2013. UW Madison’s Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) is traveling the state to meet face-to-face with residents and to measure their health. This research study collects information that monitors the health of our neighborhoods, communities and families, to bring health to Wisconsin. If the SHOW Team knocks on your door, play your part and participate. For more information, visit

Inaugural Boot Camp for Books a Huge Success. Horizon Health and Fitness in collaboration with REACH a Child hosted a Boot Camp on August 1. 26 people showed up to participate and another 10 were there for support. The event raised 404 books and $345 for REACH a Child. Special thanks go to American Girl for donating 100 books toward the event! Organizers are looking forward to doing another boot camp this winter.

Awards Finalists Announced for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Middleton Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry is a finalist in the Class V division (population less than 25,000).

Madison NO FEAR Dentistry wins Star of Madison: Best Dental Facility AND ‘Top Dentist’. Madison NO FEAR Dentistry is excited to announce that Dr. Ducommun has been awarded Top Dentist 2013 by Madison Magazine as voted upon by his peers. In addition, his practice, Madison No Fear Dentistry, has won first place in the Star of Madison: Best Dental Facility for 2013 distinction in the reader-voted Star of Madison Awards, presented by Wisconsin State Journal.

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Hires/Promotions MassMutual Wisconsin is pleased to announce that Robert Rauch has joined the professional staff. Rauch will fill the position of Financial Services Professional for the agency.

Celebrating 30 Years In Business

Wisconsin Bank & Trust announces that Steve Machotka has joined the bank as Market President. Steve has working in the banking industry in Madison for over 20 years. Wisconsin Bank & Trust congratulates Kyle Myhre and Keenan Fonner. Kyle was promoted to Commercial Banker. He is responsible for growing and maintaining business relationships in south central Wisconsin. Keenan was promoted from Personal Banker to Business Banker.

Bodyfit Solutions welcomes their newest trainer, Brittany. Brittany is a student at MATC and is expected to continue on to UW Madison to complete her degree in Kinesiology in the fall of 2014.

Berndt CPAs welcomes Jay V. Mouille, CPA. Jay specializes in helping small to mid-sized companies with their accounting, tax and controllership needs.

JG Development, Inc. welcomes Jace Jontz as Regional Sales Executive. He brings residential sales, building expertise and product knowledge to the company.

Smith & Gesteland is pleased to announce that Sean Auger, CPA, CFE, has been promoted to Partner. Sean joined the firm in 1999 after graduating from the UW-Madison. In addition, Steve Grimm, JD, LLM, CPA, CMA, has joined S&G as a Partner and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the tax area. He has practiced law for more than 15 years and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Taxation in 2012 and 2013.

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to MadisonArea Travelers. Imagine the world as it was just 30 years ago. In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman to travel into space, singers Madonna and Cyndi Lauper released their first breakthrough albums, and defying the odds against female-owned businesses at the time, Middleton Travel/Travel Leaders was launched on October 17, 1983. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Middleton Travel/Travel Leaders – now Greater Madison’s largest female-owned travel agency coowners Mary Miller and Pam Wencel are announcing two weeks of festivities designed to engage, inform and delight Madison area travelers. Middleton Travel, now a franchisee of nationally-recognized travel agency chain Travel Leaders, has grown through innovation. By providing special niche services such as its Girls Getaways, Adaptive Skiing with Shelley (for people with disabilities), its “come along” trips with musicians, and sports travel focusing on the Wisconsin Badgers, Middleton Travel has grown dramatically from $400,000 in gross sales in 1983 to over $15 million today. With 18 employees, Middleton Travel/Travel Leaders has further honed its stellar reputation by providing expertise through its corporate travel department and its vacation specialists known for planning highly detailed itineraries.

Top Promotions is proudly celebrating 30 years in business. In March 2012, Top Promotions was purchased by Industries for the Blind, a Milwaukee based company founded in 1952. Industries for the Blind is a self-sustaining non-profit. 80% of the direct labor is blind or visually impaired. In addition, Industries for the Blind was the first non-profit to be ISO 9001 Quality Certified and has been for 15 years. With 30 years in the industry, Top Promotions is a trusted provider of quality imprinted products and related services throughout North America. Beginning as a small t-shirt printing shop in 1983, Top Promotions has grown to one of the largest national screen printing, embroidery and promotional products suppliers. Their team is dedicated to promoting customer’s identities and supporting their branding strategies. From concept to design to production and delivery, the Top Promotion’s team is there to provide a full range of promotional product solutions. They are dedicated to providing attention to detail and on time delivery.

In addition to the Madison area clientele that embraced Middleton Travel/Travel Leaders, Miller explained the secret to the agency’s success. “These 30 years have been made possible by the most extraordinary staff in the world.” During the two week celebration, Middleton Travel will provide exclusive savings on the travel industry’s premier companies. To view the full list of seminars, events and exclusive specials, visit

Top Promotions 30th Anniversary Open House

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Events October 3, 6-8pm The HR Generalist Store presents: FREE Affordable Care Act Learning Session. Middleton Public Library. To register, email

October 9, 12pm Summit Credit Union presents: Why We Buy What We Buy, A Guide to Mindful Spending. Wisconsin Trade Center. To register, email

October 1, 5-9pm Taste of the Capital to benefit MOM Capital Brewery.

October 5, 6-10pm Gio’s Gala: Autumn in Bloom. Madison Marriott West. For tickets, visit www.

October 13, 11am Gilda’s Run. Race begins at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Register at www.gildasrun2013.

October 2, 10am Horn & Johnsen SC present: Cupcakes, Estate Planning and Wisconsin’s New Estate Recovery Provisions. Register at www.hornjohnsen. com/category/seminars/

October 5, 12:30pm or 2:30pm ‘’Strike Out Crime’’ at Middleton Sport Bowl. Proceeds benefit Middleton Community Police Partnership. Register at www.middletonpd. com

October 14, 11am Qualia Lunch & Learn: Increase Employee Engagement. Homewood Suites. To register, email

October 3, 8am Smith & Gesteland present: Sales Tax Issues Affecting Manufacturers. Madison Marriott West. Register at upcomingseminars

October 5, 8:30am Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Join the American Cancer Society for a 5k run/walk. Vilas Park. Register at www.

September 19 - November 3 2013 Keep Wisconsin Warm Charity Corn Maze, sponsored by The Gialamas Company Thursdays & Fridays 4pm-9pm; Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm. 1262 John Q. Hammons Drive. More information at

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

October 15 Dine Out for DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) - 10% of sales donated. Participating Members include: Benvenuto’s, Captain Bill’s, Claddagh, Imperial Garden, Monk’s Bar & Grill, The Nitty Gritty, Prairie Cafe, The Roman Candle and Villa Dolce. October 17, 7:15am Wisconsin Bank & Trust & SVA present: Fraud Awareness & Prevention Seminar. The Madison Club - Terrace Room October 24, 5:30pm Habitat for Humanity of Dane County Silver Anniversary Benefit Dinner. Celebrate 25 years of building simple, decent and affordable housing. Alliant Energy Center. www. October 29, 3:30-6:30pm Upper Iowa University Open House November 4-8 The Great Halloween Candy Buy-Back at Madison NO FEAR Dentistry November 14, 3-8pm Holiday Marketplace – 7409 Voss Parkway. Shop Holiday Gifts from several Members

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November 24, 4:30pm Downtown Tree Lighting at City Hall

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

December 6 Sponsor

January 3 Sponsor

August Business Social Hour - HotelRED Annual Sponsors

Ribbon Cutting - Wrench Auto Service

September Business Social Hour - Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

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October Presenter Line-Up:

November Sponsor

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Show your support for your fellow members, network and socialize; Bring a guest! Thursday, October 3, 7:30am Get Moving Middleton Hilton Garden Inn

Wednesday, October 16, 12pm Economic Development Briefing Wisconsin Bank & Trust

Monday, October 7, 11:30am Ambassador Committee Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Monday, October 21, 4:30pm Ask the Expert Committee Chamber Office

Wednesday, October 9, 12pm Annual Celebration Committee Pleasant View Clubhouse

Wednesday, October 23 InBusiness Expo Alliant Energy Center

Thursday, October 10, 5-7pm Business Social Hour Nonn’s Design Showplace

Monday, November 4, 11:30am Ambassador Committee Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Wednesday, October 16, 8am Ask the Expert: LinkedIn Edgewood College, Deming Way

Thursday, November 7, 7:30am Get Moving Middleton Hilton Garden Inn

Tuesday, November 12, 8am Ask the Expert: Employee Engagement Edgewood College, Deming Way Wednesday, November 20, 12pm Economic Development Briefing Wisconsin Bank & Trust Thursday, November 28 Thanksgiving Day Chamber Office Closed Friday, November 29 Turkey Hangover Chamber Office Closed

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