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your calendars for June 10th, - the day of the Chamber Annual Golf Outing. Thanks Greetings all Chamber mem- to Tim Boldt and the combers! February has come and mittee for making us „think gone. Hopefully the rest of the sun‟. I would like to consnow will follow shortly since gratulate all of our recipients I would like you all to mark of the Virtue Awards on

Matt Melby Chamber President

From The Executive Director


I think you will all agree – it‟s been a l-o-n-g winter! Kathy Kopp It‟s great to see Executive Director some warmer temperatures and more sunshine.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Letter from the President Chamber Ribbon Southwest Day 2011 Todd Barry

Annual Celebration March Calendar



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From The President

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Vision ~ Connection ~ Education

Dear Chamber Members,

Our Annual Celebration was a great success! We had a record number of attendees – nearly 165 chamber members and friends. Congratulations, again, to our Virtue Award Winners for 2011! The premiere of our second episode of Discover Wisconsin was so much fun! Having Stephanie Klett, the Secretary of the Department of Tourism, here to celebrate was exciting. The crew of Discover Wisconsin did an exceptional job in showcasing some of the wonderful assets we have here

February 11th. Membership renewal is going great and I thank all who have renewed. March is here so lets hope the lamb and lion are a lamb at both ends of the month.

in the region. Watch for more updates about radio and sports shows that we will be participating in in the next months. Ask any of our staff! It‟s amazing how much we are hearing – and seeing – from people who have seen the show. They are already coming to the area to check out the places they saw in the show and have told us they will be back because there is so much to do and see here. Our website has seen a definite increase in activity and the phones have been busy – all great news! Thank you to all of our members who supported this production. March is a busy month for conferences. The Wisconsin Governor‟s Conference in Tourism will be held March 6-8th in Wisconsin Dells and has a theme of “The Power of Tourism”. I will

Matt Melby be attending a meeting of the Gateway Visitor Information Centers as well as a Governor‟s Council meeting. There is a large group representing Grant County Tourism Council who will be attending as well. There are a great many breakout sessions to choose from and the keynote speakers are the top of the line. I encourage all of you to consider attending this conference, even if it‟s for a day. More information can be found on their official website, Also, March 29th is the 5th Annual Tri-State Tourism Spring Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in Dubuque, IA. There is an evening social on Monday evening, March 28th. This is a power packed day – and information can be found on the Tri-State Tourism website, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS Ubersox Chrysler Business After Hours at 5pm on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 Todd Berry, President of Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Thursday, March 31st at 7AM at the Millennium Cinema



April 13, 2011 - UWP Foundation

Upcoming Business After Hours:

Welcome! “Our Business After Hours are open to your entire staff. Join us

May 11, 2011 September 14, 2011 Sienna Crest Assisted Living - Driftless Market June 29, 2011 - American Family October 12, 2011 - Applied Micro Insurance - Jerry Schliem Agency December 7, 2011 - Digman Construction July 27, 2011 - Pioneer Bowling Lanes A Chamber Member Can Host a Business After Hours once every 36 months.

each month for this great networking opportunity”

Kathy Kopp, Executive Director

From The Executive Director...continued from PAGE 1 I strongly encourage you to check it out and consider attending. This is a great opportunity to network and grow your business! On Wednesday, March 30th, please try to participate in the Southwest Legislative Day in Madison. More details to come. And on, Thursday, March 31st, you will have the opportunity to hear Todd Berry, the President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance talk about the State Budget and how it will affect our area.

He will be speaking at the Millennium Cinema at 7AM. Take 2 Restaurant will be providing a continental breakfast. Reservations are required, so please call Debi ASAP! I echo our Chamber President‟s thoughts – bring on spring! Kathy Kopp Executive Director

Chamber Members Updates Applied Micro - NEW PLATTEVILLE LOCATION! Find the same great sales and service, but from a fresh, new location with Applied Micro in Platteville. Beginning March 7th, our Platteville location will be located at 65 South 4th Street (next to Cable Car Travel). Don‟t miss the opportunity to see Applied Micro‟s new Platteville location when they host the Chamber‟s October Business After Hours on October 12, 2011. From now until March 31st, receive 11% of your total purchase in Applied NEW LOCATION Micro money! Member Updates Continued on Page 4






On February 9, the Chamber Ambassadors, representatives from Chamber Businesses and the Chamber‟s Board of Directors celebrated the opening of Ashley‟s Market and welcomed them as the Chamber‟s newest member. Featuring a full-service deli and “beer cave”, this mobile convenience store is located at: Ashley‟s Market 1840 Ubersox Drive Platteville, WI 53818 Phone: 308-348-9013


Platteville Middle School Career Fair On February 9th, Kathy Kopp, Executive Director and John Dutcher, Special Projects Coordinator represented the Platteville Chamber of Commerce and the Wisconsin Gateway Visitor Information Center at the first Annual Platteville Middle School Career Fair. Platteville‟s 6th - 7th & 8th grade classes have been working with interest surveys as they pertain to the 16 Career Clusters. The Career Fair offered the students the opportunity to hear first hand experience of the different careers and ask questions. Thanks to Vicki Feldman and Laura Melby for organizing this event!

Kathy and John explain hospitality & tourism to the students


Chamber Members Updates….Continued from Page 2 Southwest Tech taps UW-P official as next president Duane Ford will begin his new position on July 1, following the retirement of Karen Knox. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College will have a new president , and it didn‟t have to go far - southeast in Grant County to Platteville. Duane M. Ford, dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville, was tapped by Southwest Tech‟s District Board of Directors for the post. He will begin on July 1, following the retirement of Karen R. Knox, who has served as president for the past 11 years. “I feel great” Ford said on Friday. “It‟s quite an honor. I‟m excited, my wife is excited. We are very happy.” Ford served as UW-P‟s interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs from August 2009 through mid-2010. It proved to be a stimulating experience. “After a year as interim provost serving the entire campus and getting involved in the UW-System, I become interested in some kind of expanded role in higher education,” Ford said. “It‟s (Southwest Tech), a job I‟ve always had my eye on. It‟s a great institution that does great and important work. It‟s a tribute to Karen. It‟s a very well-run institution. It‟s kind of the right time and right place for me, and I think a lot of things aligned.” Dead Isaacson, board chairman, said that board is pleased “to bring an experienced educator with outstanding leadership qualities” to serve as collage president. “Dr. Ford is an established leader for business, industry, agriculture and education who is very familiar with the economic and workforce development needs of southwest Wisconsin,” Isaacson added. “We are confident that he will inspire the staff, students and stakeholders to advance Southwest Tech‟s tradition of continuous improvement.” The selection of Ford ends a six-month national search process. Isaacson and a committee representing the Southwest Tech board, students, faculty and staff guided the process for selection of finalists. Feedback was solicited from both internal stakeholders and community members throughout the process. Ford was one of three search finalists who met with Southwest Tech staff and community members during on-campus activities and interviews held in January. The main Southwest Tech campus us located in Fennimore and has more than 1,600 full time equivalent students and serves approximately 12,000 southwest Wisconsin residents each year with education offerings like degree and certificate programs, basic education, high school equivalency preparation, professional development, customized labor training and emergency responder training.


Southwest Health Center

Strong Turnout for Young At Heart Platteville, WI—An enthusiastic group at least 40 strong attended the kickoff social event of the new Southwest Health Center Young At Heart club, held Friday, February 11th at Park Place Senior Living. Created to connect people over 50 with social, cultural, health and wellness activities around the area, Young At Heart is a partnership between Southwest Health Center, Park Place Senior Living, The Platteville Journal, The Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce, The Platteville Public Library, and individual community members including Sarah Darrow and Cynthia Kauffman. Event attendees enjoyed wine, cheese, and chocolate tastings as well as a chance to meet new people and learn about Young At Heart. Membership in Young At Heart is free and offered as part of SHC’s Heart of the Community initiative, aimed at improving the health of southwest Wisconsin. The next Young At Heart social event will be held March 17th beginning at 5:30 pm at Steve’s Pizza and is open to the public. For further membership or event information, contact Kia Hendrickson in the SHC Resource Center at 342-5037.

Bauer-Kearns Spring Fling Join us for our Spring Fling on March 29 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Here's a list of the activities planned: Pruning Classes ( Hands On) Some items 40% off Local burgers & brats Tours of winery Door Prizes

Huge Garage Sale Cheese Tastings Tour of vineyard 20% off all gift shop items 10% off all wine purchases Horse shoe contest Quilting demonstrations

March 2011-Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce SUNDAY















5PM Business After Hours @ Ubersox Chrysler 7AM PAIDC @ PBII 4PM Women on Main @ Los Amigos

8:30AM CLA Board @ Chamber

Noon Golf Outing Committee @ Take 2

7PM Horse Drawn Days @ Rollo Jamison Museum

Noon - 4th of July Committee @ Chicago‟s Best

8PM Bucky Covington Concert @the BARn





7PM Mixed Choir Concert @ Center for the Arts

7PM City Council 7PM Southwest @ City Hall Wisconsin Young Professionals @ Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism Chicago‟s Best

Red Balloon Collectors Event - Boscobel

7:30AM Executive Committee @ Chamber

- Wisconsin Dells -



7PM Ancient Effigy Mounds of Wisconsin @ Rollo Jamison Museum

8AM Historic Re-enactment @ Chamber Noon Ambassadors @ The Ticket

Daylight Savings Time Begins







7:30AM Board of Directors @ Chamber

9AM-1PM Senior Expo @ Ullsvik Hall

Wisconsin Downtown Action Council Community Visit Marshfield

9AM - 2:30PM 6th Annual Port of Potosi Drink or Sink Breweriana Collectables Show- Potosi

5:30PM SWHC‟s Young at Heart Social Event @ Steve‟s

Spring Break @ UW-Platteville & Southwest Tech Spring Break @ UW-


4PM Avenue Q



Platteville & Southwest Tech


8:15AM Greeter Noon - Holiday Project WrapService @ Country Kitchen Up Meeting @ Chicago‟s Best 5PM Veterans Honor Roll @ VFW

8PM Avenue Q @the Center for the Arts



Noon - Hog Roast Committee Meeting @ Take 2

7PM City Council



7PM An Evening 7:30PM School with First Lady Board Meeting Abigail Adams @ Rm117, @ Rollo Jamison Middle School Museum Tri-State Tourism Spring Conference Evening Social



8AM - 4PM 5th Annual Tri-State Tourism Conference @ Holiday Inn - Dubuque

7AM Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Breakfast Seminar @ Millennium CLA Session #3 Cinema

10AM - 6PM Spring Fling @ Bauer - Kearns Winery


Southwest Day 2011 - Madison

7-8PM Unlocking Facebook - Office of Conti. Education


Annual Golf Outing Friday, June 10th, 2011 11AM Registration – Noon Shotgun Start One Registration Form per Team

Business: Contact Name: Address: Phone:


Three Divisions: Co-ed Team

Women’s Team

Men’s Team

Team Members:

Please put me in with a foursome____ Make Checks payable to: Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce Hole Sponsorship = Sign with your Business Name on it placed on a designated hole on the course – Value $30.00 Corporate Sponsorship = 2 preferred parking spots, Acknowledged on poster, in monthly newsletter, program & website– Value $125.00

____Golf, Dinner & Hole Sponsorship $250.00 (each additional team $220.00) ____Golf, Dinner & Corporate Sponsorship $345.00 (each additional team $220.00) ____Golf, Dinner, Hole & Corporate Sponsorship $375.00 (each, additional team $220.00) ____Dinner Only - $20.00

We only have room for 33 teams Register your team today!

Registration Deadline May 27, 2011 – “First Come” Registered and paid in full by May 20th you receive 20 additional raffle tickets!!!!

____Door Prize of Raffle Item – List Item being donated:

____Sorry, I am unable to attend. I will sponsor this year’s event by contributing to one of the following. (Hole Sponsor = $30.00, Corporate Sponsor = $125.00, Door or Raffle Item___________________)

____________Amount enclosed All golf cart arrangements must be made by you through the Platteville Golf & Country Club.

*****Call the Golf Shop @ 348-4653***** Carts are $38.00 each & must be paid for even if you decide not to use them. If using member carts, please call the Golf Shop and let them know the owner of cart.

ALL CARTS MUST BE ORDERED BY NOON ON MAY 27, 2011 The Platteville Chamber is not responsible for making these arrangements or payments. Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 724, Platteville, WI 53818 - Fax: (608)348-8890







Rollo Jamison Museum Winter Lyceum Saturday, March 5

Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses Presented by Jerry Apps

Co-sponsored by the Platteville Historic Expo and the Grant County Historical Society

************** Sunday, March 13

Ancient Effigy

Mounds of Wisconsin

Presented by Bob Birmingham ************** Sunday, March 27

An Evening with First Lady Abigail Adams

Presented by Jessica Michna ************** Rollo Jamison Museum

405 E Main Street, Platteville All programs begin at 7 p.m. Free Admission Refreshments

For more information, call 608-348-3301 or check our website

Current as of February 23, 2011

A Fordable Storage LLC Alliant Energy American Bank & Trust – Wisconsin American Family Insurance – Jerry Schliem Agency American Family Insurance – Tom Kratochwill Agency AnchorBank F.S.B. Applied Micro Technologies, Inc Ashley Furniture Homestore Bauer – Kearns Winery Bel-Aire Home Improvement Bellmeyer Earle & Jean Big M Self Storage Bill‟s Plumbing & Heating, Inc Bio-Interlink LLC Blain‟s Farm & Fleet Block Scott & Heenan, LLC Bridal Boutique Burbach Aquatics Inc Busch Insurance Agency Cable Car Travel Agency Ceiling Pro Century 21 Southwestern Realty CenturyLink Chester K Bell Real Estate Chiropractic Associates of Platteville City of Platteville Clayton Real Estate & Auction Community Inc Country Inn of Platteville Country Kitchen Culvers Frozen Custard Dairy Queen Dale & Carol Ann Hood Dale Carnegie Training Daleo Machining Inc Daus, Hap & Barb Dean Health Plan Delta 3 Engineering Digman Construction Doctors Park Pharmacy Dodgeland Ag-Systems Inc Dominos Pizza Driftless Market

Dubuque Fighting Saints Dupaco Community Credit Union Eastman Cartwright Lumber Co Edward Jones – Ben Reeves Edward Jones – Tyson Lybeck Erschen‟s Florist Esterline AVISTA Inc Faherty Inc Family Connections First English Lutheran Church First National Bank of Platteville First Weber Group Realtors – Platteville Ford, Duane Four Seasons Landscaping & Nursery Free Methodist Church Garvey‟s Auto Service, LLC Girl Scouts of Wisconsin, -Badgerland Council Gobin & Allion Flooring Center LLC Goodwill Industries of SC Wisconsin Gordon Flesch Co, Inc H & R Block Heartland Credit Union Heer Oil Co. Inc Heiser Hardware Helker Jewelry Home Health United Honkamp Krueger & Co, P.C. Hypro, Inc Ingersoll Plumbing & Heating Iverson Construction Jamison Museum Association JAS Candies Ken Kilian Musical Services Kmart #3970 Kohn‟s Auto Body Kopp McKichan LLP Kopp, Joe & Kathy Kowalski-Kieler Inc L&M Corrugated Container Lake Joy Campground Laufenberg, Stombaugh & Jassak, S.C. Lifeline Amplification Systems Livingston State Bank Manor Care Health Services of Platteville

Martin – Schwartz Funeral Home Martin‟s House of Pianos Masonic Center – Melody Lodge No 2 Mast Watercare & Engineering McDonalds Restaurant Medical Associates – Platteville Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory Midwest Business Products Midwest Restoration Services Midwest Title Corp Molo Plumbing, Heating & Air Montchevre-Betin, Inc Morrissey Printing Mound City Bank Mound View Motors My Tires Auto & Truck Service Center NAPA Auto Parts Netux Solutions LLC Novus Glass & Truck Accessories Olympus Media Our House Senior Living PAIDC Papa Murphy‟s Park Place Senior Living Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co Pioneer Ford Sales, Ltd Pioneer Lanes Pizzeria Uno Platte Construction Platteville Business Incubator Platteville Community Arboretum Platteville Community Fund Platteville Community Theater Platteville Dental Platteville Golf & Country Club Platteville Journal Platteville Main Street Program Platteville Optimists Club Platteville Public Library Platteville Shared Ride Taxi Platteville Shell Station Platteville Thrift Shop Potosi Brewing Company QTI Group, The QueenB Radio Wisconsin, Inc Quiznos #3846 Quota International Radio Dubuque, Inc Richard Financial Resources Rosemeyer Jones Chiropractic, LLC

Rountree Hall Apartments Rural Route 1 popcorn Schaefer, Dan Schrenk Brothers Roofing, Inc Sedona Staffing Services Sherwin Electric Snap Fitness – Platteville Southwest Opportunities Center, Inc Southwest Wisconsin Young Professionals Southwest Workforce Development Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery St Augustine University Parish St Mary‟s Dean Ventures, Inc State Farm Insurance State Theaters, LLC Steve‟s Pizza/Perfect Pint /Captain‟s Cove Super 8 Motel T.J. Enterprises Sales & Services, LLC Taco Johns of Platteville Take 2 Restaurant Tan World Tang, Cindy Tashner Vision Clinic, LLC Telegraph Herald The Ticket Bar & Grill TIC – the Insurance Center Timmerman‟s Talents, LLC Travis Tranel Tri-Com Radio Shack TRICOR Insurance & Financial Services Tri-County Human Resource Association Tri-County Title Services, LLC Tri-State Needle Arts Embroiders Guild of America Tuescher Photography Ubersox Chrysler, Inc Udelhofen Log Homes United Country Platteville Realty, Inc United Methodist Church United Way University of Wisconsin-Platteville University of Wisconsin-Platteville Foundation Vaassen, Pluemer CPA‟s LLC Von Glahn Auto Sales Waite Family Dental, LLC Westview Methodist Church Weygant‟s Appliance & Mattress Wisconsin Badger Camp Woodward Printing Services

Education Committee


Todd will be speaking on the Wisconsin’s 2011 State Budget and the effects it will have on Platteville & Grant County.

AGENDA: 7:00AM : Coffee & Continental Breakfast (in the lobby) 7:30AM: Presentation (in the theater) 8:00AM: Q & Aâ€&#x;s Section

Please contact the Chamber Office to register 348.8888

Breakfast catered by Take 2 Restaurant

Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance 401 North Lawn Avenue Madison, WI 53704-5033 608.241.9789





2010 Virtue Award Winners: Left to Right: Community Service Award – Nancy Olson, Outstanding Award in the Field of Agriculture – Montchevre – Betin, Inc (Jean Rossard), President’s Award for Outstanding Chamber Service – Tim Boldt Business Person(s) of the Year Award – Delta 3 Engineering (Scott Chyko, Dan Dreessens, Bart Nies), Lifetime Service Award – W. Phil Karrmann, & Community Spirit Award – Dan Wackershauser, Platteville Journal

W. Phil Karrmann Lifetime Service Award Winner and Barb Karrmann Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett, Discover Wisconsin Representative Greg Smith, and Executive Director Kathy Kopp

Dave Decker, Executive Director -Tri-State Tourism, Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett, Platteville Chamber Executive Director Kathy Kopp and Bob Warren, Executive Director , A record- breaking turnout!









Education Committee Notes INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY KERIE WEDIGE, Chamber Education Committee

Unlocking Facebook: A step-by-step guide for small businesses, organizations, farms, and artists (1114671) Instructor: SCOTT SKELLY Description: Tues, 3/29/2011; 7:00 - 8:00 pm. ONLINE class. INSTRUCTOR: Skelly. Unlocking Facebook: A step by step guide for small businesses, organizations, farms, and artists It seems like every time we turn around these days we are hearing about this Facebook thing. Maybe you have been told your business or product needs to be part of the social networking thing, but you have no ideas what it even is! Even if you do not use Facebook, 350 million people do and you might be missing a major opportunity to connect with them. If Facebook is foreign to you, this webinar will give you a demonstration of what Facebook is and why so many people use it. But more importantly, we will look at how you can use this popular website through both free and paid methods to advertise your business or product, get information to your patrons, and build personal connections.

Advertising Small Businesses Online (111-4672) Instructor: SCOTT SKELLY Description: Wed, April 6, 2011; 7:00 - 8:00 pm. ONLINE class. INSTRUCTOR: Skelly. Almost every small business struggles trying to decide where it can get the best bang for its advertising dollar. While newspaper, radio, and TV have always been popular options, the Internet now provides many new options for advertising. But the world of online advertising can include everything from banner ads through your local TV station's website to ads that appear next to Google search results. This seminar will explain how these forms vary and will help you make an informed decision about advertising online.

All information can be found online at:

Southwest Day 2011 Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Tentative Schedule 9 a.m. Madison Capitol (room TBD) From 9-10, we do a little training, review the three issues we want to discuss with legislators this year (those haven‟t been set yet) 10-11:30 legislative visits with representatives and staffers Noon – this year we have added a lunch at the Concourse with keynote speaker Ben Brancel the Secretary of Agriculture. Cost is tentatively set at $20 This year we will also be joined by the CLA group, so we expect a group of 60100 people.

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILBLE SOON - call the Chamber Office for updates. 608/348-8888

“A day of advocacy on items that affect southwest Wisconsin ”


PLATTEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PLATTEVILLE CHAMBER OFFICES JANUARY 19, 2011 MINUTES Those present: Bahr, Boldt, Cullen, Krueger, Luedtke, Melby, Pluemer, Rupp, Sigwarth, Vaassen and Kopp. Those absent: McKinley, McWilliams, Nevins, Nickels, G. Osterholz, T. Osterholz and Patnaude. Also present: Mike Lisle, Cuba City Chamber President Melby called the meeting to order. The TRICOR was acknowledged as our January beverage sponsor. Melby welcomed new board members: Ann Rupp, Platteville Journal; Tom Osterholz/TRICOR; Deb McWilliams, Clare Bank; and returning board member, Jeremy Patnaude, State Theaters/Take 2 Restaurant. Boldt moved to approve the minutes from the December 15 th, 2011 Board meeting. Seconded by Pluemer. Motion carried. There were no Executive Committee minutes to review. Kopp gave a preliminary P&L Statement for 2010 as compared to 2009. Dues in 2010 were $56,756 vs. $55,298 in ‟09; committee revenues were $22,436 vs. $21,445 in ‟09; room tax was $56,973 vs. $55,996 in 2009; fundraising was $25,739 in ‟10 vs. $25,379 in ‟09. Chamber expenses were $124,688 in 2010 vs. $118,493 in ‟09; tourism expenses were $50,710 vs. $64,279 in ‟09. Net income in 2010 was $4,376 vs. -$13,048 in ‟09. Kopp also noted that there were several payments due soon to be included in 2010 financials. Old Business: The Board was reminded of the Building Donor Reception being held this evening beginning at 5PM at the Chamber. We will then move over to Uno‟s for pizza and drinks. New Business: Kopp was excused while the Board discussed her employee evaluation. Kopp presented a proposed balanced budget for 2011 which totaled $179,431 compared to $166,441 for 2010. It was noted that the increase in the overall budget was related to the due increase and the fact that all members will now be part of the greeter service. This will increase the advertising budget line item. After discussion, Bahr moved to approve and Rupp seconded. Motion carried unanimously. Executive Director Report: 2011 “bundled sponsors” include: Platinum: TRICOM/Radio Shack and Four Seasons Landscaping. Gold Level: Honkamp, Krueger & Co. Silver Level: Steve‟s Pizza and Bronze Level: Farm & Fleet, Esterline/AVISTA and TRICOR Insurance. New members are T.J. Sales & Service. The Governor was here with the Tourism Secretary, Stephanie Klett, to post the “Open For Business” signage at the borders. Kopp attended a strategic planning session with the Governor‟s Council on Tourism recently. The Donor reception is tonight. She has had an inquiry from Dunkin‟ Donuts to open a location here. Sun Roofing has dropped their membership. There is an upcoming meeting of the Southwest Chamber Executives Alliance in Dodgeville. Last night she attended the Tri-State After Hours as the Mystique Ice Arena in Dubuque where we had a booth. Ribbon cuttings will be set up soon for Hartig Drug‟s and the new Mobil convenience Mart. Santa Bucks was very, very successful setting yet another record. Over $225,000 in Chamber member business receipts were identified. Kopp is working on a proposal to establish a Chamber Tourism Council by spring. We have been receiving a number of calls from newspapers and television reporters about stories on the Bears Training Camp with the Bear/Packer game coming up. Kopp is working on a number of grants for various projects. Total revenues in to-date are $38,250 which includes $1420 for CLA tuition. 97 members have paid, nearly 1/3 of our members in the 1st three weeks of the year. Board of Directors will assist with membership drive. Committee Reports: Ambassadors: Bahr reported that they are finalizing plans for the Annual Celebration. Tourism Secretary will be here. Marketing & Business: They are putting a final report together for 2010‟s Santa Bucks. They meet tomorrow. Community Leadership Alliance: January 26th is the first session for 2011. Governmental Affairs: No report. Tourism: No further report. Continued on next page….


Education: No report. Buildings & Grounds: No report Platteville Welcomes You: Pluemer noted they are looking at purchasing new canvas bags. They are also recruiting new members to the committee. Hog Roast Committee: Boldt noted that they will be meeting Friday, February 18th at Take 2 Restaurant at noon. Golf Outing Committee: Boldt noted they will be meeting Friday, February 4th at Take 2 Restaurant at noon. Retail Committee: Sigwarth reported that they are continuing to work towards enlarging the retail component of the Chamber. Ex-Officio Board Member Reports: PAIDC: Krueger reported that Family Care Alliance is open in the Lifeline Building. L&M is under construction. Have had several active prospects. Applied Micro and Delta 3 are moving out of the Incubator building. Main Street Program: Luedtke reported that they have received a grant to assist with the food pantry vouchers. 100 E. Main is being sold to a gentleman who wants to open an interior design studio. They have received an Alliant grant for restoration coat on an existing mural and an additional mural downtown. Sigwarth moved to adjourn. Boldt seconded. Motion carried and meeting adjourned at 8:30AM. Respectfully submitted, Kathy Kopp, Executive Director


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The Chamber is looking for Beverage Sponsors for 2011. Call Debi @ 348-8888 to reserve your month today! A sponsorship is $50 with signs placed around the chamber office with your logo and placement in our monthly newsletter

For Every Season...

Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce : 275 Business Hwy151 W P.O. Box 724 Platteville, WI 53818 (608) 348-8888



Matt Melby, Melby Bendorf Funeral Home

Tim Boldt, Pioneer Ford Sales Ltd

President Elect:

Gary Osterholz, Eastman Cartwright Lumber

Tom Sigwarth, Dairy Queen/Country Kitchen

Jeremy Patnaude, Millennium/Avalon/Take2

Vice Presidents:

Ann Rupp, Platteville Journal

Vicki Pluemer, Mound City Bank

Tom Osterholz, TRICOR Insurance

Aaron Cullen, Honkamp Krueger & Co., PC

Terry Vaassen, Vaassen Pluemer, CPA’s


Ex Officio Members:

Deb McWilliams , Clare Bank

George Krueger, PAIDC

Past President:

Doug McKinley, Platteville Police Department

Lori Bahr, T.J. Enterprises Sales & Service, LLC

Eileen Nickels, City Council

Executive Director:

David Nevins, UW-Platteville

Kathy Kopp

Jack Luedtke, Platteville Main Street Platteville Schools Platteville Township

Platteville Chamber March Newsletter  

The official newsletter for the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce for March 2011.

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