The RAMAC Voice - your quarterly business magazine; December 2022

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RACINE AREA MANUFACTURERS AND COMMERCE 3 Contents The RAMAC Voice Winter 2022 President's Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 RAMAC Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Business Blenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Welcome New RAMAC Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Anniversaries—Educators Credit Union at 85 . . . . 11 Ribbon Cuttings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Health Care Network—Ensuring Health for All . . . 15 Warren Eye Care Center—Focus: Clear Vision 18 Racine Local Businesses, Inc –Giving Back 20 RAMAC Training and Programs 24 Annual Dinner Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Business Focus: Timer’s Beverage Center . . . . . . . 26 Publisher: RAMAC, 300 Fifth Street, Racine, WI, 53403 at 262.634.1931 Editor: Maureen Bagg – mbagg@corporate-images com or 262 633 7772 Advertising: Jamie Freeland – or 262.210.3302 Design and Production: Melissa Boehler, Madison Media Partners RAMAC and The Journal Times Photos: Non-credited photos are from Varitay Studios, advertisers, RAMAC and its members, and stock . Contact Information RAMAC Office: 262.634.1931 RAMAC Email: Membership Carmella Venturini: Leadership Racine & Young Professionals of Racine (YPR) Anna Clementi: Training Programs Gretchen Herrmann: Youth Apprenticeship Jeff Bergman: How may we serve you? MOVING YOU FORWARD We are more than insurance advisors. Our associates are here to help you reach your goals, moving you forward in all aspects: • Business Insurance • Safety & Risk Management • Claims Management • Employee Benefits • Compliance Services • Personal Insurance • Financial Services Three agencies joining forces, proudly serving Racine & Kenosha RAMAC Ad.indd 1 9/13/2022 10:39:47 AM

President's Message

Merry Christmas!

Another year has flown by and, by all accounts, it has been a great one for us at RAMAC as 2022 marked our 40th year . Our signature events were successful by any measures The Mike Batten Memorial Golf Outing sold out again, and we added a well-received charter fishing option for our golfed-out or non-golfing members. The Awards Dinner was another success, recognizing our various businesses and business leaders. Nearly 400 people attended the Annual Dinner, enjoying a great meal and an inspirational talk from NFL Hall of Famer, LeRoy Butler Of course, RAMAC members are the reason these are successful. Your continued support and your attendance at these events are never taken for granted, and all of us at RAMAC are grateful . But there’s even more to celebrate this 40th year .

The second year of our Human Resources Roundtable began in September, and we’ve welcomed most of last year’s cohort while adding new members . I’ve heard positive reviews of the roundtable and am glad to continue to offer it to our members. We also kicked off our Small Business Consortium this fall, bringing together owners/managers of small businesses to discuss common issues, socialize, and share expertise. They are a highly energized and enthusiastic group, and I hope to see continued interest and growth in the consortium.

Within the Talent Pipeline Management, we are beginning to see small but meaningful successes . One success in particular has us excited because it’s being replicated within the business and inspiring other companies to consider it and see if a version of it could work for them . Congratulations to Pioneer Products for developing a successful program to attract and retain employees by providing paid training and in-house mentoring and support Their second cohort is scheduled to start in January I will share the plans of the other company adjusting the model to fit their hiring/training needs when we have more details

These are just two of our success stories from this year Other highlights include offering Frontline Leadership Series four times in 2022. This is a high point in our relationship with MRA. Our last series ended in midDecember and had a class so large we needed to move it offsite to a larger space—a good problem to have. Thank you to the over 40 businesses who sent their frontline managers and supervisors to the series this year

Leadership Racine began its 25th year with 26 participants—one of the largest in recent years! I am blown away by the sheer quantity of participants over the years. Many of them are in positions of leadership in both for- and not-for-profit organizations around Racine. Our community is stronger because of Leadership Racine .

RAMAC membership has increased to about 560 with over 70 new members joining this year I see this as a testament to the value we provide for our members Welcome to all the new members, and thank you to everyone who refers new businesses and is a great ambassador for what we do If there’s something else your business is struggling with and the chamber can help, please reach out to us

Make sure you check our email blasts to keep up on the latest opportunities to add value to your membership! Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 262-634-1931 or mjmontemurro@racinechamber com

As I do every year, I want to take a minute to wish you and yours the very best of the Christmas season I know I am grateful for each of our members and consider many of you good friends. Take time to appreciate your blessings, spend time with your family, and together we can tackle 2023 fully rested





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Behrens - Johnson Financial Group
Brath - Fischer USA
Christensen - Wiscon Products
Cretton - InSinkErator Judy Melaro-Gavigan - Ascension All Saints Scott Hess - CliftonLarsonAllen
Knutson - Burlington Graphic Systems
Kruse - UW Parkside
Ladwig - SC Johnson
Langer - Modine Manufacturing
Muniz - Family Strong Wellness
Nicholson - The Nicholsworth Group
Olsen - Express Employment
Powell - Racine Community
Board of Directors Mark
Professionals Liz
Schaefer - Pioneer Products
Sterbin - Citizens Bank
Warren - Warren Eye Care
Weaver - CNH Industrial


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In August, RAMAC held their annual Business Blender at the Franksville Craft Beer Garden. With a co-sponsorship from Racine Dental Group, the event was perfect for sharing business cards and for sampling beverages and tasty food truck eats!

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In October, RAMAC celebrated 55 years with Reed Switch Developments Corp, a 100%, women-owned business.

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New RAMAC Members

RAMAC is Racine’s Business Champion, serving as a voice representing the common interests of every organization in Racine—small and large, industrial and retail, for-profit and nonprofit. In support of its broad and diverse membership base, RAMAC offers a variety of pro-business and pro-community programs and initiatives. These programs aim to improve the business climate and vitality of the greater Racine area . Join us in welcoming these new RAMAC members:

Bellevue University

Francisco Navarro (262) 619-6580 bellevue .edu

A nonprofit, open access university specifically designed to help students activate their potential and turn their drive into future success

Brightstar Care of Racine

Heather Ratlieff – Branch Manager (262) 637-7767

Providing bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding, medication reminders, companionship, cooking, cleaning, transportation to appointments, shopping, errands, and Alzheimer's care .

Caledonia Business Association

Lori Jensen – President (262) 639-7500

A group of Caledonia businesses working to promote, connect, and advocate for the local Caledonia business community . We meet monthly for networking and speakers

Cayas Transporting LLC

Jesus Rodriguez – Owner (414) 334-8365

Transportation general freight hauler.

C.D. Smith Construction

April Krahn - Senior Director

Strategic Dev. (414) 295-1834 cdsmith com

Large commercial construction company locally owned and operated with locations in Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, and Fond Du Lac .

El Buen Manantial

Gener Jaimes – Owner (262) 260-8270 Authentic Mexican restaurant on Lathrop Avenue .

Finders Keeper Discount Store

Josephine Trevino – Project Manager (262) 417-4687 php?id=100086203287897

Sell overstock, returns, and surplus from merchants including Walmart, Target, Sam's Club, and Amazon at significantly discounted rates that decrease daily.

GEO 3D Printing

Ryan Rapshus – Co-owner/CEO (630) 234-0487 3D printing business offering design and consulting services.

The Joint Chiropractic Marcy Donahue – Co-owner (262) 456-4411 thejoint .com/wisconsin/racine Chiropractic wellness care.


Samantha Rybandt – Owner/LMT (630) 673-3057 vagaro com/nerveana Massage therapy and spa, offering massage and multiple add-on services such as hot stones and foot scrubs .

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Northwestern Mutual - RoundTable Associates

Matt Ostergaard – Financial Advisor (972) 214-4658

Fee-based and solutions-based planning integrating insurance, investment, and distribution strategies for families and closely held businesses .


Joseph Rickard – CEO (262) 564-6403

Providing cyber security, infrastructure and IT managed services

Patton Law Office, S.C.

David Patton – Owner (262) 351-7201

Experienced attorneys giving people in Kenosha and Racine Counties the skilled legal advice and representation they need.

Racine Literacy Council

Laura Sumner Coon – Executive Director (262) 632-9495 racineliteracy .com

Provide adult literacy programs in Racine County for adults who want to learn English, improve basic literacy skills, or work toward their GED .

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Southeast Wisconsin Chapter 2

Keith Lindahl – Treasurer (262) 488-2314 Nonprofit association of professionals, educators and students committed to promoting and supporting the manufacturing industry .

Statewide Fencing, Inc.

Steve Rydzik – President (262) 833-0200 statewidefencing com

Serving Southeastern Wisconsin with commercial and residential fencing installations since 1988.

Tabak Law

James Brzezinski – Partner (262) 573-8499 One of the leading law firms handling social security, disability, and VA benefit appeals.

UGC Cleaning Services

Kelvin Jutley – Owner/Operator (262) 417-4679 ugccleaningservices com Dedicated and results-based cleaning service focused on achieving and maintaining spotless, sanitary home and office environments.

Very Eventful Umbrella Inc

Vertis Riley – Owner (262) 822-3796 A place to learn, play, connect, and create—offering many experiences with our products and services .

West Lawn Memorial Park

Ashley Doe - Family Service Counselor (262) 886-2400 Dignitymemorial .com Racine area cemetery

The Woods of Caledonia

Kay Close – Director of Admissions (262) 639-6015 meridiansenior .com 52 bed, assisted living facility specializing in memory care .

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Happy 85th Anniversary, Educators Credit Union!

In 1937, Educators Credit Union began in Racine, Wisconsin and was known then as the Racine Teachers Credit Union . There was no place for teachers to save or borrow money then, so teachers formed a financial cooperative a credit union .

Throughout the next 85 years, the credit union underwent a name change, launched a website, opened 23 branches, designed a plethora of digital services, and welcomed over 220,000 members These members are not only teachers, but government workers, healthcare professionals, customer service representatives and hold just about any other job you can imagine

Although ECU has grown tremendously over the past eight decades, they remain committed to educating and empowering members to make financial decisions that are right for them Thank you for a wonderful 85 years!

The first president, Erwin Wall, used his home as the first “branch” where transactions and services were completed right at his kitchen table. The house is still standing today on Orchard Street in Racine.

Celebrating 100 years

Andis Company

Jensen Metal Products, Inc . Nielsen Machine Co ., Inc . United Way of Racine County


Celebrating 50 years

Carpet City Flooring Center

First Weber Group Realtors Society's Assets, Inc.

Racine Gymnastics Center

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours

Mlazgar Associates

Poblocki Paving Corp

75 years Green Bay Packaging
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25 years
American Bank Warren Eye Care Engauge Workforce Solutions Heartland Culvers
10 years Mastermind, REALTORS
Mueller Qaas
Sports Bar
River Bend Nature
Randall & Pobar, LLC Designs Touch,
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Metro Realty
Dewey's Restaurant &
In 2022, Educators opened its newest branch in Oak Creek.
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Health Care Network, Inc Always There So No Medical Need Goes Unmet

Health Care Network, Inc is a non-profit agency providing free or low-cost health care to residents of Racine County who are medically uninsured and have limited income. Services are provided at the Health Care Network office and throughout the County by health care professionals who volunteer their time, offices and skills. The agency is a member clinic of Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the National Association of Free Clinics and member of RAMAC.

Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Virgil declared, “The greatest wealth is health .” Today, most value good health and access to good healthcare above financial success. Yet thousands in Racine County do not qualify for BadgerCare/Medicaid and don’t have the wealth to afford insurance. Health Care Network, Inc, Racine’s only free clinic, has been serving their needs for 35 years .

Health Care Network’s main office is located just across the street from RAMAC at 500 Wisconsin Avenue, with a satellite clinic located in Waterford. Here, Executive Director Alison Sergio and 13 staff members provide

Over the past 35 years, HCN has evolved from providing only medical and dental services two days per week to being a well-connected provider of primary care, specialty care, dental services, behavioral health, and social services to the 3,000 patients they currently serve annually And as Executive Director Sergio adds, “One of our most critical services is the way our staff gives patients the assurance that someone’s listening, and no matter what the real or perceived fears may be, a connection to a health provider will happen . ”

a broad range of health care services to low income, uninsured or uninsurable patients who reside in Racine County One of largest of the 103 charitable clinics across Wisconsin, HCN first opened its door in 1987 in donated basement space at the First Presbyterian Church Unemployment had skyrocketed to 22% in 1985, resulting in a task force’s recommendation to make free medical care for those in need a high priority .

Medical Clerk Marcela as she manages the medication dispensary room in the office. Members of Health Care Network’s Dental Team, Nikki, Claudia, and Dr. Murphy, along with previous Clinic Manager Crystal and Executive Director Alison. Health Care Network staff.

This connection to medical services requires volunteers and collaboration between multiple facets of Racine’s medical community . Medical and dental services are provided by approximately 250 licensed volunteers “Without them we could not operate,” says Sergio. Both Ascension Healthcare and Advocate Aurora Healthcare provide medical attention when HCN patients require that level of service.

The COVID pandemic both challenged and strengthened these partnerships as inundated ER and Urgent Care facilities needed help. HCN staff responded immediately, sharing COVID-related information every way they could—by phone, email, social media, and, pamplets distributed at a number of locations, even Party on the Pavement once it resumed

“The last two years passed in a blur,” says Sergio. “Looking back, it seemed like a week, and it seemed like 10 years ” But Sergio is proud of the way her team responded during COVID. “Thirteen staff members did whatever was needed to provide service to Racine County while keeping themselves and patients safe. And leadership worked hard to meet staff needs. Every day it was something new, yet all responded, ‘I’m on it; I’ve got it!’”

Though the last two years may have passed in a blur, Sergio sees one area that COVID has brought into much sharper focus— mental health care needs “There’s more need than we have capacity to meet,” says Sergio. “Social workers are inundated with new patient requests, especially for middle and high school students . Away from their social circle, unfamiliar with online learning, and occasionally in unsafe situations with no place to go, teens suffered. As they return to school, they have difficulty shaking this all out.” Patients and providers became more familiar with technology so Zoom sessions replaced face-to-face meetings. That new way of providing service has become an essential part of service delivery today

In fact, Racine’s Health Care Network is working to begin a partnership with Open Arms Free Clinic in Walworth County to offer remote sessions with their therapist or psychiatrist through a Tele-Behavioral Health program to expand capacity to meet the need . Already on overload, HCN’s therapist and social worker can now better serve their patients.

Looking ahead, Sergio sees HCN taking advantage of new opportunities and adjusting them to work best for patients. Governor Tony Evers’ $20 million award of state funding for a Racine Health Care Center provides a different option for underserved patients but on a sliding fee scale As a free clinic, HCN will collaborate

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Brenda and Veronica working at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Patient Care Coordinator Jaileen taking blood pressure of patient as part of the Self-Monitoring Blood Pressure Program. Volunteer dentist Dr. Murphy examining a patient. Dental Assistant Nikki sanitizing dental tools.

with the new health center as it does with local providers now “We work well with all providers,” says Sergio. “We all must be judicious with resources, advising patients as to where they will get the best ongoing care for their situation. However, all patients understand where service is free and where they pay. Ultimately, it’s the patient’s choice.”

Sergio recently celebrated 8 years at the helm of Health Care Network of Racine, Inc. She’s fallen in love with its mission and with the large community of volunteers and donors that support it . Like HCN, she’s committed to health over wealth, and she’s “not going anywhere” .

RAMAC member since 2019.

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Patient Care Coordinator Veronica as she works on managing patient care. Patient Care Coordinator Brenda as she speaks to a patient on the phone.
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Clear Vision Comes First at Warren Eye Care

Warren Eye Care was founded in 1997 with a focus on comprehensive eye care provided in a friendly environment with a commitment to providing a patient experience second to none. Over the years, the practice has been in three different locations, from Racine’s north side to downtown and finally in Mount Pleasant. Two of those locations have been built to specification by Katt Construction. The owner of Katt Construction had this to say about Dr. Warren and his staff: “I met Dr. Warren in the late 1990’s as a fellow member of the Northside Business and Professional Association. Dr. Warren has been charged with making sure these old eyes can still see for the last 25 years. Dr Warren is an astute professional who has invested in the latest technologies His tenured team is well trained, professional, caring and friendly ”

Besides practicing optometry, Dr. Warren is also a frequent writer for professional journals and a speaker at local, state and national optometric meetings. He is also the past President of the Wisconsin Optometric Association and the North Central States Optometric Council, a nine state professional organization. On the local level, Dr. Warren has been a Rotarian for over 20 years .

Dr Warren is involved in product development and technology solutions with several ophthalmic equipment companies. Because of these activities, Dr. Warren has fine tuned the patient experience in his office to the point that it is far and away the most efficient and comprehensive examination offered. By working hand in hand with these companies, Dr Warren has early and frequent access to better technology. In 2007, he and two partners started a company that became the leader in online medical records and practice management for eye care, selling the company in 2014 Because of this experience, Dr Warren understands the ins and outs of the healthcare technology industry, making it easier to share information with his colleagues locally and around the country

It is not uncommon for patients to have their eye exam over their lunch hour or before heading to the office. Because of the technology that is offered to his patients, Dr. Warren is able to get the information that he needs quickly and often without inconveniencing patients by dilating their pupils, causing blurred vision and light sensitivity. This allows patients to have exams at any time of the day without losing productivity.

Dr. Warren has been committed to investing in technology that both improves efficiency and provides a more thorough eye exam. In the 30 years that Dr. Warren has been practicing, how he delivers eye care and vision correction services has changed—all for the better. From easier examinations, better documentation of abnormal findings and more in depth evaluation of the ocular health, technology has revolutionized the eye care industry.

A native of Whitewater, WI and a graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry, Dr. Warren moved to Racine with his wife Carmen in late summer of 1992. They both remain committed to the Racine area. Carmen started working in the office in the summer of 2019 when she stopped teaching middle school math. As kids, their two adult sons were often seen in and around the practice and are still a frequent topic of discussion with patients.

Over his 30 years in practice, Dr. Warren has developed a unique skill set when it comes to specialty contact lenses He loves the challenges of fitting customized lenses to restore vision loss due to irregular ocular surfaces, whether due to degenerative eye diseases or after less than successful refractive surgery. By utilizing technology that measures the entire front surface of the eye, Dr. Warren is able to neutralize corneal irregularities with these highly customized lenses. A patient’s vision is returned to normal and they can legally drive again

Besides providing prompt and efficient eye care and advanced contact lens services, Warren Eye Care also has a full service optical. By working with the most cutting edge optical labs, many patients are able to find the latest in optical styles with very reasonably priced lenses and lens treatments

While no eye care practice can be everything to everyone, Warren Eye Care strives to provide the care and services that patients need. If additional care or services are required, appropriate referrals to specialists and surgeons are made. According to Lyndsay Knoell, DDS, “At Warren Eye Care you are treated as a person, not a number . I like the fact that it’s a local business, and they know who I am when I go to their office. To me that’s priceless.”

RAMAC member since 2020.

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Inviting front desk area.

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Dr. Warren and the staff.

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Racine Local Businesses, Inc. Steadfast in Their Support of Racine Scholars

The Beginning

Ten years ago, Minnie Jackson approached George Nicks, Sr. with an idea about creating a memorial to her son, an idea that evolved into doing something to give back to their community They gathered a group of colleagues and established Racine Local Businesses, Inc., a nonprofit on a mission to award scholarships to financially challenged, college-bound seniors in Racine. Since 2015, a total of $80,000 has been awarded to 89 seniors; increasing from two $500 scholarships in 2015 to twenty $1,000 scholarships in 2022 .

Both Jackson and Nicks had personal reasons to give back to their community . Jackson wanted to honor her son Danté (who died of colon cancer at 34) while seeking a way to continue the spirit of giving that filled his short life. She was touched by the Racine community’s outpouring of love, beginning with a banquet and colon cancer fundraiser held by The Ladies of Southern Hospitality. And later the City of Racine declaration of November 14, 2014, as Danté D Jackson Cancer Awareness Day Nicks sought to honor his parents, especially his mother. She taught him to never use the words “I can't” and to work hard, then give back to those who struggled . Nicks did just that, working hard as a City bus driver while building a successful real estate company. So both were poised to give back and, as firm believers in education, saw the awarding of scholarships through Racine Local Businesses, Inc as the means to do so .

Ceremony, which will be a Pre-Valentine Ball Banquet at Infusino Banquet Hall. So, the Racine Local Businesses Inc. committee is now in the thick of preparing for the event And as their name Racine Local Businesses Inc suggests they depend on the support of local businesses to: provide honorary scholarships in the business name or name of an individual, general donations to support the organization’s awards, or through ads in the banquet brochure. Local businesses are encouraged to attend the February 11 banquet and be part of a community celebration of scholarship recipients. As Committee Coordinator Nicks says, “Our pledge to award scholarships to deserving seniors in the Racine community remains steadfast This is Racine Local Businesses ninth year giving back to this community We need local business support to continue our mission. We hope that you and your business or organization or family members will join us in making a generous contribution for the benefit of our future leaders.” For more information, call George Nicks, Sr. at (262) 880-4718, Jerry Wadlington at (262) 930-6270, or Minnie Jackson (262) 554-6936 or email racinelocalbusinesses@gmail .com .

The Committee Behind It All

2022 Scholarship Winners


The Scholarships Scholarship awards are based on financial need, grade point average and involvement in the community . Both public and private school applicants are eligible, and winners represent each of Racine’s secondary schools . Even COVID didn’t stop the annual awards; it merely forced distancing through Zoom celebrations. Of course, Racine Local Businesses, Inc turned the situation into a positive, inviting a 2017 scholarship recipient, Disheka Moore, to share her story long distance—from Georgia And hers is quite a story of success: graduating from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA in 2021, now a full-time software engineer at Microsoft, a Forbes Under 30 Scholar, and an entrepreneur investing in real estate. Her inspirational success story repeated the following year as COVID lingered, requiring a second Zoom celebration.

More success stories will be shared on February 11, 2023, at the 9th Annual Scholarship Award

Unlike many committees, the original group of people behind Racine Local Businesses, Inc. hasn’t changed (with the exception of one deceased (now honorary) committee member, Sylvia Cunigan. They meet regularly to plan the annual banquet and brainstorm ways to seek scholarship donations. The dedicated group includes: Coordinator George Nicks, Sr., Minnie Jackson and her daughter Brandi N Jackson, Jerry and Joyce Wadlington, Marlo Harmon, Georgia Nicks, Beverly Hicks, Anita Cruz, Alberta Hempel, Larry Foster and Carolyn Jackson. Believers in education, they are also local business owners and individuals with long careers in nursing, social work, education, law enforcement, finance, and real estate.

The committee feels blessed by the support from the Racine community; its businesses, churches and individuals who donate to make these scholarships possible They are determined to not just continue, but to also have a vision for expanding the scholarship program under Racine Local Businesses Inc . and one

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Members of the Racine Local Businesses Inc. Committee.
Perry Eli Allison
Soija Cameron
Desiree Connor
Aryanna Crenshaw Rachaele Luter Ciera McRainey Micah Smith
Ramiayh Wilson Heavenly Griffin Kennedi Hamilton
Zamarion Dyess Mahree Bunch
Quincy Martin
Jayla Martin Adrian Bryant Carter Sura Haley Knudsen
Jeanette Munoz Guadalupe Bustillos

day provide full tuition scholarships for one year, and even follow each recipient, providing support when needed so they finish their education.

Visitors to the Racine Local Businesses, Inc. website will find this quote from Malcom X: "Education is a passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today " A quote that captures the core belief behind the efforts of this dedicated organization.

RAMAC member since 2017.




Local Businesses, I would love to thank your organization for awarding me the scholarship. I know numerous students applied and I am grateful and honored that I was selected. My Matriculation has been a unique experience. My classes have been engaging, I have wonderful connections with my professors and football went well. Again thank you for awarding me this scholarship.

Fitzel Ross

Fitzel Ross on Graduation Day. of the scholarship winners in 2018. 2019 Scholarship winners
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22 The RAMAC Voice, WINTER 2022 LOCAL BUSINESSES WORKING TOGETHER ASK US HOW WE CAN HELP Kor tendick Ace Hardware 3806 Douglas Avenue • Racine • (262) 639-4820 Brian@Kor ® Helping Families Connect, Honor & Remember Please stop in for a tour of our newly expanded facilities with ADA-compliant restrooms & stairless entry, providing everyone with safe and easy access 262-632-4479 3014 Northwestern Ave Proud member of RAMAC Plumbing, Electrical, Remodeling, Heating & Air Conditioning Your One Stop Shop! CALL TODAY! 262-989-1001 $0 JOIN FEE NOW THROUGH DEC. 31ST RACINE FAMILY YMCA STOP BY OUR WELCOME DESK OR CALL 262.634.1994 MENTION PROMO CODE #LETSGETHEALTHY2022 MEMBER BENIFITS • Discounted rates on programs • 24/7 ADULT MEMBER ACCESS TO OUR RIVERSIDE BRANCH • Special member rates for Personal and Small Group Training • FREE guest passes per household annually • ADULT SWIM, FAMILY SWIM, LAP SWIM • Hoop Time and Pickleball TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS MOUNT PLEASANT BRANCH 8501 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant RIVERSIDE BRANCH (Age 16+ facility) 141 Main Street, Racine
RACINE AREA MANUFACTURERS AND COMMERCE 23 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS Consistent, reliable communication is vital to any business. Let us show you why ClearCom is the clear choice. Contact us today to learn more: 262-898-2020 / When your business depends on information to run, you can depend on ClearCom to help you succeed. ClearCom’s team is here to ear n your business and to grow your business. We offer cutting edge communications solutions in six key areas.

RAMAC Training and Programs

A full event calendar plus information and registration can be found at

Business Blenders

This monthly networking event brings members together to make new or enhance existing business connections in a social style setting. Hosted by a different RAMAC member each month. Planning for 2023 underway! No cost

Business Over Breakfast

Learn over breakfast from members, to members Features a RAMAC member sharing information and expertise around a specific topic to help others solve a business, marketing or personnel issue. Held quarterly.

February 3, 2023

7:30am – 9:00am $25 members/$35 nonmembers

Chamber Check-in

For new RAMAC members, new contacts, new hires, or any interested chamber member . This session will share benefits of RAMAC membership and what opportunities exist that you need to know, how to maximize your membership, and how to stay engaged Held quarterly . December 8

No cost

Forklift Training

This course is an operator safety training for forklifts and self-propelled aerial lift platforms to instruct on the safe use of the equipment. The instruction includes classroom training and hands-on operation of equipment

2nd Thursday of each month

8:30am – 11:30am $140

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Whatever your printing needs, we’ve got you covered. SO MUCH MORE THAN INK ON PAPER... Proudly serving Racine and Southeaster n Wisconsin for more than 40 years. THAN INK PAPER... Christine Repischak | 262-898-4101 Like us! Join us! Racine Founders Rotary Club meets at Racine Country Club on Fridays at 7 a.m. Contact Liz Rosenberg at for membership information.

Once a year, RAMAC membership comes together for networking, dinner, and a keynote address . This year at the annual dinner RAMAC celebrated 40 years by honoring past RAMAC staff at our version of a hall of fame dinner . RAMAC reviewed their 2021 annual report, highlighted the Youth Apprenticeship program with RUSD students in attendance, and heard an inspiring and heart-felt talk from NFL Hall of Famer, LeRoy Butler

342 Attendees

2022 Annual Dinner
Industries Represented: ● 20% Finance, insurance, real estate ● 19% Professional services (IT, construction, accounting, employment) ● 16% Education ● 16% Manufacturing ● 9% Nonprofit, Foundations ● 6% Services (hospitality, retail, travel) ● 6% Public Administration ● 2% Health care ● 6% Other guests
signed books and memorabilia
RAMAC also celebrated the successful
program in partnership with
LeRoy Butler
for attendees. RAMAC’s Annual Dinner was sponsored by various chamber members. SC Johnson and Johnson Financial Group made it possible for members to hear from LeRoy Butler, former Packers strong safety and NFL Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2022. RAMAC celebrated 40 years by honoring past RAMAC employees at the “Hall of Fame” themed dinner. Matt Montemurro gave some historical notes about how things have changed in the past 40 years and specifically reviewed last year, 2021, with an annual report.
Youth Apprenticeship
RUSD. Local high school students in the YA program
attend the dinner
meet with LeRoy Butler. Representatives of the Wisconsin State Legislature and the City of Racine Mayor’s office presented RAMAC with a proclamation honoring 40 years of success.
Those in attendance saw and heard sponsor company names through: ● Sponsor signage/banners ● Slides shown ● Verbal recognition ● Printed program 13 Sponsors

Business FOCUS

Overview: Timer’s Beverage Center has been serving the greater Racine area since 1926. We have Racine’s best selection of beer, wine and liquor, plus a great selection of fine cigars, mixers and all of the supplies needed to make your party a success

What sets you apart? We always strive to give the service our customers deserve . Keeping up with trends in the market, offering the newest and largest selection in the area, have always set us apart from the competition. We are full service from helping you select the right wine to pair with a meal to helping you carry your purchases to your car . Even if we don’t have the product in stock, we try to get it in for you .

What types of clients are you targeting in the coming year? Well, we love seeing and meeting new customers on a daily basis . The bourbon and micro beer craze have people traveling all over to find rare and hard-tofind items.

What is spurring/enabling your growth? We pride ourselves in getting to know customers and building relationships to keep them coming back to visit us on a regular basis. We have established a reputation for our bourbon barrel picks, and we will continue to grow that and add on to our selection.

What are your challenges? The economy is ever changing and with it comes constant challenges . We are still seeing longer waits for imported items and out of stock items . Prices keep rising, and we have to adapt to the market around us by finding the right products and price points to keep our customers happy .

Timers Beverage Center 3800 Northwestern Ave Racine, WI 53405

Industry: Liquor Store Number of Employees: 15 RAMAC member since: 2018 Contact: Cameron Voss Owner/operator 262-637-2704

“Quality wine, beer, spirits, and more.”

Why is Racine a good place to do business? We have been fortunate to be a part of Racine’s growth over the last 100 years . We’ve built roots and friendships in the community that have lasted generations. Racine is still a small enough area that has a lot of potential for growth . Being sandwiched between the Chicago and Milwaukee area gets us a lot of new visitors, potential customers for small businesses .

How does RAMAC membership help? RAMAC is known as the voice of business, and they live up to that by providing constant networking and learning opportunities for a small business like ours . They encourage new introductions between large and small businesses, so they are able to communicate and work together for the betterment of the community .

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