Page 1

Platteville, WI Gateway to

Chamber Network News V O L U M E

Hours of Operation

Chamber Office & Gateway Visitor Information Center Winter Hours

Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM Gift Certificates are only available during Chamber Office Hours. Phone:

4 9 ,


Vision ~ Connection ~ Education



From The President Matt Melby Chamber President Well we are starting April off with showers, so hopefully in May we will have flowers and green grass. I have to say that our membership renewal is a lot better than the weather and for all of you THANKS for all of your support. As a chamber member I feel it is so important to promote our community and the surrounding area’s to its fullest. I have always felt, even back when Laura and I lived in Richland Center, and Muscoda,

that when we would come to Platteville for some free time and shopping that the people were always so gracious, and we still do. We are fortunate to be a part of this area. Being a part of the Chamber and being a part of the board it has really opened my eyes on what we do to promote the community and area, and I learn everyday a little more. I also believe being on the board though that we cannot take sides on issues in the community, supporting one side or the other. I feel our mission as an organiza-

tion is to promote our wonderful community and its surrounding area. We all support each other and that is what makes our community so strong and special. Also let us continue to keep Kathy and Joe, her mom, Esther, and the rest of her family in our thoughts and prayers, since the death of her father, Robert “Bob”, McFall, who died on March 20. Our thoughts are with all of you.

-Matt Melby

608-348-8888 Email: chamber@

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Letter from the President Chamber Ribbon Cutting Chamber Business After Hours Veterans Honor Roll Memorial Member Updates April Calendar

2 0 1 1

From The Executive Director Dear Chamber Members, As I mentioned last month, March was a Kathy Kopp busy month Executive Director for conferences. The Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism was phenomenal! Its theme of “The Power of Tourism” was right on target and we were given tools that will make promoting our great area of the State even better. The 5th Annual Tri-State Tourism Spring Conference packed a powerful message on the importance

of promoting our area regionally. We are so fortunate to have the partnerships that we have in the tri-state area as it makes our region much better for the visitors we attract. The Southwest Legislative Day went very well – thank you to the committee that put this together. It is so important for us to be advocates for our communities here in this corner of the State. We have rescheduled our breakfast presentation by Todd Berry, the President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) for Thursday, April 28th at 7:00AM at the Millennium Cin-

ema. (From the WISTAX website): “WISTAX is the state's oldest and most respected private government research organization. Since 1932, it has been promoting better government and an informed citizenry through its publications, public outreach and extensive school programs. Nonpartisan and fiercely independent, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has earned an unrivaled reputation for accurate, objective research - for telling the truth simply and directly. WISTAX does not lobby government, support or oppose CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS April 4th - Ribbon Cutting @ Hartig Drug 10AM April 8th - Ribbon Cutting @ Applied Micro 5PM April 13th - Business After Hours @ UW-Platteville Foundation 5PM April 28th - WISTAX President Todd Berry @ Millenium Cinema 7AM


Welcome New Chamber Members! Family Video

Welcome! “Our Business After Hours are open to your entire staff. Join us each month for this great networking opportunity”

Kathy Kopp, Executive Director

Contact Person: Alicia Waligora -asst. manager Address: 305 E Business Hwy 151 A Platteville, WI 53818 Phone: 608-348-4332 Website: Family Video, celebrating 33 years in the movie and game rental industry is the second largest rental chain in the United States, and largest privately owned. Family Video opened up 125 new locations in 2010 expanding to over 740 locations in 22 states. In Southwest Wisconsin, Family Video opened up 5 new locations including our Platteville location at 305 E. Business 151 on the southeast corner of Water and 151. Family Video offer kids, education and fitness DVDs for free, carries 1000’s of titles that rent 5 nights for $1 and all New Releases and games typically rent for under $3 and include other free rentals. Family Video is open 365 days per years, 7 days per week, Sunday - Thursday 10am - 11pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - Midnight


Mound City Music, Ltd Contact Person: Mike & Nancy Mair Phone: 348-6057 ext. 225 Address: 41 Means Dr. Ste A Fax: 348-7918 Platteville, WI 53818 Email: Sound & Stage Lighting Rentals Vintage Paper (Quality Guitar Catalog Reproductions)

Debi Sigwarth


From The Executive Director...continued from PAGE 1 candidates for public office, or take positions on state or local government issues. It is not affiliated with any other organization - national, state or local”. With the importance and spotlight on the State’s upcoming budget, we feel that this presentation will be very informative. Todd will be speaking at the Millennium Cinema at 7AM. Take 2 Restaurant will be providing a continental breakfast. There will be time for Q&A. Reservations are required, so please call Debi ASAP! Membership retention is quite strong and we are seeing new members as well. We are on an aggressive path to recruit new members that will enable your Chamber organization to continue providing support and promotion of your businesses and organizations. Our 2011 Community Guide is just “hot off the press” and it looks awesome! Thank you to the Shopping News for our partnership in making this publication a key piece of promoting the City of Platteville. Copies will be available

after Monday, April 4th. Please feel free to stop in and get a supply! I’d also like to acknowledge the contributions to our community by two long-standing, exemplary businesswomen, Kay Helker and Anne Klawiter. Kay retired at the end of March and Anne will be retiring at the end of April. Your legacies will be felt for a long, long time. Congratulations to both and best wishes for your future endeavors! The Chamber staff is working at a fast pace to get ready for all the events, festivals, workshops and celebrations that we have planned in the next few months. We could always use some volunteers, so if you have a few hours or know of someone who may be interested, please let me know! Kathy Kopp Executive Director






President-elect Tom Sigwarth and Mike Ubersox, Owner On March 2nd, Ubersox Chrysler hosted Business After Hours in celebration of their 3rd Anniversary! Congratulations! Jessica Wright was the winner of a Complete Car Detail, courtesy of Ubersox Chrysler. President -elect, Tom Sigwarth presented Mike Ubersox, owner of Ubersox Chrysler with a certificate

Maxine Lane, First National Bank and Mike Ubersox, Ubersox Chrysler of recognition for hosting the March Business After Hours. Ashley’s Market’s food and wine was available for sampling. Visit Ubersox Chrysler today! 1950 Ubersox Drive, Platteville 348.5111 All Chamber members and their employees are always welcome to attend!


May 11, 2011 Sienna Crest Assisted Living

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

Additional 2011 Renewing Members Other renewing members can be seen in our March Newsletter. In May, a full list of our Chamber members will be made available


Chamber Members Updates UW-Platteville Alumni Services’ Learning from Our Past Lecture series -This series is free and open to the public, will take place from 6-7:30p.m. the first Wednesday of each month school is in session. The lecturers will speak for an hour, leaving time at the end for questions. UW-Platteville Media Services will videotape each presentation, and the footage will be available to campus upon request for use in classrooms or for distance learning. April 6, 2011 6-7:30p.m. TOPIC: “The Changing Role of Public Radio and the Future of Journalism” Dean Kallenbach, Senior Regional Manager at Wisconsin Public Radio

April 20, 2011 6-7:30p.m. TOPIC: “Secrets to Career Success” Dr. Lalia Rach, Professor & Dean Emeritus New York University

Location: University Rooms, Platteville Student Center

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE UWP-ALUMNI OFFICES UW-Platteville Alumni Services 1-608-342-1217 1 University Plaza 1.800.897.2586 Platteville, WI 53818

Southwest Health Center CEO announces Retirement Southwest Health Center President and Chief Executive Office Anne Klawiter has announced her plans to retire at the end of April after serving 22 years in the organization’s top leadership position. During Klawiter’s tenure, Southwest Health Center (SHC) has expanded its services and programs on behalf of residents in southwest Wisconsin as well as its impact on the region’s health and healthcare. Among the highlights of Klawiter’s career was the 2005 opening of a new, 94,000 square foot hospital facility, a modern patient-centered replacement hospital. SHC has also been widely and consistently recognized for exemplary patient satisfaction under Klawiter’s leadership. In addition to frequent acknowledgement for it’s quality nursing home care and resident satisfaction, SHC has been honored with both the prestigious Press Ganey Summit Award for patient satisfaction and the national Hospital of Choice Award bestowed by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. Klawiter began her employment with SHC in 1973 as a Staff Radiologic Technologist. She was promoted to Chief Radiologic Technologist in 1976 and to Assistant Administrator in 1979. In 1981, the former Platteville Hospital and Nursing Home and the Cuba City Hospital and Nursing Home consolidated services to become Southwest Health Center. At that time, Klawiter was named Vice President. In 1989, SHC engaged HealthTech Management Services, formerly known as the Lakewood Group and Brim Healthcare, to manage the hospital. Klawiter has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since that time. Voss announced that HealthTech will place an Interim Chief Executive at the Health Center while they conduct, along with the SHC Board of Directors, a national search among the best possible candidates for the regular CEO position.

Dale Carnegie Training - available in April The Dale Carnegie Course: Skills for Success Confident, Assertive, In Charge: Developing the Attitudes of Leadership Attracting the Best Talent to Drive Economic Recovery MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT: 2801 Coho Street, Suite 208 · Madison, WI 53713 · United States · 608.222.5363 or 800.371.5511

The QTI Group has moved! I am glad to announce that QTI has moved to a new location. We are now located in the suite building by Tri-County Dialysis. Our new address is 1250 E. Hwy 151 Suite D P.O. Box 651 Platteville, WI 53818. Our phone number has stayed the same which is 608-348-8113. Our email has stayed the same as well which is

Chamber Member Updates continued on Page 11

April 2011-Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce SUNDAY









7:30 PM Into the Platteville Music Woods @ CFA Booster Fundraiser @ Take 2 7:30 PM Into the Woods @ CFA

3 2PM Into the Woods @ CFA

4 10AM Ribbon Cutting @ Hartig Drug


6 7AM PAIDC @ 7

8 NOON - Golf 9 1PM Peace &


5PM -8PM Platte8:30AM ville Baseball / CLA Board @ Softball Spaghetti NOON - 4th of July Chamber Committee dinner @ Take 2 @Chicago’s Best 6:30PM - Inves4PM-6PM Women titure Eve DesOn Main @ Steve’s sert Reception & Pizza Concert @ Brodbeck ConDON’T 6PM - Learning cert Hall FORGET TO from Our Past lectures series @ UniVOTE!

Outing Committee @ Country Club 5PM Ribbon Cutting/Open House @ Applied Micro 7PM - Cyrano de Bergerac @ PHS by Tri-state Homeschool Drama Troupe

7PM - Cyrano de Bergerac @ PHS by Tri-state Homeschool Drama Troupe




16 10:30AM

7:30AM Chamber Executive Committee @ Chamber

10AM Tri-State Tourism Council Executive Board @ Galena Chamber

Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum Easter Basket Sale @ Memorial Bldg, Fennimore 7PM WonderWeavers @ City Hall Auditorium

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt @ Smith Park 1PM Oil Pastel workshop @ Rountree Gallery 5PM St. Mary’s Fiesta Fun @ Ullsvik Center

versity Rooms



1PM Oil Painting NOON in an Afternoon Ambassadors @ series @ RounThe Ticket tree Gallery 5PM -8PM Historic 7PM The 39 Re-enactment Steps @ CFA Fundraiser @ Country Kitchen


5PM Business 8AM Historic Re After Hours @ -enactment @ UW-Platteville the Chamber Foundation 7PM City Council 7PM Southwest Young Professional @ City Hall





9AM - Chamber Tourism Council @ Chamber

7:30AM Board of Directors @ Chamber

8AM Tri-County Human Resource Association @ Mound City Bank motor branch

6PM - Learning from Our Past lectures series @ Noon - Hog University Rooms Roast Commit-

tee @ Take 2



5PM Project 1852 Banquet @ Holiday Gardens Event Center, Potosi

Relay for Life

@ Elk’s Club


Justice Festival @ First English Lutheran Church









10AM Grant County Tourism Council

CLA Session #4 @ Southwest Technical College

7AM - Todd Berry @ Millennium Cinema

Lancaster City Wide Garage Sales

2nd Annual Platteville Daffodil Festival - Flea Market

7PM City Council @ City Hall

Cassville Ferry begins Operation

3rd Annual Tri-State Taste of Barley Family Beer & Liquor, E. Dubuque 5PM - A Feast for the Senses @ Velzy Commons






Start Saving for the Veterans Honor Roll Garage Sale fundraiser!

May 6 & 7 at Legion Field. All proceeds will benefit the Veterans Honor Roll Memorial planned for Platteville City Park







Chamber Member Updates Continued….

From Page 4

Congratulations to HONKAMP KRUEGER & CO., P.C. Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C., headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa and with a branch location in Platteville, has been named one of the Top 100 CPA firms in the United States by Accounting Today (March 11). In addition to being in the Top 100, Honkamp Krueger was honored as the seventh fastest growing CPA firm in the nation and the fastest growing firm in the Midwest. Gregory C. Burbach, CPA, CFP ® , the firm’s managing partner, states, “It is very exciting to be one of the Top 100 and the seventh fastest growing CPA firms in the nation plus the fastest in the Midwest. It shows our clients of all sizes and industries that we are dedicated to forward-thinking, effective ideas that grow a business. We also have a phenomenally talented staff who are dedicated to exceeding our clients’ needs.” For more information, please visit the firm’s Web site at Platteville’s Honkamp Krueger offices are located at One Insight Drive, Platteville, WI. Their phone number is: 608-348-2611.

Congratulations to MONTCHEVRE-Betin, Inc!

Dairy Business Innovation Center Honors Two Wisconsin Companies for Excellence! Two Wisconsin dairy companies were recognized Friday by the Dairy Business Innovation Center for their leadership and dedication to growing Wisconsin’s dairy industry. The sixth annual “DBIC Innovation Zone Awards” were presented to Uplands Cheese from Dodgeville, Wis., and Montchevre in Belmont, Wis., to highlight the accomplishments of both companies in product and technology innovation. The award ceremony, which also honored all past award-recipients, took place March 11 at the DBIC’s Awards & Celebration Dinner at The Pyle Center in Madison. President Arnaud Solandt and Cheesemaker Jean Rossard accepted the DBIC Innovation Zone Award on behalf of their team at Montchevre, which has grown significantly in the last decade to become the largest goat cheese producer in the United States. Today, Montchevre processes 50 million pounds of goats’ milk from 300 farms. And, last fall, the company installed an anaerobic digester to utilize cheese plant waste to create bio-gas used to generate electricity. "We are proud to be at the point where instead of just discarding our whey, we now capture it as a byproduct, transfer it to make power, and produce cheese," Rossard said. “We’ve come full circle.” Dan Carter, DBIC Founder and Chairman, recognized both Uplands Cheese and Montchevre as leading dairy innovators in the United States. “Wisconsin is proud to be home to some of the best cheesemakers in the nation. It is a thrill to be in this room tonight to recognize that the future of America’s Dairyland is bright.” MONTCHEVRE was the Chamber’s 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Award in the Field of Agriculture. CONGRATULATIONS!


Grant County Tourism Council is considering the publication of a 2012 Grant County Calendar. We are interested in acquiring photos of seasonal events, places of interest and activities specific to and about Grant County Wisconsin. To have your photos considered for publication, please email them to: or mail them to P.O. Box 292, Lancaster, WI 53813. Grant County Tourism Council also published the Grant County Travel Planner and may also use the submitted photos in that publication. Please put GCTC photos in the subject line. DISCLAIMER: All photos will become the property of Grant County Tourism Council.

Williams Fieldhouse UW Platteville Campus Still signing up teams!

April 15th & 16th

Contact Kelly Sponsler at 608-778-1186 or MaryBeth Gerhards at 608-778-2880 for more information. Opening ceremony at 6PM. Milwaukee Brewers world famous racing sausages at 7PM. Live auction by Jason Bell at 8PM. Luminary ceremony at 10PM Closing ceremony 10am on Saturday

Live entertainment, games, food throughout the night!

PLATTEVILLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FEBRUARY 16, 2011 MINUTES Those present: Bahr, Boldt, Cullen, Krueger, McWilliams, Melby, Nevins, G. Osterholz, T. Osterholz, Patnaude, Pluemer, Rupp, Sigwarth, Vaassen and Kopp. Those absent: Luedtke, McKinley and Nickels. President Melby called the meeting to order. Steve’s Pizza Palace was acknowledged as our February beverage sponsor. Cullen moved to approve the minutes from the January board meeting. Seconded by Bahr. Motion carried. The financial report was tabled until March. Kopp noted that the January P&L that dues are $26,893 with total revenue of $41,819. Total expenses are $8,314.02 with a net income of $33,504.98. There were no minutes of the Executive Committee as they have not met. Old Business: Bahr presented an overview of the 48th Annual Celebration and Virtue Awards night. We had a record turnout, with over 160 people in attendance. The premiere of the Discover Wisconsin episode was excellent. There was a concern in that we ran out of food at one point. The committee will be discussing this at their next meeting. There is a consensus to hold the 2012 Celebration at the University on Friday, February 12th. Kopp presented each board member with a membership folder for their use in helping to recruit new members as part of the aggressive membership drive for 2011. New Business: Kopp noted that she continues to collect information as we move toward the development of a Chamber Tourism Council from other Chambers and CVB’s throughout the State. It was agreed that we continue to develop this Council. A list of proposed Committee Chairs was presented and approved by President Melby. Committee Chairs for 2011 are: Executive Committee - Matt Melby; Marketing & Business Committee - Jeremy Patnaude; Tourism Committee - Eileen Engelke; Education Committee - Tom Osterholz; Ambassador Committee - Lori Bahr; Hog Roast Committee - Tim Boldt; Golf Outing Committee - Tim Boldt; Retail Committee - Tom Sigwarth; Governmental Affairs - Eileen Nickels; Buildings and Grounds - Terry Vaassen; and Platteville Welcomes You - Vicki Pluemer. Executive Director Report: Kopp reported that our newest member is Nemitz Chiropractic. The membership packet was distributed. A thank you from Discover Wisconsin was shared with the Board. The Governor’s Conference on Tourism is scheduled for March 6-8th in Wisconsin Dells. Copies of the goals of the City’s Tourism Commission were distributed. The 4 th quarter room tax report for 2010 has been received. The amount distributed to the Chamber was $13,503.93 compared to $13,608.66 a year ago. We have received notice that we were successful in obtaining a grant for $7311 from the Department of Tourism through their visitor center grant program. It was noted that this is a reimbursement for expenses of staffing incurred by the Chamber and was not a duplication of monies received through room tax. New Business: None Committee Reports: Ambassadors: Bahr reported that we have one new member: Nemitz Family Chiropractic. Marketing & Business: Patnaude reported that they met and recapped holiday 2010 and are working plans for 2011. Community Leadership Alliance: The 2011 class has 28 members and the first session is going well. Debi Sigwarth from the Chamber staff is in the class this year. Governmental Affairs: Southwest Day in Madison is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 th. The CLA class will be participating this year. Tourism: No further report. Education: T. Osterholz noted that they have met twice. Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is being asked to come for a breakfast presentation in March. Plans are moving ahead for an introduction to social media. They want to put a schedule together for consistency. Buildings & Grounds: It was noted that the holiday lights have not been taken down due to the ice. Platteville Welcomes You: Pluemer noted that the committee will be meeting again in March. One of the Chamber’s student staff is preparing a brochure for the committee. Retail Committee: Sigwarth noted they are putting their committee together. Looking to have cheese and possibly Pepsi products inside. He has approached Badger Bros. Coffee to produce a Katie’s Garden Bouquet blend and possibly an “M” brew. It was suggested that we talk to Ken Harwood from the proposed new local products business to be housed in the former Belmont visitor center. Hog Roast Committee: Boldt noted that they will be meeting on February 18 th at Take 2 Restaurant at noon. Date is set for Saturday, July 23rd. Golf Outing: Boldt noted this committee met on February 4 th. Date is set for Friday, June 10th. Hometown Hog Roast: Boldt reported that most of the planning is complete. Date is July 24 th in the parking lot between the Chamber and the Annex. Tom Fiedler is roasting the hogs (one prior and one on-site). There will be games, 50/50 raffles and special pig races in the stream. Grand prize for the raffle will be an option of either a large screen TV or a scooter. Planning for 500 people and Continued on next page….



goal is to make $10,000 to rebuild our savings. Retail Committee: Sigwarth noted they have not met recently. Thanks for Lori & Mark Adrian, we do have postcards to sale. Ex-Officio Board Member Reports: PAIDC: Krueger reported that he and City Manager have visited several businesses in the Park. Fendall has been bought out by Honeywell and will be making improvements there. Hypro has a need for more labor. Swiss Valley is closing and moving operation to Shullsburg. L&M is completing their expansion. UWP: Nevins noted that UWP has developed a 20 year plan with a number of building projects. They have need for storage space; a privately funded new residence hall; updates to the dining center. They are recruiting students from across the country and internationally. The Cape Town Philharmonic will be performing at the CFA. Future performances of Avenue Q and 39 Steps. Enrollment for fall 2011 is looking excellent. Spring break is the week of March 12th-20th. Sigwarth moved to adjourn. G. Osterholz seconded. Motion carried and meeting adjourned at 8:25AM. Respectfully submitted, Kathy Kopp Executive Director

Beverage Sponsor

APRIL 2011

Thank You!

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 Newsletter April 2011  
Platteville Chamber Newsletter April 2011  

The official newsletter of the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce. Platteville, Wisconsin.