December 2019 Better Together Newsletter

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December 2019 UPCOMING EVENTS A Letter From the President I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a season filled with warm moments and cherished memories. I would also like to send out a big thank you for your membership and commitment to our Sheboygan County Chamber community over this past year.



The Chamber is here to support the business comMartha VandeLeest munity and help make Sheboygan County a great place to work, live, play and do business. Together we can accomplish great things and the chamber members, staff, board members, committee members and volunteers made that happen in 2019. Thanks for helping mold the Chamber this year and for your continued support into the future.


FIRST FRIDAY FORUM with Paul Dickson 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Wishing you all the best for the Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year.


from the desk of the executive director Wow, 2019 has been a busy year for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce and also the County as a whole. Sheboygan County has welcomed a number of new businesses, saw extensive expansions of existing businesses and housing developments are happening throughout the County as well. To put it lightly, Sheboygan County has had a very successful year and we’re excited for what 2020 will bring.

OUT FOR LUNCH with Deidre Martinez 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Deidre Martinez

The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce has hosted more than 150 events and programs throughout the year and we’re not even done yet. As we still have an Out For Lunch, First Friday Forum and Business After Hours scheduled in December. We’ve successfully completed Strategic Planning for 2020-2022 and we’re excited for the next chapter of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. We want to thank the numerous Board Members, Chamber Committee’s, and Chamber members in general for their time, treasure and talent through this process. Going into our 106th year as the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce, we


RIBBON CUTTING Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM



In the Issue: President Update, Executive Update, Workforce Development Update, Coastal Young Professionals Network Update, Membership Update, Upcoming Events and What’s been happening…photo’s enclosed.

12.24.19 - 1.1.20



from the desk of the executive director continued... can confidently embark on 2020, supporting the business community and making sure Sheboygan County is a great place to work, live and play. We are revving up for our 2020 Economic Outlook Breakfast and Annual Meeting on January 23rd and will be launching our annual Economic Outlook survey later this week. Please note, that we want to hear from you, all of you. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and join us on the 23rd to learn the results of the survey and also hear from our partners throughout the county as they highlight 2019 successes and what we can expect in our communities in 2020. We’re also excited to celebrate so many wonderful successes at the Chamber Champions Gala, February 20, 2020. Congratulations to all our nominee’s and thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a business or organization. As the holidays approach, remember the importance of shopping local. Yes, Small Business Saturday has passed, but I encourage all of you to make every day Small Business focused. These folks bring vibrancy to our communities. They’re our neighbors, our friends and sometimes even family members. Their kids go to school with your kids. They’re invested in our communities because they live here, they work here and they play here. Although it may be easy to click a button on your phone…I guarantee that if you spend some time out in the community, you will find treasures and experiences far more exciting. Shop Local this Holiday Season! Thank you for another successful year! Enjoy your friends and families this Holiday Season and many blessings for a Happy New Year!

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UPDATE FROM Coastal Young Professionals Network Can you believe that 2019 is almost over?! With another successful year under our belt, we would like to give a huge thank you to all of our Coastal Young Professional Committee members who have dedicated their time and brought nothing but positive energy and great ideas to the table. We have grown as a committee and have thrived due to the hard work and dedication that was given by those on the committee. We look forward to seeing where else they go and how well they are going to do in the community and within themselves. Another thank you to those who have participated in events and choose to make the Coastal Young Professionals Network a part of their lives. Without you all, we would not be where we are today! As 2020 nears, the Coastal Young Professional Network is very excited to welcome new committee members, introduce new events and expanding the Young Professional organization. The mission of the Coastal Young professional network is to seek out and bring together emerging and potential leaders from various segments of the community for a continuing educational program. The program is designed to encourage, motivate and prepare participants to assume and pursue leadership roles in both their place of employment and in the Sheboygan County community. We are looking to add new members to the Young Professional Network, please send those interested to Molly Talaska at to learn more what Coastal Young Professional Network is all about! Looking forward to the tremendous twenties, bring on the new decade!

News from THE DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Here we are. Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is right around the corner. The year is coming to an end, so we want to finish 2019 with a positive flurry, while planning, strategizing and implementing new and exciting ways for your business to prosper in 2020. Come join us at our final 2019 Business After Hours hosted by Pine Hills. Enjoy seeing many of your friends and colleagues, while starting new relationships, and celebrate another fantastic year in Sheboygan County together! Some things to think about going into 2020: If you have not contacted me regarding an ad in the new Sheboygan County Community Resource Guide, please do so as soon as you can. The guide will be closing for publication by December 31, so all ads and payment need to be in by then. We want to get these guides out in circulation by mid-January, so we need to wrap it up soon!

Scott Kuehn

If you haven’t joined a Deep Dive yet, there are still openings for all groups. Start 2020 by engaging with other members of the chamber from various business sectors. Health care, real estate, banking, insurance, painting and staining, attorneys, and many others are represented by exceptional people living in your county. Join a family of Deep Divers today! Roundtables are a terrific way to meet others within your business sector. Whether it’s Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, Not for Profit, and others, you’re sure to learn something from your peers. These peer-to-peer networking groups can help any one of your employees, or yourself, accelerate your learning curve, and minimize potential setbacks within your organization. Our own John Rogers does an outstanding job keeping each group on task, and always shares his own wealth of knowledge. Contact and join a Roundtable today!


News from THE DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT continued... Our Young Professionals network goal is to attract, engage and retain young, diverse talent to Sheboygan County by providing opportunities for young professionals to design their social culture, serve as civic innovators and community stewards, and develop into the next generation of leaders for Sheboygan County. If you are interested in joining the YP network, please text SHEBCOYP to 57838. Check out the chamber calendar at and make sure you mark your 2020 calendar for all events coming up this year, it is sure to be an exciting and rewarding year! I’d like finish off my last newsletter article of 2019 by saying “thank you” to all my new, current and seasoned Chamber members I’ve met this year. I truly appreciate how supportive and welcoming you have been, and I wish you all the best in 2020. May you have a year of great health, love and prosperity. See you on December 12th to celebrate a wonderful year, and the upcoming Holiday season, because we are so much #BETTER TOGETHER!

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2019 Athena Leadership Awards Winners

Athena Leadership Award Winner Chad Hamilton, Sargento Foods General Counsel Top 5 Athena Leadership Winners

David Black, Lakeland University President

Lindsay Harrison Eirich, Owner Engaged Marketing Co.

Teresa Van Horn, Van Horn Auto Group

Juju Senft, SEAS Adaptive & Lead Sailing Instructor

Quynh Trueblood, Kohler School District Superintendent (not pictured)



US Cellular - Connect Cell November 1st

Optimal Chiropractic & Rehabilitation November 7th

Focal Point with Charlie Krebs November 20th

Buisness After Hours at Boortmalt November 20th

Leadership Class Health & Services Day November 21st


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