July 2024 Better Together Newsletter Update

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In This Issue

Summer fun in Sheboygan County!

July 2024

Upcoming Events

From The Desk Of The CEO

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By united we stand, by diving we fall.” – John Dickinson

Happy Independence Day Sheboygan County Chamber members! We are the most blessed country in the world and those blessings are certainly plentiful in our communities specifically. This is a great time to get out and explore all that Sheboygan County has to offer and support your local community. Go and enjoy the festivals and community picnics, stop at the local farmers market to support local farmers and artisans and be sure to keep our dollars local by shopping local! We have so much to offer in our communities, and we must relish in the beauty of summer in the Midwest. Love where you live Sheboygan County, we are blessed beyond measure!

to Dinner w/ YPs

Street Cafe July 10 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

We are thrilled to promote our Make Your Mark campaign, which assists with your workforce development efforts. Leah, our transition specialist has been fully immersed in building a national campaign to recruit potential employees to our area. She is available full-time to help your new hires settle into our communities successfully. If you are interested in learning more about this program and the many resources available, to include recruitment support, financial resources for entry level workers to assist with moving and financial literacy programming, please contact Leah at leah@sheboygan.org. We look forward to welcoming newcomers to our area and immersing them in all that Sheboygan County has to offer.

We are in full swing of the summer intern/co-op program and are having so much fun getting to know so many visitors to our area. They have had an opportunity to connect and build relationships with each other and local community members through opportunities to socialize and network, while also experiencing recreation throughout the County. Our hope is that every one of these students will choose to relocate to

Behind the Scenes

11 | 5:00 - 6:30

Show Information Session Portugal Trip 2025 July 17 | 5:15 - 6:15 PM

Event 3 Sheeps Brewery July 18 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

& Intern Comedy Night Weill Center July 19 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Out to Lunch w/ Deidre

Arrosto Delicatessen

July 24 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Ribbon Cutting


The Manor Event Center at The Bull

July 25 | 5:00 - 7:30 PM

YP Wellness

Elevate Yoga

July 26 | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

E-Z Window Cleaning Plymouth

July 30 | 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Roundtable Meetings:

July 10 | 7:30 AM - Worksite Wellness

July 10 | 7:30 AM - Mid-day

Sheboygan County upon their college graduation and work for one of our wonderful employers. If you have interns that are not involved, please reach out to us right away so we can help them get involved and build relationships with other interns/co-op’s.

We are finalizing details for our Chamber Travel, October 2-14, 2024, to experience the culture of Ireland through several cities, parks and iconic landmarks. We are pleased to announce our 2025 travel to Portugal. To learn more about this opportunity please visit our website or contact Tina directly at tina@sheboygan.org. All information for both trips can be found at https://sheboygan.org/chambertravel.

We want you to Think BIG (betterment, improvement growth), Influence Local! The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing expertise for fostering dynamic organizations throughout Sheboygan County. We are truly Better Together!

John RogersBusiness Roundtables Facilitator

Sometimes, short and sweet is preferred, particularly when I get an unsolicited testimonial like this:

John Rogers

“At each roundtable, I gain valuable insights and am made aware of things I wouldn’t have knowledge of from other sources. Whether I have a topic to discuss or can offer input on subjects from others, there are always helpful discussions, some lighthearted exchanges and the feeling of having an advisory group who genuinely cares. The diversity of conversations, backgrounds, and fresh thinking is amazing. Roundtables allow for developing more in-depth relationships since a kindred spirit is created.”

There are 2 roundtables on July 10 and more in August. Join us and experience the kindred spirit yourself.

Yes, we are better together!

Ellie Meyers - Director of Events

Summer Is in Full Swing…

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you have a fabulous holiday. At the Chamber, we’ve kicked off summer with a jam-packed schedule of events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. We’ve had some wonderful Ribbon Cuttings, Vibe@5 events, and Out to Lunches. If you’re interested in joining us for future events, here’s what is still coming up this summer.

New To the Area? Join Us for a Newcomer Networking Event: July 18

If you’ve recently relocated to Sheboygan County within the last two years, we invite you to join us for a special event designed just for newcomers on July 18th at 3 Sheeps Brewing. Moving to a new area presents both challenges and opportunities, and we’re here to assist you in navigating and connecting with your new community.

Join Us at the Workforce Development Symposium: August 21

The Workforce Development Symposium on August 21 at Pine Hills Country Club will provide an excellent opportunity for collaboration between the education and business sectors in fostering Sheboygan’s future workforce and enhancing retention. Participants will gain insights into diverse perspectives and potential community partnerships.

Sponsorships have been created to support the attendance of our education partners. To help support this initiative and sponsor a group of educators for the Workforce Development Symposium, reach out to me at ellie@sheboygan.org.

Nominate Outstanding Contributors for the 2024 Golden Apple Workforce Development Symposium Education Awards

Do you know an educator or business making outstanding contributions to workforce development education in Sheboygan County? Nominations are now open for the 2024 Workforce Development Symposium Education Awards, honoring excellence in two categories:

• Workforce Development Educator of the Year - Sheboygan County

• Workforce Development Business Education Partner of the Year - Sheboygan County

To nominate a deserving candidate, please complete a nomination form.

Tee Off at the Annual Golf Outing: August 28

Get your clubs ready for a day of fun and networking at the Annual Golf Outing on August 28 at Town and Country. Golfer registration is open! Don’t miss out – this event sells out fast!

Ellie Meyers

And for businesses looking to maximize exposure, golf outing sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Have questions about our upcoming events or want to get involved? Feel free to reach out – happy to assist.

See you soon at a Chamber Event!

Warm regards,


Kierra Brooks - Special Events


Hello everyone!

Welcome July—”Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.” – John Mayer

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. I’ve been busy entertaining our interns and co-ops this season with two events each week! There is currently a scavenger hunt that I have created for them around the county to help them fall in love with the area! If you think your business could be a highlight for our scavenger hunt, please let me know—we’d love to include you!

We are also gearing up for our upcoming leadership programs starting in August. Junior Leadership filled up quickly, and we even had to encourage applicants to apply for next year. This is fantastic, considering we only launched this program last year. Our Adult Leadership program is also filling up fast with limited spots available. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to apply!

Regarding Young Professionals (YP), please check out the YP calendar on our social media and website. We have the next three months planned and ready for sign-up. If you’re interested in attending, sign up or reach out to me with any questions. We’d love to see new faces and help those new to the community connect with like-minded people. Our “Out to Dinner” events, held on the second Wednesday of every month from 5-7 PM, are a perfect way to meet up with no agenda and are a great time to get to know each other.

Let’s stay connected to each other and our community, continually striving to make it better!

I hope everyone has an amazing month and enjoys the hot summer days!

Kierra Brooks

Kristin Bahr - BID Member Services


Are you feeling like summer is slipping away too quickly? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to savor our beautiful Sheboygan weather. Join us every Tuesday evening for the 8th Streatery hosted by Harbor Centre BID! This beloved summer tradition transforms 8th Street into a vibrant al fresco eatery featuring a diverse selection of delicious cuisines from some of the city’s favorite restaurants Enjoy live music from talented local artists as you dine under the open sky.

Starting at 5:00 pm, you can find us in downtown Sheboygan at 8th and Pennsylvania Streets. It’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and soak up the local culture right in the heart of Sheboygan.

Mark your calendar for the upcoming weeks of 8th Streatery:

July 2nd: Cathy Grier

July 9th: Doc Mock & Mike Ammons

July 16th: Hanna Simone with Elly Bird

July 23rd: Nick Dittmeier and the Saw Dusters

July 30th: Erin Krebs

August 6th: Natural Satellite

August 13th: Cathy Grier

Don’t forget to save the date for River Fest on Saturday, September 21st! Join us as we celebrate Sheboygan’s Riverfront with engaging activities and experiences showcasing our Harbor Centre businesses’ products and services. Explore booths, enjoy performances on our main stage, and take in the riverside ambiance.

For more information and to stay updated on everything happening in Sheboygan’s Downtown, Riverfront, and South Pier, visit www.harborcentre.com.

Let’s make the most of summer together in Sheboygan!

Kristin Bahr

Anna Toman - Director Of Membership Development

Hello from your Director of Membership! June was such a wonderful month for Chamber Membership! We hope you got out to experience The Vibe@5/Ribbon Cutting at Kelmann Restoration and Ribbon Cuttings at Arrosto Delicatessen, Pros 4 Technology, Wallace Law, and Dogs2DogTags.

Thank goodness for our members who golf and attended the Annual Golf Outing last year. I could NOT figure out the crazy contraption I found in a corner of my office! It is, of course, the Golf Ball Launcher! An additional thanks to Packaging Systems of Wisconsin for allowing us to post their video from last year to our Facebook page to showcase a fun sneak peek at the craziness of the Golf Outing. Haven’t seen it yet? Check out the post and register for the Golf Outing to see it in person. Our Eagle Golf Sponsorship includes a Golf Foursome. I’m told there are only three left so head to the link below to sign up and see which sponsorship opportunities remain. It’s a FANTASTIC opportunity to see your customers face-to-face!

Sponsorships for ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF OUTING 2024 - Aug 28, 2024 - The Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce

Join me in welcoming to our Chamber the following NEW members from June:

• Quality Tool Grinding, Inc.

• Spartech

• North Town Partners - Adeline Apartments

• W. Irving Railfan

• Chiang Mai Garden

• Badger Carpet & Floor Care

• Caravel Autism Health

• LPS Tax & Accounting

• Olive Supply Chain Management

We hosted a packed Maximize Your Membership on the 26th with our new, bright members. We look forward to the next orientation in September! This event is geared towards new and prospective members and new representatives of our current membership. We discuss the benefits available to our members, the programs available to every representative in their organization, and all the FUN events we host each year! Please consider attending our next Maximize Your Membership event on September 4th at 7:30 am.

Have a happy, safe Fourth of July!

Make it a great day,

Anna :)

Anna Toman

Leah Bischoff - Transition Concierge Specialist

Hello, everyone,

As we step into July, let’s welcome the warmth and the new possibilities it brings!

I wanted to share some direct feedback from our employers about our “Make Your Mark” program.

This initiative offers personalized job support and community connections designed to attract talent open to relocating to Sheboygan County. Although it’s just beginning, we’ve already seen its positive impact on people and businesses. This response shows how necessary this program and personalized assistance have been in our area. We’re excited to continue investing in Sheboygan County by growing the workforce and supporting our local businesses.

“Having been in the talent attraction arena for a long time, it’s a huge help to have you and this program available. Whether it’s the Make Your Mark website or the way you interact with new residents, having this available to help them with their relocation is truly a blessing!”

Claudia Krepsky, HR Manager, Rohde Brothers

“I greatly appreciate all your help with people we have had relocate to this area. It is so nice to have someone to help point them in the right direction and make their transition as easy as possible.”

Amanda George, Senior Human Resources Generalist, American Orthodontics

Are you curious to learn more? Whether you’re a job seeker or an employer, don’t hesitate to contact me at leah@sheboygan.org or check out https://work.sheboygan.org/jobseekers/ for additional information.

New to the area within the past couple of years? Join us for a newcomer event on July 18th from 5 pm to 7 pm at 3 Sheeps. It’s a fantastic opportunity for new community members to connect and socialize.

Please register on our Chamber website for event details: https://business.sheboygan.org/ events/details/newcomer-event-3-sheeps-42772?calendarMonth=2024-07-01

I am looking forward to connecting with you all at the event!

June In Review

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