June 2020 Better Together Newsletter

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Virtual Events

JUNE 2020

A Letter From the President As spring slowly moves towards summer and the state’s economy begins to re- open it is my sincere hope that you are all coping as best as you can and are gearing up to get back to work. Clearly, it will be a systematic process and we need to continue to pay close attention to public health guidance, but it is time to do what we can to get things going again.


VIRTUAL EVENT -Member Orientation 7:45AM - 9:00AM

Martha VandeLeest

Deidre has worked hard to create a phased in Chamber re-opening plan as the staff returns to their on-site offices in June. This phased in process will include the “Zoom Conference Calls” throughout the month of June. As we, all know the one-step at a time approach will help us to continue to move forward.

from the desk of the executive director “Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES.” William James. The excitement is certainly growing, the weather getting warmer, businesses reopening their doors, seeing family and friends again. It has been a rough couple of months, but I think we’re all ready for summer and better days ahead. Over the past couple of months, I’ve have Deidre Martinez certainly had to strengthen my patience skill set, I also more clearly understand the importance of kindness and grace and how these three attributes create stronger communities. Sheboygan County exemplifies these things in our everyday lives. Over the past couple of months, we’ve rallied around our teachers to assist in teaching our students outside of the traditional classroom, we’ve rallied around our healthcare workers as they’ve worked diligently to help our sick neighbors in need, we’ve rallied around our front line workers in manufacturing and grocery stores, we’ve rallied around our nonprofits to provide resources and we’ve certainly rallied around our local businesses to support them, as best we can during this difficult time. In the Issue: President Update, Executive Update, Coastal Young Professionals Network Update, Membership Update, and upcoming events

6.9.20 & 6.16.20

Virtual Event: Sheboygan County Safe Restart with Sheboygan County Division of Public Health 12PM


2020 Better Together Intern & Co-op Program 3:30PM-5PM


COVID-19 Update with Dr. Rai of Prevea Health 1PM


Coastal YPN: Virtual Yoga with Sonja Anderson 5PM




from the desk of the executive director (Continued) Now we begin the next phase and patience, kindness and grace becomes even more important. Have patience, as we all learn to live in the “new normal” whatever that may be, be patient with yourself, your friends, family and coworkers and definitely with our local businesses. We are all in this together and need to support one another, ALL the time. Be kind and give grace, this is a different time, it’s confusing and we’ve all been through the ringer. Kindness wins every single time. William James, an American philosopher and psychologist in the 1800’s said, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES.” How very right he was, we all have the power to make a difference, with our actions and our words. Let’s continue to work together, to support each other and have the patience for one another, even when our beliefs don’t align. We’re excited to kick off our annual Intern/Co-op summer program during the second week of June, to support interns and co-ops that our Sheboygan County partners have brought on board. We will provide programming for those visiting us in Sheboygan, as well as virtual options for interns that will be working remotely. This has been a great partnership with local businesses, to give our visitors an opportunity to learn about and experience all that Sheboygan County has to offer, therefore attracting and retaining talent. If you would like to learn more about this program or how to participate, please send an email to molly@sheboygan.org. With that, the Chamber team is thrilled to be back in the office, we will, however, continue to host all meetings virtually through the month of June and reevaluate as July approaches. We’ve got a lot of planning to do…there are some exciting events taking place late August through November starting with our Best Under 40 Celebration, then our Annual Golf Outing, Member Brat Fry, Oktoberfeast, YP Week and of course our Community & Business Expo was rescheduled for October 31st, so the Chamber team will be very busy throughout the summer. We hope you’ll join in on the fun.

News from THE DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT I hope this newsletter finds you all safe, happy and ready to get rolling again! As we slowly and safely begin to re-emerge from this pandemic, I want to thank the entire county for doing a wonderful job in following the guidelines of our state and local officials. Because of your efforts during the “Safer at Home order”, Sheboygan County is positioned to make a stellar comeback! Let’s make it happen by continuing to support all our businesses, large and small. You have been phenomenal Sheboygan County keep it up! One of our signature events is coming up on Wednesday, September 9 at Town & Country golf course. Yes, you guessed it, our Annual Chamber Golf Outing! Sponsorships are now available to all members, so please call, email or text me as soon as you can to save a spot!

Scott Kuehn

We are still looking to reschedule a number of our earlier events and will be in contact with all members involved. As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the Business After Hours for 2020 is unfortunately sold out, but 2021 is wide open. We doubled up several months this year, and will do so for 2021, but don’t wait. Give me a call at (920) 395-8705 to schedule your BAH today!


News from THE DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (continued) Some things to think about as we move through last three quarters of 2020: • If you haven’t joined a Deep Dive yet, there are still openings for all groups. We have been meeting via Zoom and would welcome any new member who wishes to join a group. 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. We are again using Zoom to keep us connected! 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 john@sheboygan.org and join a Roundtable today! • 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 sheboygan.org and make sure you mark the remainder of 2020 calendar for all events coming up this year, it will still be an exciting and rewarding year! Please remember to support our small businesses, restaurants, salons and many others that have been hit hard by this pandemic. They are in dire need of our business. Shop local, and stay healthy, because we are so much #BETTERTOGETHER! See you all soon!

Molly, Coastal YPN Liason Hello Coastal YPN Nation! We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy as we try to bring some more normalcy back into our lives. The Young Professionals Network is ready to get back to having in-person events as soon as possible, but as we move through June, we are going to keep our events virtual. With that being said, we have another virtual event planned for Thursday, June 11th. Many people have been requesting this event, so we are going to have Virtual Yoga with Sonja Anderson from Stretch and Breathe Yoga! Head on over to our Facebook page or the Chamber website for more information! Molly Talaska


Molly, Coastal YPN Liason (continued) On Thursday, May 28th, Tim Saeger from Thrivent Financial gave a very informational presentation on Credit. He spoke to our network for an hour about the difference between good and bad credit, how to obtain both as well as answered questions asked about savings bonds and leasing vehicles. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Tim for volunteering his time to share his knowledge with our group; we truly appreciate it. Best Under 40 Awards has been postponed until Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 at the Sheboygan Town and Country Club. Registration opens Thursday, June 4. Do not forget to register to celebrate our talented Young Professionals in the Sheboygan area; it will be a night full of fun!

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