March 2020 Better Together Newsletter

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MARCH 2020


First Friday Forum with Joseph J. Voelkner Butzen Sports Complex, LLC in partnership with Lakeshore United FC 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

A Letter From the President Happy March to all; I was asked to write down a few words as to what it means to me to be on the Chamber Board for the past eight years. I recently answered that question at the Annual Chamber Champions Gala last week and thought I would share my thoughts for those who could not be there this year.


Martha VandeLeest

I have lived and worked in other cities and communities and there is something very special about Sheboygan County! The energy and the spark I have witnessed unites us all as a community. We are truly better together and I see that every day as we support each other and each other’s organizations. The night of the Chamber Gala was a perfect example: there were so many amazing Sheboygan County Chamber members gathered together to celebrate each other accomplishments. I was in awe of the excitement and camaraderie. I am so proud to be part of the Chamber and on its board because its purpose is to continue to fuel that spark that unites us all in helping us to prosper together. In addition, I want to extend a big thank you to the chamber staff and all of the volunteers who came together to make the Gala a wonderful event for all!


3.12.20 BIGGBY COFFEE: 12:00-1:00PM 3.24.20 VISION FINANCIAL: 4:00-7:00PM 3.26.20 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LAKESIDE: 4:30-7:00PM


Focal Point with John Donovan Developing Modern Leaders 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

from the desk of the executive director Wow! We sure had an exciting Chamber Champions Gala! We would like to extend a special congratulations and thank you to all award recipients, nominees, and sponsors. We can’t thank everyone enough for attending and supporting your fellow Chamber members’ successes and making our County #BetterTogether. Please visit page 06 to view award winner pictures in this Better Together Issue.

Business After Hours - hosted by Terrace Senior Place Living 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Coffee with Coastal - Dr. Andi & Dr. Jaime 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Deidre Martinez

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.



from the desk of the executive director continued... New this year, we will host the first Community & Business Expo on Saturday, April 18th and we hope you can join us. Vendors will have an opportunity to interface with other Chamber members, but also with the community as a whole. Free to attend and open to people of all ages/families. Have you secured your booth? Booths are selling quickly, secure yours today. Reach out to Carol if you have questions on pricing at

Workforce Development Update One of our largest programs, supporting Workforce Development throughout Sheboygan County each year results in a 2-day program called Explore Your Future. The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of giving our high school students an opportunity to explore career options, right here in our communities. It also allows student to interface with industry experts, prior to making final decisions relating to “what do I want to be when I grow up?� In collaboration with community partners, we host roughly 1,500 high school sophomores from throughout Sheboygan County, at Lakeshore Technical Colleges, Cleveland Campus over three sessions. Students will learn about themselves and their personality types, social media best practices, personal branding and then finish out their time, talking with industry professionals based on their career cluster interests. More than 100 volunteers, teachers and school counselors join us over the 3 sessions to help make this program a success year after year. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors Van Horn Automotive, Sargento Foods and Kohler. Thank you also to our Champions sponsors, Johnsonville and Rockline Industries. Without the generosity of sponsorship, we could not make programs such as Explore Your Future a reality.

Explore Your Future


UPDATE FROM Coastal Young Professionals Network On February 26th, Coastal YPN had its first Coastal Welcome and Social of the year. The turnout exceeded our expectations and are excited to see new connections blossom throughout the year as well as continue previous relations. Our next event is scheduled for March 20th, Coffee with Coastal with Dr. Andi and Dr. Jaime held at Just Kids Dental. Join Coastal YPN for a morning of coffee and networking, along with an exclusive behindthe-scenes tour of the kid-centered, state of the art facility at Just Kids Dental and to hear Coastal YPN member Terry Stevenson talk to sisters Dr. Andi Igowski and Dr. Jaime Marchi about how they built their business and lessons they’ve learned along the way. For more details. Please click here! A huge thank you to member Terry Stevenson for his efforts in putting together this program and all of his hard work and dedication to the Coastal Young Professional Network. Another important thank you is extended to Coffee with Coastal event sponsors, Prevea Health and Johnsonville. Another thing to keep in mind, the ever-anticipated annual YPWeek initiative with Newaukee is just a few months away. This year’s YPWeek is April 17th-25th and we will be participating for the 7th year in a row. We have three events planned thus far, but are looking forward to adding more to the already exciting lineup! Head to to register and read all about the fun we have planned. Until next time Coastal Nation, stay wavy!

Dr. Andi and Dr. Jaime Just Kids Dental


News from THE DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Happy March! I hope you were able to attend the Chamber Champions Gala at The Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center, it was an incredible evening! Even though the main dining room sold out early, those who made their way into the Peninsula Room and attended the Overflow Party space had a wonderful time. The hard hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, sausages and other goodies were delicious. Thank you Sargento and Old Wisconsin for your generous donation! The networking and fellowship that took place was awesome. It was an evening filled with energy and anticipation, with many members meeting for the first time; starting, developing, and in time, cementing long lasting relationships. It was truly an evening to be remembered!

Scott Kuehn

If you are looking to schedule a Business After Hours for 2020, I unfortunately have some bad and good news for you. The good news: we are fully booked for 2020! The bad news: there are no openings to schedule BAH events for the remainder of this year, but please call me with your requests for 2021. We doubled up several months again 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! Some things to think about as we move through 2020: · 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! · 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 the remainder of 2020 calendar for all events coming up this year, it is sure to be an exciting and rewarding year! And finally, I’m looking forward to another year of Meet a Member Friday and having the opportunity to meet so many of our wonderful Chamber members throughout 2020! #BETTERTOGETHER


County Chamber

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Ribbon Cutting - Fairfield by Marriott

Coastal Young Professionals - Welcome

Member Orientation

Chamber Champions Gala

First Friday Forum with Barb LaMue

First Friday Forum with Barb LaMue


2020 chamber champions RECAP

Ambassador of the Year

Culinary Star of the Year

Manufacturer of the Year

Nonprofit Charity of the Year

Retailer of the Year

Safety Leader Award

Dean Becker Ascension Medical Group Marsho Clinic Sponsor: Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce

Lakeshore Community HealthCare Sponsor: Prairie States Enterprises, Inc.

Services Organization of the Year Sharon. S Richardson Community Hospice Sponsor: Ascension Medical Group Marsho Clinic

Harry’s Prohibition Bistro Sponsor: Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce

Green Rx Sponsor: Wisconsin Bank & Trust

Tourism Gem of the Year

Stefanie H. Weill Center of the Performing Arts Sponsor: Fairfield Inn & Suites Sheboygan

Plymouth Foam Sponsor: McClone

Rockline Industries Sponsor: Wisconsin Lakeshore Safety Council

Working Together

American Cancer Society, Road America Walk/Run Sponsor: Prevea Health


upcoming events



4.17.20 - 4.25.20 COASTAL YPWEEK

To register for these events and find out more information, Please visit