In this issue . . .
Ambassador Profile Member News Calendar of Events New Members Ribbon cuttings
The Branch applies fresh ideas to members’ challenges By Brian Otten, Marketing Manager
very fall and spring I speak to hundreds of local college students about The Branch. I ask these students to consider participating in a program that will beef up both the job experience and reference portions of their resume. I point out the valuable contacts they’ll make at the c-suite level and how these connections can yield a great job following (and sometimes before) their graduation. When I speak to students in their classrooms in Wausau and Stevens Point, I stress the value of access, both the access the students will have to the businesses they serve as ‘student consultants’ and the access the business craves for local talent and fresh ideas. I’m writing today to invite you, the Chamber’s members, to also tap into this great ‘access’ to students and to consider sponsoring a project in one of The Branch’s upcoming sessions. A number of our members have already sponsored challenges in The Branch since the program launched in the summer of 2016. Church Mutual Insurance Company, River Valley Bank, Ansay & Associates, North Central Health Care, Northcentral Technical College, M3 Insurance and AROW Global have all brought real world
challenges into the program and then worked with teams of students to generate solutions. AROW Global’s challenge in the spring of 2017 was a simple one, “How does our business grow its manufacturing facility?” Although this challenge (and the other challenges presented to student teams in The Branch) was worded very succinctly and intentionally open-ended, the experience for both business and student was a rewarding one. “We gave the students in The Branch the unusual opportunity to help us make a decision usually reserved for a board of directors or senior management.” said retired human resources director Mike Rayome. The benefits of the students’ work on this project, and the access both students and business had to each other, are still being realized at AROW Global as the business continues to grow. If your organization has a real-world challenge which would beneft from the new perspectives and innovative solutions offered by students in the program, we’d welcome you to participate. Organizations that are also interested in fostering the educational growth of the region’s college students, while also establishing contacts with these student, will find great value in the program. If you would like to sponsor a challenge in The Branch’s fall 2019 or spring 2020 session please visit TheBranchWI.org or contact me at 715-848-5947.
2019 - 2020 SeSSion This program offers an opportunity for individuals to build an arsenal of personal growth strategies by equipping participants with the ability to create and inspire change in themselves, their organizations and the community.
Help us welcome the newest Chamber members! Support the regional economy - do business with members.
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Coming up on our calendar: July 25: Business PM: Mosinee Brewing Company August 6: Financial Analysis with QuickBooks August 8: Business PM: La Taqueria Mexican Street Food August 15: Ribbon Cutting: Brickner’s August 22: Business PM: Olson Tire & Auto August 27: Ribbon Cutting: Behavioral Health Clinic of Wausau For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.
Ambassador Profile: Chamber Ambassadors will be profiled each month in Chamber Connection. NAME: Christine Liedtke BUSINESS NAME: AMPERAGE
Marketing & Fundraising
HOMETOWN: Stevens Point BACKGROUND: Bachelor’s degree
in Communications/Public Relations from UW-Stevens Point. In 1990, I founded Creative Communication & Design, an advertising agency serving local and regional accounts. In March 2018, AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising acquired the agency.
BEST RECENT READ: Building
a StoryBrand by Donald Miller. His podcast is excellent, too.
THE STORY ABOUT THE CHAMBER YOU REPEAT MOST OFTEN: The Open House/
Ribbon Cutting for AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising was a great success thanks to the Chamber. It’s the
reason I am an ambassador today.
THE STORY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS YOU REPEAT MOST OFTEN: Working in a creative
environment every day is a thrill. Sharing stories about how the agency helps impact our client’s success is a constant. Yes, advertising works!
DREAM JOB WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP: Probably a
singer. I loved Pat Benatar!
FAVORITE SNACK: Chips and salsa MOST FAMOUS PERSON THAT YOU HAVE MET: I took
The Chamber Ambassadors are volunteers who engage new and current members, reviewing benefits, highlighting programs and events and CHAMBER HIGHLIGHT: Creative Communication & Design being named ensuring member needs are met. If you would like a visit from an Ambassador the Wausau Chamber 2016 Small Business of the Year was incredible. I also or would like to learn more about the love seeing all the growth in Wausau and group, please contact Judy Pitek at 715meeting new people during the Ribbon 848-5966. photos of Tommy Thompson and George W. Bush when George W. was campaigning to become president.
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ICYMI: Wausau Events held a Business PM networking event on Thursday, July 11, 2019.
Ribbon Cuttings Ribbon cuttings were held at Salelytics in Wausau to mark a name change on July 11 and at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Weston on July 17.
Member News Visit WausauChamber.com for news items, like the ones below, from members.
We Want to Hear from You! Please submit your stories and photos via your Member Information Center login or to Brian Otten at email@example.com. Use of the submitted content will be at the discretion of the Chamber and may be shortened to fit the appropriate platform. Only stories from members in good standing with the Chamber will be used.
TYLER GEORGE 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist Men’s Curling
FORE! It’s that time of year again when the best excuse to get out of the office reaches you in the form of an invitation. That’s right, it’s Golf Outing Season! The Wausau Curling Club 12th Annual Benefit Golf Outing will be held at the Wausau Country Club on September 9, 2019. We will have a shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Register early, this outing has limited space available! Can’t make it to golf, or maybe you’re not the club swinging kind—no problem! Join us for the festivities and dinner after the outing.
Don’t just save the date, sign up now for some great fun on the greens in
September. Registration and payment information are on the back of this invitation. Sponsorships? Don’t forget about those. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tara Schessler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Raffle items? Yes, we would love to raffle off your business logo’d gear and other donations. Need more information? Feel free to contact Amy Ebeling at email@example.com.
We hope to see you soon!
Please Join Us For The 12th Annual
2019 Benefit Golf Outing And Dinner Social
Returning Presenting Sponsor
Proceeds to Benefit the Wausau Curling Center
Monday, September 9 - 12:30 Shotgun Start Registration begins at 11:30
Wausau Country Club
2018 Olympic Gold Medalist Men’s Curling
Open to Curlers & Non-Curlers!
Please Register by August 30, 2019.
$125.00 Entry Fee Per Player Includes: 18-Holes Golf, Cart, Range Balls Scramble Format (All Hit Best Shot) 3 Divisions: Men’s, Women’s and Open (Any Combination of Men and Women) Dinner & Dessert Dinner Only $35 – Dinner Served at 5:30 p.m.
Mail this entry form with payment OR e-mail form and mail payment to: Wausau Curling Club ATTN: Amy Ebeling P.O. Box 8050 Wausau, WI 54402-8050 Questions? Call Amy, 715-845-4336 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf Prizes and Awards for each Division. Raffle Prize Drawings.
Event Sponsorships also available. If interested, contact Tara Schessler, 715-573-4665 or e-mail:email@example.com.
Come Join the Fun with Curlers and Friends of Curling! ENTRY FORM Team Name: ___________________ Name 1: _____________________________ Name 2: _____________________________ Golf & Dinner $______ Dinner Only $______ Golf & Dinner $______ Dinner Only $______ ___ Steak ___ Vegetarian ___ Steak ___ Vegetarian Name 3: _____________________________ Golf & Dinner $______ Dinner Only $______ ___ Steak ___ Vegetarian
Name 4: _____________________________ Golf & Dinner $______ Dinner Only $______ ___ Steak ___ Vegetarian Total $_______________
Need Not Be A Foursome To Play. Individuals Will Be Placed On Teams. Please Clip and Mail Entry Form With Check to Address Above.
Returning in 2020! The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce is offering its members a unique marketing opportunity again this fall. The Chamber will publish a printed calendar for 2020, featuring local photography, local events, local faces and local businesses. The Chamber is looking for members to sponsor each of the twelve months in the edition. Members can sponsor a month for only $600. New this year, sponsors will receive a coupon space in the calendar. Sponsors will also receive 20 copies of the calendar (which will be sold at the Chamber, given to the attendees at the 2020 Women’s Leadership Conference and inserted in the November Chamber Pak and delivered to 1,600 members).
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Chamber to publish hyper-local calendar again in 2020 The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce will again print a calendar featuring local photography, events, individuals, businesses and organizations. The Chamber first produced a hyperlocal calendar in 2019 with twelve Chamber members sponsoring a month each. Local organizations also purchased enhanced date listings in the calendar to promote community events. “Our calendar gives local photographers a unique opportunity
to feature their best shots and it gives our members a great vehicle to promote their business or specific events.” said Brian Otten, marketing manager at the Chamber. The 2020 edition of the calendar will be distributed in the November 2019 Chamber Pak to 1,600 members. The calendar will also be given to the hundreds of attendees at the Women’s Leadership Conference in January 2020. Additional copies of the calendar
will be available for sale for $5 at the Chamber office beginning in November 2019. Seven months are still available to sponsors for $600. This includes twenty copies of the calendar for customers or staff and a coupon position on the back cover. Individual dates to promote specific events are available for $50. Visit WausauChamber.com or contact Brian Otten at 715-848-5947 for more information.
Limited space available in new leadership program The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce will offer a new leadership program this fall. Transformational Leadership will be led by program designer and facilitator Bridget Wenman, President of Perspectives Training and Consulting LLC. The program will include nine sessions totaling more than 70 hours of interactive learning and opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. The program will build an arsenal of personal growth strategies for participants, equipping them with the ability to create and inspire change in participants, their organizations and the community. Individuals at any level of leadership will benefit from a better understanding of their personal leadership style and the impact they have on those around them. Attendees will also grow through a renewed understanding of
the region’s history, its founders and the impact each participant can have on the generations which will follow. Wenman, a Wausau native, has more than 20 years of experience coaching executives and their teams, using a wide variety of solutions to help them define their culture, refine their workforce and increase productivity. Wenman has a degree in organizational communication from UW-Oshkosh and was the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient. “I have been impressed with the quality of leadership programs that the Chamber has brought to our region and I am excited to help them continue in that tradition by implementing a program that not only challenges the participant, but impacts their organizations and the community.” said Wenman. The Chamber’s former Leadership Excellence program had been led by Ray
Mickevicius since 2004. Mickevicius has retired, graduating nearly 500 individuals from the program. “Intercity State Bank has utilized Bridget to assist us with team building dynamics, individual staff skill assessments and as my personal executive coach with many positive outcomes.” said Randy Balk, President/CEO of Intercity State Bank. Registration for the 2019-2020 Transformational Leadership program is open with a limited number of positions still available in the class. The first in the series of monthly sessions will be held on Sept. 6, 2019. For more information on the program, visit WausauChamber.com or contact Sharon Baumann at 715-8485943 or sbaumann@wausauchamber. com. Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce members can participate in program at a reduced rate.
Chamber to host third community immersion project The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce will host an intensive, year-long program beginning in September. The Immersion Project will be held each month through August 2020. The program is designed to provide meaningful experiences that will immerse and connect participants to the region. These experiences are designed to cement the participants’ roots in central Wisconsin through a deeper understanding and awareness of important topics and issues relevant to the area. “This program was the best onboarding and training experience that I could imagine.” said Kevin Porter, Assistant Vice President/ Loan Officer at Intercity State Bank and 2018-2019 program participant. “The Immersion Project helped me understand local business, organizations, history, culture, leaders, influencers, and areas of opportunity.” Session and topic dates include: Session 1: Welcome & Introduction, Tuesday, September 10 Session 2: History & Heritage, Tuesday, October 8 Session 3: Community Development, Tuesday, November 12 Session 4: Community Issues, Tuesday, December 10 Session 5: Government, Tuesday, January 14 Session 6: Education, Tuesday, February 11 Session 7: Business & Industry, Tuesday, March 10 Session 8: Entrepreneurship, Tuesday, April 7 Session 9: Non-Profit Organizations,
Tuesday, May 12 Session 10: Public Safety/Judicial System, Tuesday, June 9 Session 11: Quality of Life, Tuesday, July 14 Session 12: Program Wrap-Up, Tuesday, August 11 “I struggled to see a future here. I saw a future in my work life, but I struggled to find a home life here.” said Pari Cecchini an employee at Greenheck and a participant in the 2017-2018 Immersion Project. “Seeing how the area’s nonprofits care about the community and make a visible impact, showed me that
I can make an impact as well. I love the entrepreneurship and spirit of those in this community.” The 2019-2020 program is limited to the first 25 registrants. Attendance at all sessions is not required, however regular attendance is encouraged to maximize the impact of the program. The program cost is $750 per person for members of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce and $1,000 for non-members. For more information or to register for this program, visit WausauChamber.com or contact Stacy Livernash at slivernash@ wausauchamber.com or 715-848-5955.
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THE IMMERSION PROJECT 2019-2020 The Immersion Project is an intensive year-long program designed to provide meaningful experiences that will immerse and connect participants to the region. These experiences are aimed to cement the participants’ roots in the greater Wausau area through a deeper understanding and awareness of important topics and issues relevant to the region. Session Topics & Dates: Session 1: Welcome & Introduction Tuesday, September 10 Session 2: History & Heritage - Tuesday, October 8 Session 3: Community Development Tuesday, November 12 Session 4: Community Issues Tuesday, December 10 Session 5: Government - Tuesday, January 14 Session 6: Education - Tuesday, February 11
For more information visit WausauChamber.com or call 715-845-6231
Session 7: Business & Industry - Tuesday, March 10 Session 8: Entrepreneurship - Tuesday, April 7 Session 9: Non-Profit Organizations Tuesday, May 12 Session 10: Public Safety/Judicial System Tuesday, June 9 Session 11: Quality of Life - Tuesday, July 14 Session 12: Program Wrap Up - Tuesday, August 11
Thank you! 2018 FABFAN
P.O. Box 1384 Wausau, WI 54402-1384
Supporters and Volunteers!
Greetings! Every child deserves to start the school year off with the supplies needed to learn. For the upcoming school year, Marathon County has over 6,500 students in 4K through 8th grade that are *eligible to receive a new, FREE, backpack filled with basic school supplies through the Workplace Volunteer Council’s Fill A Backpack Fill A Need (FABFAN) project. To be *eligible to participate in FABFAN, students must be entering 4K through 8th grade and qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
Last year, in additional to our annual backpack distribution day, the Workplace Volunteer Council was able to help more children in Marathon County by: − Providing the D. C. Everest School District $20,000 worth of school supplies that they distributed to their eligible children directly through their schools. − Working with two school districts (located greater than 70 miles round-trip to Wausau) to pick up backpacks and supplies for their eligible children. Families were able to go directly to their child’s school to get the much-needed items. Being able to remove the distance factor was key to increasing participation for children located in these school districts. And now it is time for our “ask” – we need your help for this year’s FABFAN project to be successful! The Workplace Volunteer Council is asking for your monetary support so we can take advantage of bulk pricing on the massive quantities of backpacks and school supplies that we need for the upcoming FABFAN event. Supplies need to be purchased now to arrive in time for the 2019 distribution event on August 17, so this request is time sensitive.
The WVC has three sponsorship levels available. Each level provides an opportunity for you or your business to be recognized on all materials that are produced. If you choose to be a Gold level sponsor, your logo will also be included on all materials. Silver Sponsor $1,000 - $1,999 donation
Bronze Sponsor $500 - $999 donation
Please contact the WVC via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information on how to become a sponsor. Please note that sponsorship dollars and Gold level logos must be received by August 1 to be included in our materials. As always, any donated amount is appreciated. The FABFAN event is only possible because of generous individuals and businesses. Your donation today will make a big difference in the lives of children in need in Marathon County. The Workplace Volunteer Council has distributed over 62,000 new backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need in Marathon County through FABFAN since 1998 and our work is not done. Thank you for your consideration!
UnitedHealthcare/UMR Yach’s Body & Custom, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors ($500 to $999)
Childrens Hope Fund (funded by Marathon County Tavern League)
Tom & Janet Felch Family Fund – Community Foundation Greenheck Fan Linetec Marathon County Medical Society Wausau Breakfast Optimist Club
In-kind Donors Crystal Finishing Culligan’s Water Deluxe Corporation Domino’s Pizza Dunkin’ Donuts J & D Tube Benders Jimmy John’s Kreger’s Bakery Marathon Cheese Corp. Men of Honor Noodles & Company NorthStar Restoration Services Polito’s Pizza Texas Roadhouse United Way of Marathon County WOW Logistics
Grants Provided By B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation Kwik Trip, Inc. United Way Women United Aspirus Health Care
Kristina Barbier 2019 FABFAN Chair Karen Dins & Kristina Barbier WVC President
Aspirus Wausau Hospital Quast Consulting and Testing, Inc.
Wausau Center Mall
Do you want to be a FABFAN Sponsor?
Gold Sponsor $2,000+ donation
($1,000 to $1,999)
Janet Felch WVC Vice President & Treasurer
Tammy Lloyd & Lanette Timler WVC Secretary
Your donation in support of FABFAN is a tax-deductible donation. A receipt will be mailed to you after the event has concluded. The Workplace Volunteer Council has 501(c)3 non-profit status through our fiscal agent, United Way of Marathon County.
Help children in need in Marathon County through
Fill A Backpack Fill A Need (FABFAN) - An annual project of the Workplace Volunteer Council (WVC) since 1998
A backpack filled with basic school supplies costs approximately $65. In Marathon County, over 6,500 students in 4K to 8th grade are *eligible for FABFAN. *Eligible children must be entering 4K through 8th grade and qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
How can community members and businesses make a difference? Donate School Supplies
Community members: Please donate new school supplies and drop off at a designated collection site. For a list of collection sites, go to https://www.unitedwaymc.org/get-involved/volunteer/workplace-volunteer-council/ Businesses: Please have a collection drive at your workplace and deliver donations to the former JCPenney Catalog Department doors (via Forest Street) at the Wausau Center Mall on August 13 from 9:00 a.m. â€“ 7:00 p.m. Supplies Needed:
Backpacks (New) Wide-lined single subject notebooks* 2-pocket folders* Wide-lined filler paper Plastic pencil boxes *Red, blue, yellow, or green
Pencil pouches Colored washable markers (8, 10, or 12 count) Colored pencils (12 count) Crayons (24 count box) Washable glue and/or glue sticks Washable watercolor paints
Scissors (blunt or pointed) #2 Pencils Yellow highlighters Rulers (12 inch) Large pink erasers
Sign-up! FABFAN volunteer opportunities are available August 13 to 17. To register to volunteer, go to: http://unitedwaymc.galaxydigital.com/aem/general/
Please mail this completed form and your monetary donation to Workplace Volunteer Council, P.O. Box 1384, Wausau, WI 54402 Checks should be made payable to WVC â€“ FABFAN. Thank you! Community Members
Contact name & phone:
Mailing address: Donation amount:
Your donation in support of FABFAN is a tax-deductible donation. A receipt will be mailed to you after the event has concluded. WVC has 501(c)3 non-profit status through our fiscal agent, United Way of Marathon County. Questions? Please contact us at Workplacevolunteercouncilmc@gmail.com
NEED TO TAP INTO A TALENT PIPELINE? Students participating in The Branch innovate solutions to real-world projects for member businesses.
“The Branch connected M3 to the best student talent in the Wausau area. We gave them a multi-disciplinary project that will both build their resumes and have an impact on our clients. Win! Win! ” - Nan Pum, Director of Professional Development
“We gave the students in The Branch the unusual opportunity to help us make a decision usually reserved for a board of directors or senior management. And investing $5,000 in the ten weeks of what was essentially consulting work was a great value for us.” - Mike Rayome, Retired Director of Human Resources
To become a supporter of or to submit an innovation challenge to The Branch, contact Renae Krings at email@example.com or 715-848-5942.
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Offer valid 8/1/19 through 8/29/19 or while supplies last. No rain checks. Activation at time of service, service agreement and credit approval required. A line set up fee and early termination fee may apply. If applicable, the early termination fees may be reduced proportionately to the remaining months of the term of the agreement. Universal Service Fund (USF) and regulatory and other recovery fees charged on all service lines. An E911 fee or Police & Fire Protection Fee is charged on all service lines. Taxes, fees and surcharges vary and are subject to change without notice. See retail location or www.cellcom.com/fees for details. Promotion offer subject to change. Visit www.Cellcom.com/save for details. Restrictions apply. Taxes due immediately at time of purchase. Promotional credits are applied monthly over the term of the Flex agreement. Save $100 on Smartphone: Purchase of a qualifying device with a new Flex 30 agreement and data subscription required. Smart/Tablet Bundle: Purchase of a qualifying smartphone and tablet with a new agreement and data subscription required. Must be purchased on the same day, same account. Returning any portion of the bundle will forfeit the promotion. 15 Day Guarantee: If within 15 days you are not completely satisfied with Cellcom’s wireless service, pay for the services you have used and return the equipment in acceptable condition. Other restrictions apply. See store for details. Trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
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