From the President By Aaron Kapellusch Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWRCCprez It’s finally here, the season we yearn for—summer. I spent Memorial Day weekend moving to our permanent home here in the Wausau region. While moving boxes, painting, and getting other things done during the settling in process, I had time to reflect on what to discuss in my Chamber Connection article. Staying within the theme of moving, I believe we, as a business community and a region as a whole, need to find ways to keep moving forward together and in a positive direction. I have a unique perspective as a recent newcomer to the Wausau region and as someone who has had the opportunity to live in a few other places around our state. Let me start by saying that you would be hard-pressed to find a community anywhere else in Wisconsin that has the ability to set-aside differences, roll-up their sleeves, and get things done the way we do right here in Central Wisconsin.
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E3YP Member News Featured Member Ambassador of the Month Volunteer Spotlight New Members Ribbon Cuttings
There has been a lot of focus recently on a few specific issues that threaten to distract us from the big picture and all the positive things that are going on in Wausau. We have huge potential to accomplish a lot of wonderful things Aaron Kapellusch in Wausau, not just for ourselves now but for future generations to come. This past January, my wife shared with me the awesome news that I am going to be a father. I want to make sure, as I’m sure every parent does, that we leave things in a better place for those who come after us. The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is all about moving business forward. It is a nonpartisan organization who advocates for our business members. We are also called on to be a cheerleader for the community and a catalyst, along with our partners at MCDEVCO, for economic development and growth for our entire region. There are a lot of positive activities going on, such as the: • announced addition of 124 jobs at Wausau Window and Wall. • recently completed expansion of Athletic Park. • new retail stores and restaurants moving into the metro area. • appointing of Dr. Lisa Grill Dodson as Dean for the local campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin. • many more exciting developments that are still in progress. People often approach me and ask questions about some of the things they have heard in the media that
From the President are focused on the negative. Maybe that is just a sign of the times. I see a great deal of opportunity here for positive movement in our region and my reply is often, “I see all of this as an opportunity to make our community stronger. We have much work ahead of us but with everyone’s help, just imagine what we can do! And we are just getting started.” Please join the many great people in this wonderful
community who are committed to making a positive difference. The Chamber is just one way to get involved. We can help connect you with the right places - where your passions and efforts combine to make a difference for our entire region. It is combinations like these that will move us all forward together.
FREE Business Exposure Opportunity - We Want to Hear from You! Two great ways to share your story Biz Biz (a partnership with the Wausau Daily Herald) - Great things are happening with small businesses in the Wausau region and we want to help share the good news. Submit yours now. Member Stories - Here is where we would like to hear from you. • “Members Helping Members”: Tell your own success story. These stories will be about members, like you, who have made business connections or sales with another WRCC member. • “Member Success Stories”: Tell your business story and include what you have done to be successful in business; how you stayed in business for (X) number of years; how you support the economy.
Guidelines for submission: Stories must be 500 words or less. Please include the following content when you submit stories for “Members Helping Members” and/or “Member Success Stories”: • Business Start Date • Brief overview of your business • How the WRCC has helped you grow • Any photos you have that go with the story (as available) All of these are great ways for you to get additional exposure for your business! Please submit your stories/photos to Karen Nerison at email@example.com.
Notes: Use of the stories will be at the discretion of the WRCC and may be shortened to fit the appropriate platform. Only stories from members in good standing with the WRCC will be used. The information you submit may be used in the Wausau Daily Herald, Chamber marketing materials, The Business News and social media sites.
Grow your business by increasing your visibility with Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce members. Reach over 900 member companies representing over 8,500 employees through a number of promotional opportunities. Market your business by taking advantage of the power of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Whether you provide products or services for businesses or for their owners and employees, the Chamber provides exclusive opportunities to market directly to the premier audience of business and community leaders, elected officials, and young professionals in the Wausau Region.
Celebrate Family Businesses Youâ€™re Invited!
Bring your lunch and join the Wisconsin History Tour and award-winning photographer Carl Corey in celebrating the stories of businesses owned by families 50 years or more, including, Wausauâ€™s own Janke Book Store, featured in the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, For Love and Money. A book signing will follow.
Contact Kim Smerda at 715-848-5942 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which opportunities fit your business goals. Marathon County Historical Society Friday, June 20 Noon Free event
E3YP E3 Young Professionals (E3YP) Corporate Membership Drive in Full Swing!
The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce (WRCC) created the Engage. Empower. Excite. E3 Young Professionals (E3YP) program after hearing our member businesses repeatedly say they need help retaining their young professionals in the region. WRCC’s new workforce development initiative is now seeking corporate memberships and sustaining partnerships to help make the program a resounding success. “We are looking for business partners to help support E3YP, which in turn, will support our next generation of leaders throughout the Wausau Region,” stated Aaron Kapellusch, CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “It is imperative that young professionals find the resources they need to grow both professionally and socially in the Wausau region. E3YP is an important resource.” During the next few weeks, E3YP leaders and Chamber staff will be reaching out to area businesses with details on corporate memberships and sustaining partnership opportunities. Please be on the lookout for this important opportunity!
Upcoming E3YP Events
June 26, 2014 Social Networking Event 5:00 - 7:00 pm Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery FREE (Open to everyone*) July 22, 2014 Professional Development - 11:30am-1:00pm Leadership Impact: Connect. Collaborate. Communicate. The Great Dane (Open to everyone*) July 29, 2014 Social Networking Event – 5:00pm thru Game Night Out at the Woodchucks Athletic Park (Open to everyone*)
August 2014 FREE Social Networking Event (Open to everyone*) Professional Development Program (Open to everyone*) September 2014 All Future Programs and Events (Open to E3YP Members Only)
Membership Drive Schedule May 1 - July 15, 2014 Corporate Memberships and Sustaining Partnerships Available July 16 - August 31, 2014 Individual Memberships Available September 1, 2014 2014 - 2015 Membership Begins
* WRCC Chamber membership is not required, but strongly recommended. For E3YP membership and event information contact: Amanda Murphy, email@example.com or 715-848-5966.
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Member News Aspirus Wausau Hospital held a special donor remembrance ceremony on May 18 to honor those who have given the gift of life through organ, tissue, and/or eye donations. The ceremony, a collaborative effort, was held at the Robert W. Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau. Participating donor families planted a fern in the Memory Grove for their loved one as part of a 15-year, multi-phase project to make the Monk Gardens the only botanical gardens in central Wisconsin. Becher-Hoppe Associates, Inc., a firm of consulting engineers, architects, surveyors, and real estate specialists who provide a wide spectrum of quality professional services to government, business, and individuals, announced the addition of Connie Conrad as their Development Manager. Connie, a Wausau native, has an extensive background in community and business growth, including serving as the Membership Services Director with the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Her professional affiliations and business development skills make her an asset to the firm and its clients. Culver’s restaurants in the Wausau and Rothschild area were among the more than 170 Culver’s restaurants in the Midwest that participated in a fundraising effort on Tuesday, May 20 for the Honor Flight network. This is a non-profit group created to honor America’s Veterans by transporting them to Washington D.C. to visit their war memorials. Participating restaurants donated 10% of their sales to the Honor Flight Hub that serves their respective areas. For more information, visit www. culvers.com to learn about the fundraiser or www. neverforgottenhonorflight.org to learn more about this great cause. Craig and Lea Culver, co-founders of the Culver’s restaurant chain, received the 11th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award at the 2014 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference. The
award is named in honor of the late Ken Hendricks, a Beloit businessman and 2006 “Seize the Day” award winner who died in an accident in late 2007. The award is not given for technical innovation but for innovative leadership – the ability to take hold of business opportunities and transform them into successes. The Culver’s accepted the award and spoke at noon on Tuesday, June 3, during the conference in Madison. “Best Online Colleges,” the premier site behind the rankings of top online programs and online schools, recently named Globe University as one of the best schools offering online marketing degree programs. “Simply put, Globe University’s business school should be at the top of any student’s list of potential schools to attend. Through their online degree programs, students can earn their degree in virtually any facet of business, with a particular focus on marketing.” Good News Project proudly presents the first annual Caribbean Market. Join the fun on the 400 Block in downtown Wausau on Saturday, June 14 from 11 am – 3 pm. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Caribbean, along with live music and activities for the family. Browse through the vendors selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, spices, sauces, fabrics, baskets and more. Wander downtown and visit many local businesses that are offering Caribbean-inspired items in their stores. This event is open to the public with no admission charged. If interested in volunteering for this event, contact Good News Project at 715-843-5985 or firstname.lastname@example.org On May 9, 2014, Habitat for Humanity of Wausau moved House 56 from D.C. Everest High School to 4011 Sternberg Avenue in Weston. On May 23, House 57 was moved from Mosinee High School to 1316 N. 16th Avenue in Wausau. Students who aided in building the homes participated in the move; it
also gave volunteers an opportunity to finish the homes. Habitat homes are sold for no profit and no interest to a partner family chosen through a nondiscriminatory selection process based upon the family’s need and their financial ability to pay back an interest-free mortgage, insurance and taxes. For information regarding volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, call 715-848-5042.
Arndt, a Marshfield Clinic health educator, noted that the program has received awards for meeting healthy solutions weight loss criteria and decisionfree diet weekly summary compliance. “Awards are nice, but outcomes for our patients are what we focus on,” Arndt said. For more information or to register for the program, call 715-847-3882 or 1-877-492-6508.
Keller, Inc., located in Kaukauna, WI, was awarded a 2013 “Projects of Distinction” award on February 6 from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin in the “Commercial Construction” category for West Prairie Dental in Sun Prairie. The Projects of Distinction Awards Program is designed to recognize the most distinctive construction projects in Wisconsin and elevate awareness of the quality construction performed by ABC members. Keller, Inc. earned the award for this new facility due to their ability to incorporate unique design elements like a glass block wall and a unique tower entrance for the front door while still completing the project on time and within budget. For more information about the award visit www.kellerbuilds.com .
Ben Solheim of Physical Therapy Specialists traveled to California in early May to teach more than 100 other physical therapists to use a leading therapy outcome tool called FOTO (Focused On Therapeutic Outcomes), which measures a patient’s improvement and how quickly it is reached. In addition, the company had a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 30th to mark the opening of its new office in downtown Wausau located just above Malarkey’s. Being the sole practitioner in the office, Ben focuses on the latest manual therapy techniques to achieve the fastest improvement for his patients. The office opened on April 1 and will have its Grand Opening on June 12.
The Marshfield Clinic Weight Management Program in Wausau and Weston received the 2013 HMR Gold Standard Certificate of Achievement. This award was developed by Health Management Resources (HMR) to recognize programs that demonstrate excellence in performance and patient care. Mindy
Ruder Ware announced the appointment of Attorney Matthew D. Rowe to the Board of Directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms, at the alliance’s recent annual meeting. In his three year term Mr. Rowe will be responsible for reviewing and establishing policy and setting strategy for the alliance, acting as an organizational leader,
Member News serving as a liaison to member firms on administrative issues and serving on the finance committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he graduated magna cum laude and he is a cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School.
route, a basic 3 mile bike route, and an advanced 9 mile bike route. After returning to the park, food, drinks, door prizes, and music were provided free of charge. The Village also gave away four youth bikes; gift certificates for Kronenwetter restaurants were the top door prizes for adults.
The Sprouts! Youth Summer Gardening Series for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will be taking place the second Wednesday of every month this summer at Treehaven UWSP. Treehaven’s gardening programs get young people outdoors, excited about growing and eating healthy foods, and engaging with one another. Participants will gain insights into the world of gardening through games, crafts and activities. The cost is $7/person for one session or $17 to attend all three sessions. Register online at www.uwsp.edu/ cnr/treehaven or by calling 715-346-2469. The Treehaven program is located at W2540 Pickerel Creek Road, Tomahawk, WI 54487 and takes place on the following dates: June 11 (register by June 4), July 9 (register by July 2), and August 13 (register by Aug. 6).
On May 16, the Village of Kronenwetter park employees and twenty-two students from the DC Everest High School Forestry and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs partnered up to plant twenty-four trees at the Village of Kronenwetter Municipal Park in Kronenwetter. The funds for a portion of this project was provided by the American Transmission Company through a grant program that they are sponsoring. The goal of this community project is to replace trees that were located in this park that had to be removed due to an infestation of Oak Wilt and Red Pine Beetles. This gave students who might be working in this sort of industry an opportunity for hands-on experience and the ability to collaborate for a good cause.
The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County Foundation presented the 7th Annual “Spirit of Excellence” Award to Brian Gumness, executive director of the B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation, on May 13 at the UW Center for Civic Engagement on the UWMC campus. The “Spirit of Excellence” Award is presented to an individual who has been a strong supporter of UWMC students and faculty over a long time. Many people attended the awards program and it also featured a keynote address by Scott Stachowiak, broadcast producer for ABC News in New York City and a UWMC alumnus. The Village of Kronenwetter hosted the Bike & Walk for the Health of It event on May 15 at Towering Pines Park. This family event included a short presentation on bike and pedestrian safety and three route options for participants: a 1 mile walking
The Village of Kronenwetter recently came in as number nine on a list of the safest municipalities in Wisconsin that was developed by Safewise.com. Safewise.com developed their list based on the lowest violent and property crime rates while accounting for larger populations. The list celebrated Kronenwetter for its comprehensive plan that guides the local government to foster community development and mentioned that the city is becoming a thriving community for business and social activities that consistently attracts new residents. The growth of the farmers market, various events, the Garage Sale Weekend, Police Department, and small town feel can all be attributed to the success of the village. Students from Wausau East High School, Wausau West High School, and Wausau Engineering & Global Leadership Academy responded to the Wausau Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee’s
Member News invitation to design and build bicycle racks for downtown Wausau. The student-designed bike racks were displayed on the city’s 400 Block on May 2 and that afternoon students gave presentations on their projects and, at the conclusion, a panel of judges determined the final placement of the bike rack designs in the city’s downtown. For more information visit http://www.eastdrawers.blogspot. com/p/bike-rack-design-contest.html The Wausau School District and Wausau School Foundation had the distinct pleasure of inducting Wausau School District alumna Terri Marie into the Wausau School District Alumni Hall of Fame on May 13. Terri Marie, a 1971 graduate of Wausau West High School, is an award-winning author and producer. Terri Marie has worked with everyone from Olympic Athletes to top public figures, produced dozens of documentaries meant to inspire and uplift audiences worldwide and is the author of four books, including her best seller, “Your Inner Cheerleader.” Corey Jeffers, a Wausau School District Library Media Specialist at John Muir Middle School, has been selected as a 2014 Kohl Fellowship recipient by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside of the classroom. Mr. Jeffers also received the Wausau School District
Board’s Resolution of Commendation Award. Wausau School District’s Wausau West High School Seniors, Isaac Buttke and Maria Rauen, have been selected as 2014 Kohl Excellence Scholarship recipients by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Excellence Scholarship recipients are chosen by their schools for demonstrating excellence in the academic arena, exhibiting high motivation to achieve, displaying a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and showing strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Mr. Buttke and Ms. Rauen also received the Wausau Schools District Board’s Resolution of Commendation Award. The Wausau School Foundation Board of Directors welcomed Andy Witt, CFO of Maple Ridge Farms in Mosinee, to the Board and as Treasurer. In addition to this, the Foundation recently awarded the “Caught in the Act” Award to 28 Wausau School District Staff members for “going above and beyond” in service to children, schools, and community. Companies such as Stainless Specialists, Professional Consulting Associates, RiverView Construction and Allied Health Lor Chiropractic Center provided business support for individual awards. Nominations are accepted year-round for this annual recognition for excellence. Details regarding those honored this year can be found at www.TheFoundationWSD.org/.
Featured Member Cellcom a Strong Community Partner Cellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. Cellcom has been in business for over 25 years and is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care. Our employees work to find a wireless solution that meets your needs whether you stop at one of our nearly 80 retail and agent locations, call to talk with a live customer care representative or contact us online via Twitter, Facebook, chat or email. Cellcom’s renowned network is customized to its rural markets, which means you get great service whether you’re up north, downtown or across the country. Cellcom offers 4G LTE and 3G data service, affordable talk and texting options, plans with shareable data and the latest in wireless devices. We anticipate your needs, recommend and provide the right selection of technology tailored for you, and offer personalization in apps and content for the way you live and use wireless. As a Wisconsin-based business, Cellcom is committed to being a strong community partner and serving the neighborhoods where we live and work. The strength of our communities largely impacts Cellcom’s success, and each year we work to support a variety of programs, initiatives and events that have a positive impact in our area. Cellcom is the wireless carrier that is “Built for You”.
Wisconsin from Cellcom. The initiative was led by Patrick D. Riordan, Cellcom’s president and CEO, and John R. Dwyer, Jr., Telcare’s chairman and a native of Appleton, Wis. Mobile and digital health options are fast becoming feasible solutions for monitoring and managing an array of conditions and overall health. By combining their technologies, Cellcom and Telcare are able to offer a tool that can drastically improve the quality of life for people living with diabetes. Telcare’s FDA-approved glucose meter transmits each test result to a secure server using Cellcom’s cellular network and provides instant feedback and coaching to patients. Caregivers and physicians can access the data online while optional smartphone applications allow patients to review their information in depth or connect with family members. The device itself does not require additional hardware, data plans, or a smartphone, making it an easy solution regardless of technical knowledge. Telcare’s solution has been shown to improve adherence to diabetes testing and to reduce the cost of diabetes to patients, employers, and insurers. Now parents can spend less time worrying about a child at school and adult children can have new peace of mind while caring for elderly parents with diabetes.
Cellcom has teamed up with Telcare, Inc. to offer an integrated wireless solution that enables people with diabetes, their families, and their care team to better manage the condition. The world’s first cellular-enabled blood glucose meter, manufactured by Telcare, is now available throughout the state of
Employers, healthcare providers and health plan providers are encouraged to contact Cellcom at email@example.com to learn more about deploying this solution within their organization or network. Visit www.cellcom.com/telcare for more information.
Ambassador of the Month Meet Sheila Tang
We are proud to announce Sheila Tang as the June 2014 Ambassador of the Month. She became an Ambassador in 1989, while she was a business owner of an insurance agency. After the agency was sold in 1999, she had a 12 year absence from the Chamber before being hired by Business Service Center (BSC) which allowed her to continue her volunteer work as an Ambassador. Sheila has held many titles at BSC but her current position involves promoting sales in both the pager division and in an inbound call center in the Presto Call division of the company. As an Ambassador for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, Sheila has met and visited with many wonderful people she may have never met under other Sheila Tang circumstances. She loves hearing from both large and small business owners because they all have unique stories to tell. She also finds the ability to help those who have questions about the Wausau Region Chamber or to refer an urgent need to someone with specific knowledge on the topic to be rewarding, thus renewing her aspiration to deliver excellent member service every time. Sheila enjoys sailing on Lake Michigan, the North Channel of Lake Huron, and the US and British Virgin Islands. Sheila is a 35-year member of the local chapter of Sweet Adeline’s International, now called Women’s Barbershop Harmony, and enjoys digital scrapbooking and reading.
Volunteer Spotlight Meet Corey Palmer
We are proud to announce Corey Palmer as our volunteer spotlight of the month. He is an employee benefits consultant with Cottingham & Butler who has spent the past 10 years working within the finance and insurance industry. Upon graduating from UW-La Crosse with a finance degree in 2003, Corey worked in Minneapolis before settling into the Wausau region in 2007. He joined Cottingham & Butler three years ago. His focus is on consulting for mid-size and large employers’ employee benefits programs. During Corey’s two years as a Chamber volunteer, he has participated in various events and programs. He has been an member of the Chamber’s Business Advoca- Corey Palmer cy Committee and has volunteered at many of the events sponsored by the BAC. His favorite events include attending the Coffee Talk programs because of the access they provide Chamber members to discuss regulation and policy directly with legislators and local & state officials. Corey believes the Wausau Chamber of Commerce has an excellent team and that they are an asset to the community because they represent a diverse group of local businesses and find ways to bring value to all its members. Being a father of three, time is always in short supply but he feels fortunate to be able to volunteer when time allows in supporting the great efforts of the Chamber staff and membership.
New Members Please Help Us Welcome These New Members Big E Outdoors Inc Patrick Eger 10101 Market St Ste A-120 Rothschild, WI 54474 715-241-8709
Midwest Dental - Wausau Linda Wisniewski 605 S 24th Ave S Ste 10 Wausau, WI 54401 715-845-9238
Inland Home Mortgage Vicky J. Davis 408 3rd Street Suite 308 Wausau, WI 54403 715-370-5436
Stable Hands Inc Ms. Diane Abitz 10710 Evergreen Dr Wausau, WI 54401 715-359-6046
Jump On It Kay Koehler B-236 Wausau Center Mall Wausau, WI 54402 715-370-3384
CHAMBER GOLF OUTING Best Ball Scramble Monday, June 23, 2014 | Wausau Country Club
Coined as one of the most exciting events during the summer, the Chamber Golf Outing offers you an active day on the links with other Chamber members and their guests. Join us to make some great connections.
Space is limited. Register Now! Dinner, Cart, Putting Green Sponsor
Ribbon Cuttings Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breakings An excellent way to promote your business when you: Break ground on a new facility - Move to a new location - Remodel your existing facility Contact Heather Martell at the Chamber to schedule your event. 715-848-5951 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Therapy Specialists LLC 408 3rd St, Suite 203, Wausau 715-870-2225
Remedy Intelligent Staffing 2620 Stewart Ave Ste 18, Wausau 715-344-7185
Bridge Community Health Clinic 1810 N 2nd St, Wausau 715-848-4884