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Ceremony recognizes 2015-2016 Leadership Excellence graduates Another group of members have completed Leadership Excellence, a nine-month leadership course led by Ray Mickevicius. These individuals were recognized at a ceremony held at The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company in Wausau on May 11.. Cory Heckendorf of Wisconsin Kenworth, and a Leadership Excellence graduate, and Melissa Kampmann of Ruder Ware spoke at the ceremony. These graduates were recognized at the ceremony: Rick Abreu, Mike Barnett, Matthew Bayer, Kiley Berg, Aaron Black, Joe Butler, Victor Carungi, Mary Coates, Debra Dahlke, Kirt Dvorak, Amy Ebeling, Peter Erdman, Bryon Graff, Mike Hendrickson, Josh Howe, Joel Hynes, Christopher Kalk, Barbara Knight, Rick Koch, Tracey Kujawa, Ken Lassa, Nick O’Brien, Christina Oertel, Matt Palecek, Timothy Parks, Eric Ray Mickevicius, right, presented Kiley Berg with a diploma Pond, Nick Resech, Jessica Rew, Shelley Rowe, Patrick Rutten, Randy Schemenauer, Allen Schiller, recognizing her completion of the Leadership Excellence program. Patrick Schmidt, Matthew Spink, Shawn Steiner, Chad Walter and Kris Weden. Leadership Excellence is made up of 12 sessions totaling almost 100 hours and improves the ability of those enrolled to manage change, create synergistic teams and uncover positive solutions. The program designed to develop the enrollee’s professional and personal self, based on their strengths.

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Register for the 2016-2017 Leadership Excellence session: Registration is open for the 2016-2017 program. The first in the series of monthly sessions will be held on Sept. 7, 2016. For more information on the program, contact Sharon Baumann at 715-848-5943 or sbaumann@ wausauchamber.com. To register, visit wausauchamber.com. Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce members can participate in Leadership Excellence at a reduced rate.


Chamber News

Take a few minutes to update your Member Profile

Visit WausauChamber.com and log into the Member Information Center:

Click the Groups/Interests option below the Personal heading to manage the e-mail alerts you’ll receive from the Chamber:

To submit news, click the News icon, then the News Releases menu. Upload news by clicking the Add News Release button:

To manage information about your business or organization, click the Home icon and then the Company Information menu. Update your address and website information, employee information, add your logo, links to social media accounts and a map to your listing or download a Membership Badge to place on your site: If you have problems or questions regarding your account, e-mail Sharon Baumann or call 715-845-6231.

The summer months are full of networking opportunities: y Business PM: Wauskin Medical Aesthetics Thursday, May 26 n 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. n Wauskin Medical Aesthetics, Wausau

Connect with people who will either be or help you meet your next customer. Quality networking time with food, drinks and door prizes.

y Business PM: Wisconsin Woodchucks Baseball Thursday, June 2 n 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. n Athletic Park, Wausau

Connect with people who will either be or help you meet your next customer. Quality networking time with food, drinks and door prizes.

y Business PM: K-tech Kleening Systems & Weston Lanes Thursday, June 16 n 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. n Dale’s Weston Lanes, Weston

Connect with people who will either be or help you meet your next customer. Quality networking time with food, drinks and door prizes.

y Business PM: Wausau Events Thursday, July 7 n 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. n Wausau Municipal Airport, Wausau

This event will kick off the annual Rib Fest and Balloon Rally. Take advantage of this opportunity to grow your business network by connecting with more than 200 exhibitors and thousands of attendees.

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Schedule: 8:30 a.m.: Registration 9 a.m.: Presentation on regional workforce survey results by NCW Workforce Dev. Board 9:45 a.m.: Panel #1: Industry Organizations 11:15 a.m.: Panel #2: Students & Employees 12:30 p.m.: Lunch, resource displays and networking 1:30 p.m.: Panel #3: Regional Resources 2:30 p.m.: Wrap-up discussion Registration and program details at wausauchamber.com SPONSORED BY

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May 20: Nothing But Networking May 20: Ribbon Cutting: Periwinkle’s Coffee and Tea Shoppe May 24: E3YP Elevating Your Future: Smart Mobile in Your Career, Life and Job; Apps That Matter May 26: Business PM: Wauskin Medical Aesthetics June 1: Chamber ROI: Maximizing Your Membership June 1: E3YP On the Move: Sawmill Brewing Company June 2: Business PM: Wisconsin Woodchucks Baseball June 6: Ribbon Cutting: Rib Mountain Eye Care June 7: Workforce Summit

Are you interested in joining our Board of Directors? Each year, a class of six directors is elected to serve on the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Any member in good standing who aspires to serve on the Board must complete and return a Board of Directors’ Application form. An Application does not guarantee a nomination, but if chosen, the Board will offer a rewarding experience and ensure Board members make the most of their talents and expertise, while benefiting the entire organization.

June 9: Ribbon Cutting: Central Wisconsin Airport June 14: Coaching Conversations in the Workplace June 15: Chamber 101: Basics June 16: Business PM: K-tech Kleening Systems & Dale’s Weston Lanes

For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

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2015-16 academic year 328 Youth Apprentices, partnering with 214 employers, serving 27 high schools throughout northcentral Wisconsin.

The Youth Apprentice program has been a great partnership with NTC and the different school districts. We have had great success with the students we mentored, and it gave them a real life learning experience which is extremely valuable. It also helped our organization by providing some extra help, and a mentoring experience for the full time employees. This program provides students experience that they will be able to use either furthering their education or going out into the job market.

Become a Youth Apprenticeship Employer Work-site

The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program, facilitated through Northcentral Technical College (NTC), is a rigorous elective statewide program for juniors and seniors in high school that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored, paid, on-the-job learning that makes a real world connection for students. Youth Apprentices work a minimum of 450 hours at their YA work-site each year of their program and take related high school or college classes to enhance their work-site experiences.

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Benefits for Employers: Shape the quality of your future workforce Access a pipeline of skilled employees Recruit potential employees Build greater employee loyalty and lower turnover Create positive PR by helping youth with employment and education

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Youth Apprenticeship programs are available in the following categories: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Architecture and Construction Finance Graphic Design/Printing Health Hospitality and Tourism Information Technology Manufacturing Science Technology, Engineering and Math Transportation Distribution and Logistics

Mark Hanson City of Wausau

The Youth Apprenticeship program gives you the opportunity to start with students who are young and eager to learn and you can train and develop them in your culture, using your equipment, learning your processes and develop them into a future career and long-term employment. It's been a great opportunity for us. Kari Brunette Wausau Window and Wall Systems


Chamber News

Student Named Semifinals Winner in National Scholarship Competition DC Everest High School student Laney Hughes was named a finalist in the eighth annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s Saunders Scholars Competition and is preparing to travel to Washington, DC to compete for up to $40,000 in college scholarship funding and business prize packages. Hughes was selected from among 90 teams nationally who pitched their business ideas in a ‘Shark Tank’-style event on Friday, May 6 at the Laney Hughes Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. The national finals will take place on Monday, June 13 at America’s Small Business Summit sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Sam’s Club in Washington, DC. Hughes, CEO, Shallocat, a fashion line that produces a variety of clothing items and accessories that are based

off Laney’s original designs. Hughes is a sophomore at D.C. Everest Senior High School, and represents the DC Everest YEA! class hosted by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce in Wisconsin. “It is truly inspirational to watch our future leaders put their learning into action as they launch their own, real businesses and pitch their business plans to the region’s top executive leaders,” said Gayle Jagel, founder and CEO of YEA! “We are so proud of each and every student.” 110 of the best and brightest YEA! students ages 11 to 18 from across the United States had three minutes to present their business ideas and plans to a public audience and a panel of executive judges. On March 22, 2016, a class of 13 young entrepreneurs from the DC Everest Senior High School received more than $5,000 at an Investor Panel event held in Wausau. Hughes was joined at the event by classmates Tim Cornish, Derek Dallmann, Quinten Eberhardy,

Konnor Fierek, Isaac Frieders, Alexis Jaeger, Caleb Koppa, Lukas Lindner, Krupaa Patel, Logan Sparks, Ethan Stroik and Ben Weller. Videos of each of their presentations can be viewed on the Chamber’s YouTube channel. The competition is open to the public and will be held at noon, June 13 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC. Tickets to the pitch competition lunch are available for $50. Call 585-272-3535 to register. DC Everest and the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce have committed to running this program until at least 2018, but its long-term success lies largely with our local business community, whose engagement is critical. Volunteers and financial supporters are currently being sought to complete this year’s activities and begin preparations to launch the 2016-17 program. Contact the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce to learn more about how you can support these young entrepreneurs and future business leaders.

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July 2 - Saturday Road Show 6:00! Bullheads Bar and Grill, Stevens Point July 3 – Lake Wausau 6:00 Celebrate America Show! Free popcorn sponsored by Schierl Tire & The Store Gas sponsored by Rib Mountain Marine July 7 – Lake Dubay 6:30 July 10 – Lake Wausau 6:00 July 14 – Lake Dubay 6:30 July 16 – Saturday Road Show 6:00! Mayflower Lake Resort, Birnamwood July 17 – Lake Wausau 6:00 July 21 – Lake Dubay 6:30 July 24 – Lake Wausau 6:00 July 28 – Lake Dubay 6:30 July 31 – Lake Wausau 6:00



August 4 – Lake Dubay 6:30 August 7 – Lake Wausau 6:00 Free popcorn sponsored by The Lake Wausau Association August 11 – Lake Dubay 6:30 August 14 – Lake Wausau 6:00 Never Forgotten Honor Flight Ski Show August 18 – Lake Dubay 6:30 August 20 – Saturday Road Show 4:00! Mueller Lake Show Sponsors - Brettingen, Smits, Novak & Bastle and Southside Tire of Antigo August 21 – Lake Wausau 6:00 August 25 – Lake Dubay 6:30 Last Lake Dubay Ski Show! August 28 – Lake Wausau 6:00 September 5 – Lake Wausau 5:30! Labor Day Ski Show Following the Labor Day Parade

Free Ski Shows – Donations Accepted! )LQG8V Lake Wausau Ski Site: Lake Dubay Ski Site: Wisconsin River Bullheads Bar & Grill: Mayflower Lake Resort/Fish Crib: Mueller Lake (Near Antigo):

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Member News AbbyBank and Fidelity National Bank in Medford have at 6:30 p.m. Please visit www.cwwaterwalkers.com for a list of entered into a Purchase of Assets and Assumption of Liabilities show dates and locations. Agreement that will result in AbbyBank acquiring the assets and assuming the liabilities of Fidelity National Bank. The The Community Foundation of North transaction will increase AbbyBank’s total assets approximately Central Wisconsin is governed by a $85 million, to approximately $421 million. Following the 15-member volunteer board, elected to transaction, and upon receiving regulatory approval, each of strategically invest the gifts of our donors, Fidelity National’s current branch locations, one in Medford direct disbursements of the Foundation’s and the other in Appleton will be operated as branches of assets, and plan for the community’s AbbyBank. “AbbyBank looks forward to the opportunity to long-term good. Serving for a second provide Fidelity National’s customers the outstanding products term as president of the board is Jamie Jamie Schaefer and services that AbbyBank’s customers have enjoyed since Schaefer of Ruder Ware. He is joined on its inception in 1968.” said Patrick McCrackin, AbbyBank’s the Foundation’s executive committee President and Chief Executive Officer. by Dennis DeLoye of BMO Harris Bank as vice president; Cari Logemann The First Annual Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturer’s of Aspirus as secretary and Fred Lundin Career Fair was held on May 9 at North Central Technical of KerberRose SC as treasurer. Newly College in Wausau. Anyone with an interest or background elected board members include Maysee in engineering, machining, welding, fabrication, general labor, Yang Herr, associate professor at the office/administrative, accounting or looking for new career Maysee Yang Herr School of Education at UW-Stevens opportunities was encouraged to attend. “This is the first Point; Geoffrey Huys, director of public ever business lead career fair and over 30 regional companies relations and communications at Ministry will be on hand seeking skilled talent, to address the current Health Care and Chris Pfender, CPA/ workforce shortage. We have collectively over 200 positions vice president of risk management at ranging from executive to entry level and are hoping for a great Peoples State Bank. These individuals will turnout.” said John Peterson, President/CEO at Schuette serve a three-year term and join current Metals and Chair of CWIMMA. The Central Wisconsin board members: Dan Danson, Steven Manufacturer’s Alliance (CWIMMA) is a Business lead Immel, Mary Jo Johnson, Jim Kemerling, initiative created by industry leaders four years ago to address Geoffrey Huys Amy Plier, Mary Nell Reif, Phil Valitchka the current workforce shortage in North Central Wisconsin. and Randy Verhasselt. Completing CWIMMA is comprised of over 40 regional manufacturers’ their term on the board of directors are dedicated to promoting educational and career opportunities Scott Doescher, Polly James, and Hugh in the welding, fabricating and machining trades. Last year, Jones. The Community Foundation of an independent needs assessment of CWIMMA members North Central Wisconsin is a nonprofit indicated a base minimum need of 1,559 skilled workers of the community corporation, created by and next years to meet projected industry demand. Companies for the people of north central Wisconsin, that will be on hand looking for skilled talent include: Wausau and exists to enhance the quality of the Window & Wall Systems, Greenheck, Crystal Finishing Chris Pfender greater Wausau area. Systems, Merrill Iron and Steel, Norlen Inc and Linetec. For more information on CWIMMA and their members, please We Want to Hear from You! visit cwimma.com. The Central Wisconsin Water Ski Show Team’s Lake Dubay site was the site of vandalism and theft recently. The team gathered to clean, fix and replace the vandalized and stolen items to get the site ready for their first show on Lake Dubay on June 2

Please submit your stories and photos to Brian Otten at botten@wausauchamber.com. 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 Chamber marketing materials, The Business News and on social media.

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has achieved Commonwealth Winners Circle status for 2016. This distinction recognizes successful financial advisors based on a ranking of annual production among Commonwealth’s network of approximately 1,650 financial advisors. Commonwealth is the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/ Jeff Isaacson dealer–RIA and the broker/dealer of choice for Isaacson. Wayne Bloom, CEO of Commonwealth, said, “Achieving Winners Circle status speaks to Jeff’s track record of success and commitment to his practice and the clients he serves.” Isaacson has been invited to join his peers at the Commonwealth Winners Circle conference, from May 22 to 26 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.

Keller Inc will design and build a 10,000 square foot gymnastics facility for Carousel Gymnastics in Waupaca under the direction of project manager, Vern Nystrom and architect, Rob Lindstrom. Keller Inc has offices in Wausau, Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Cities. They specialize in new construction, remodel, retrofit and reroof projects. Kevin Hermening, CEO of Hermening Financial Group, has accepted a five-year appointment to the First Allied Securities, Inc. Chairman’s Emeritus Council. Kevin and his fellow council members will provide advice to First Allied executive management on a wide variety of topics. The council also is responsible for helping Kevin Hermening define Representative Advisory Council objectives and provides oversight of membership. Hermening leads offices based in Eau Claire, Manitowoc, Stevens Point, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids. He is a specialist for several retirement programs, holds Certified Financial Planner and Certified Wealth Strategist designations, and serves as an active member of the Financial Services Institute.

The informational kiosks along Third Street in downtown Wausau have a new look thanks to organizers at Wausau River District. The new kiosk maps are designed by Adrenalign Marketing and sponsored by Compass Properties, CoVantage Credit Union, Eastbay, Frontier Communications, the Salvation Army, Center for Visual Arts, Grand Theater, Marathon County Historical Society, Wisconsin Woodchucks and Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. The maps are color-coded by use of property. The maps depict the approximately 34 block area of downtown spanning the east and west sides of the Wisconsin River known as the River District. “We’re beyond excited for this update,” said Elizabeth Field, executive director of Wausau River District. “These new, Jeff Isaacson, an independent financial advisor affiliated with bright, colorful, maps are going to make navigating the River Commonwealth Financial Network and vice president of District easier with updated storefront listings and a birds-eye Peoples Wealth Management at Peoples State Bank in Wausau view that’s similar to something you see on your phone.”

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Member News Wausau School District teachers John Kozlovich of the Wausau Engineering & Global Leadership Academy and Christine Kadonsky of Wausau West High School recentlypresentedattheWisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference in Madison. Kozlovich presented a session entitled ‘Problematizing the Past: Building Debate, Deliberation, and Moral Dilemmas into the Social Studies Curriculum.’ Kadonsky, who serves on the WCSS Executive Board, presented ‘Summer Professional Development Opportunities.’ Yach’s Body & Custom Inc has been officially certified by Assured Performance, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization for maintaining the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair the participating vehicle brands according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Adding to the their credentials, Yach’s Body & Custom, Inc. is officially recognized by FCA, Assured Performance, GM, Ford, Nissan, and Hyundai. Less than 5 percent of body shops across the nation are able to meet the stringent requirements to become officially certified and recognized. “This certification supports our reputation for superior customer service serving our community. We are your neighbors and friends, so it is important to provide our customers with the peace of mind that their vehicles are being repaired correctly by highly trained professionals that care about them.” said Henry Yach.

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were recently held at, Glenn’s Ginseng Sales (clockwise from top left) and Astia Health in Marathon on May 3, First Bank Financial Centre in Rothschild on May 4, Wausau World Market in Wausau and Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery in Schofield on May 6 and Elegant Occassions in Rib Mountain on May 13. To view more photos and video from ribbon cuttings, ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter account.

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E3YP Hosts First Merrill Event at Sawmill Brewing Company E3YP invites young professionals to begin their summer with a night of food, friends and fun at the Sawmill Brewing Company in Merrill. This ‘On the Move’ event is planned for Wednesday, June 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Sawmill Brewing Company is located at 1110 East 10th Street in Merrill. E3YP is a young professional group created by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce as a workforce development initiative. This event will include a welcome from the owner of the Sawmill Brewing Company and a brief introduction to craft beer brewing, as well as catered food and drink specials. Cost for E3YP members is $10 or $15 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit wausauchamber.com. The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce announced a cooperative expansion of the E3YP initiative on April 20. Member businesses of the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce are now

Over 34 corporate members currently contribute 2,500 young professionals between the ages of 21-45 to E3YP and are involved in an effort to engage, empower and excite young professionals in the Merrill and Wausau region. able to take advantage of reduced E3YP For more information on E YP, contact 3 membership rates and more diverse the Wausau Region Chamber of networking opportunities with young Commerce at 715-845-6231 or the professionals in the greater Wausau Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce at region. 715-536-9474.

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(In Case You Missed It) E3YP hosted a Speaker Crawl in downtown Wausau as part of the 2016 YPWeek. Visit the initiative’s Facebook page to browse photos taken inside some of the downtown’s most unique buildings.

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Gain access to premier local talent The Branch will provide participating businesses with the opportunity to retain the brightest collegiate students in Central Wisconsin, through the completion of corporate innovation projects. This program is an entrepreneurial skills accelerator that blends academic content with coaching, advice, and resources in a 10-week program. The Branch will provide structured professional development in a unique environment that will produce qualified candidates to feed the workforce pipeline and grow the region’s economy.

“By partnering businesses and fledgling entrepreneurs, The Branch will prepare entrepreneurs for success while solving real world problems.”

“What we have in The Branch is our future. The Branch will develop the future entrepreneurial leaders in our community.”

“When a student has a chance to work on a strategic project for a top 50 insurance company, you can bet that will be noticed on a resume.”

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Who are we looking for? Hackers: Engineering, manufacturing, software development, computer science students Hipsters: Graphic and communication design, industrial design, UX/UI students Hustlers: Business development and strategy, marketing, sales students Handlers: Exceptional organization and communication skills to be project managers

The Branch participants will be paired with business mentors to innovate solutions to real-world projects. To become a sponsor of or to submit a project to The Branch, contact Brian Otten at botten@wausauchamber.com or visit TheBranchWI.com


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Chamber Connection, May 2016  

The monthly e-newsletter of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Connection, May 2016  

The monthly e-newsletter of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce