YEAR IN EVIEW R 2017-2018
PROGRAM & EVENT HIGHLIGHTS ANNUAL DINNER More than 290 members attended the 2017 Annual Dinner held at the Hilton Garden Inn on September 21. Dennis Winters, Chief Economist with the Department of Workforce Development was the keynote speaker at the event. President/CEO Dave Eckmann also spoke about his vision for the Chamber in the new program year.
THE BRANCH The Branch, a workforce development initiative introduced in the summer of 2016, continued to grow. Fourteen college students participated in fall and spring cohorts in this skills accelerator built to retain talent in central Wisconsin. Eight high school students participated in the first Branch Academy in the summer of 2018.
BUSINESS PM EVENTS Twenty networking events provided an opportunity for members to showcase their business in an informal ‘open house’ atmosphere. An average of 80 individuals attended each event.
GOLF OUTINGS The annual Golf Outing was held on June 25 at the Wausau Country Club; 156 golfers participated.
LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE 35 graduates in our Leadership Excellence program were recognized on May 9 at a ceremony held at The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co in Wausau.
RIBBON CUTTINGS Fifty-four members took advantage of a ribbon cutting or ground breaking opportunity this year. These members celebrated one of the following successes at their business: broke ground or opened a new facility, moved to a new location, remodeled an existing facility, welcomed new ownership or underwent a significant re-branding or name change.
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK In addition to the Business EXPO and the EXPO Business PM, this week included the Small Business of the Year Awards, Legislators’ Forum and the Small Business of the Year Recognition Ceremony.
WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE More than 450 women attended the third annual conference to discover their highest level of personal and professional development. This conference was held on January 17 at the Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center in Rothschild.
WORKFORCE HUB This initiative offered multiple opportunities for business, education and community leaders to connect and facilitated partnerships to address the region’s workforce issues. Educator Workforce Tours and Inspire Central Wisconsin training offered additional opportunities for members to collaborate.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY The third and final year of the YEA! program at the DC Everest Senior High School expanded to include students from all area schools, grades six and up. A class of 13 students completed the program, which took students through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement. One student, Jackson Boersma, took first place at the program’s Investor Panel event, earning $750.
BUSINESS EXPO & EXPO BUSINESS PM There were 320 booths set up for the more than 3,987 attendees at the 2018 Business EXPO on April 19. Visitors learned about the products and services provided by our members. Both the number of exhibitors and the number of attendees were new records for the event held at the Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center in Rothschild. Plus, hundreds attended the EXPO Business PM which took place after the EXPO at the Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center in Rothschild and included EXPO Best of Show recognition.
AWARDS AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD The Ambassador of the Year Award is presented to an Ambassador who contributes countless hours of service to the Chamber at ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, programs and events. The 2017 Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Connie DeVoe.
RUDER WARE INNOVATOR AWARD IN MEMORY OF G. LANE WARE Created to honor Lane G. Ware and to recognize outstanding individuals who personify the spirit of entrepreneurship, this award is given to an individual who demonstrates excellence in the way they conduct business. Trena Loomans of The Caring Tree – Children’s Counseling Center LLC was recognized with the award at the 2017 Annual Dinner.
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARDS ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD PROGRAM ®
The ATHENA Leadership Award® Program recognizes members of the community who have played an important role in business, our community and the advancement of women. The ATHENA Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated professional excellence, taken part in community service, and actively assisted women in attaining leadership skills that have helped them advance professionally. The 2017 ATHENA Award was presented to, right above, Bridget Wenman of Perspectives Training & Consulting LLC. The ATHENA Young Professional Award is presented to a woman who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in her business or profession, provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community and clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. The 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award was presented to, left above, Erika Van De Yacht of Sentry Insurance.
The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes business growth, community involvement, and innovative efforts in the Wausau Region. This award is also an opportunity to review the best business practices of successful entrepreneurs and set a benchmark of excellence for the years to come. TCTeardrops LLC, above top, (Business-to-Consumer), The Women’s Community Inc, above middle, (Charitable Non-Profit) and Colby Metal Inc, above, (Business-to-Business) were named as the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Small Businesses of the Year recipients. The awards have been given annually since 1981 and were presented during the Chamber’s Small Business Week in April.
BUSINESS EXPO BEST OF SHOW AWARDS The Best of Show recipients for Business EXPO 2018 were named at the EXPO Business PM on April 19. The winning members included Mid-Wisconsin Beverage Inc (Eats or Treats), RE-VI Design LLC (Overall), Full Promoted (Best Theme) and the Prosper Wealth Management (Attention Strategy).
Sharon Baumann Special Projects Manager
Dave Eckmann, Ed.D. President/CEO
Membership Talent Development Development Manager Manager
Programs & Events Director
Member Relations Manager
THANK YOU to all of our member businesses. We want to acknowledge all of the volunteers who assist with committees, programs and events.
We also want to thank all of our member businesses who sponsored our programs and events. They provided critical support for ongoing services and for the expansion of Chamber programs in the last year.
Cory Heckendorf Wisconsin Kenworth Chairperson
Dr. Jeannie Worden Northcentral Technical College Chairperson Elect
Darrell Lentz Aspirus Treasurer/Secretary
Don Bohlin Wisconsin Public Service Corp Immediate Past Chairperson
Dave Eckmann Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
Al Lancaster WSAW/WZAW Director at Large
Craig Timm Domtar Paper Co LLC Director at Large
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kim Fischer Central Beer Distributors Inc
Ted Fox Ameriprise Financial - Cornerstone Advisors
Karen Katz Paul LaPree EO Johnson Business Miron Constructon Technologies Co Inc
Tom Frank Greenheck
Michael Loy North Central Health Care
Dawn Bernatz Church Mutual Insurance Company
Cole Bruner Buska Wealth Management LLC
JoAnn Draeger Nicolet National Bank
Thomas Felch J & D Tube Benders Inc
Rebecca Frisch Marathon County Conservation, Planning & Zoning
Bill Gleason Retired
Robin Hegg River Valley Bank
Jack Hoogendyk Hope Life Center
Alfred Nakhla Associated Bank
Tammy Pestka Ansay & Associates
Nicole Williams QPS Employment Group
Jeff Zriny MCDEVCO Inc
NEW MEMBERS A-Rite Construction
Action Asphalt Maintenance LLC
Great Lakes Cheese
Advanced Maintenance Solutions LLC
Greenfire Management Services LLC - Wausau
Align Wellness Center LLC
Hip Pocket Designs LLC
American TelePsychiatry Inc Wausau
IBA Resources LLC
Bautch Chiropractic Blades & Boards LLC - Hatchet Throwing Budget Blinds of Wausau Cash Store - Wausau Catch All LLC Cattail Organics Central Wisconsin Insurance Associates Inc - Weston Central Wisconsin Off Road Cycling Coalition Client Focus Solutions Condor Coffee Company Cover It All LLC Cracked LLC Daly’s Restaurant
JH Findorff & Son Inc - Wausau Jacquart Fabric Products Jay’s Auto Repair JEM Productions Jemma’s CAFE Jim Tait Real Estate Kettering University Online Kwik Trip Inc - Wausau E Kent St #728 Kwik Trip Inc - Wausau W Campus Dr #322 Kwik Trip Inc - Wausau Stewart Ave #851 Kwik Trip Inc - Wausau N 6th St #601 Kwik Trip Inc - Wausau Rib Mountain Dr #204
Manufactured Financial Solutions LLC
Social Security Disability Advocates of Wisconsin
Marathon County Crime Stoppers
Sound Health Home Care LLC
McLit: Marathon County Literacy Council Inc
Special Olympics Wisconsin North Central Area
Melissa Marie Salon LLC
Stuart Taube Contracting Services
Michael D Heilmann
Studinski Law LLC
Sure-Dry Basement Systems Inc
Moments in Life LLC
Mountain Bay Dental LLC
Mountain Edge Restaurant Bar & Banquets
The Bay at Colonial Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center
Mountain Terrace Senior Living
The Clay House & Pizza Kiln
National Wellness Institute Inc
North Wind Renewable Energy Cooperative
The Palms Supper Club
Patron Mexican Restaurant & Bar LLC PawSau Pet Sitters Peak Appraisal Services LLC Perspectives Training & Consulting LLC Polka Dot Powerhouse - Wausau Chapter
Kwik Trip Inc - Wausau N 6th St #735
Portraits by Tiffany/Graphic Impressions Photography LLC
Faith Christian Academy
Kwik Trip Inc - Wausau 310 Grand Ave #188
Primrose Memory Care
LB Shredding Services
Purple Monkey Garage
First Business Bank
La Taqueria Mexican Street Food
Qdoba Mexican Eats - Weston
First Supply LLC - Weston
Lakes Business Group Inc
Focused Cleaning Group LLC
Lee Beverage of Wisconsin LLC Rothschild
DigitalRoot Solutions Dream Flight USA Foundation
Forklift Management Specialists LLC
Lemke Industrial Machine LLC
Quazzi Charters Inc Rare Ginseng International LLC Red Barn Electric LLC Rib Falls Waterjet Rockman’s Catering
The Reserve at Greenwood Hills Trillium Creek Wedding and Event Barn LLC Tundraland Home Improvements - Wausau UCan Promotions von Briesen & Roper SC Green Bay W Ginseng Inc Wausau Riverlife Barker Financial LLC Wausau Spokeeasy Wausau VA Outpatient Clinic Wausau Web Design & Marketing Wells Fargo Commercial Lending Wildcard Corp Wil-Kil Pest Control Without A Hitch LLC
Ruppel Chiropractic LLC
Woodstock Flooring & Design Center
Link Media Outdoor
Yellow Letters Complete
Living Life Chiropractic LLC
Shorty’s Transport Service - STS
Zone Garage Wisconsin LLC
Gordon Aluminum Industries Inc
MEP Solutions LLC
Skylight Autism Center
Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning
LIFT II - Wausau Rib Mountain Dr
Gabrielle Lynn & Company LLC
FINANCIALS REVENUES: Other 4% Programs 38%
Affiliate Contracts 4%
Affiliate Contracts: Contracts with other organizations for the Chamber to provide administrative services. Programs: Educational, Golf Outing, Small Business Week
Membership Investment 47%
EXPENSES: Other 3%
Occupancy 11% Programs 23% Operations: Salaries and fringes, office expenses Occupancy: Rent, property tax, utilities
Our Mission To strengthen our member businesses and enhance our community by building business success.
Our Vision We are the regionâ€™s indispensable source for business connections, opportunities, and solutions.
Contact Us Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce 200 Washington Street, Suite 120 Wausau, WI 54403 715-845-6231 www.wausauchamber.com
The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce recaps the 2017-2018 year for the organization and its members.