Newsline Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. 1/31/2013
Officers Chair, Paul Shrode, Fox Valley Technical College Chair-Elect, Kirk Kallio, Waupaca Foundry Vice Chair / Secretary / Treasurer, William Lipschultz, Alter Metal Recycling Past Chair Craig Kantos, Riverside Medical Center
Steven Bandy Abacus Investments Deborah Domask American Family Insurance Chris Enslin, Recover Health Trey Foerster, Journal Community Publishing Group R. Michael Jungers III A.J. Holly & Sons, Ltd Allyce Lees, The Paint Store Jerry Tiffany, Tiffany Complete Estate Planning Julie Thompson, Community First Credit Union Bill Zimmerman, Office Outfitters
Staff President: Terri Schulz Operations Director: Kathy LeClair Tourism Director: Jeff Anderson Information Services: Lynn Tolle Sales Director: Tom Weiss
In this issue: New Investors
Volume 1, Issue 2
Keeping You In the Know 5 Chat with Chamber
Home Based Business Network
Several hundred members of the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce braved subzero weather to attend the group’s annual awards ceremony at the Ale House on Tuesday night (1/22). “We were a little worried that the cold would keep people away,” commented chamber president, Terri Schulz, “but that was sure not the case.” Awards included Facelift, Rising Star, Service Award, and Large and Small Business of the Year. Chamber members voted for the winners in each category. Before the program began, a moment of silence was observed due to the passing of local business icon, Dean Janssen, who passed away earlier in the day. Mister Janssen had been a major contributor to chamber activities and a moving force in the business community for decades. His passing visibly affected many in attendance. The Facelift Awards are presented to new or existing businesses that improve the appearance of their business by relocating or upgrading a current location inside or out. Award winners this year are American Family Insurance, Kwik Trip, Boll Insurance, Neuville Motors, Community Insurance & Associates, Taylor Lake Marine, Torborg’s Waupaca Lumber, Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club (Rotary Riverview Park), Clearwater Harbor, D’Fuego, Dragonwings Bookstore, Inspiring Interiors, the Rose Garden Restaurant and Shopko. The Grand Facelift Award, which recognizes major improvements to a local business, was presented to Bethany Home for the new drive-through and the entrance to the building and upgrades to resident’s rooms and the kitchen and dining area. Bethany Administrator, Pauline Darling, accepted the award saying that Bethany employees played a major role in the improvements and added that other work used local contractors. The Service Award is designed to recognize a Chamber Member, who has devoted significant time to the chamber, its mission and goals. Pauline Darling, Bethany Home, accepting The 2013 recipient the Grand Facelift Award is Donald Volkman (Farmers State Bank) who was cited for his involvement in numerous chamber projects and committees and ten year tenure on the board of directors. Volkman was also recognized for his contributions to the community through his work with the Jaycees, the Hometown Day Parade, Kiwanis, United Way, Shepard of the Lakes Don Volkman, Farmers State Bank, Lutheran Church, Main Street accepting the Service Award
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2012 Awards Waupaca and other organizations. Other nominees for the award were Giles Bellin (North Star Promotions) and Anita Olson, Embellishments. The Rising Star Award goes to a young business (1-5 years in operation) that provides a service while enhancing and enriching the community and demonstrates economic growth. Nominees for the Rising Star included D’Fuego, Piers to You, LLC and this year’s winner, Krumbs, the popular bakery operated by Kim Himebaugh. Small Business of the Year nominees were Panache, Piers to You, LLC, the Feminine Touch and Culver’s Restaurant. The winner, Culver’s Restaurant, employs as many as 40 employees at a time. Owners, Brady and Tana Schulist, make it a point to accommodate their employee’s Kim Himebaugh, Krumbs, accepting schedules so the staff can participate in the Rising Star Award sports and other school activities. They also make sure they hire people who smile and are friendly. They always want their customers to feel welcome and appreciated. The Schulist’s also make it a priority to give back to their community, supporting many local organizations with ‘10% Days’ when 10% of the profits from that days sales is donated to a local club or organization. Brady & Tana Schulist, Culvers, accepting the Small Business of the Year Award
Criteria for nominations for Large Business of the Year are: in business for five or more years, twenty-one or more employees, provides a service to the community, enriches and/or enhances life in the community and is a member of the chamber in good standing. 2013 nominees were Waupaca Kwik Trip, Centerline Machine, Inc. and the Waupaca Foundry. The award goes to the Foundry who employs 1,650 people here and 3,500 when including plants in Marinette, WI, Tell City, IN and Etowah, TN. They are the largest producer of iron castings in the world. The ultimate recycler, they melt more than 9500 tons of scrap iron and steel per day, making it into parts for GMC, Chrysler, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, John Deere, Caterpillar and others. The Foundry has also earned a reputation for its generous support, both financially and with resources, for numerous community projects. Thank you to our sponsors the Waupaca Foundry, Cellcom, Premier Community Bank, SVA Certified Public Accountants, SC, Waupaca Chiropractic, SC and First National Bank. Joey Leonard, Waupaca Foundry accepting the Large Business of the Year Award
Community First Credit Union
Premier Community Bank
Contact The Chamber if your business is interested in becoming a President’s Club
Congratulations to the 2012 Facelift Recipients
American Family Insurance
Bethany Home, Inc.
Clear Water Harbor
Community Insurance &
The Boat House
Boll Insurance Group, LLC
Kwik Trip #625
Shopko Stores Neuville Motors, Inc.
Taylor Lake Marine, LLC
Rose Garden Restaurant
Torborg's Waupaca Lumber
Operating Co. LLC.
Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Clubâ€”Rotary Riverview Park
Welcome New Investors Centerline Contracting Jason Norkett PO Box 503, Waupaca WI 54981 (715) 281-1129 www.centerline-contracting.com Providing concrete and masonry work, everything from brick and block wall work to tuck pointing; concrete resurfacing to poured walls; and snowplowing.
Property Caretakers Barry Hess 715-412-2091 Professional property caretaking and management services. Including yard work, interior light cleaning, general handyman services, professional painting and drywall repair, management of cottages, homes, businesses and rental
ThedaCare At Home presents, Consider the Conversation, an intimate evening of music, film and dialogue that will inspire you to think, talk and act. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2013, FVTC Waupaca Regional Center, 1979 Godfrey Drive, Waupaca. This is a free community event, with light refreshments available. CAP Services: Get your Taxes Done for Free! Certified volunteers from CAP Services, a local non-profit, will help you complete and electronically file your tax return . . . at NO COST to you! Depending on your income and number of children, you could be eligible for refunds of over $3,000! For more information and to see if you are eligible, call toll free at 1-800-660-5430 or e-mail Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org. UWSP Small Business Development Center and SCORE present Starting and Surviving a Small Business, Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 6:30—9:30pm at the Waupaca High School, Rm 1326. The session will focus on the process of developing a business plan, including finding the optimal legal structure for your business, creating a marketing plan and completing the financial projections. RSVP to 715-346-3861 Taylor Lake Marine: Recently updated their website. Be sure to check it out. www.taylorlakemarine.com Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club & Jaycees: A Night of Romance, Feb. 9th, 7p—11p, Waupaca Ale House, featuring the Charlie Justmann Band, Every lady receives 2 wine samples and a rose. Valet parking. Tickets are $15 each and are available from a Rotary member or at the Chamber office.
State Businesses Cautioned MADISON – The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is urging Wisconsin business owners to exercise caution if they receive a request for information from a company called Corporate Records Service. Business owners are asked to fill out an Annual Minutes Form and submit a fee of $125 to a Madison mail box. Businesses are not required by DFI or any other state agency to complete the form. “The form has a very official look to it,” said Paul Holzem, Administrator of DFI’s Division of Corporate and Consumer Services. “It includes information about companies that is available on the DFI website, such as corporation number and incorporation date, that make it appear to be a legitimate request. Business owners should not be hoodwinked into giving out potentially confidential information and paying an unnecessary fee.” The form states that Corporate Records Service is offering to assist businesses with maintaining minutes of meetings of shareholders and boards of directors, but does not include any specifics on how the company will supply that service. The form also includes the following statement: “Corporate Records Service is not a government agency and does not have or contract with any government agency to provide this service.” “Any business that chooses to fill out the form and pay the fee should make sure they will be getting some legitimate service in return,” Holzem said. Corporate Records Service is not registered with DFI. State officials in Maine, Indiana and Tennessee also have warned businesses in their states about the activities of Corporate Records Service. Business owners who have questions about the form may contact DFI at 608-266-1622.
Keeping you in the Know Wisconsin Health Care: Preparing for the New Normal Tuesday, February 12, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison. Nothing has caused more uncertainty for employers recently than health care. What is the impact of the Affordable Care Act? How will it affect my employees’ health care? What rules apply and when will they be enforced? What happens now with the health exchange in Wisconsin since Governor Walker opted out? As businesses brace for the “new normal” in health care, the WMC Foundation is pleased to present two experts on health care who will provide an overview of the current situation from a policy point of view and insights into what Wisconsin’s health exchange might look like. Following their presentations, a panel of health care and business leaders will offer their perspective on the future of health care in our state. Business Day In Madison: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9:00 to 2:45p.m. Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison. Featured speakers are General Michael Hayden, former Director of CIA and the National Security Agency; Stephen Hayes, Political Analyst, Media Personality; Dr. Barry Asmus, Economist and Best-selling Author; with closing remarks by Govenor Scott Walker. For more information and to register http://www.wmc.org/programs/business-day-in-madison/. Following the program you are encouraged to visit your Legislators at the Capital. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: On January 29, 2013– Governor Walker announced Reed Hall will be the new Wisconsin Economic Development (WEDC) Chief Executive Officer. Reed brings a fresh perspective and strong leadership to the WEDC,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Reed’s experience at the Marshfield Clinic, in numerous civic organizations, and involvement in creating private sector jobs in Wisconsin makes him a perfect fit for this position. He will be guided by years of experience and a record of effective management in the private sector. I look forward to working with Reed and the WEDC to continue to improve Wisconsin’s business climate.”
Anniversaries to Celebrate! Congratulations to these Member Investors on
Business Welcome Orthopedic & Sports Institute
their February Anniversaries. Send your Anniversary date to Kathy@WaupacaAreaChamber.com to be recognized.
Premier Community Bank
Technologies, Inc. Harvey Dental
Sew N Sew
Waupaca Floor DĂŠcor, Inc
Social Web Dzine
Wild West Campground & Corral
United Country - Udoni & Salan Realty
Plane Guys Aviation LLC
Tiffany Complete Estate Planning
Eastside Mobil Express, LLC
Restorative Healing Touch, LLC
The Ambassadors held a Business Welcome at Orthopedic & Sports Institute located at 102 Grand Seasons Drive, #6, Waupaca. Congratulations Dana Vander Velden, OCA Marketing; Patti Shaetz, OCA Director of Workers Comp; Dr. Brian Lohrbaugh, OCA Surgeon; Don Monson, OCA Clinic Manager and Misty Kleiber, OCA Office Manager . Call Tom to ask about advertising opportunities on our website, in our newletter or in the BizBlast. 715-258-7343
A big Thank You goes out to Brian Smith, Smith and Radtke, for donating a patio heater to the Chamber, it will be used at Wintervergnugen. A big Thank You goes out to Robyn Gans, New Direction Embroidery and Engraving for donating a small refrigerator for our conference room. A big Thank You to Tedd and Allyce Lees, The Paint Store, for donating four gallons of paint to help us refresh our office.
You are invited to join Terri and Kathy on Friday, Feb. 15th between 8a and 9a at Cronies for the first “Chat with Chamber”. We are setting time aside for us to get to know you better and for you to get to know us better. Come and share your ideas, ask questions and let us know what is happening in your business. And the best part is the beverage is on us.
Is your business based out of your home? Would you like to meet with others in the same situation? Then attend the organizational meeting on Feb. 6th at 8am at the Chamber office.. The agenda for the network will be determined by the members. RSVP to Kathy at Kathy@waupacaareachamber.com or 715-258-7343.
Operation Thank You We want to Thank you for you for your support of the Chamber. Between Feb. 18th and March 1st the Chamber Ambassadors and Directors will be connecting up with you to say Thanks. Be sure to ask them any question you may have about the chamber or suggestions you may have on how we can help you.
Board Changes Meeting Date At the January Board of Directors meeting the decision was made to change the Directors meeting to the second Tuesday of each month. The change was made to help Chamber staff have enough time to prepare documents such as the financial statements for the meetings. The meeting also included Director assignments to committees, committee reports and setting the date of Operation Thank You.
We hope you will attend.
Wintervergnügen Pond Hockey Classic & Winter Festival a Success Saturday, January 26th was a beautiful winter day with sunny skies and mild temperatures, the perfect day for a winter festival and the inaugural Wintervergnügen Pond Hockey Classic. Over three hundred people gathered at Lower South Park and on Shadow Lake for winter fun including forty pond hockey players on six teams. The first pucks dropped at 10:00am with teams playing on two different rinks created on Shadow Lake. Teams faced off for two fifteen minute halves and had the opportunity to play a minimum of three different games against their competitors. Many of the players were returning to Waupaca as alumni and there was also a team, the Gompers, travelling up from Chicago for the weekend. Play continued throughout the afternoon with the Championship game beginning at 4:00pm between The Lawfirm and District V. At the end of play, District V emerged the winner with the roster of CJ Van Dyke, Mitchell Johnson, Jake Wood, Matt Radig, Jared Deli, Joe Placek and Joe Lochner. In addition to pond hockey, Wintervergnügen attendees participated in activities including a broom ball tournament, the Waupaca Wrestling Ice Fishing Jamboree, ice bowling, ice sculpture demonstrations, a beer tent hosted by the Waupaca Area Jaycees, food from Culver’s of Waupaca with proceeds benefiting WAYHA, free cookies from Victory Church and a fireworks show at dusk over the lake. Wintervergnügen 2013 was made possible through contributions from Brian Smith Accounting, Farmers State Bank, First National Bank, Fox Valley Technical College, General Beer, Piggly Wiggly, R.H. Liquidation, United Country – Udoni & Salan Realty Group and Waupaca Area Youth Hockey Association. See you next year!
Waupaca Area Business of Commerce 221 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981 - Phone 715-258-7343 - Fax 715-258-7868
February 2013 Sunday
Office Hours: 8:00a - 5:00p Monday - Friday
Member Support Committee Meeting 7:30a Chamber Conference Rm
Home-Based Business Network 8:00a Chamber Conference Rm
LEADS Network 1 7:30a Breakfast 8:00a Network Comfort Suites
Strawberry Fest Committee 4:00p Chamber Conference Rm
Board Meeting 7:30a Chamber Conference Rm
Business Day In LEADS Network 2 12:30p Network Madison Chamber Conference Rm
Chat with Chamber 8 to 9:00am Cronies
Business Welcome 10 a Premier Community Bank
NEW Chamber Coalition Legislative Breakfast 7:30a Radisson Paper Valley
Business Enhancement Committee Meeting 7:30a Chamber Conference Rm
26 Political Strategies Committee Meeting 7:30a Chamber Conference Rm Business After 5 Chain Oâ€™Lakes Bar & Grill
LEADS Network 1 7:30a Breakfast 8:00a Network Comfort Suites Reminders:
28 Tourism Promotion Committee Meeting 7:30a Chamber Conference Rm LEADS Network 2 12:30p Network Chamber Conference Rm
1. The deadline for the newsletter advertisement submission is the 15th of each month. 2. The Board of Directors usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month. 3. Business After 5 usually takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Note: The Waupaca Area Business of Commerce is a non-secular organization. Holidays listed are legal holidays and are posted for business convenience only.