Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Plans Several Activities
Motivational Speaker Feb 25
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to sponsor James Schneider, owner of Blue Chip Training and Marketing, as their 2016 Motivational Speaker. It will be held at The Silent Woman/Fenway House Tavern on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Social time begins at 5 p.m. Meal at 5:30.
The meal will be catered by Timothy’s Cafe. Menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, roll, dessert and beverage.
James doesn’t believe in boring power point presentations he is all about role playing and getting everyone involved. During this interactive presentation “Getting Down to Brass Tacks – Old Ideas for New Opportunities,” James will get everyone involved in learning practical steps to build a BETTER COMMUNITY – BETTER BUSINESS – BETTER YOU!
This is an awesome opportunity for business owners and staff, board members, City Council members, and organization leaders to attend professional training at a reasonable cost while also avoiding costly travel time and expenses.
The cost includes speaker and meal for just $25 for first 4 employees from any 1 business and $12 per each additional employee. Reservations appreciated by February 19. Please contact Chamber President Rick Nelson 608-988-6612 or email [email protected]
- Invitation to Motivational Speaker program on Feb. 25, 2016
- Motivational Speaker James Schneider
- Registration Form for Feb. 25 Motivational Speaker program
Taste of Fennimore March 5 – Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets for the 3rd Annual Taste of Fennimore are currently on sale at Fennimore Banks, The Silent Woman/Fenway House Tavern, Carr Valley Cheese, Wood Law Firm and the Promotions Coordinator’s office. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. No additional tickets are required for sampling. Advance tickets are recommended as tickets will be limited to 500 this year.
The event will be held Saturday, March 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Silent Woman/Fenway House Tavern. More than 2 dozen vendors have already sent in registrations to showcase their food and beverages. Vendors who have signed up to date include: BD’s Eagles Nest, Carr Valley Cheese, Castle Rock Inn, Cottonwood Supper Club, Creative Appeal & Bakery, Creature Comfort Sauce, Frank Distributors, Hammerand Farm Market Store, Head 2 Toe, Just Like Home, Karla’s Kitchen, Old School Brewing, Potosi Beer, Rural Route 1 Popcorn, Second Shot, Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery, Saputo (Woolwich Dairy), Sugar and Spice Bulk Foods, The Butcher Shop, The Cottage Baker, The Silent Woman, Whispering Winds Winery, Hickory Hill Organic Farm and Whispering Bluffs Winery. Some vendor spaces may still be available, interested parties should contact Joy at Carr Valley Cheese 608-822-6416.
Some vendors will be selling food items so come prepared to shop. Beer and Wine sales are prohibited by state law. Sampling of beverages is free. The Fenway House Tavern will be open serving beverages for an additional fee. Adam Bartels and friend will provide music entertainment for the afternoon.
Members of the Taste of Fennimore committee would like to recognize the generous sponsors who help make the “Taste” so successful.
Platinum Sponsors: Fenway House Hotel and Tavern, Fennimore Times/Reminder, Frank Beer Distributors, Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, QueenB Radio/WGLR/WPVL
Gold Sponsors: American Bank, Crossing Rivers Health Clinic, Grant Regional Health Center, Investment Center at Livingston State Bank, Midwest Builders Inc., WebWise Design & Marketing, Wood Law Firm.
Silver Sponsors: Badgerland Financial, Bard Materials, Birkett Chiropractic, Carr Valley Cheese, City of Fennimore/Utilities, Clare Bank, Fennimore Lumber and Design Center, Fillback Family of Dealerships, FirstMerit Bank, Hall Automotive, Head 2 Toe, Kwik Trip, Immuno-Dynamics, Inc, Livingston State Bank, Nelson Properties, Town and Country Sanitation.
Chamber Membership Meeting
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce (FACC) will hold their first membership meeting of the year on Thursday, March 10. The noon luncheon will be held at The Cottonwood Supper Club and Sports Bar, Hwy 61 North & Green River Road.
Guest Speaker is Brock Waterman, Business Consultant with the Small Business Development Center. Waterman’s topic will be “A business consultant’s view of how businesses could function more efficiently.” Chamber members, their employees and those interested in learning more about chamber membership are encouraged to attend. A short business meeting will be held along with distribution of 2016 Chamber decals, calendar and materials.
The menu for the luncheon is soup and salad bar, pasta, broasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, dessert and beverage. Cost of the meal is $8.50. Reservations are needed by Friday, March 4 by calling 608-822-3599 or email [email protected]
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the businesses who have made their investment in chamber membership. The Chamber unites businesses, agencies, professionals and community organizations into a focused group for the betterment of the Fennimore area. Align your business with Fennimore’s most involved and successful business people – Chamber members. Chamber membership is an “Investment in Fennimore.” Chamber membership rates are among the lowest in the region. Rates are based on the number of full-time employees (FTE) starting at just $110 for businesses with 1 to 3 employees. Additional rates are also available for retirees, farmers, community organizations, non-profit or home-based businesses. Chamber membership is an investment in not only Fennimore’s present but also Fennimore’s future.
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce mission is to assist businesses in being successful. The Fennimore website can help lead customers to your business. The Chamber coordinates several promotions throughout the year and works with chamber member media partners to help stretch promotional dollars. Chamber membership offers many networking opportunities.
It is a high priority for the Chamber to assist with promotion of a multitude of events in an effort to bring people to the community and into Fennimore area businesses. Involvement in Chamber activities adds value to your membership and creates opportunities for you to market your product and services to other members.
Chamber sponsored events for 2016
- Motivational Speaker – February 25
- Taste of Fennimore – March 5
- Citywide Garage Sales – May 19-20-21
- Chamber Golf Outing – June 13
- Annual Chicken BBQ and Community Awards – July 12
Promotional activities include the Bob on Into Fennimore and Shop Small Business Saturday in the fall. The 41st Annual Chamber Christmas Creations Craft Show will be held November 26. Board members are also working on a brand new event a “Flea Market” to be held July 30, the same day as the Derek Lendosky ball tournament and the Fennimore Jr Fair.
For a listing of chamber benefits or to learn more about joining over 100 existing Fennimore Area Chamber members contact Chamber President Rick Nelson 608-988-6612, visit the Promotions Coordinator’s office at 850 Lincoln Avenue or see the Chamber area of the Fennimore website.
Small Business Development Center
Brock Waterman has been hired as the new Small Business Development Consultant for the southwest Wisconsin region. He works out of the office at UW Platteville. As a business consultant, Waterman is available to help both existing and startup businesses in the following categories: Financial Decisions, Customer Understanding, Marketing, Risk Analysis and operations and related topics. These confidential consulting services are available to existing or startup businesses at no cost. Please complete the Electronic Request for Consulting (ERFC) to request a meeting with Waterman.
Once it is submitted and received, Waterman will contact you. If a person wishes to speak to him before completing the ERFC contact Waterman. Brock Waterman, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Serving Southwest Wisconsin (Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland Counties). Phone 608-574-1757 (cell). Email [email protected]. See his LinkedIn profile for more information about his background and experience.
- Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) website: www.wisconsinsbdc.org
- SW Wisconsin SBDC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swwisbdc
Waterman also encourages those interested in entrepreneurship/business ownership to read the book All in Startup by Diana Kander. The book is in story format, so it reads very quickly, and gets people into the customer focused mindset which is critical to business success.