The Chamber Bulletin Newsletter of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Stoughton Chamber of Commerce 532 E. Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589 TEL 608-873-7912 FAX 608-873-7743 Toll Free 1-888-873-7912 E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.stoughtonwi.com January 2010 Down At The Depot…… Newsletter By Executive Director, Dave Phillips Meetings and Happy New Year! Somewhere I read a toast that says, “May this year be better Important Dates than the last but not as good as the next.” Somehow that seems like a nice toast for all of us as we go into 2010. JANUARY 2010 Our community has an important election coming up this spring as a mayor will be 4 Economic Development - elected. The Primary will be held on February 16 and voters will be asked to Noon, Depot narrow the field of four candidates down to the two who will face each other in the 5 Arts Council – 9:00am, Giles th general election on April 6 . Dow Room City Hall 11 Board of Directors – Noon, Depot The four candidates in the primary are: 11 Syttende Mai Committee – 5:30pm Comfort Inn ♦ Carl Chenoweth 12 Ambassadors Club – 8:00am, ♦ Jim Griffin Depot ♦ Paul Lawrence 21 Visitor Services Comm. – ♦ Donna Olson 7:30am - Depot 25 Lunch & Learn - Noon – Fire Each of these candidates brings many assets to this race and all have the best Station - sponsored by Madison Area City Guide interests of Stoughton in their hearts. FEBRUARY 2010 Making your choice as to which candidate will get your vote will be a difficult decision. The best way to make the best choice is to listen to each of the 1 Economic Development - candidates; understand their positions on what issues matter to you; and, decide Noon, Depot which candidate is the kind of leader that you can believe in as the community 2 Arts Council – 9:00am, Giles faces future challenges. Dow Room City Hall 8 Board of Directors – Noon, One of the ways you can hear and see each candidate is to attend the Mayoral Depot Forum on January 28, 2010. This forum is co-sponsored by the League of 8 Syttende Mai Committee – Women Voters, the Stoughton Courier-Hub and the Chamber. It will be held in 5:30pm Comfort Inn the Council Chambers beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on 9 Ambassadors Club – 8:00am, Depot WSTO. You can attend the forum and ask your questions in person or call in your 18 Visitor Services Comm. – questions. Either way, it is an excellent opportunity to have the candidates reveal 3:00pm – Comfort Inn their positions on the issues that matter to you. 22 Lunch & Learn - Noon – Fire Station - sponsored by From the Chamber’s standpoint, some of the many issues that the mayor will face are dealing with the decreasing revenues from the state; generating positive and quality economic growth in the city; working with the state on potential changes to Highway 51; how to best redevelop the railroad corridor; and retaining and expanding our current businesses. The Chamber also believes the maintenance of a strong retail sector throughout the city is an important priority for the mayor. (continued on page 2) Stoughton Chamber of Commerce – January 2010 2 December Renewals (Down at the Depot Continued from Page 1) Thank you to all of our members that continue I have always heard the Chinese word for challenge is opportunity. If that is the to support the chamber through their case, whoever becomes mayor will have lots of opportunities! membership. Your support is greatly appreciated! As we begin a new year, on behalf of Erica and Mickey, I want to thank every one Please note that when we changed over to of you for your support of the Chamber. Our Chamber is only as good as its electronic records those members who members so in addition to our thanks to you, thank yourself and your fellow joined the Chamber prior to 1980 do not members for helping to make the Stoughton Chamber a strong and successful have the correct join date. Please contact us so we can update our records. organization. We could not nor would not be here without you! Thank you. Capital Newspapers Mike Ganz Member since 1998 Mayoral Candidates’ Forum Clock Tower Gifts Becky Greiber Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Member since 2008 City of Stoughton Council Chambers Greetings & Gifts Judy Lynch Sponsored by the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, Stoughton Courier-Hub and Stoughton area Member since 2001 members of the League of Women Voters of Dane County and Moderator provided by the League of Women Voters of Dane County No Shorts Electric, LLC Brett Hanson This forum provides an opportunity for candidates and citizens to discuss issues Member since 2008 and helps citizens choose the candidates to vote for on Tuesday, February 16. Nowlin Enterprises, LLC Patrick Nowlin 6:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks by Moderator, League of Women Member since 2007 Voters of Dane County Olson Auto Exchange Jack Olson The format consists of four parts: Member since 2006 * Each candidate will present an opening statement of 2 Scentimints, LLC. minutes. Candy Cain Member since 2001 * The moderator will ask “What is the major issue facing the City of Stoughton? Tell us specifically how you propose to Stoughton Tire & Auto Repair, Inc. address it?” 2 minutes Tod Goldade * A question and answer period will follow, with written Member since 1997 questions from the audience, WSTO viewers, and the Sunrise Family Restaurant Stoughton Courier –Hub. Responses are limited to one and Samet Useini half minutes each. Member since 2006 * Each candidate will present a closing statement of 2 Yahara River Grocery Cooperative minutes. Norma Sampson Member since 2008 6:05 City of Stoughton Mayoral Candidates 20 Year Anniversary * Carl Chenoweth * Jim Griffin (I) CMA Computer Mgt. & Accounting * Paul Lawrence Troy Wieser Member since 1989 * Donna Olson 5 Year Anniversary 7:25 Closing Remarks Navitas Health & Fitness *Times are approximate Michael Wilk Member since 2004 Don’t forget to VOTE on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 December New Members Pro Cellular Communication, Inc. Brooke Hellay 1312 Hamilton Street Stoughton, WI 53589 608-873-3028 Stoughton Chamber of Commerce – January 2010 3 Members in the News Associated Bank Named Top SBA Lender in Wisconsin for the Fifth Year in a Row Small businesses create jobs and help drive economic growth MILWAUKEE, Wis. – December 11, 2009 – Associated Bank was named the No. 1 Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in Wisconsin for fiscal year 2009, according to a recent SBA report. Associated surpassed all other banks in number of loans originated with more than three times that of the second-highest lender. From Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009, Associated Bank made 317 SBA 7(a) loans for a total value of more than $25 million. This is the fifth year in a row that Associated Bank has received the top lender honor, and the 10th time in 12 years. “We commend Associated Bank’s continued support to small business lending,” says SBA Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness. “This type of commitment helps to ensure that Wisconsin firms are receiving the much needed assistance and capital to start and expand their businesses. This activity is fundamental to Wisconsin and our nation’s economic growth.” Nationally, Associated Bank moved to number 13 in the nation for SBA lending in fiscal 2009, up from number 23 in fiscal 2008. In fiscal 2009, more than160 new jobs were created and approximately 2,600 existing jobs were retained as a result of Associated Bank SBA loans in the states where it conducts business. "While we are incredibly pleased with our new rankings, it's clear that the impact of these lending efforts is about much more than winning a title," said Senior Vice President of Business Banking Kerry Barlow. "It is about how many businesses we touched throughout Wisconsin and in our communities." Associated Bank is part of Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC), a diversified bank holding company with total assets of $23 billion headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Associated has approximately 300 banking offices serving an estimated 160 communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Associated offers a full range of traditional banking services and a variety of other financial products and services. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.AssociatedBank.com. Blackhawk Community Credit Union Announces Expansion Plans Looking Forward for Growth as Positive Economic Signs Emerge Janesville, WI – Even with an economy that has languished, Blackhawk Community Credit Union sees opportunities to better serve Rock and Dane county members by beginning construction of a new branch in Stoughton, WI. To celebrate this expansion the board of directors and staff recently broke ground on the property and construction began immediately. Bob Carmichael, CEO, Blackhawk Community Credit Union explained that the credit union saw a need to grow in this area due to membership demographics and opportunities to better serve our communities and charter expansion. “It is also clear from both our demographic studies as well as recent news stories that Dane and Rock Counties will be developing rapidly. This expansion allows us to make our services as convenient as possible to as many people as possible,” Carmichael said. “We are currently reviewing our options for a temporary location that can be open to serve our community while construction continues.” The new Stoughton branch is located at 1525 US Hwy 51-139, Stoughton, WI, a site previously occupied by Stark Motors. The new branch scheduled to open in summer 2010. The new facility will be a full service location featuring drive-thru lanes, an ATM and convenient Saturday hours. Stoughton Chamber of Commerce – January 2010 4 Blackhawk Community Credit Union is a $320 million credit union with over 32,000 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, goes to school or owns property in Rock, Dane, Green, Jefferson and Walworth counties. Branches are currently located in Janesville, Edgerton and Delavan. Products and services include savings, checking and money market accounts, certificates, mortgage and home equity loans, traditional and personal loans, and credit cards. Investment services are available through Blackhawk Wealth Management Services. WMC (Wisconsin Manufacturer’s & Commerce) Hosting Two Exciting Programs in February! Attend the Governor Candidate Forum on February 22, 2010, and Business Day in Madison on February 23, 2010. WMC and the Wisconsin local chambers of commerce across our state will co- host the first Governor Candidate Economic Forum and Reception on Monday, February 22, 2010. The Forum will be at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. As we head into the 2010 election season, it is clear that jobs and economic development will dominate the debate as our state chooses our next governor. People from all walks of life will be keenly interested in the candidates’ ideas for growing our economy. The Forum will precede the annual Business Day in Madison event the following day, and we encourage you to attend. Business Day in Madison will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. Local chambers of commerce across Wisconsin are partnering with 15 other statewide organizations to bring Wisconsin’s premier legislative event to Madison. Business leaders from all over Wisconsin come together to meet with policymakers and discuss important issues facing our state. In these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever for the business community to help policymakers understand what it will take to strengthen the economy and create jobs in Wisconsin. Listen to experts on current issues, network with others from the business community, then go to the Capitol and deliver your message to elected officials – businesses are hurting, families are hurting, and it’s time for leadership. Help deliver the message that the business community is united and committed to creating jobs and brighter futures for the citizens of Wisconsin. Dee Dee Myers and Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretaries for the Clinton and Bush Administrations, respectively, will give the keynote address. Charlie Cook, a leading political pollster, will be the opening speaker. To register, go to www.businessdayinmadison.com. Event Coordinator: Jane Algiers; firstname.lastname@example.org; 608-661-6925 Sponsorship Opportunities: Amber Schroeder; email@example.com; 608-661-6907 Stoughton Chamber of Commerce – January 2010 5 It’s a New Year and a New Syttende Mai Season By: Margit Gerber The Syttende Mai Committee has been busy planning the 2010 Syttende Mai Festival since September. The theme for the 2010 festival is “Stoughton’s Senior Citizens – Foundation of our Community”. A design has been created for the booster button, and a theme for both sides of the commemorative coin has been selected. Lots of tough decisions, but the Committee did a great job - as always - working together to come up with many ideas and possibilities. You will soon be receiving the Syttende Mai sponsorship brochure. We ask that you take a few minutes to read about the many sponsorship opportunities that are available. Most are very affordable – and sponsorship is crucial for the success of each year’s festival. One way that your business can take part in the weekend’s activities is to sponsor or host an event. Many are doing this already by having demonstrations or entertainment at their location. The Syttende Mai committee encourages you to use your imagination – new events are always well received!! All events are advertised in the Syttende Mai brochure which most visitors use as their guide for the weekend. The committee realizes that we are all experiencing tough economic times; but truly believe that sponsorship of Syttende Mai will be to your benefit. Any advertising will be placed on the Syttende Mai area of the Chamber’s website as well. Again, we all greatly appreciate your support for this great festival that promotes the City of Stoughton. If you have any questions regarding sponsorship, or how you or your business can take a more active part in the weekend’s festivities, please contact Syttende Mai Coordinator, Margit Gerber, at (home office) 873-8082, cell, 438-7912, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Syttende Mai brochure will be put together soon so that it can be printed and available in plenty of time. The website will be updated with the 2010 information as well. Thanks to all for your continued support of this great event that is so beneficial to our wonderful community!! Chamber Board of Directors Seeking Nominations During the month of January the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce will be accepting nominations to serve on their Board of Directors. If this is something that you are interested in have a colleague nominate you or nominate yourself by writing a letter to the Board of Directors Nomination Committee explaining your qualifications and reasons for wanting to serve as a Board Director. Letters can be sent or dropped off at the Chamber of th Commerce office by Friday, January 29 at 5pm. If you have any questions about being a Board member please contact the Chamber for more information. Quote of the Month “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Stoughton Chamber of Commerce – January 2010 6 Board of Directors: President: Randall McLaury, Schroeder & Associates, 873-8232; Vice-President: Tom Luttig, Luttig Imaging & Photography, 577-2465; Secretary: Kari Manson-Hvam, Coldwell Banker SUCCESS, 873-7731; Treasurer: Connie Mathison, Associated Bank, 873-6666. Board Members: Linda Bradley, Jeff Bradley Construction & Graphics, 873-3337; Mayor Jim Griffin 873- 6677; Laurie Dybevik, Gunderson Funeral Home, 221-5420; Randy Olson, Universal Silencer, 873-4298; Mark Halverson, Business Transportation Solutions, 873-8210. Staff: David B. Phillips, Executive Director; Erica Dial, Visitor Services Coordinator; Mickey McCormick, Receptionist; Margit Gerber, Syttende Mai Coordinator; Special thanks to Gail Ring for design of the Clock Tower logo.