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                  Newsletter of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce

                  Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
                  532 E. Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589
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        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; jalgiers@wmc.org; 608-661-6925
Sponsorship Opportunities: Amber Schroeder; aschroeder@wmc.org; 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 syttendemai@gmail.com. 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.