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1515 Memorial Dr.
Manitowoc, WI  54220  
  
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Business Minute Video

Check out this week's Business Minute Video with Rick Couron, owner of The Hearty Olive, LLC.
Chamber Member News Releases











Save the Dates!
Wednesday, April 19
5:00pm
INFORMATIONAL SESSION FOR "THE BEST OF IRELAND SOUTH" TOUR
The Chamber of Manitowoc County
1515 Memorial Dr., Manitowoc


Tuesday, May 9
AM and PM sessions
TEAM 2.0
TOGETHER EVERYONE ACCOMPLISHES MORE
(A dynamic half-day teambuilding workshop with National Training Consultant Bill Drury)
Holiday Inn - Manitowoc
4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc
Wednesday, July 19
THE CHAMBER'S ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
Fox Hills Resort
250 W. Church St.,  Mishicot
Weekly 
Friday, March 3, 2017
  
Calendar of Events
CLICK HERE  for a printable version of our events calendar.
 

Saturday, March 4, 7:00 - 10:00pm
14TH ANNUAL EVENING TO WINE DOWN   
Twin Fountains Banquet & Catering
7330 English Lake Rd., Manitowoc 



Monday, March 6, 12:00 - 1:30pm 
BUSINESS CONNECTS WITH GOVERNMENT LUNCHEON - CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM   
Lighthouse Inn
1515 Memorial Dr., Two Rivers


Thursday, March 9, 2:00 - 3:00pm
GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING   
Brian's Smokehouse & BBQ
1426 Washington St., Manitowoc 




Tuesday, March 14, 2:30 - 5:00pm
NONPROFIT WORKSHOP: "THE ILLUSION OF GRANT READINESS"   
Presented by: Theresa Collins, Beacon Organizational Consulting
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St., Manitowoc
Free for Chamber members/$50 for non-members

Sponsor:



Wednesday, March 15, 8:00 - 11:00pm 
THE REALITY STORE AT RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL   
Roncalli High School
2000 Mirro Dr., Manitowoc



Manitowoc Noon Rotary


Thursday, March 16, 12:00pm 
MAYORAL FORUM   
Holiday Inn - Ballroom
4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc





Thursday, March 23, 5:00 - 7:00pm
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS   
Investors Community Bank
980 North Rapids Rd., Manitowoc

Chamber Notebook:
Ansay & Associates, LLC
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ansay & Associates was founded in Port Washington in 1946 by Adolph N. Ansay. The agency enjoyed early success as a result of Ansay's one central goal: "Serve customers with integrity, respect and a sincere desire to build lasting relationships."
Today, Ansay & Associates employs more than 220 individuals and continues to pride itself on personalized services you, your family and your company can trust.
Serving business, public entity, non-for-profit, association and individual clients, Ansay & Associates is ranked by  Business Insurance magazine as a Top 5 agency in Wisconsin and a Top 100 agency in the United States.
The company carries on the tradition of Adolph and serves more than 5,000 Wisconsin businesses and 20,000 individual customers, continuously managing their insurance and risk needs.
Ansay & Associates combines entrepreneurial spirit with disciplined business processes to develop client relationships and provide best-in-class service. Through a trusted selection of leading regional and national insurance companies, Ansay & Associates is able to broker the right coverage for their clients, at the most competitive costs. It is this push for excellence that has allowed Ansay & Associates to open and operate 12 offices across the state of Wisconsin in Port Washington, West Bend, Manitowoc, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Mosinee, Burlington, Cedarburg, Oshkosh, Franklin and Stevens Point.
With these various locations, Ansay & Associates is better able to assist with a variety of insurance needs and continue to build relationships with clients. For the past three years, Ansay & Associates has been recognized by  The Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the Top Workplaces in Wisconsin.
As growth continues, they look to strengthen their presence throughout the state. Employees at the Manitowoc location extend their dedication and passion to the local community and are proud to be leaders and continuously give their time and effort back to different organizations. Ansay & Associates is grateful to these employees who represent the Manitowoc community through PINK HEALS Manitowoc County, The Chamber of Manitowoc County and Holiday House of Manitowoc County, to name a few.
With 70 years of experience, Ansay & Associates is an independent insurance agency with a sole purpose of helping you secure, protect and grow your American Dream.
For details, visit their website at www.ansay.com.
The Chamber of Manitowoc County, with its publishing of The Chamber Notebook, provides space for Chamber members to present information about their business. The publishing of this information is in no way intended as showing preference for that business by The Chamber.

Every Sunday in the Herald Times Reporter, The Chamber of Manitowoc County features members in "The Chamber Notebook" located on the front page of the Business section. This exposure is just another value-added opportunity with your Chamber membership.

For available dates, call our office at 920.684.5575 or email laura@chambermanitowoccounty.org to schedule your Chamber Notebook article.
Nonprofit Workshop: The Illusion of Grant Readiness


The Chamber of Manitowoc County and Beacon Organizational Consulting, LLC present the Nonprofit Workshop: The Illusion of Grant Readiness on Tuesday, March 14, 2:30-5:00pm, in the Balkansky Room at the Manitowoc Public Library.

This workshop is FREE for Chamber members; $50 for non-members.

Presenter is Theresa Collins, CEO of Beacon Organizational Consulting. Theresa has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and small business environments.

Health & Wellness Center
NOW OPEN!


Holy Family Memorial Health & Wellness Center Servicing The Chamber of Manitowoc County Members opened on Wednesday!

All Chamber members and their employees are invited to participate in the Health & Wellness Center. Holy Family Memorial is excited to provide convenient, one-stop medical and wellness benefits to help people proactively engage in health behaviors which drive personal and professional success.

The Center offers health services for primary, urgent and preventative care; as well as physical therapy, wellness coaching and emotional health counseling. There is a small annual investment of $99 per person and a $10 co-pay for each visit.

Go to www.hfmhealth.org/chamber to learn more about this amazing opportunity if you're not already registered! Here you'll find a list of services the Health & Wellness Center offers, FAQs, the Employer Enrollment Form and more.

Holy Family Memorial Health & Wellness Center Servicing The Chamber of Manitowoc County Members is located at HFM Harbor Town Campus, 1650 S. 41st St., Manitowoc.
Last chance to buy your tickets for tomorrow night's Evening to Wine Down


This year's Evening to Wine Down Scholarship Fundraiser takes place on Saturday, March 4, 7:00-10:00pm, at Twin Fountains, Manitowoc.

Each year, The Chamber's Ambassador Scholarship Committee presents $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing a four-year degree and $500 scholarships to students pursuing a two-year degree.

Evening to Wine Down features local cheeses, wines, beers and chocolates from area vendors. Along with samples, the event also features raffle baskets and entertainment provided by Advanced Entertainment DJ Service.

Tickets are $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door.


Sponsored by:

Let's Talk Marketing
Submitted by Ken Ivey, Living Water Digital, and member of The Chamber's Marketing Advisory Committee

"Google My Business"
Why It's So Important to Your Business

In the course of my business day, I talk to a lot of business owners and entrepreneurs. I'm often asked - especially by new or struggling owners - "How can I get more people through the door with the web? I'm absolutely clueless and have no budget." I'll attempt to answer this question in this, and the next two articles.
 
Does your business have a Google My Business listing? (It was formerly called Google Places.) If you answered "no," then you need to get on the task of setting up your listing, and right now. If you need some convincing, then you should look over this list of reasons for why having your business on Google My Business is so important:



The "Yellow Directories" are largely obsolete. Studies show that 97 percent of all consumers use the Internet to search for and choose local businesses. Most of those people haven't touched a Yellow Pages book for years, and if you're thinking their online offering is any better - well, I'll address that in another article! Look at it this way: If 97 percent of your potential customers are searching the web for businesses just like yours and you are not there, you are missing out - plain and simple. 
 
Your listing will work for you, even when you are sleeping. The Internet never sleeps, and your page is always accessible to potential customers, even long after you shut down your shop. You can even link your Google My Business page to your website, so that customers can make transactions while you catch your Z's.
 
Branding. Google My Business is especially effective when it comes to your business branding (which, in today's market, is essential to your business' success). By uploading photos and videos, and customizing your content to speak to your unique client base, you can go a long way in strengthening your brand.
 
Reaching your target market. You can create content for your Google My Business listing that speaks specifically to your target market, and then count on the Google search engine to deliver targeted traffic straight to your door. There are very few types of advertising that enable you to reach exactly who you want to by means that are largely within your control, and Google My Business is one of them.
 
Google My Business is free advertising. Regardless of how successful your business is, you have a business budget . . . and you simply cannot argue that many of your business choices come down to the bottom line. Unless you have a limitless marketing budget (and who does?!), you need all the free help you can get. It just doesn't make sense not to take advantage of such a powerful marketing tool when it won't cost you a single cent to get involved.
 
Sound interesting? Visit www.google.com/business to get started.
 
Next Week:  The 5 Most Important Components of Your "Google My Business" Listing
 
About the Author:  
Ken Ivey, affectionately dubbed 'the Web Czar' by peers, has been helping businesses embrace technology for 30 years. Contact him at  ken@livingwaterdigital.com or call (920) 645-2700.
Attend an Informational Session for "The Best of Ireland South" Tour in September
The Chamber of Manitowoc County and David's House of Travel present

THE BEST OF IRELAND SOUTH
Sept. 20 - 28, 2017
8 Days / 7 Nights / 12 Meals
$2,475 LAND & AIR per person based on double occupancy


Chamber Members:  Attend an Informational Session on Wednesday, April 19, 5:00pm, at The Chamber of Manitowoc County to learn more.

Celebrating Another Year of Membership
A.C.E. Building Service, Inc.
Ansay & Associates LLC
AT&T
Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc
     County
Aurora Medical Group-Manitowoc
     County
Autumn Ridge Golf Club, Rest. &
     Banquet Fac.
Bill Lorrigan Construction, Inc.
Braun Building Center
Burbey CPA, LLC
Canteen Manitowoc
Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
Children's Hospital of WI-Fox Valley
City of Manitowoc
Colonial Pet Shoppe, Incorporated
Creative Solutions
Crescent Woolen Mills
Eck Industries, Inc.
Family Dental Center, S.C.
Fox's Piggly Wiggly - Two Rivers &
     Manitowoc
Hamann Construction Co.
Hermening Financial Group LLC
HTR Media
International Paper
Jimmy John's
Kahlenberg Industries, Inc.
Lakeshore Dental S.C.
Lakeshore Inc. Realtors
Lakeside Foods, Incorporated
Machut's Supper Club
Manitowoc County Habitat For
     Humanity
Manitowoc Pharmacies,
     Incorporated
Manitowoc Youth Baseball
Manitowoc-Two Rivers Y
McMullen & Pitz Construction
The Metal Ware Corporation
Northern Labs, Inc.
Novak's Service Center, LLC
Parker Hannifin HPD
Pietroske GM
Point Beach State Forest
Progress Lakeshore
Prompt Printing Center, LLC
Raiserite Concrete Lifting, Inc.
River's Bend Health and
     Rehabilitation Center
Rummele's Inc.
Sadoff Iron & Metal Company
Satori's Auto Service
Soodsma Insurance Agency, LLC
West Foundation, Inc.
Wilfert Farms, LLC
Wisconsin Document Imaging
Zimmermann Company
Ziolkowski Chiropractic Clinic