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Manitowoc, WI  54220  
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Business Minute Video

Check out this week's Business Minute Video at Riverview Early Childhood Center in Manitowoc.
Chamber Member News Releases

Save the Dates!
Wednesday, April 12
8:15 - 11:30am
Kiel High School
210 Raider Heights
Kiel, WI 53042

Supported by:

Thursday, April 13
12:00 - 1:00pm
eCommerce: What Type is Best for Your Business?
The Chamber of Manitowoc County
1515 Memorial Dr., Manitowoc

Sponsored by:
Wednesday, April 19
The Chamber of Manitowoc County
1515 Memorial Dr., Manitowoc

Thursday, April 27
12:30 - 3:30pm
JFK Fieldhouse
at Lincoln High School
1433 S. 8th St.., Manitowoc

Friday, April 28
4:00 - 7:00pm
Manitowoc County Ice Center
5100 Vista Rd., Manitowoc
Tuesday, May 9
AM and PM sessions
TEAM 2.0
(A dynamic half-day teambuilding workshop with National Training Consultant Bill Drury)
Holiday Inn - Manitowoc
4601 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc
Wednesday, June 21
4:30 - 7:00pm
Lincoln Park Fieldhouse
1215 N. 8th St., Manitowoc
Wednesday, July 19
Fox Hills Resort
250 W. Church St.,  Mishicot
Friday, March 17, 2017
Calendar of Events
CLICK HERE  for a printable version of our events calendar.

Thursday, March 23, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Investors Community Bank
860 North Rapids Rd., Manitowoc

Friday, March 24, 7:15 - 8:30am
The Chamber of Manitowoc County
1515 Memorial Dr., Manitowoc

Thursday, March 30, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Festival Foods
2151 S. 42nd St., Manitowoc

Wednesday, April 5, 8:00 - 10:00am
4201 Calument Ave., Manitowoc

Thursday, April 6, 4:30 - 6:30pm
ATI Physical Therapy
1212 Memorial Dr. #1, Manitowoc

Chamber Notebook:
Rotary Club of Two Rivers
Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Two Rivers Rotary Club donated more than $33,000 to the development of the Rotary Pavilion. The pavilion is on Neshotah Beach and has been used for early morning worship, yoga classes, picnic lunches with grandparents and grandchildren, and provides a space for wedding ceremonies. A variety of bands have provided entertainment to guests of all ages enjoying the shores of Lake Michigan.
The Rotary Club of Two Rivers celebrated its 94th anniversary in February. Many things have changed since 1923, but their pride and service to the community remain strong.
Three members have served the club for more than 50 years: Wes Drumm, Bill Webster and Jim Lester. They are three of only 99 members worldwide of the Rotary Heritage and History International Fellowship who have earned this recognition. They continue to inspire current members with their knowledge, dedication and active membership.
The club continues to serve the local community's key service providers, all of which are vital in maintaining the hometown culture while supporting the city of Two Rivers in finding ways to grow the community with innovative economic development strategies. Read more.
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 to schedule your Chamber Notebook article.
Leadership Manitowoc County Public Safety Day
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The 2016-2017 Leadership Manitowoc County class participated in Public Safety Day on Wednesday of this week. The group visited Manitowoc Fire Department, Manitowoc Police Department, and Manitowoc County Jail & Dispatch Center.

Sponsored by:

Leadership Manitowoc County brings together potential leaders from various segments of the community in a program that encourages, motivates and prepares participants for assuming leadership roles in their place of employment and in the Manitowoc County community.
Reality Store at Roncalli High School
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

View more photos of the event here.

The Chamber held a Reality Store event at Roncalli High School on Wednesday.

Supported by:

The Reality Store gives community and parent volunteers the opportunity to guide high school Junior and Senior students through a financial budgeting process. The goal of this event is to help students learn basic skills in financial planning, goal setting, decision making, and career planning. Students examine their career expectations and finances while developed a more realistic idea of the financial impact their future decisions will have.
Business Connects with Government Luncheon - Mayoral Forum
Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Business Connects with Government Luncheon took place Thursday at Holiday Inn, Manitowoc.

The Chamber - in partnership with the Manitowoc Noon Rotary - hosted a City of Manitowoc Mayoral Forum featuring Mayor Justin Nickels and Barry Nelson.

View more photos of the event here.
WANTED: Members knowledgeable with eCommerce
The Chamber's Marketing Advisory Committee is in the process of coordinating a Lunch & Learn on the topic "eCommerce: What Type is Best for Your Business?"

The committee is hoping to cover four different ways to sell online and currently have a speaker scheduled to discuss an online shopping cart.

We are looking for members with experience and/or knowledge selling with:
  • Etsy
  • eBay
  • Amazon
The Lunch & Learn is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 12:00-1:00pm, at The Chamber.

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, we would love to have you!
Please contact Laura Drida at The Chamber at (920) 684-5575 or
LEAP 2 Survey - We Need You!
Investors Community Bank and Leede Research are again sponsoring the Lakeshore Economic Assessment Program (LEAP) in partnership with The Chamber of Manitowoc County and Progress Lakeshore. Our goal is to update the 2015 Study and to better understand how recent plant closings and a changing economy have impacted area businesses.
We need your help to understand the local economy and track against the 2015 LEAP program. We ask that you take just 5 minutes to click on the link below and complete the survey process.   Your information will help to assess the current environment and help community organizations to continue to support area businesses and their development.
We thank you in advance for your participation.  Results will be presented at Progress Lakeshore's 6th Annual Excellence in Economic Development Awards Breakfast on May 3.

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

Five Easy Steps to Keep Your "Google My Business" Listing SEO Optimized

(This is the third installment of a three-part article series on marketing your business online with Google My Business.)

Your Google My Business listing can be one of the most powerful web marketing tools available - second only to your website.  However, it is not enough just to have a listing.  You also want your listing page to appear as high on search engine results lists as possible.  Fortunately, you don't have to be an Internet marketing genius to optimize your listing.  Here are five easy steps to keep your Google My Business listing SEO optimized:
Follow the rules.  As you probably know by now, Google is well known for taking serious measures to weed out things like spam, irrelevant content, and erroneous websites when determining its rankings.  Google My Business is no exception.  When you create your Google My Business listing, make sure you read up on Google's content guidelines before you publish anything.  Breaking these rules means Google won't take your page seriously when ranking it . . . and might not even let you play at all.

About the Author:  
Ken Ivey, affectionately dubbed 'the Web Czar' by peers, has been helping businesses embrace technology for 30 years. Contact him at or call (920) 645-2700.
National Marine Sanctuary One Step Closer
Submitted by Rolf Johnson, CEO, Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin citizens who live along the Lake Michigan shore are one step closer to seeing a new National Marine Sanctuary established off the coast of Manitowoc and other mid-lake communities. Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), marine sanctuaries protect natural and/or cultural resources deemed to have significant importance as part of our country's history, heritage and patrimony.
In Wisconsin, NOAA is proposing to designate a 1,075-square-mile area of Lake Michigan adjacent to Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties, with a possible boundary extending north into Kewaunee County, as well. This includes an extraordinary collection of 39 known shipwrecks, 15 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This sanctuary will protect and foster educational experiences related to the many significant shipwrecks off our coast. If designated, the sanctuary will create positive economic, educational, and cultural benefits for our region and state.
NOAA is asking for the public's input on these plans to establish a new National Marine Sanctuary protecting a nationally important maritime heritage resource area in Wisconsin. To submit comments, go to the NOAA website (search for the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary). Comments will be accepted until March 31. For more information on the sanctuary and to see the draft management plan, visit . You can also submit your comments through this website.
The potential economic benefits to our communities can't be underestimated, and the additional opportunity to develop educational programs that will serve the needs of our students and teachers is also an important benefit to having a National Marine Sanctuary designated here.
For more information, feel free to contact Rolf Johnson at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum at (920) 684-0218.
Seeking Applications for The Chamber AmbassadorScholarship

Applications for The Chamber Ambassador Scholarship are due April 3rd!

The Scholarship is open to all Manitowoc County seniors employed by, or who have a parent or guardian employed by, a company, business or organization that is a Chamber member.

$1,000 scholarships are available for students pursuing a 4-year degree and $500 scholarships are available for students pursuing a 2-year degree.

To download a scholarship application and guidelines, please click here.
Sponsor a Scholarship for a Student in the Mini-Chopper Program
This year's Mini-Chopper Unveiling Event is scheduled for Friday, April 28, at the Manitowoc County Ice Center!

During this event each year, three $500 scholarships are given away.

If your business is interested in sponsoring a $500 scholarship, please give The Chamber office a call at (920) 684-5575.