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Fitchburg Chamber Survey

The Fitchburg Chamber Visitor & Business Bureau likes to check in with members periodically to ensure that our programs and services are exceeding your expectations. Please take a few minutes to answer nine questions to provide us with feedback. We request you complete the survey by May 3. Thank you!

Small Business Seminar: The Affordable Care Act

On Wednesday, May 1, the SBA is hosting a free seminar for businesses at Grainger Hall, Room 5120, UW-Madison Campus, 975 University Avenue from 3-5pm. Join Congressman Mark Pocan and SBA officials to learn what federal resources are available help small businesses including tax credits, trainings and procurement opportunities; and what the ACA will mean for your business and your employees. Presenters include Marianne Markowitz & Eric Ness of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The event is free but registration is required. Click here to register or call (608) 258-9800.

Join the Fitchburg Team for the Wisconsin Bike Challenge!

The Wisconsin Bike Challenge is an opportunity to challenge yourself to ride more often whether you ride five miles a week or 100. It all counts! Record your rides, and add up the miles you've ridden, the calories you've burned and the CO2 you've saved. You become eligible for prize drawings after you've logged just three days on your bike. Our goal: Wisconsin finishes #1 in the National Bike Challenge! Join the Fitchburg Team. Sign up for the challenge here by clicking "Join." Then, join a team (search Fitchburg Team).

MGE Breakfast Seminar on CNG Vehicles

MG&E logoAre natural gas vehicles right for your fleet? Enjoy breakfast on MGE while you learn about updates on compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and fueling stations. Subjects covered include: New Monona Speedway CNG fueling station; CNG vehicles update presented by Cummins NPower and IMPCO Technologies; Operating a CNG fleet. CNG vehicles will be on display. To register, email your contact information to MGE or call 252-7007. The event takes place at the Monona Community Center at 1011 Nichols Road in Monona. more info

Featured President's Club Member

Hatchery Hill Towne Center features five unique buildings that are home to over 30 retail, restaurant and office tenants including 18 upscale apartments. This lifestyle center offers both variety and convenience--a visit may include picking up groceries, sipping a freshly brewed beer, enjoying a sandwich, gourmet pizza, ice cream, smoothie or getting a manicure. You can also visit a tanning salon or Fitchburg's only cigar lounge. Stop by and experience it for yourself.

Hatchery Hill Towne Center is professionally managed by Siegel-Gallagher. learn more   

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Tues., May 7 - Speed Networking7:45-9am
Candlewood Suites, 5421 Caddis Bend
Join us for our second speed networking event at our monthly BB9 breakfast networking series. Be sure to bring lots of business cards and small literature pieces that provide additional information about your business. 

Sat., May 11 - Bike Rodeo - 11-12:30pm
Wingra Stone Parking Lot, 2975 Kapec Road
Bring the kids out to test their biking skills on the skills course! Kids can meet the Fitchburg Bike Patrol Officers, decorate their bikes and ride in the safety bike parade. Refreshments, prizes & giveaways will be available. As a grand prize drawing, two bicycles will be given away through a drawing! This is a free event but registration is requested. register here

Badger State Trail, 2908 Marketplace Drive
Join the City of Fitchburg to learn more about Fitchburg's history and what happens on the land surrounding the Badger State Trail. 9 points of interest will be visited on this 7 mile tour. The tour is recommended for bikers age 8 and up. Please buy your trail pass on your own before the tour. For complete details, view the flier. 
Save the Date-Fitchburg Chamber Golf Outing - Thursday, June 6, 11am at University Ridge!
Watch for your e-invite this week! 
Join us at U-Ridge to experience their new resurfaced greens and test out their new carts, fully equipped with GPS allowing you to view distances with the touch of a screen, view the live leader board and order food and beverages from your cart! 

Golf packages include practice range balls, lunch, greens fees, a drink ticket and a Wisconsin tailgate cookout at the After Round Celebration and awards ceremony. Non-golfers are welcome to join us for the After Round Celebration and awards ceremony.

To register, download the registration form or email Bethany Klein or give us a call at 288-8284. Let's see who takes home the legendary Chamber Cup this year!
2 Little Words to Close More Sales
by Harvey Mackay,

If you knew two little words that could improve your sales, you'd use them, wouldn't you?


When you see your customer has some reservations, it makes sense to get the issues out in the open, doesn't it?


And after the ink is dry on the deal, you should make every effort to make sure your customer is satisfied, shouldn't you?


So why all the questions? They illustrate a simple technique--sales tie-downs--that can help you improve your sales process. By getting your customers to agree with you in small steps along the way, you have a better chance of reaching agreement when it's time to do business.


Sales tie-downs are short questions you add to statements throughout your presentation to get your prospective customer to start saying yes long before you go for the close. You want to engage your customer and get them used to saying yes.


Too often, sales reps simply regurgitate their presentations and expect to land the sale. It doesn't work. Prospects tune out because they aren't engaged in the process. The remedy is to ask little questions along the way and monitor the feedback. read more

5540 Research Park Drive
Fitchburg, WI 53711 
 (608) 288-8284