Chamber Partner & Community Update
2022 Volume, Issue 10

"There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
~ Leaonard Cohen ~
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Take care of yourself and those around you!
Whitewater Chamber Events & Happenings
Mingle and network with members of Walworth County's business community!
Join us on Wednesday, May 18th at
W2463 County Road ES, East Troy
This networking evening is hosted by the Walworth County Chambers, Walworth County Visitors Bureau, and the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance.
You're Invited!
Thursday, June 16th
Whitewater Community Engagement Center,
1260 W Main St, Whitewater, WI 53190
Join us for WCEDA's annual State of the County event featuring County Administrator, Mark Luberda!

This year, in collaboration with our local chambers and visitors bureaus, we are going conference style with this popular event by featuring four breakout sessions.

7:30-9:00 am - State of the County Presentation

9:15-10:00am - Breakouts
 Housing or Cyber Security

10:15-11:00am - Breakouts
 Childcare or Social Media
Hosting Organizations
Members of any one of the hosting organizations can register for free, non-members register for $15.
Vendors Needed!
For the following Chamber Events Coming
to Whitewater in 2022
Maxwell Street Days
Celebrating 65 years of sidewalk sales and community fun! Join us in keeping this tradition alive! Vendors needed
August 5th & 6th, 2022
Whitewater Storytelling Festival
September 23 - 25, 2022
Join us for our second year of this annual festival celebrating the art of storytelling! 
Shop Small Saturday
Holiday Market
Saturday, November 26th
Celebrating all things local, we will be kicking off the holiday season with a market and festivities! Shopping, music, treats, & more
Community Announcements, Events & Activities
The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) has a great event calendar on our website available for public use. We encourage all community partners to submit events to the calendar. Click the link below to see/access the calendar and the submission link. If you have questions please contact us at
Arts, Music & Theater Happenings
The Whitewater Arts Alliance invites you to join their remarkable cultural collective and become a member!

WAA Member benefits include:
  • Reduced fees to participate in our exhibits (including free Member Show Highlight in Nov/Dec)
  • Reduced prices on wonderful workshops
  • Announcements about exhibit/workshop opportunities from other artists and local organizations
  • Supporting community events like solo shows, group shows, community theatre, our annual Savory Sounds Concert Series, and more!
College of Arts & Communication
Upcoming Events

Alexis Nungaray, soprano
Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Light Recital Hall 

Up to date info at 
Exhibit by Liala Amin
May 4 May 27
Chamber Partner News & Information
Walworth County
Clean Sweep Events
Look who's Hiring!
Many businesses in Whitewater are hiring right now! If you or someone you know is searching for work pass the word. Visit each business's website for details on the positions they are hiring for. Some of the images below have documents linked to them.
Edge Broadband
Education & Training Opportunities
Communication and Delegation Skills (SBDC), May 10, 8:30 am, Madison
The SBA's Minnesota and Wisconsin District Offices are teaming up to provide the Business Smart Series this May.
Join us and learn how to lay the groundwork as you launch a business idea and understand the steps it takes to build a more successful small business.
  • READY: Basics of Business Startup May 11, 1 p.m.; Register
  • SET: Becoming Credit Ready May 18, 1 p.m.; Register
  • GO: Finding Additional Small Business Support and Resources May 25 at 1 p.m.; Register

The Ready, Set, Go Workshop is an initiative from the U.S. Small Business Administration and through this workshop, SBA hopes to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the information needed to help guide your pathway toward economic empowerment and business success.
Build, Grow, and Boost
Your Small Business Online

Navigating how to effectively start or develop your business online can be overwhelming. We are here to help guide you through this process by identifying the best solutions for your unique e-commerce needs and providing you with a roadmap to implement an effective online strategy.

Entrepreneurship Education
Training Programs Lending, Coaching, Financial Impact
Economic Development
Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications
The Wisconsin Help for Homeowners program is still taking applications, with $92 Million in federal funds announced by Governor Tony Evers to help folks stay in their homes, catch up on bills, and avoid foreclosure.
The program is open to individuals and families who live in Wisconsin with overdue housing-related bills, both with and without a mortgage, who meet income and other eligibility requirements and have experienced a qualified economic hardship since January 21, 2020
$10,000 Main Street Bounceback Grants Applications Period Ongoing
Applications open through 6/30/22
WI Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program (WERA) provides up to 15 months of assistance with current or overdue bills to help households that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid eviction. More than 13,000 Wisconsinites have already received help with rent and utilities statewide. Despite the recent eviction ban extension due to rising COVID-19 cases, help is still available for eligible households through WISCAP agencies and Energy Services. The program is funded by the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
The online wholesale marketplace connecting independent retailers and brands around the world.

The company, founded by former Square employees, helps shop owners find and buy wholesale items to stock their shelves. Faire is trying to modernize how these retailers operate. So out with the trade shows and stacks of pending purchase orders, in with the sleek, digital retail marketplace. And, a great way for small businesses to sell their product to a wider audience too!
24/7 Access to Small Business Resources
Initiate is an online business resource with over 100 interactive tools, templates, videos, and guides. Exclusively available to small businesses working with participating organizations, such as WWBIC. More details here!
The Governor's Council of Financial Literacy and Capability has launched a survey of WI employers about financial wellness programs. Access and take the survey here.
Loans that change lives
Healthy Workplaces & Community
Information to Help Keep Us Safe & Healthy
If you or a business you know are in need of assistance please reach out!
Workplace outbreak guidance

The Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) have released guidance for employers related to preventing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace.
County Healthy Business Recognition Program

Businesses that follow the County's Covid-19 Guidelines benefit the community. Essentially, this is a stamp of approval that lets your customers and employees know that you are protecting their safety. If you would like to apply for the county's Business Recognition Program, click HERE. There are no costs for the program, and the application only takes a few minutes to complete. 
Did you know? Eligible businesses that allow employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine can receive a tax credit. Partner with a vaccine provider to host an on-site vaccination clinic.
The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce continues to provide regular updates and information for all of our newsletter subscribers and chamber partners. If you have business or community updates, events, or other informational items to share please let us know! Let's work together to keep Whitewater a great place to work, live, learn, celebrate, and grow!
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