August 2016
Executive Director Update
August is an interesting month for me. Acclimation to summer temps and humidity has been accomplished, the late summer flowers are popping, the lawn mower has been trained and seasonal projects are wrapped up. Bring on the lawn chairs and cocktails!

And then, moments later, it seems summer's gone and we're knee deep in back-to-school, year-end planning and tuning the snow blower. That may be a stretch, but not by much. So I have to remind myself to stay present, "in the moment", as my improv friends say.

Enjoy those few moments when your head is present/clear, to relax and re-energize, to appreciate the daytime clouds and the stars at night. And grab some exercise - hike, jump on a bike, swim, walk the golf course. You'll be a better person and those around you will appreciate you even more.

On the appreciation theme, a golfer approached me during the July 20 Golf Outing (thanks to all who participated in a fun day!) to share a short story. He'd been working through a career change a few years back and it was suggested that he attend our Get Moving Middleton program. He did, connected with someone who helped him make another connection, and today he's heading up a significant Wisconsin NGO. We talk about connection a lot, so it's great to hear the value reinforced.

Separately, a member shared that he got a call the day after his Get Moving new member introduction, a couple of years back, that led to a new client (remember the "no plumber's crack guarantee"?) - appreciation from both seller and buyer!

Need more? Take a good look at the Chamber's online Membership Directory, you'll appreciate the width and depth of our roster and to be doing business with someone else who cares about local success. Fiskars just used a member for their pre-move-in cleaning. With Amazon gradually creeping into many product and service areas, any spending that can be done locally has more impact than ever.

So, here is my personal prescription to you for August :
1. Take some time to take care of yourself
2. Show your appreciation for what's around you and know that you are appreciated. Oh, and hug a cop! Chief Foulke will tell you how at the August GMM
3. Look to members first for products and services.

Happy August!
- Van 
Upcoming Chamber Events

August 3, 5:30-7:30pm
National Night Out
Lakeview Park

August 4, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton (Register)
Hilton Garden Inn

August 8, 11:30am
Ambassador Committee
Gilda's Club

August 9, 8am (7:45 Registration)
Ask the Expert: Confident Communication (Register)
Edgewood College - Middleton Campus

August 16, 11:45am
Lunch & Learn: Networking for Introverts (Register)
Middleton Community Bank

August 17, 12pm
Economic Development:  (Register)
Wisconsin Bank & Trust

August 22, 1-4pm
Biz Bar Camp (Register)
Kromrey Middleton School/Craftsman Table & Tap

August 24, 5-7pm
Business Social Hour (Register)
World of Beer

View the Full Calendar

New Members

Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery
6234 University Avenue
(608) 236-4442

Building & Process Engineering 
739 Cricket Lane  
(608) 836-3300  

Clean Lakes Alliance
150 E Gilman, Ste 2600
(608) 255-1000

Madison Computer Works, Inc.

353 Island Drive               
(608) 231-8000

Momentum Floral and Decor

1821 Parmenter Street
(608) 824-1121

Out Of The Kitchen LLC 
600 Eagle Crest Ct,
Prairie du Sac 
(608) 206-0436  

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State Street
(608) 258-4177

Paradigm Franchise Group

5421 Yesterday Drive
(608) 579-1553

Pauls Design & Construction
2632 Norwich St, Fitchburg 
(608) 277-0671

The Orpheum Theater 
216 State Street  
(608) 250-2600

UW-Madison Family
Business Center

601 University Avenue
(608) 441-7347

Members on the Move
Announcements|Awards|Hires & Promotions
Local Community Banks Agree to Merge, Monona State Bank is expanding its bank and team of experienced bankers by acquiring the holding company for Middleton Community Bank.

Neckerman Hosts Bood and Buck Drive, Neckerman Insurance is hosting a Book and Buck Drive for REACH-A-Child, to replenish books and backpacks that were lost in the flooding that occurred on July 21.

Studio 262 Salon is Expanding, We are proud to announce that we are expanding our business and moving to a new location January 2017!

CAE Career Ready Internship Program,  The UW Small Business Development Center is excited to announce the Center of Academic Excellence Career Ready Internship Program.

ALTUS Announces July Sale, ALTUS Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce that Chuck Polenz has completed the sale of 222 N. Pinckney Street.

June 2016 Real Estate Stats, Coldwell Banker Success has released the June 2016 Real Estate Statistics.

Showers Promoted at Wisconsin Bank & Trust, Wisconsin Bank & Trust announced that Brian Showers has been promoted to Residential Market Manager for Wisconsin.

Wegner Announces Summer Hires & Promotions, Wegner CPAs is pleased to introduce the new, talented employees that have joined our firm this summer, as well as the promotions of our valued and experienced staff.

Middleton Public Library Selects New Director, After an extensive nationwide search, The Middleton Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Jocelyne Sansing as the new Director.

Settlers Announces Hire, Settlers Bank is excited to announce the addition of Jason Vater to the Settlers Bank team as Consumer Loan Processor. 

Best Western West Towne Suites Receives Awards, Best Western West Towne Suites received the distinction of Top 20 Percent Hotel for Quality Assurance.

Goodwill Ranks Number One in Survey, Goodwill, a worldwide nonprofit enterprise, is ranked number one in the 2016 Brand World Value Index.

Member Events

Webinar: Power Networking, The UPS Store

Gilda's Night at the Mallards, Gilda's Club
More Info

National Mustard Day, National Mustard Museum
More Info

Volunteer Orientation, Agrace
More Info

Hiring Fair, Goodwill

Apps & Taps at Craftsman Table & Tap, REACH-A-Child

Battle of the Badges 5k & Softball, Firefighters Park

Webinar: 80/20 Overview, Smith & Gesteland

Job Fair, Best Western West Towne Suites
More Info

Kickin' It for Kids, REACH-A-Child
More Info

How Did You Get From There to Here?
Profiles on the vocational journey

Interview by Kristi Warriner
Kristi Warriner is the Business Manager at Cresa, a commercial real estate company that is unique in only representing tenants and buyers, never landlords.  Kristi was born and raised in Middleton, and lives here with her husband Adam, two very active teen daughters, two ugly dogs, four chickens, and a hamster named after the drummer Butch Vig.
Meet: Bob Miller 
Trustee, Good Neighbor Festival
How long have you been a member of the Middleton Chamber?
I'd say probably about 15 years.  Murphy Desmond SC was my employer and they were a member and I got involved after joining them.
What roles have you taken on during your membership?  
I started out attending Ask the Expert meetings.  Then I became involved with the planning of the topics and getting speakers.  Eventually I became the chair of the committee overseeing the Ask the Expert meetings.   My other involvement was becoming one of the Trustees for the Chamber on the Good Neighbor Festival Board of Trustees.  I have been one of the Chamber trustees for over 10 years.

How long have you been involved with Good Neighbor Fest (GNF)?
This is my 16th year as a trustee for GNF.  I started with representing the Boy Scouts and then moved to the Chamber when our boys were no longer Scouts. I have been involved with the Parade and Entertainment Committees as Chair and then as Good Neighbor Fest President and now Chair of the 5K Run/Walk.

Tell me a little about how the 5k race has grown over the years.  
We are in our 12th year of having a 5K run/walk.  Sarah Johnson of Harbor Athletic Club and I started the event.  Initially it was just a fun event with no timing or fees.  We started on the Conservancy trail behind the high school and ran down across Century Avenue and into the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and back.  The first year we had 70 participants running in the rain. After our start we moved to Capital Brewery where we ran through downtown Middleton around the ponds and finished at Capital.  When they tore up the street by Capital Brewery we moved to Fireman's Park where the Festival is located.  We have used that site for the start and finish for the last 4 years.  We now average about 400 participants but would like more.

What's the strangest thing you've encountered in putting on the race every year?
I'd say the biggest issue is the weather.  From our first event where it rained the whole time to one year when Middleton had a lot of rain and the trail that we used around Tiedeman Pond was flooded and unusable which caused us to change the course.  (The course) might not have been long enough so a lot people had their personal best times.

Where does the money raised from the 5k go?  
The funds raised by the 5K go to defer the costs of the festival.  These costs are paid by the member organizations so a piece of the money we contribute actually goes to each of the member organizations through reduced costs that they have to pay to be part of the festival.

How can people get involved in the race?  
We can always use more participants.  The current course is very nice in its use of the Pheasant Branch Corridor and flatter than our previous course.  We can also use people's help on the morning of the event if they would like to provide assistance.  For 2017 we would love to have more Corporate Sponsors and Teams.

What's next?  
We hope to increase the number of participants since the costs of running the festival continue to grow.  On a personal note I hope to continue to travel and learn how to brew beer.

July Renewals
Aerie Preferred
Financial Group

Automation Components Inc.

Baymont Inn & Suites

Be Inspired Salon, Inc.

Brothers Business Interiors/ Coakley Brothers


Captain Bills Seafood

Cat Care Clinic

City Supply, LLC

Clarity Technology Group, Inc.

Clasen's European Bakery

Costco Wholesale

Country Inn and Suites - Madison West / Middleton

Courtyard by Marriott - Madison West

CP Heating & Cooling

Gammex Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of
Dane County

Hampton Inn & Suites Madison West

Hellenbrand Electric

Homewood Suites
Madison West


Knoche's Food Center

Megna Financial, LLC

Metro Believers Church

Middleton Village Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

My Fleet Center

OPN Architects

Parfitt Facial Cosmetic
Surgery Center

Pizza Hut

Prairie Cafe and Bakery

REMAX Preferred -
Brooke Keeling Real Estate

Rick Vanden Heuvel CPA, S.C.

Rotary Club of Madison Breakfast

Sam Simon Real Estate -
Jennifer Utter

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin

Smith & Gesteland LLP

Speedpro Imaging

Starion Financial

State Farm Insurance -
Aaron Achenbach

State Farm Insurance -
Dan Pechauer Agency

The Free House Pub

Viking Cue Manufacturing

Windogs Pet Lodge

WMSN Fox 47


5 Years
AT&T Wisconsin
Jennifer Utter - Sam Simon Real Estate

10 Years
ANiU Salon & Spa
Starion Financial

25 Years
Capital Newspapers

30 Years
State Farm Insurance - Dan Pechauer Agency


Thank You for your continued support!