Chamber Insights is a quarterly newsletter featuring guest articles, member profiles, photos from past events, and member-exclusive opportunities.
Featured Article: The Importance of Having a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan
Trisha Camosy & Michael Polzin
Trisha Camosy is the Marketing Coordinator for Camosy Construction and serves on the Board of Directors for the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Polzin is the CEO of Leeward Business Advisors.
Member Profile: Pleasant Prairie RecPlex
The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce thanks the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex for their membership with the Chamber. We encourage you to do business with other Chamber members .

We will continue to share the stories of our members each quarter in the Chamber Insights newsletter, as well as on social media.

What is your story? If your business is interested in being featured, please contact the Chamber .
501(c)(3) vs 501(c)(6) – What is the difference?
The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) organization. The c3 and c6 are two common IRS tax-exempt statuses for nonprofits. Here are some common differences:

Operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, literary, or scientific purposes.

Includes membership associations (e.g., professional society), if the purpose is to advance the profession with respect to “educational” activities.

Lobbying and political activities are significantly restricted. A c3 will lose tax-exempt status if the IRS determines that it has engaged in “substantial” lobbying activities.

Enhanced fundraising advantages, such as eligibility to receive tax-deductible “charitable contributions” and gifts of property and eligibility to receive many grants.

Eligibility to receive other state and local tax exemptions (e.g. sales tax).

Operated to promote a common business interest, and to improve business conditions in the industry.

A membership organization (e.g., business league, industry trade association), advancing a common business interest.

Allowed a wide-range of lobbying. Yet, the main stipulation is that a c6 is required to disclose to membership the % of their annual dues that is lobbying.  (KACC does not lobby)

Dues or other payments to a c6 are only deductible to the extent that they serve an “ordinary and necessary” business purpose of the payer.
The Chamber is a 501(c)(6) organization and is not eligible for most of the relief funding provided by the government and the Small Business Administration. Even the latest relief package approved by the House on April 23 excludes 501(c)(6) organizations from relief funding.

The Chamber has reduced staffing expenses through furloughs, reduction of hours and reduction of pay. However, the Chamber continues to have monthly expenses – rent, utilities, insurance, etc. – that need to be paid. During times of “business as usual,” the Chamber’s budget is $20,000 per month. Even with the reduction in expenses and cost controls, our current monthly revenue does not cover our current monthly expenses.
Because of this need, the Chamber has created a “Chamber COVID-19 Relief Fund.” The goal of this relief fund is to raise 60-90 days of funding for the Chamber. We are asking members that can to send contributions to this Relief Fund. These contributions will help sustain the Chamber through the pandemic. Checks can be sent directly to the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, 600 52nd Street, Suite 130, Kenosha, WI 53140. If you wish to contribute via a credit card, please call Lou Molitor at (262) 237-2316 and the transaction will be confidentially handled for you via the Chamber’s online payment system.

The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce values and appreciates all of our member businesses. We will continue to provide all of the services that we can during this pandemic. As the economy opens, the Chamber will provide guidance to businesses on how to keep their employees safe, how to keep their customers safe, how to obtain access to PPEs and marketing to let their customers know that it is safe to do business again.

Now, we are asking for your help. Thank you in advance for your consideration and contribution.
The Expo in Photos
February 29, 2020
Mascot Parade at the Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
February 29, 2020
Gateway Technical College at the Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
February 29, 2020
Minuteman Press at the Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
February 29, 2020
Southern Lakes Credit Union at the Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
February 29, 2020
Alexander Chiropractic Neurology Center at the Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
February 29, 2020
Master Services, Inc. at the Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
February 29, 2020
Misurelli Sorenson Heating & Air Conditioning at the Kenosha Expo Health & Home Show
March 1, 2020
Great Kenosha Raffle Grand Prize Winners
Save the Date for the 2020 Scholarship Golf Classic!