March 2018 Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

March 13, 2018
5 pm - 7 pm

At and Hosted by
Rice Lake Elks Banquet Conference 
and Dining facility
36 East Eau Claire Street
& The Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce
Featuring a "Taste of our Members"


This event is open to Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce members, Rice Lake Elks Lodge members, invited guests, and all employees of the member businesses. 
Bizology after Hours promotes business in a fun and creative atmosphere.

Call your teams in Today!

March 9, 2018
At Rands Bowling Lanes
6:30 p.m.

You still have until March 5 
to get your team together.
Click  here to sign up your team

This is a fundraiser for the  Chamber's Community Fund

Heart of The North

A delegation of business people went to Madison on February 8th for the annual Heart of the North Day.  They represented Barron, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn Counties. Meetings were scheduled with:
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Department of Workforce Development
Department of Health & Human Resources
Wisconsin Housing Economic Development Administration
Department of Administration

They also met with Senator Janet Bewley and Representative Romaine Quinn.

The Rice Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors put these 3 questions to the 5 candidates for the  Rice Lake City Council.
The 5 people running for the 4 at large council positions are:  

Todd Larson
Dan Lawler
Scott Lundberg
Mark O'Brien
Bruce Willers

The questions asked were:
  1. Why are you seeking the position of City Council member?
  2. What can the City do to encourage existing business growth and attract new businesses?
  3. What can the City do to attract a viable new workforce?
Read their responses  HERE

The committee working on coming up with new entrance signs for Rice Lake had the WITC Architecture students in both Rice Lake and New Richmond do some designs for entrance signs. On February 21st the committee met with the students and they presented their designs.

The entrance sign committee will meet 
and discuss 
further the ideas.  
We thank WITC instructor Deb Kutrieb and her students for working with us. 
The designs were creative and very thoughtful of what represents Rice Lake.

Left to right:  Shekhar Karmarkar, Brandon Kahl, Dalton Swager, Carolyn Queiser, Bun Hanson, Chelesa Hoffman, Cory Schnacky, Karen Heram, Bruce Willers, 
Bob Moullette.
Back in the screen shot: Angie Ramos, Michaela DeGross.

New Members

Image Graphics Premiere Applications
15 W. Allen St.
Rice Lake, WI. 
Skye O'Dell

SO Services
1784 22nd St.
Rice Lake, WI.
Skye O'Dell

Pregnancy Help Center
234 N Main Street
Kaydie Green

Membership Renewals
Barron County Dairy Promoters     27 years
Business & Estate Advisers, Inc.     16 years
Ameriprise Financial     27 years
E.O. Johnson Business Technologies     36 years
Workforce Resource, Inc.     32 years
Draeger Chiropractic     28 years
Lullabelles Learning Center     2 years
C & M Properties & Construction     2 years
Northwest Builders, Inc.     14 years
Donn & Cindy Thomas     2 years
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates     20 years
Hardee's of Rice Lake     5 years
Hometown Title Co.     17 years
SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Ctys.     3 years
Big Bike Parts, Inc.     12 years
Office Max     5 years
The RiverGroup Financial Advisers     3 years
Barron County Fair Association     26 years


Bert's Joke of the Month four leaf colver

Three Irishmen are sitting in the pub window
seat, idly chatting and watching the front door of the brothel across the road.
They see the local Baptist pastor appear, knock on the door and quickly go inside.

"Would you look at that!" exclaims the first Irishman. "Didn't I always say what a bunch of hypocrites those Baptists are?"

No sooner are the words out of his mouth than a Rabbi appears at the brothel door, knocks, and also disappears inside.

"Dere's another one trying to fool everyone with pious preaching and silly hats!"

They continue drinking while roundly condemning the vicar and the rabbi when they see their local Catholic priest knock on the brothel door.

"Ah, now dat's sad," says the third Irishman, "One of the girls must have died."

In This Issue

Member of the Month

For over thirty years, Johnson, Agen, Kupferschmidt & Associates, Inc., has been satisfying the tax accounting needs of businesses and individuals in Northwest Wisconsin. Locally owned, the staff is committed to quality,
professional service. 
Several of the staff members have received the Enrolled Agent designation by the Internal Revenue Service. This designation is a recognized symbol of expertise in the area of taxation.
We have offices in Barron, Cumberland and Rice Lake with partners Brenda Kupferschmidt, EA and Sue Reynolds, EA and staff serving the greater part of NW Wisconsin. The bottom line for the company is to work well with their clients and to help succeed in business and life.

New Owner & 
Business Name Change

Former Rice Lake Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialist's 
is now 
Optimum Therapies, LLC
Lori Nerem 
  1507 W Knapp St #2



Dash of Polish
is moving to
The Cutting Edge
1403 Macauley Ave.
as of April 4th
Pedicures, Manicures, 
Senior Pedicures and 
Nail Enhancement.

Good luck!!!


Benchmark Printing Inc.
Has a new owner
Jake Zegarowitz
11 E. Newton Street

Best of Luck!!!!

Committee Meetings

Economic Development & Education
Thursday,  March 1, 
7:30 a.m.

Young Professionals
Tuesday, March 6,
12:00 p.m.
Chamber office

Heart of The North
Thursday, March 8th,
8:30 a.m.
Johnson Bank

Board of Directors
Tuesday, March 13,
7:30 a.m.

Golden K Board
Tuesday,  March 20,
9:00 a.m.

Friday, March 23,
8:00 a.m.@

Executive Committee
Tuesday, March 27,
7:30 a.m.

Bizology Sponsors

Thank You February 
Bizology Sponsor
"CCF Bank"

If you would be interested in showcasing your business by hosting Bizology After Hours, please give the office a call and reserve the date!

Chamber Chat Sponsors

Thank You February 
Chamber Chat Sponsor
"Express Employment Professionals"

The Chamber does live radio spots every Wednesday morning on WJMC promoting what the Chamber is doing and what is happening in our community.
We need sponsors to help us keep this program going.
Cost is $25 a week or $100-125/month. 
As a sponsor you are mentioned on the radio every week and also mentioned in the Chamber's newsletter.

We are in need of sponsors for June and August on. Please call the office and reserve a month.

March 11

Customer Service Award

The Chamber Ambassador's give out an award for people who give great customer service to their customers. We know that there are employees who do this and they should be recognized for their efforts to bring that customer back to your business. We do rely on you to let us know who these wonderful employees are! Please fill out the information form below and send it to the Chamber office. The Ambassadors would love to present a "Customer Service Award" to that person!

Customer Service Form  here

Membership Benefits Include
These are the options 
that you can post on 
our website yourself:
  • Events on our Calendar
  • Hot Deals
  • Job posting

The Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce will be closed at noon,, Friday March 30 in observance of  Good Friday

Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce | 715-234-2126 | |
37 S. Main Street
Rice Lake, WI 54868