December, 2019
Forest County Chamber Connection
In The News:

Are you interested in becoming more involved within your Community and the Chamber? Here is a list of Chamber Committee Vacancies:

·      Ambassador
·      Responsible for welcoming your business to the area, recognizing business expansions or improvements, and (most importantly) recruiting new members whenever possible.
·      First Impressions
·      Generates ideas and plans for improvements, as well as implements these plans.
·      Retail Holiday Promotions/Open House
·      Held to kick off and promote the holiday shopping season in Forest County***Develop County-wide shop local campaign***
·      Brush Run & World Championship Off-Road Races
·      Volunteer stations for food & beverage ticket sales
·      Visitor Guide
·      Offer input, develop and produce a high quality official County Visitor guide, which comes out on a yearly basis
·      Shank Open Golf Outing
·      Kentuck Festival & Kentuck Classic Car Show
·      The purpose of this event is to draw retail business to the area.
·      Art in the Square
The purpose of this event is to draw retail business to the area
In This Issue:
Meetings, Events & Holidays, A Word From The Executive Director, 2019 Facebook Visitor Guide Photo Contest Winner, Community Christmas Tree Lighting Schedule of Events, Men's Holiday Shopping Night, Forest County Chamber Board Elections, Chamber Membership, Member-to-Member Services, Chamber Member Business of the Month, Leadership Forest County, Shop Local, Forest County Social Services Santa's Helpers
Upcoming Meetings, Events & Holidays:
Dec 1: Laona Chamber 2nd Annual Festival of Lights
Dec 3: Chamber Board Meeting
Dec 6: Christmas on Mainstreet - Courthouse Square
Dec 6: Community Lighted Bus Tour
Dec 7: Wabeno Winter Fest
Dec 11: U.S. Census Jobs Event in Forest County
Dec 14: Breakfast with Santa - Crandon School District
Dec 14: A Mafia Murder Christmas Party - Flowers from the Heart; UB's Northwoods Emporium
December 20: Men's Holiday Shopping Night
December 24: Chamber Office Closed
December 25: Chamber Office Closed

*For a complete listing of event(s) and event flyers, please visit the Chamber Event Calendar website at Event Calendar
A Word From The Executive Director
I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was filled with delicious food and priceless memories. The Chamber Office is now in the final stages of production for the 2020 Forest County Visitor Guide and excepting any last-minute listings from area businesses and organizations. The ad in the guide provides greater value for advertising dollars invested, because it offers the advantage of a cooperative county-wide effort and wide exposure.
The Chamber is also very excited about our upcoming 2020 plans as we plan and progress to strengthen our potential in support of area businesses and our tourism based venues. Collaborative efforts are being formed with our County rural Chambers as well as our surrounding neighboring County Chambers.
2019 Forest County Facebook Photo Contest Winner!
The 2019 Forest County Facebook Photo Contest drew over 400 entries of all things Forest County!

The grand prize of $100 in Chamber Bucks goes to Josie Straley, with the highest voted photo (199 votes) Serencia's Summer Sunset.

Seen here Serencia Straley is viewing one of the always gorgeous sunsets from a Lake Lucerne dock.


Thank you to all those that entered their great photos of our wonderful Forest County.
2020 Events
This is the final week to get your area events into the chamber which will be featured in the 2020 Forest County Visitor Guide.
Send 2020 events via email to

Our official Visitors Guide is the trusted source for information on things to do, shopping, restaurants, hotels, and services.


Board Positions Open for Elections
Elections for officers and sector representatives of the Forest County Chamber of Commerce take place each year. If you are interested in representing your business on the board you can forward your name to be placed on the ballot!
The chamber is structured with 3 officers (President, Vice President and Treasurer), an appointed Executive Director, and 3 sector positions, each with 3 members: 1) Retail Council; 2) Tourism Council; 3) Business Professional Industrial Council. For continuity the two year terms are staggered. The following positions are open for this year's election. Incumbents are also listed below with the business they represent and their place of residence:

Vice President: Vice President, Mike Gruett; A&M Services
Retail Council: Lynn Smith, Smith Sport & Hobby, and EJ Kutchie; Rustic Allure
Tourism Council: Michael Hill; Mainstreet Ed's
BPI Council: Amy Paikowski; Century 21 Realty Northwoods Team, and Mike Gruett; A&M Services

Those who have another year remaining of their two year term include:
President: Mark Ferris, Little Pine Motel
Treasurer: Leslie Meyer, Conway True Value Hardware
Retail Council: Open Positions
Tourism Council: Tina Kulaf, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway and Jake Godin, Mole Lake Casino Lodge Conference Center
BPI (Business, Professional, Industrial Council): Rick Denton, Integrity Realtors

If you are interested in being a part of this dynamic, hard-working organization and would like to have your name placed on the ballot for any of these positions just contact the Chamber by phone at (715) 478-3450 or email Nominees must be a full member in good standing (does not include Associate or Non-Profit members).
FCCC Membership

5 Star Marketing, A&M Property Management, Advanced Disposal, Antigo Area Shopper, Appraisal Shoppe, Argonne Lumber & Supply Inc., Associated Bank-Crandon, Best Wash of Crandon, Best Western Crandon Inn & Suites, Big Easel, Cellcom, Century 21 Northwoods Team, Chad Swanson Agency LLC, Charlie's Lake Metonga Resort, LLC, Childers Appraisals, Connor Human Restoration, Conway True Value Hardware, Covantage Credit Union, Crandon International Off-road Raceway , Crandon Pharmacy, Crandon Water Shows, Dean Distributing, Double K, Inc Hometown Trolley, Duck's Bar, Dvorak's Docks, FC ATV Association, FCEDP, Final Touch Construction, Flannery Trucking Company, Forest Abstract Company, Forest County Advertising, Forest County UW Extension, Forest Granite Works, Forest TV & Appliance, Four Seasons Motel, Glen Park Condos Association, Gowey Abstract Title Co, Group Therapy, H&R Block, Health In Motion, Hiles Pine Lake Campground, Hotel Crandon, Integrity Realtors, Iron County Community Broadcasting, Jameson's Whiskey Darlin', Kim Swisher Communications LLC., Lakeview Loft, Land & Lake Lawn Care, Laona State Bank-Crandon, Liquor Lode & Wine House LLC., Little Pine Motel, Lotters of Crandon, Main Street Ed's, Main Street Inn, Maplewood Villa, Marco, Mecilkalski Stovewood Museum, Millian Forestry Care, Mole Lake Casino Lodge Conference Center, MSA Professional Services Inc., Naunkca LLC., Newcap Inc., Nicolet Area Technical College, Nicolet Country Club, Northern Power Sports, Northern Tees & Gifts, Northwoods Association of Realtors, Northwoods Insurance Agency, Northwoods Mobile Welding & Custom Metal Works LLC., Northwoods United Way, NRG Media LLC Northwoods, On Deck Platter, Pack Em Inn, Palubicki's Eats & Treats, Parson's Auto & Truck Sales, Piacenza's on Wabikon, Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel, Potawatomi Traveling Times, Riepenhoffs Butternut Lake Cabins, Rustic Allure, Rusty's Wabeno Bowl, School District of Crandon, School District of Wabeno Area, Dean Schramka, Smith Sport & Hobby, Sommer Olk Schroeder & Payant LLP., Taproot Insights, Teddy G Autobody, The Crystal Bell Inn & Spa B&B LLC., The Forest Republican, Town of Laona, Town of Lincoln, Town of Wabeno, Trailside Hideway LLC., UB's Northwoods Emporium, Village Inn Laundromat, Wabeno, Area Players, Clem & Sandra Walentowski, Walentowski Builders Inc., Waste Management, Wayne Line CPA SC., Weber-Hill Funeral Home, WI Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Wally & Mary Wied, Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Wolf River Pharmacy, WXPR Public Radio, Yaeger Oil Co. Inc/Laona Machine Supply 

Your membership has value, and, as a member you are valued!
For information on becoming a member, please contact the Chamber office at (715) 478-3450.
THANKS for Renewing Your Membership This Month
Duck's Bar
Town of Laona
WELCOME New Members

Taproot Insights
Hotel Crandon
Big Easel

Connor Human Restoration
member since 2012

Connor Human Restoration is a chiropractic and functional medicine clinic that offers everything from metabolic therapies like targeted nutrition and detoxification to chiropractic adjustments, electromagnetic therapies, cranio-sacral therapies, and deep tissue work. We are committed to using every modality available to rehabilitate the sick, restore the depleted, and re-energize people who are fatigued. 

Our clinic currently employs two doctors: Dr. Laura Connor and Dr. Dakota Malzewski. Dr. Connor specializes in clinical nutrition and discovering the genetic roots of deep metabolic dysfunction to apply targeted nutrition to support the healing of chronic pain and illnesses that include autoimmune issues, digestive dysfunction, cancer, Alzheimer's, dementia, thyroid imbalances, behavioral issues, and learning disabilities. Laura is committed to educating patients about their unique biochemical makeup, finding the underlying reasons for an ailment, and providing individualized solutions for a full recovery. Her practice flourishes because she believes we are each as unique as our fingerprints, making personalized treatment a necessity. As a result of her genetically informed nutrition protocols, her practice has grown nationally.  

Dr. Dakota Malzewski has recently joined us and we are so glad to have her! Dakota blends tools from many different chiropractic techniques to tailor her care for her patients. Her techniques include, but are not limited to Thompson Drop, SOT, Applied Kinesiology, Activator, Gonstead, and organ system manipulation. Dakota is passionate about addressing the whole body and her rapidly growing practice of patients focuses on a wide range of issues to include maternity care and acute and chronic pain. 

At the beginning of February 2020, we are moving to our new location just North of Palmer Park in Crandon. At that time we will also offer massage therapy and other specialized modalities to serve the needs of our patient population. To stay tuned as we grow, you can find us on Facebook or go to our website at
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Leadership Forest County
Leadership Forest County is a nine-month program that will cultivate and prepare emerging leaders in Forest County. Leadership Forest County creates an awareness of services and organizations within the County, and reinforces an individual’s call to civic responsibility and citizen involvement.
Leadership Forest County meets monthly for day-long sessions, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, beginning with a kick-off and introduction and ending with a graduation ceremony. Each monthly session will focus on a specific area within the County including business, industry, medical education, government, and community service. Program activities will include touring Forest County businesses, meeting with community leadership, and completing a community project.
The program fee is $345 per participant from a Chamber Member business. Non-Chamber Members fees are $375 per participant, and will cover all expenses including the retreat, lunches for each monthly session, and program materials.
Leadership Forest County is open to all Forest County residents and/or employees of Forest County businesses. Two 50% scholarships are available, and will be awarded based upon need and candidate qualifications.
The 2020-2021 Leadership Forest County program is limited to 20 participants. To graduate, a minimum of 90% attendance is required. Absenteeism will result in being dropped from the program. Program tuition is non-refundable. 
More details coming soon!