February, 2020
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 Melinda Otto Memorial
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, 2020 Chamber Annual Banquet Update, Forest County Chamber Board Elections, Chamber Membership, Member-to-Member Services, Chamber Member Business of the Month, Leadership Forest County, Shop Local
Upcoming Meetings, Events & Holidays:

1 - Crandon International Off-Road Raceway 50th Volunteer Party
1 - Hiles Fishoree, Pine Lake
1 - 36th Sugarbush Sno-Mo-Wheelers & LMT Poker Run & Fun Days, Charlie's, Crandon
1 - Roberts Lake Ice Fishing Tournament
8 - Trump Lake Fishoree, Wabeno
13 - 2020 Census Informational Session ; Mole Lake Conference Room
15 - Goodman Volunteer Fire Dept. Fundraiser Dinner
15 - Forest County Community Coalition Snowshow Event
15 - 42nd Annual Mole Lake Rod & Gun Club Fish- O-Ree & Family Fun Day
21 - Nicolet College, College Visit Day
29 - Laona Fire Dept. Silver Lake Fishoree, Laona
29 - Wabeno Area Players "The MadHatters
A Cappella" Wabeno


25 - Digital Communications Training; Forest County Chamber Office
26-29 - Wabeno Area Players "PlayOn"
28 - Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre Conference, Nancy Volk Auditorium, Wabeno

*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

Welcome 2020!
What a busy 4 months it has been!
On Wednesday, January 22, the Forest County Chamber Annual Banquet took place at the Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel, as we wrapped up 2019 and moved forward in 2020,
I would like to thank everyone who attended, Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel for their generous hospitality, and to our Board Members who had one busy year that was showcased promoting our local businesses and tourism.
This month I dedicated my focus to Leadership Forest County. Much planning and organization is to be had planning program activities that will include touring Forest County businesses, meeting with community leadership, and implementing community projects. I look forward to introducing Forest County with an amazing leadership program that will on-board our future leaders, creating awareness of services and organizations within the County, and reinforces an individual's call to civic responsibility and citizen involvement.
2020 Forest County Chamber Annual Banquet
2020 Forest County Chamber Annual Banquet - Special, unexpected guest Congressman; Tom Tiffany
Forest County Board & Staff with Congressman; Tom Tiffany
2020 Annual Forest County Chamber Banquet

And Your 2019 Business/Volunteer/Legacy Awards Go To:
Tourism: Johnnies Resort
Retail: Forest TV & Appliance
BPI: Connor Humane Restoration
Volunteer of the Year: Gary Goeman
Legacy Award: Wayne Link, CPA
The Forest County Chamber's Annual Banquet took place January 22 at the Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel Conference Center, gathering 60 guests. Chamber President Mark Ferris welcomed everyone and acknowledged elected officials. Attendees mingled, had a great meal, and heard an overview and celebration of accomplishments and collaborations during 2019. Ferris acknowledged elected officials and both Ferris and Executive Director Stacey Jameson presented the 2019 Members of the Year, which are determined annually by input from the Board of Directors.  
Tourism Award - Johnnies Resort
Retail Award - Forest TV & Appliance
BPI Award - Conner Human Restoration
Volunteer OF The Year Award - Gary Goeman
Legacy Award - Wayne Link CPA
36th Annual Sugar Bush Sno-Mo-Wheelers & LMT Poker Run
8th Annual Laona Lions Predator Hunt & Fundraiser
2020 Elected Board Officers
Welcome to our 2020 Elected officers and sector representatives of the Forest County Chamber of Commerce:

Vice President ;
Mike Gruett, A&M Services

Retail Council ;
Lynn Smith, Smith Sport & Hobby
EJ Kutchie, Rustic Allure

Tourism Council ;
Michael Hill, Mainstreet Ed's

Business, Professional, Industrial (BPI) Council ;
Amy Paikowski, Century 21 Northwoods Team

We appreciate your continued interest in being a part of this dynamic, hard-working organization!
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 Lake Service Inc., Northern Lake Service, 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
Schaefers IGA
Pack Em Inn
THANK YOU for your Membership
Northern Lake Service Inc
H&R Block

H&R Block is located at 300 North Lake Avenue in Crandon. The office is franchised by Robert Foley, Enrolled Agent, and has been since 1988. Anita Kevilus is the office manager. This year we have a new Tax pro, Mary Paul. Mary has 15 years of income tax experience and comes to us from the Appleton area.
Robert and his staff prepare about 900 income tax returns for individuals and small businesses in Crandon and surrounding committees.
H&R Block offers year around assistance for income tax preparation, IRS and State of Wisconsin correspondence audits and general tax questions.
In addition H&R Block offers debit card advances beginning in November each year for holiday purchases. Then again refund advances at tax time.

PH: (715) 478-3400
EMAIL: Rfoley@hrblock.com
Forest Republican Business Card Ad
Constant Contact
PBS Wisconsin Auction
Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) has reached out to the Forest County Chamber Office in regards to their Annual PBS Wisconsin Auction. As a Chamber of Commerce, our local businesses have a unique ability to showcase our Community through a package donation highlighting your local business and activities. Last year, their first online-exclusive Auction generated more than 18,000 bids over the course of 14 days. Items on the site were viewed more than 77,000 times , and the average bidder placed 28 bids.
We are reaching out to our member businesses for those who would like to participate in this years event by donating. Last year the Laona Chamber of Commerce and their membership businesses participated and the Forest County Chamber will partner with them to make a donation on behalf of Forest County, the area we serve. Last year member businesses who donated auction items received advertising pace on the WPT auction page, which gained national exposure for tourism and vacation activities.
Please contact the Chamber at (715) 478-3450
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!
UPDATE: The 2020 Program Overview consist of the following outline:
Day 1: Kick-Off
Day 2: Law Enforcement & Government Day
Day 3: Tribal Communities & Project Day
Day 4: Education Day
Day 5: Mid-Year Retreat Day
Day 6: Medical Day
Day 7: Business, Art & Culture Day
Day 8: Media & Community Service Day
Day 9: Community Project & Graduation Day