June, 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:
Upcoming Meetings, Events & Holidays, A Word From The Executive Director, Community Events, Help Support our businesses by joining the Chambers Virtual Community Support events, Advertisement Specials, Chamber Membership, Member-to-Member Services, Forest County Tourism Promotion Application, Shop Local
Upcoming Meetings, Events & Holidays:
June
4 - Northwoods United Way Facemask Giveaway - 9-1; Assoicated Bank
6-7 Dual Sport Ride for Research - Canceled
6-7 Strawberry Moon Powwow - Canceled
9 -Farmers Market; 9-1 @ Jameson's Whiskey Darlin'
10 - Crandon Water Shows - Postponed
13-14 - Strawberry Moon Powwow - Canceled
TBD - Shank Open Melinda Otto Memorial Golf Tournament -Postponed
16 - Farmers Market; 9-1 @ Jameson's Whiskey Darlin'
20 - Laona Area Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Summer Festival - Canceled
21-21 - Forest County Potawatomi Brush Runn Off-Road Race - Postponed till September 26
23 - Farmers Market; 9-1 @ Jameson's Whiskey Darlin'
30 - Farmers Market; 9-1 @ Jameson's Whiskey Darlin'

July
TBD - Northest WI Kids Fishing Tournament
4th Annual Forest County Festival - Postponed till 2021
4 - 4th of July Parade Fundraiser for Crandon Girls Basketball
4 - 11th Annual Run for Cause 5K Run/Walk
4 - Mole Lake's Fireworks
4 - Laona's 4th of July Parade
4 - Crandon Fire Department 4th of July Parade - Canceled
TBD - Wabeno Chamber Craft Show - Canceled
10-12 - Steam Up Days
16-19 - Wisconsin Mycological Society Annual Summer Foray
18 - Crandon Lions Club Summerfest
18 - Hiles Fire Dept. Trapshoot
18 - Hiles Historical Museum Open House
23-26 - Wabeno Area Players "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" - Canceled
24-25 - 30th Annual Polish Heritage Days - Canceled
25 - Kentuck Day Festival
25 - Kentuck Klassic Car Show - Canceled

*For a complete listing of event(s) and event flyers, please visit the Chamber Event Calendar website at Event Calendar
If we only knew how time consuming all these wonderful facebook resource groups that have been created are to keep our community up to date and educated! Thank you to the wonderful Admins and Community Contributors of these groups!




A Word From The Executive Director
WISCONSIN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
The Chamber continues to do our part to follow recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19. As some of our community events have either been canceled, postponed or reduced, we are anticipating that all will preserve the memory of this time and continue to look forward.
As the voice of business in Forest County, your Forest County Chamber of Commerce is advocating for a return to economic activity and getting back to work, but doing so safety and following our Counties Health Dept. and Law Enforcement Leadership who must work within the State guidelines and the Badger Bounce Back Plan put into effect by Governor Evers. As we all face unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, we need to stand together and show support for one another and our community. The Chamber is asking you to join in working together as we are “Better Together” and “In This Together”. 
Our biggest event going forward is going to be re-opening our community for business and restoring customer confidence. If you are not planning your recovery, let’s start now. Let’s establish our Counties best practices that we will draw from our local business owners, our local public health and local law enforcement to begin establishing and implementing best practices in parallel with our County and State guidelines put in place that best meets the need of our community businesses. With our collaborative efforts, allow us to lead you through this. Each of us are vital to our community’s recovery and we need to work and rely on one another. 
The Forest County Chamber exist to serve our business members, school districts, individual members, non-profit partners and the residents and visitors of our community. We are advocating for getting back to work but only SAFELY. Starting the second week in June I will be paving the sidewalks and stopping by our local area businesses. I look forward to seeing how our community businesses are doing and how the Chamber can be of further resources.
The Chamber if here for you and your business and/or organization for the future of Forest County’s Hospitality, Tourism, and Lodging.
As Always Stay Safe & Healthy and Be Kind to One another!
Help Support Your
Local Community & Small Businesses
Who wants to support Forest County's small businesses?
Who wants to give back?
We all know the businesses are struggling and feel the heavy burden of worry during this time.
Let's show and remind them that we are here, we are thinking of them.
The Forest County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Creative Screen Printing/Northern Tees and Gifts to make available these shirts that will be available in a
variety of colors and can be found and ordered through
Creative Screen Printing/Northern Tees and Gifts website within the next few days. After purchasing online or by phone, curbside pick up or mail delivery will be available.
100% of all proceeds go straight back into small businesses here in Forest County.
We're All In Grant



You will need a letter or email of acknowledgement from a community organization indicating your business was in operation in February 2020, we can help!
Contact Us Today!
Director@visitforestcounty.com
(715) 478-3450
PANDEMIC RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN WISCONSIN  
Small businesses in Wisconsin often operate on razor-thin profit margins and hold very little cash in reserve, which makes weathering the effects of a global pandemic particularly challenging. Complicating matters for these small businesses seeking federal or other financial assistance is that they often lack the financial relationships required, or are otherwise ineligible, to qualify for these programs. WEDC’s We’re All In Small Business Grant is designed to help these small businesses get back on their feet while also encouraging adoption of best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.
A basic program description and overview of eligibility criteria appear below.  Find more information on the frequently asked questions page.
SHOP CHAMBER WITH
CHAMBER BUCKS
What a perfect way to promote shopping locally and more specifically shopping with our members!
Chamber Bucks are the perfect gift for any occasion and you are encouraging the gift recipient to shop locally. Whether you want to give your employees an incentive, reward that special teacher or coach, or give a special gift to your family or friends, Chamber Bucks encourage recipients to shop at a variety of our local chamber member businesses.
TO ORDER
Contact the FCCC by phone, or email during this time. Chamber Bucks can be purchased in $5 denominations.
Call For Vendors!
"We Love The Northwoods"
NOW Partnership
Show the Northwoods some love! Join us in using our new profile picture frame to show your support of our communities! And whenever you share your Northwoods photos on social media, use the hashtag  #WeLovetheNorthwoods , so we can all daydream together. Let's show the world everything there is to love about the Northwoods of Wisconsin!
Help Support our businesses by joining the Chambers Virtual Community Support events!
2020 Census - Everyone Counts
Be sure to respond online using your computer, smartphone, or by calling 844-330-2020
FOREST COUNTY CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP
FCCC Membership

5 Star Marketing, A&M Property Management, Advanced Disposal, Antigo Area Shopper, American Legion Post 94, Appraisal Shoppe, Argonne Lumber & Supply Inc., Associated Bank-Crandon, Best Wash of Crandon, Best Western Crandon Inn & Suites, Big Easel, Birchwood Coffee & Bakery, Cellcom, Century 21 Northwoods Team, Chad Swanson Agency LLC, Charlie's Lake Metonga Resort, LLC, Childers Appraisals, 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, Heartland Communications, Hiles Pine Lake Campground, Heartland Communications LLC, 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 Inn, 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 Center for Human Restoration, 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 f Your Membership

  • American Legion Post 94
  • Birchwood Coffee & Bakery
THANKS for Renewing Your Membership This Month

  • Marco

MEMBER TO MEMBER SERVICES
LEADERSHIP FOREST COUNTY

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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.
Overview
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. 
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
SHOP CHAMBER