May, 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, Updates from Chamber members, Advertisement Specials, Norhtwoods United Way news, Scam Alert, Elections, Chamber Membership, Member-to-Member Services, Chamber Member Business of the Month, Forest Counties Industrial Park Business Expansions, Leadership Forest County, Forest County Tourism Promotion Application, Shop Local
Upcoming Meetings, Events & Holidays:

Nicolet College Online Classes for professional and personal developmment - FREE
1 - Forest County ATV Routes Open
2 - 2020 Game Fish Season Opens
4 - Nicolet College Administrative Professionals Virtual info Session
5 - COVID-19 Forest County Business Virtual meeting
12 - COVID-19 Forest County Business Virtual Meeting
19 - COVID-19 Forest County Business Virtual Meeting
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*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
April Showers Brings May Flowers
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. 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 SAFETLY.   
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!

Forest County Business Impact Survey
Please take a minute of your time to answer the COVID_19 Business Impact Survey. The data collected through this survey will help inform our short and long term strategies for serving our local businesses in the ways that will have the biggest impact. Let's Get Back to Business and let the Forest County Chamber continue to advocate on your behalf!

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.
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.
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!
Applications now accepted for
WIPPS Young Adult Civic Engagement Award 
Former Congressman David Obey speaks to students in the Obey Civic Resource Center.
WIPPS will award its third annual Young Adult Civic Engagement Award to a young person who demonstrates leadership abilities including initiative, integrity and service to others.
The $500 non-renewable scholarship is funded by former Wisconsin Congressman David R. Obey, who served central and northern Wisconsin as a U.S. representative from 1969 to 2011.
Scholarship eligibility requires that the recipient be a resident of or enrolled in an educational institution located within the district that Congressman Obey served (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn and Wood counties.)
The student must be enrolled in an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree program during the 2019-2020 academic year and the 2020-21 academic year; submit an essay of 500 words or less explaining why they deserve this award; submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family member and submit school transcripts which show coursework during the 2019-20 academic year and proof of enrollment for fall 2020.
The review committee will also be looking for a demonstrated commitment to civic engagement through building relationships throughout the community and working toward positive change.
Applications must be received no later than May 22. To apply, click here .
Any questions can be emailed to .
Community Coalition Prevention Poster Contest
The Community Coalition of Forest County is excited to announce it is sponsoring a 2020 Prevention Poster Contest. The theme of the poster contest is “What a Healthy Forest County Looks Like” and is open to all Forest County youth ages 5-18.

The poster contest offers youth throughout Forest County the opportunity to showcase their creative talents as an extension of our coalition’s year-round mission to measurably improve the health and well-being of our residents with a focus on substance abuse and prevention.

Due to the generosity of our Coalition partners, cash prizes will be awarded to youth in four communities: Armstrong Creek, Crandon, Laona and Wabeno. Entries need to be submitted online.

All submissions must be received by 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 3rd.

All posters must meet the following criteria:
·      Poster theme should reflect the theme “What a Healthy Forest County Looks Like”.
·      Posters must be original student artwork with no adult assistance.
·      Paper size must be 8½” x 11”

Posters can be created using one or more of a variety of drawing tools (e.g., crayon, colored pencil, marker, paint, chalk, etc.) No digital media, please.

The Community Coalition Poster Contest is open to all Forest County youth ages 5-18 enrolled in public, private and/or home schools. One entry per child. No group entries, please.

Posters will be judged by a panel of Community Coalition members who will evaluate the poster for its effective use of the theme, if it follows the contest rules, and its use of creativity and originality.

Judge’s decisions are final. All posters become the property of the Community Coalition of Forest County. All poster entries will be on display on the Community Coalition of Forest County’s website . Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 10th.

Photos of the poster may be submitted online or you may email a photo of your poster to . When taking a photo of the poster, please fill the frame, and make sure it is clear. This is extremely important. An entry form must be completed for each poster entry.

Please email Michelle Gobert , Extension Educator, or call 715-478-5908 with questions or concerns.
Help Support our businesses by joining the Chambers Virtual Community Support events!
~Support Local~
Updates from Chamber Members Providing Curb-Side or Drive-Thru
~Support Local~
Chamber Members Open for Shopping
Northwoods United Way News
2020 Census - Everyone Counts
Be sure to respond online using your computer, smartphone, or by calling 844-330-2020
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, 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 for Renewing Your Membership This Month

  • Northwoods United Way
  • Century 21 Northwoods Team LLC
  • Kim Swisher Communications, LLC
  • Smith Sport & Hobby


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. 
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