October, 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
·    Visitor Guide
·    Offer input, develop and produce a high quality official County Visitor guide, which comes out on a yearly basis
·    10th Annual Shank Open Melinda Otto Memorial Golf Outing - Volunteer Stations
·    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, Nicolet Wolf River Scenic Byway, 2021 Forest County Annual Photo Contest, 2021 Forest County Visitor Guide Ad, Shop Chamber Bucks, Events, Free Training/Workshops, We Love The Northwoods, 2020 Census, Chamber Membership, Member-to-Member Services, Shop Local
Upcoming Meetings, Events & Holidays:
3 - Lake Metonga Association Weeds 'N Walleyes Banquet - Canceled
10 - Wabeno Area Players- Canceled
10- Hibernator 100 Bike Race - Canceled
15 - Ladies Night, Downtown Crandon; 5-8pm
17 - Forest County Humane Society Wine and Painting - Postponed
31 - Halloween
31 - 2nd Annual Kid's Trick or Treat; Maple Place in Laona - Canceled
31- City of Crandon Trick or Treat 4-6pm

1 - Daylight Savings Ends - Turn Back Your Clocks!
5 - Wabeno Area Players- Canceled
13/14 - Holiday Open House
26 - Thanksgiving
28 - Small Business Saturday
*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
Its Fall Y'all!
Let's discover Forest County together this fall season! Camp one of our County, National Forest, or Privately Owned Campgrounds or lodge at one of our beautiful lodging facilities, motels, hotels or bed & breakfast. While you're here, stay a while and enjoy a scenic hike or bike on our trails, canoe, kayak or fish one of our many lakes and rivers, hunting opportunities abound, ATV/UTV ride on our groomed trails, try your luck at our 2 Casino's, golf a round of 18 holes, and enjoy a Northwoods Friday night fish-fry or Saturday night Prime rib at one of our many restaurants or supper clubs.
Fall is my favorite time of the year here in the Northwoods. The smell of autumn fills the air while putting on your favorite sweater, sitting by a campfire with your family and friends sharing some good times and memories, watching each day as the fall colors turn to their vibrant reds and oranges.

Be sure to call or stop by the Forest County Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center and gather all your travel guide brochures and make your trip to the Northwoods one you won't forget!
Chamber Website: www.visitforestcounty.com
Chamber Phone #: (715) 478-3450
Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway
If you are looking for a great social distancing experience, Forest County is located in the heart of the majestic Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and home to the headwaters of the pristine Wolf River, the Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway makes for the perfect fall road trip. Savor, Enjoy, Experience, Listen and Discover Forest County where our life moves at a refreshingly slower pace as you drive the 145-mile route that winds through the state's norther counties of Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas.

2021 Forest County Annual Photo Contest

Two categories are being considered for the Forest County Chamber Annual Photo Contest.

1. PEOPLE HAVING FUN IN FOREST COUNTY - Whether it is a photo of people having fun at a Forest County event, at a unique area attraction, enjoying fun shopping opportunities, a fabulous dining experience at a local establishment, or a photo of people enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

2. ALL OTHER SUBJECTS – Photos that don’t include people, includes seasons, scenery, object unique to Forest County, and other items.

Enter your BEST pictures of people having fun and things in Forest County! The winner will have a featured spot in the official 2021 Forest County Visitors Guide, media recognition, as well as receive $100.00 in Chamber Bucks.

Please follow these procedures to enter:

1. All photos must be taken in Forest County (and must include location description upon entering).

2. All photos must be EMAILED to info@visitforestcounty.com, and they will then be placed on the Forest County Facebook page for voting. (Do not post directly on Facebook.)

3. In order to ensure the best quality photo possible, please follow these guidelines:
• Please send a high-resolution file. High-resolution files are 300 (dpi) or higher. If you don’t know whether or not your file is high-res, look at the size of the file. If it’s 5 megabytes (MB) or even larger, it’s probably high-res. If it’s measured in kilobytes (KB), such as 150 KB, it’s low-res. Examples of sizes for submissions:
 2700 pixels wide x 3300 pixels high @ 300 dpi = 9”x11” (full page photo)
 1500 pixels wide x 2100 pixels high @ 300 dpi = 5”x7” photo

• File formats: Send photos as large, high-resolution jpg, jpeg or tif files.

• Digital Camera Photos: Use the highest setting available, and send the actual or original size. The physical size of the image will be large (usually about 22” x 29”), and which can be converted to a higher resolution file.

4. Limit 15 photos per person.

5. Caption information should include location (ex: Lake Metonga) and city/town.

6. Deadline for entry – November 20, 2020.

7. IMPORTANT: Your emailed entry acknowledges that you have read and agree to the following release agreement: By emailing your photo entry you grant the Forest County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. permission to use the likeness in your photograph, photography work product or other digital reproduction in any and all of its publications, including website entries, without payment and with or without your name. You further give permission to the Forest County Chamber of Commerce to use this image as needed for publication of the annual Forest County Visitors Guide, or any other lawful purpose. Your entry also means that you understand and agree that these materials will become the property of the Forest County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and irrevocably authorize the Forest County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish or distribute this photo for purposes of promoting tourism, advertising or for any other lawful purpose. In addition, you also waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written or electronic copy, wherein your likeness or work product appears, waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of the photograph. You agree to hold harmless and release and forever discharge the Forest County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. from all claims, demands, and causes of action which you, your heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on your behalf or on behalf of your estate have or may have by reason of this authorization.
2021 Forest County Visitor Guide Ad Space
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.
FREE Training/Workshops
Small Business Development Center Offers Free Virtual Orientation
The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is offered by the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center's UW-Stevens Point, UW-Green Bay, and UW-River Falls centers.

It is a 9 week course that provides an easy to follow, step by step process that shows you how to: 

·    Answer the question – "Will people buy my product or service?"
·    Appeal to more customers
·    Develop a lender-ready business plan
·    Use time, money, and resources wisely 

Through instruction and guest speakers, the course serves those who are considering starting a business, owners of existing businesses struggling to get a handle on all the details, and those with successful companies they want to grow.

Find out if ETP is right for you! Attend our virtual orientation to find out how ETP can help you move your business forward.

·    ETP Orientation: Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. 

·    ETP Classes: Thursdays, September 24 – November 19, 2020 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information and to register for the orientation: https://www.uwsp.edu/conted/Pages/entrepreneurial-training-program.aspx
"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!
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, 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 Manufacturing, Duck's Bar & Grill, 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, Yeti's Drive-in

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 Your Membership

  • Yeti's Drive-in
THANKS for Renewing Your Membership

  • CoVantage Credit Union
  • Main Street Ed's