Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
Grafton Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
A Message From Your Executive Director
Dear Chamber Members,
As this Chamber year comes to a close, I continue to marvel at the amazing organization that I am fortunate to be a part of! Your Chamber and our members make an impact in this community every day!  We have had several successful events, continue to appreciate our terrific partnerships and had lots of fun! I would like to thank you the Chamber Board of Directors and all of our members for making our Chamber the successful organization that it is. Thank you for your support and allowing me to serve as a conduit in the development of develop for businesses and organization within our community and the county, which in turn helps to make Grafton thrive and grow. At this year's Annual Meeting, we honored our Outstanding Business Person, Katie Parchim (John's Pizzaria), Outstanding Business, Atlas BBQ, Outstanding Community Partner, Jessica Wolff (Village of Grafton Community Development Director) and Brooke Napiwocki (Crescendo Wealth Management). Congratulations to all on your very well deserved awards! Your Chamber Board is eager to begin another year, and I know that under the leadership of Dustin Beck of US Bank, our new Board President, our organization will keep getting better!

Thank you to the generous support of our local businesses and the dedication of our Chamber Board members and their committees. You all make our Chamber community events and programs including the Farmers Market, Ladies Night Out, the Chamber Golf Outing, Holiday Events and our State of the Community Luncheon remain successful. Our Young Professionals Group continues to develop, so please watch for more events from this group in the coming months and share the information with any YPs at your company. 
In January, we are in our third year of our agreement with the Village to promote and develop Tourism for our community. Our podcasts have begun to develop a following, our new website is up and running with many new enhancement features available to you. We have invested in seasonal banners for the Riverwalk and HWY 60 Bridge and the Paramount Plaza. We already know that Grafton is a great place to live, work and play, over the next year, we will continue to develop strategies to encourage more people to visit our community. We are committed to enhancing the Interurban Trail in Grafton and are working on new initiatives to honor our Blues Recording History.
While our responsibilities in this area have grown, our primary focus is, and always will be on you, our Chamber members. We finished this membership year with an all-time high of with 354 members. The Chamber serves as a resource and referral source for your business.  If you haven't looked at our new website features or need help updating your listing, please let us know.  If you're on Facebook, make sure to like the Chamber so that we can share your posts.  It's 2019-20 membership renewal time and you should information within the next week. We appreciate your past support and look forward to our continued partnership. 
Welcome to Sarah McCraw, our Administrative Assistant/Program Coordinator.  She will be a great addition to our team!  Please stop in an meet her! We enjoy working with all of you and hope that you have a wonderful summer.  Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Join us!

We are looking for participants to walk in the parade!

This only requires ONE hour of time commitment 
and is FUN!

If your business or organization  would like to 
have a float  or walk in the parade,  please  contact 
Sarah McCraw  by calling 262-377-1650 or  to sign up.  

 NOW ACCEPTING Application for Continuing Education Scholarship
The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer a $1,000 Scholarship Award to a Continuing or Returning Student who resides in Grafton, lives in Grafton or graduated from Grafton High School.
Applicants can be in pursuit of a 2-year, 4-year or graduate degree.
Click on the Nomination Form to print and submit to the Chamber
NO LATER than June 14th, 2019.
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Please Click on the link below for updates from the Plan Commission on Zoning & Planning from the  Grafton Village Planning & Development. 
On this month's episode of Get Away to Grafton, we prepare for a summer of outdoor food and drink with local experts. We'll hear about the second ever Beer on the Bridge in Grafton, Grafton's brand-new Traveling Food Truck Tour, and from the owners of local food truck, That Taco Guy.
2019 Beer on the Bridge
Saturday, June 8th, 2019
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1300 14th Avenue, Grafton

The rumors are true! Beer on the Bridge, presented by US Bank is back! 
30+ craft breweries, food trucks, and live music from Maple Road Blues band all afternoon!
VIP access tickets: $75 
Includes: Early access to fine brews starting at Noon, access to three rare barrels in the VIP area and free sampler glass.

General Access: $50 
Includes: Access to unlimited sampling from 1-5 p.m.
and free sampler glass

Must be 21 or older to attend- please bring ID
Proceeds from this event will be donated to Celebrate Grafton.

This Semin

This seminar will focus us on developing an employee financial wellness strategy for your company that will allow you to meet the diverse needs of your employees. 
We will cover 3 major topics :
      • Employee Financial Wellness & The Bottom Line
      • Developing the Employee Financial Wellness Program
      • Implementing Your Wellness Strategy

Join us in Downtown Grafton For Tons of Fun ALL DAY!
  • 8:00 - 10:00 am - Yoga & Healthy Lifestyle Activities -Lumberyard Plaza
  • 11:00 am - Independence Day Parade featuring the UW Marching Band
  • Noon - UW Band 5th Quarter Performance - Paramount Plaza
  • 1:00 - 6:00 pm - 5 music and entertainment stages throughout the downtown, vendors, food, beverages and family activities
  • 6:30 - 9:30pm - Music and Beer Tent - Lime Kiln Park

Watch for more details in the coming weeks!


AMRAP Method
Contact: Hali Wilke
1967 Wisconsin Ave.
Grafton, WI  53024
AMRAP  means "as many reps as possible." A definite amount of time to get as much work done as possible. For that amount of time, you are focused on one thing. We believe you should apply this to not only your workout, but to your lifestyle outside the gym as well. Set aside distractions and stresses of life to really focus on what's important at that moment. Our mission at AMRAP Method is to provide you with an environment that allows you to walk in and leave everything else at the door. For the next 60 minutes we want you to focus all your energy on YOU and your health. This is YOUR 60 minute AMRAP for the day. How will you use it?

Yonder Travel Lounge
C ontact: Maureen Schommer
1550 N. Port Washington Rd.
Grafton, WI  53024
We are a full service, IATA-accredited travel agency focusing on making travel planning fun. Our lounge setting is relaxed and comfortable, with some unique technology in the planning process. 
Stop in, explore and discuss travel ideas!

C ontact: Shannon Block
1817 Highland Drive #1214
Grafton, WI  53024
WI MEDEMPLOY is a boutique healthcare staffing company servicing hospitals, LTC, CBRF's and clinics throughout the state of Wisconsin. We staff RN's, LPN's CNA's and CBRF caregivers. Per-deim and long-term contracts.

LaRosa Landscape Company Inc.
* Located inside Gia's Salon
C ontact: Gia Haagensen
1404 12th Ave (inside meijer)
Grafton, WI  53024
Grace & Heart Jewelry is a ground floor company at just 3 years of age, founded by a woman for women. Our jewelry is .925 sterling silver, nickle free, hand-crafted with semi precious stones and a lifetime warranty. Available for order at Gia's Salon. Call or stop in!

Above and Beyond Scrubs, LLC
Contact: April Calvert
1540 Wisconsin Ave.
Grafton, WI  53024
Providing quality medical scrubs and restaurant uniforms to individuals and businesses.

Sahale Ale Works
Contact: Matthew Hofmann
1505 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 170
Grafton, WI  53024
We are small and independent family owned and operated taproom brewery serving high quality beer and in Grafton, Wisconsin. Opening Summer of 2019.


All My Friends Inc.  is holding its Annual Poker Run on July 21st, rain or shine. All vehicles are welcome!  Registration for the Poker Run is from 9:30am to 11:00am at Suburban Harley in Thiensville. $15 per person Click HERE to go to Website for all the details! 

Yonder Travel Lounge will be holding a grand opening celebration for their business on Friday, June 7th from Noon to 8 p.m. at their office, 1550 N. Port Washington Road. Help them celebrate the opening of their office! Check out their flyer HERE.

Aurora Health Care is hosting their Mindful TRI against caner on Saturday, June 16th at Kapco Park in Mequon. Join us to support those battling cancer - all funds raised will enhance Aurora's research efforts.  CLICK HERE to view the flyer with details on how to get involved! 

The Cedarburg Cultural Center has a lot going on in June! Check out our exciting events: Blueburg Cafe Wednesday, June 6th from 7:00pm- 9:00pm, Youth Plein Air Art Contest Thursday, June 14th-Sunday, Jun 22nd and the Songburg Writer's Circle Wednesday, June 20th from 7:00pm- 9:00pm.  Visit our website to find out more about our Art, Music and History! 

Commerce State Bank
Congratulations to Commerce State Bank for receiving a SBA award and currently ranked 6th in the state among other banks.  T he bank is dedicated to helping communities through its Random Acts of Commerce program.
(L to R): Tom Hopp- President & Co-Founder, Tom Brickley- Director of SBA Lending, Eric Ness- District Director of U.S. Small Business Administration, Joe Fazio- CEO & Co-Founder, Luke Hagel- Vice President.   


Big Brothers Big Sisters  Berry Big Run for the Kids is coming up on June 23rd - Start time 8:00am. This is a competitive 5K Run/Walk starting at Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg. Don't wait - sign up today!  Visit Big Brothers Big Sisters Website for registrations forms and all the details!

The Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary presents their Annual Rotary Music Festival Drum & Bugle Corp Show on TUESDAY, July 3rd, 7:00 at the CHS Athletic Field.   Click HERE for tickets or visit our website  for more details!  

CEDARBURG'S 33rd ANNUAL  STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL kicks off on  Saturday June 23rd at 10:00am and continues Sunday, June 24th from 10am-5pm in Downtown Cedarburg. The Festival features  Live Music, Food Court, Performers, Vendors and of course Strawberry Wine and Brats! Visit our website   for ALL the Strawberry FUN and FESTIVITIES!


Dine at Quiznos the third Thursday of every month (June 21st) from 10am-9pm and 20% of net saled will be donated to The Family Enrichment Center. MMMM...TOASTY!

The Grafton Lion's Club Chicken Roast is THIS SUNDAY, June 3rd from 11am-6pm at Veteran's Park (NE Corner of Washington Avenue (Hwy 60) and 13th Ave). Live entertainment, raffles and the Ozaukee Corvette Club will be displaying cars. $10 includes 1/2 chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll and home made dessert. Kids meals $4! D on't miss out on the BEST Chicken Dinner in Ozaukee County!  

MATC's line up for Summer Career Camp offerings at the Mequon Campus is now open for registration and FREE!!!  Each camp provides fun, hands-on experiences let by MATC instructors. Classes start in June. CLICK HERE to view the flyer with details or call 414-297-6136. MATC also has great fall business course offerings.
Mel's Charities is gearing up with our summer events!  Mel's night with the Chinooks is JUNE 14st at 6:35 at Kapco Park. Order your ticket at  www.lakeshore-chinooks.comMelapaloosa takes place July 20-22 at Centennial Park in Grafton. Enjoy live music, fantastic food and watch grown men attempt to hit softball with a wooden bat.    Don't forget to Pig-Out for Mel's Charities at the Farmers' Market Thursdays at Grafton High School starting July 11th. Visit our website for details on all our events: and we look forward to seeing YOU this summer!


Join The Ozaukee County Historical Society for Heritage Day on Sunday , June 10th. We will be celebrating with demonstrations, exhibits and lots of fun at Pioneer Village. FREE and open to the public!  Come Celebrate FLAG DAY at Stony Hill School in Fredonia on Sunday, June 10th Free Admission! Visit our website for details

Ozaukee Family Services  ONLINE Auction  has something for everyone, including golf packages, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to local events, gift baskets and much more. Bid on items from the comfort of your home.  The auction will run from June 11 - June 21. You could win some awesome items and our community wins because 100% of each winning bid supports Ozaukee Family Services' programs for children, adolescents, adults, families and seniors.   Visit our website  for more information and auction details. 

Come join us for cake and coffee/lemonade at Grafton's  Port Washington State Bank to help celebrate Cindy Porth's retirement on June 29th.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy refreshments and congratulate Cindy on her 17 years of service.  She will be missed greatly!  PWSB in Grafton is located at 2080 Washington Street.  Member FDIC 

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Portal's   next Dine for Portal fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 4-10 pm, at the  Charcoal Grill  (1200 Port Washington Rd., Grafton). When dining, please present the flyer and mention Portal's name to get a percentage of the sales.  Please share the information with other you know - the more people we can get to mention Portal, the higher our percentage!  CLICK HERE for the flyer!
Over the river and through the woods- on a biking adventure we go! Join Riveredge Nature Center for the 26th Annual River Valley Bike Ride on June 24, 2018, celebrating the natural beauty of Ozaukee and Washington counties and the community members that support and love it. Ride along the banks of the Milwaukee River, enter a canopy of trees, coast down a hill surrounded by swaying prairie plants, or take in the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Featuring seven route options from 8 to 100 miles, this is a ride for every age and experience level. All routes start at Fireman's Park in Newburg but finish at Riveredge for a summer country picnic complete with free food, live music, games and activities for kids, door prizes, raffles, and a chance to connect with other riders who share your passion and interests! Learn more at   CLICK HERE for the poster!

Dine at John's Pizzaria of Grafton to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee! Dine-in at the restaurant from 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13th and 10% of all food purchases made during that time will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee county. Click HERE for the flyer!

costco color logo Costco of Grafton will honor veterans, servicemen and women of the U.S. Military with a special event being held from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, June 14th. Click HERE for details!