January, 2021
Pictured Above: Downtown Grafton, Wisconsin, 1907

Fellow Chamber Members-

RESILIENT - that is the word that I have recently chosen for my "one word" for 2021. It's a word to keep me grounded, flexible, strong and moving forward through whatever the new year brings. Personally, last year brought my college aged kids home early, a virtual college graduation for my daughter who also is a virtual teacher from our basement, and a new puppy just before Christmas. We definitely spent more time at home playing games, cooking and puppy training. It will be a time that we hold precious and won't soon forget.

As with many of the business owners and residents of the local communities, the Chamber was faced with many difficult decisions this year, but also found ways to make each challenge a new opportunity. We hope that you found value in your Chamber, that reimagined events throughout the year, delivered timely information on PPP and various business loans available, and continued to be an open ear and eager resource for the community. We appreciate your willingness to stay the course and have faith in your Chamber - Pam, Sarah and Annalise did a fantastic job through each new obstacle placed in their paths. 

Now, as we look to close the books on 2020 and move into 2021, I wish you well and your own source of resilience.  

Mary Karnitz
Chamber President

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New Years Day
Friday, January 1st

Ozaukee County
Discussion on Race
Virtual Kickoff
Monday, January 11th

PPP Forgiveness Seminar
Wednesday, January 13th

Talk About Race Meeting
at Grafton Public Library
Tuesday, January 19th

Martin Luther King
Jr. Day
Monday, January 18th

State of The Community
Virtual Event
Thursday, January 27th

The Village of Grafton and the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Milwaukee Area Technical College, are conducting a survey of Grafton area businesses and employers. By completing this Business Survey, you are helping the Village know how to focus its limited resources to meet the current and future needs of local businesses/organizations.
Whether your business is in Grafton or located outside of the Village of Grafton, we hope you take a few minutes to complete this survey. We value your feedback and appreciate your time! 
RSVP for this event by sending an e-mail to Kathleen at

We have created a Covid-19 Update page as a resources for chamber members, businesses, and community members to access. You'll be able to find information regarding updated hours and policies about restaurants & bars, medical services, retail, attractions, hospitality and financial institutions in Grafton.

If you have information about your business that you would like us to update, please email Annalise Kannenberg at celebrate@grafton-wi.org with the details.

Furthermore, this provides a central hub to helpful links from state and federal officials regarding tax credits, small business loans, Covid-19 F&Q's and so much more. Click on the button to access the Covid-19 Updates website.
Ozaukee County Talks About Race will kickoff with a Community Conversation Event on January 11th at 6:00pm held via Zoom. The event, hosted by UW-Madison Extension Ozaukee County & Bridge the Divide, will welcome those interested in learning about the impact of race in Ozaukee County and introduce the planned book discussions at local libraries.  

The discussion events will be virtual and safely socially distanced at some libraries.

  • January 19 at 6:00 PM: Grafton, USS Liberty Memorial Public Library, "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

Welcome New Member
Sandhill Tree Farm
Jaclyn Ness
2323 E. River Road
Grafton, WI 53024

Sandhill Tree Farm has a history that dates to 1964. This idyllic spot along the Milwaukee River is the perfect place to grow and sell the best quality Fraser Fir Christmas trees in Southeast Wisconsin.
We invite you to venture into our tree fields to select your own, real Christmas tree, but Sandhill Tree Farm offers even more. Imagine hosting your wedding or special event on our picturesque 75-acre property! A 10-stall renovated horse barn, spring-fed pond, well-manicured pasture land and river frontage creates a stunning backdrop for your memorable moments.
From Our Chamber Members
Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. recently announced the addition of the contactless wrist temperature Kiosk to its line of temperature screening kiosks. For further information about this new technology-- please CLICK HERE.
Kohler Credit Union is offering a special rate on vehicle loans - now may be the time to refinance and save! Click here to VIEW THE FILER for further offer details..