July/August 2019 Newsletter
We have ducks!
Stop in the Chamber office to purchase your Wa Du Shuda Ducks for the Duck Drop!

Our office is open:

Monday & Tuesday 11am-3pm

Wed, Thurs, & Friday 8am - noon

Stop on by and get your ducks

for the Wa Du Shuda Duck Drop
Business Before Breakfast
June 17
July's Business of the Month
489 N Oakwood St
Tomah, WI 54660

Watch their Business of the Month Video here
August's Business of the Month

Shipwreck Bay

Monday - Friday 11am - close
Saturday - Sunday 8am - close

N7265 Shacks Rd
Mauston, WI 53948


2nd Annual New Lisbon Chamber ATV Run!!

$15/per person. Registration starts at 10am, run begins at 11am.
We will start at The Body Shop. You will be given a card when you register. MUST have them stamped at each location.

50% payout. Door prizes and raffles. Food will be provided for all riders.

Locations Include:
Hooterbowl - Hustler
Opera House - New Lisbon
Pine Cove - Castle Rock Lake
Shipwreck Bay - Castle Rock Lake
The Beer Hunter - Hustler
The Body Shop - New Lisbon
The Dirty Turtle - Castle Rock Lake
Tuesdays Bar - New Lisbon
Wonderly's - New Lisbon

All vehicles welcome! Just come ride for fun and to support the Chamber!

Any questions, please call the Chamber office at (608) 562-3555 or nlchambr@mwt.net
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The 2020 issue of Hidden Valleys publishes events as long as you post your 2020 events by September 30, 2019 . This may sound ages away but deadlines do sneak up.

Hiring Youth Apprentices
Basic Structure Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is a highly successful talent acquisition strategy in which employers hire high school juniors or seniors for a one or two-year apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, the student continues toward high school graduation and takes courses related to the profession as a way of enhancing what is being learned on the job. The YA Program is coordinated locally by regional consortia and overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).

Benefits for Employers: The YA Program has been connecting employers with high school student talent for over 25 years, creating a scalable and successful program with input from industry. Over 2,900 employers and 4,000 youth apprentices across Wisconsin participated in the YA Program during the 2017/18 school year. Employers extend permanent job offers to more than 75 percent of the graduating youth apprentices annually, making YA an excellent pipeline for recruiting and retaining loyal, well-trained talent. Employers continually report a high level of satisfaction, and cite these program benefits:  Access to young workers who are eager to learn and have interest in the profession.  Quality, prescreened youth apprentices who receive ongoing support during their apprenticeship.  A method to address future hiring needs in a cost-effective and timely manner.  The chance to shape the skills, expectations and habits of youth apprentices at a young age

2019 Community Supper Calendar
You're Invited!
Join us for a community conversation about state and local tourism with State Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney and members of her staff. Learn what resources are available from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Travel Wisconsin to help you promote your business and attract visitors. 
After our discussion head on over for lunch onboard the Cruisin' Turtle for a cruise on beautiful Castle Rock Lake. Find out what other local business and community members are doing to thrive in tourism development and how you can join the Greater Mauston Tourism movement!
Wisconsin Tourism Secretary, Sara Meaney
Who: Those who have a strong interest in growing tourism in our area!

When: July 17th 2019 - 10am - 1:00pm

Where: Woodside Ranch Conference Center, W4015 State Road 82 E, Mauston WI 53948 followed by a lunch cruise on the Cruisin' Turtle, W5250 N Osprey Dr, New Lisbon, WI 53950.

By invitation only. Seating is limited - RSVP is required.
Sponsored by the Greater Mauston Tourism Association, 651 N Union St., #3B, Mauston, WI 53948, 1-608-747-2042 in partnership with Juneau County Economic Development Corporation.
Join in the lighted boat parade
Interested in sponsoring this event?
News Release from:
The 13 th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) – previously known as the Volk Field Small Business Conference – is rapidly approaching July 30 & 31. This conference is a catalyst for the increased volume of government contracts and subcontracts that local businesses have seen in recent years. It is held annually at either the Volk Field Air National Guard Base (ANGB) in Camp Douglas or the Fort McCoy Military Base installation in Tomah.
A full two-day event with an evening reception on Day 1, GOBC includes a wealth of information for its attendees from technical trainings, information security, finding and bidding on government contracts, and teaming with prime contractors for larger jobs. Sufficient time is built in for one-on-one meetings with buyers, break-out sessions, and conference-wide networking. Several hundred participants are drawn from all around the state and even the greater Midwest area each year to hear the latest trends and opportunities from government, political, and private presenters.
“The US Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tomah, the Volk Field ANGB, and the Fort McCoy installation have significant economic impact in Central Wisconsin. They also provide a great opportunity for our State’s small businesses, especially those in rural parts of the State.” says Aina Vilumsons, CEO of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), the conference’s lead organizer.  “The Juneau County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) has been a great partner in brining government contracting and subcontracting opportunities to Wisconsin businesses.”
JCEDC initiated the GOBC annual conference in 2006 at Volk Field ANGB as a way of addressing the economically depressed status of Juneau County. By partnering with WPI, JCEDC was able to reach further and help small businesses throughout the entire state. Terry Whipple, Executive Director of JCEDC says, “Back then, Juneau County was classified as a Distressed County and a HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone). We started this annual conference to help our businesses, and it worked. Today Juneau County has lost both of these statuses because it has raised the number of local businesses doing work for government entities, as well as the average wage per capita.”
[ Recently, at the 10 th Annual GOBC event, Mark Aumann presented a letter from Congressman Ron Kind to Terry Whipple (photo: center) and Aina Vilumsons (photo: right) which states, “It is with great pleasure that I extend these words of congratulations and thanks to honor your vital role in the success of the Annual Government Contracting and Business Conference at Volk Field… [this conference] has grown to include Federal and State buyers from across the Midwest and a growing list of partners, supporters and participants.”
The partnership between JCEDC and WPI has blossomed to serve Juneau County – and the entire state of Wisconsin – very well. WPI’s satellite office in Camp Douglas, which is located under the same roof as JCEDC, has gone from one government contract specialist to three in the last 18 months. These specialists - David Olson (photo: right), Mark Dennis (photo: center), and Mike Lesneski (photo: left) - serve Juneau County and most of the Central and Northern counties in the state. WPI’s main office in Milwaukee serves all points South and East. In addition to coordinating GOBC, these specialists conduct one-on-one counseling sessions with small and start-up business owners to assess if they would benefit from government contracting, and then take them step by step through the registration process, locating opportunities, and bidding on the solicited products and services. Their time and professional expertise are funded by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and are therefore provided at no cost to local businesses
The WPI - JCEDC partnership has also generated a series of Cyber Security Trainings for local businesses, offered information sessions for the Juneau County Inventors & Entrepreneurs (I&E) Club, and most recently developed the Volk Field Community Council (VFCC). The VFCC Founders and Cornerstone Members are a group of passionate, dedicated individuals with a three-part mission: (1) Advocacy for Volk Field ANGB’s continued success and federal utilization as the premier Counterland Training Airspace, (2) Economic impact on the surrounding community, and (3) Inspiration of local rural youth to explore the fields of study in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aerospace, and Math).
Colonel David May (photo: right, presenting at last year’s GOBC), Commander of Volk Field ANGB, states, “JCEDC and WPI play integral roles in the region. The activity on base and in the surrounding area has dramatically increased since the expansion of the military operations in Central Wisconsin. We look forward to hosting the Government Opportunities Business Conference and meeting with attending businesses and government representatives this July.”
For details or registration information for the 2019 Government Opportunities Business Conference, visit www.volkfieldsbconference.org . For questions or to schedule a complimentary assessment for your business’ suitability to compete for government contracts, please call (608) 427-2086 or email one of the contracting specialists: davido@wispro.org , markd@wispro.org , or michaell@wispro.org .
For further information on Juneau County Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC), the Juneau County Inventors & Entrepreneurs (I&E) Club, or the Volk Field Community Council (VFCC), please visit www.JuneauCounty.com or call (608) 427-2070.
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