July 2015


Bob Vanden Burgt
Yahara Software
Board President
President's Message


...a little bit every day. Whether you are a financial planner promoting the value of dollar cost averaging, or a business coach working with a client to achieve a sales goal, the theme is consistent. It is much more productive to work on "what matters" just a little bit every day instead of attempting to pull an all-nighter the evening before the exam.


This past week, I met with my Italian business partners to review progress on our global strategic initiatives. It seemed to be a logical time to do this as we were quickly approaching the midpoint of the fiscal year and happened to be in Orlando for a tradeshow. What better time to celebrate our successes and to do a quick gut check on what lies ahead. I could sense some tension and before we even opened the documents, one of them abruptly confessed, "I haven't made any significant progress with my team, but I'm sure we will be more focused next quarter." I immediately objected and was able to quickly rattle off a list of small victories that the team had achieved since their formation 5 months ago.


This reminded me of a personal experience that I shared with my fellow Rotarians a few years ago and how it shifted my perspective on the importance of driving change through small contributions on a daily basis.   "On Saturday, I crawled out of bed at 05:30, had some coffee and drove up to Waunakee for what should have been a fun and easy ten mile community festival run. With a dozen marathons under my belt, this was sure to be a breeze. It was the third year participating in what has typically been a very enjoyable and relaxing race. After the usual pre-race acknowledgements, the canon fired (yes a real canon) and we were on our way. About 2 miles in at a record pace, the adrenalin quickly wore off and the concept of capturing a personal best began to fade. My heart never slowed and my breathing stayed heavy. As we approached the 7-mile marker, I started to question whether I could even finish the race. What was happening this year? It was the exact course as the previous years but the wheels were falling off of the bus. Although the temperature and humidity were both slightly higher, what made this Saturday unique was the undeniable fact that I had been very lax with my daily training since the Memorial Day holiday. Thought I could just pull another one out of the hat now that this was familiar territory.   By the time I crossed the finish line, I had managed to add almost 10 minutes to last year's time. The only personal best achieved this time was increasing my maximum heart rate! I was often too happy to brag "what I like most about running a marathon is that you cannot fake it! If you don't do the daily work, you can't get to the end for the beer and the medal." I regret to inform you that Mr. Vanden Burgt didn't do the daily work and paid dearly for that when the rubber met the road!"


I would like to suggest that the same principle applies to almost any aspect of your life and certainly when implementing change. If you drop a few coins in your bucket each day, (either financially, by your good deeds, or activities that support the desired change) you will be surprised at the total contribution by the end of the year.

Every month at the Chamber, Van keeps a scorecard that he shares with the Board or Directors. On that scorecard, we track about 15 different activities that we believe measure progress toward our objectives. If we fall behind or get ahead on the daily activities that we know are crucial to our success, we know right away and make minor corrections. Do you have a similar scorecard? If so, this is no big news and you are well on your way. If not, maybe the mid-year point is a good time to take a look at your goals and think about the activities or changes you could implement daily to ensure you achieve the desired outcomes in 2015.        


Additionally, there are two questions I try to ask myself every weekend:

1. What's the most exceptional thing I've done this week?

2.  What's the most exceptional thing I will do next week?


There are more times than I would like to admit that I don't score myself or even look at my list. There are also many weeks where I don't really do anything all that exceptional. But just thinking about it once in awhile provides some guidance in decision making and helps remind me to contribute a little bit every day to my personal, professional, and community goals.


Have a great month!
Bob V 
Upcoming Chamber Events
July 2, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton (Register)
Hilton Garden Inn

July 3
Chamber Office Closed
Happy July 4th!

July 6
Golf Outing Raffle & Wine Items due to Chamber Office
Email Lisa to donate

July 8, 11am
Ribbon Cutting
Taigu Chinese Restaurant - 7610 Elmwood Avenue

July 8, 12pm
Golf Outing Committee
Pleasant View Clubhouse

July 13, 11:30am
Ambassador Committee
Globe University

July 15
26th Annual Golf Outing Presented by MG&E
Pleasant View Golf Course
Space is limited (Register)

July 28, 5-7pm
Business Social Hour (Register)
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

July 30, 4-7pm
Open House & Ribbon Cutting (5:30pm)
Creative Business Interiors - 201 Moravian Valley Rd, Waunakee

New Members

4 Lakes ISR, LLC

7790 Elmwood Avenue
(608) 347-8317  

Bonefish Grill
7345 Mineral Point Road
(608) 827-5720  

City Supply, LLC
2219 Eagle Drive
(608) 836-7771   



1210 Ann Street
(608) 443-0169   




No Stomach For Cancer, Inc. 

3510 Parmenter Street,
Suite 200
(608) 692-5141   




Parmenter Circle Apartments
2400 Parmenter Street
(608) 203-1000


Marketing + Operations

7360 Old Sauk Road
(608) 358-6336

Restaino & Associates -
Kathy Eckenrod

26 Schroeder Court
(608) 807-9107   




Restaino & Associates -

Faith Morledge 
26 Schroeder Court  
(608) 444-8330   


TAIGU Chinese Restaurant

7610 Elmwood Ave, Suite 105
(608) 831-3458

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Standard Imaging Fundraiser a Record Breaker, Standard Imaging, Inc. is excited to announce that the 14th Annual Battling Cancer Golf Classic fundraiser was a great success and the money raised exceeded the previous year's record.

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2015 Back to School Program at MOM, Staff and volunteers at MOM are hard at work planning our Back to School event.

Movers for Moms 2015, Each year millions of moms look forward to spending Mother's Day with their families.  This year, Two Men and A Truck made the holiday a little brighter as dropped off more than 14,000 items to benefit moms in shelters. 


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Capitol Bank Announces New Hire,  Ken Thompson is pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Murphy as Vice President of Private Banking.

Wegner Welcomes Seven Audit Team Members, Wegner CPAs is pleased to announce the addition of seven, talented individuals to our firm.

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New Member Meeting, Gilda's Club

Welton Benefit Concert for Our Lady of Hope, Badger Bowl
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Alex's Lemonade Stand Run/Walk, Northwestern Mutual

Garden Glass Paint Nite, Gio's Garden

Tour the Monastery, Holy Wisdom Monastery

15th Anniversary Celebration, Tingalls Graphic Design
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Open House, Adams Outdoor Advertising
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Workshop: Living an Authentic Life, Gilda's Club
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Clean Up Middleton, PPD, Inc.

Acupunture, An Approach to Well-Being, Gilda's Club

MIG Charity Golf Classic, University Ridge

"Kickin It for Kids" Registration Deadline, REACH A Child!

June Renewals

American Family Insurance - Jeff Engelkes


American Family Insurance - Paul Gallimore Agency LLC


Atterbury, Kammer, Haag, S.C.


Balance Personal Training


Ball Body Shop


Bennett's Auto Repair, LLC


Brandon Eyes


Broyles & Company CPA's LLC


Bruce Company of Wisconsin  


CCL Management, Div. of Liberty Real Estate


CIVITAS Galleries


Clarity Technology Group, Inc.


Clasen's European Bakery


CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP


Concordia University  


Country Inn and Suites - Madison West / Middleton


CP Heating & Cooling


Dean Foundation


Habitat for Humanity of  

Dane County, Inc.


Hampton Inn & Suites
Madison West


Hemb Insurance Group, LLC


Hilton Garden Inn -
Madison West/Middleton


Homewood Suites
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Integral Building Systems, Inc


Interstate Batteries of Southwestern Wisconsin


Julie Brunette


LegalShield - Gene Sarmiento


LongHorn Steakhouse


Mankind Support Service Inc


McDonald's Restaurant - Greenway Station 


McLellan Orthodontics, LLC


Mead & Hunt


Metro Believers Church


Middleton Community United Church of Christ

Middleton Tourism Commission


Middleton Youth Hockey


Monks Bar & Grill


Name Badge Productions LLC


Payroll Company, Inc.


Pendleton Woolen Mills


Pipers Mechanical Inc.


Residence Inn by Marriott - Middleton


Schoepp Motors, Inc.


SCS Engineers


Shamrock Real Estate Services


Speedpro Imaging


State Farm Insurance -
Aaron Achenbach


Studio 262 Salon


Successful Organizing Solutions (S.O.S.)


The Alliance


US Bank - Sauk Trail Branch


Vanta Commercial Properties 

Middleton Chamber Anniversaries
Celebrating 5 Years 
Madisound Speaker Components
The Alliance

Celebrating 10 Years 
Vanta Commercial Real Estate
Celebrating 30 Years

Arneson's Auto Repair

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