March / April 2020
It's time for our bi-monthly e-newsletter again already! So much has changed since the last time we sent out our newsletter. The last couple of months have made me love our community even more! It is amazing to see how people come together to support each other. And how our business community has pivoted to adjust to changes that they could have never expected, let alone prepared for. We truly are blessed to be living in this amazing area. We have great natural areas to enjoy, wonderful businesses, and great people! Please support our local business community as much as you can, keep looking after your neighbors, wash your hands, and stay healthy.

The information in our e-newsletter is up to date to the best of my knowledge, but some things change very fast these days. We have events that take months to plan, so we are planning for them, even if we are not sure they will be allowed to take place. Some are listed and advertised here, with hopes that they will happen. Keep an eye on our website for updates as events get closer.

Thanks for reading our newsletter and for supporting the New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce,

Jessica Bilski
Executive Secretary,
New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce
With the current Governors Orders, the May 19th Community Supper will not be held. Keep an eye on the Community Supper's Facebook Page for updates and keep your fingers crossed that this great event will be allowed in June!
Apply now for AARP Wisconsin’s “Small Dollar, Big Impact” grants
AARP Wisconsin is now accepting applications from across the state for “Small Dollar, Big Impact” grants, which will be awarded to projects designed to improve a community and make it a better place for everyone to live, work, and play as they age.

Applications for the first grant cycle will be due by May 18, with the winner to be announced on June 4. Future grant applications will be due by June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.
AARP will prioritize projects that aim to improve one or more of the following “8 Domains of Livability,” which include:
  • Outdoor Spaces and Public Places
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social Participation
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
  • Work and Civic Engagement
  • Communication and Information
  • Community and Health Services
The “Small Dollar, Big Impact” grant program is open to some nonprofits and government entities in Wisconsin. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A full listing of requirements and expectations, as well as a link to apply for the grants, can be found at . Press release is attached for printing purposes. 

DJ J-Rod Music Services
Jared Johns, owner of DJ J-Rod Music Services has been in the business for over 10 years. He started DJing for the Boys and Girls Club Teen Dance party's in Tomah when he was in High School, and later honed his craft as a DJ at Fort McCoy.

Jared told me that is favorite thing to DJ is weddings because he loves to meet new people from all over Wisconsin and the world. And it helps him discover new music. He listens to his customers to hear what kind of music they are interested in and customizes each party. He has played for graduations, bars, quinceieras, weddings, as well as birthday and anniversary parties.

DJ J-Rod is excepting booking dates now. He is flexible with his dates, friendly, and easy to work with. And he knows other wedding professionals in the area, such as officiants and venues that have been great to him and his customers.

You can take a look at his Facebook page where he keeps people entertained and shares public events.

Thank you to all of our members for their support.
Please shop local, hire local, eat local - support these businesses
Alliant Energy
American Bank
American Metal Fab, Inc
Angie's Oops Saloon, LLC
Bank of Mauston
Black & White Catering
Buckhorn Campground & RV Resort
Bunker Automotive
Bunker Water jet Cutting, LLC
Castle Rock Realty
City of New Lisbon
Coast To Coast Training
Concept Printing
Eagle Blasting & Repair
Eagle Promotion & Apparel, LLC
Friends of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Fun Company
Gary Smith's Auto Body Inc
Generations Dance Academy
Gray Electric
Hare Funeral Home
Hare Funeral Home
Jenny's Jammin Jewelry
Jossabean Sweets Bakery, LLC
Journey's End Farm
Kellys' Bar & Grill
Leer Inc
Lemonweir Villa Apartments, Meridian Group, Inc
Leroy Holthaus Insurance Agency, Inc
Little Cottage
Lulich Landscaping, LLC
Main Street Ink and Toner
McKinney's Home Decorating, Inc
Midwest Dental
Midwest Moments, LLC
Mill Haven Foods, LLC
Morris Excavating, LLC
New Lisbon Lions
New Lisbon School District
New Lisobn Hardware Hank
Oakdale Credit Union
Oakdale Electric Cooperative
On The Line - Web Presence Management
Opera House
Papa D's BBQ
Portofino Bay
Raabe's Pharmacy
Re/Max Real Pros
Rob's Interior & Exterior Painting
Royal Bank
Rudig Jensen Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram & ABRA Auto Body & Glass
The Dirty Turtle
Summer Hideaway
Tricor Insurance
Tuesday's Bar & Grill
Twin Bluffs County Market
Wabash National
Walker Stainless, a Division of Wabash National
Wisconsin River Meats
The first Wisconsin Outside newsletter arrived this week. Here is a letter from the Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation:

Getting outdoors is part of my core being and what connects me to the things I love. Yesterday I took a bike ride; the long kind where you finally disconnect from all the thoughts and to-dos running through your mind. It was freeing, and I came back to my desk refreshed and energized.

Our office couldn’t have imagined kicking off this newsletter in the midst of a pandemic. So much has changed. So many are hurting, trying to adjust to a new normal. But through all of this, what has remained is our great outdoors.
Getting outside has never felt so important to so many people. We see people on walks, at parks, riding bikes, tak ing children outside and hoping and dreaming of greater adventures. It demonstrates our intrinsic connection to and need for outdoor spaces where we can recreate, recalibrate, and enjoy ourselves.

As we remain “Safer at Home” on this 50 th Anniversary of Earth Day, we can still partake in virtual celebrations (see some options under Events below), and we can still get outside. Take hope in all the new and renewed connections that are happening as more people venture out of doors, feeling a deeper appreciation for our common treasure. Witnessing this trend simultaneously as we meet with stakeholders is what fuels me as we undertake the exciting challenge of building out Wisconsin’s Office of Outdoor Recreation during this unprecedented time. When we come out on the other side, outdoor recreation will be part of leading the recovery of minds, hearts, health, and local economies.

Mary Monroe Brown
Director, Office of Outdoor Recreation

This edition of Wisconsin Outside is the first from Wisconsin’s Office of Outdoor Recreation. Please share it with friends or colleagues with a vested interest in Wisconsin’s outdoor recreation industry and partners by forwarding this message or  subscribing here . You may also update your subscription preferences here
Get Your Events Noticed!
Send the details to or tag us on Facebook
We will add them to our local calendar, the Juneau county calendar, and more! 

It is a great time to renew your membership for 2020, or become a first time member!
Travel Wisconsin is collecting event information for our 2020-21 Fall/Winter Event Guide.
This guide will include events with dates September 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021.
Email your events to the New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce by by Friday, May 12, 2020 for us to get them submitted for considered for inclusion in this printed guide.
Office of Children’s Mental Health Director Linda Hall today announces the publication of a new fact sheet detailing how to support our children's well-being through preventing underage drinking. While youth in Wisconsin are drinking less, they are still drinking more than youth in other states. Peer pressure, the ease in which youth can obtain alcohol, as well as advertising in the community may encourage unhealthy drinking behaviors.
Highlights include: 
  • Using alcohol at an early age can lead to negative health outcomes that in turn can lead to, or worsen, symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Youth tend to binge drink more than adults, which can interfere with normal brain development.
  • In Wisconsin, only 36% of kids think it’s risky for them to have 5 or more drinks a couple times a week.
  • Having short, frequent, casual conversations with young children and throughout adolescence is one of the best interventions for parents to prevent underage drinking.

From the DNR
Burning permits are suspended
In order to protect the health and safety of the citizens of Wisconsin, we are taking proactive measures by suspending all DNR burning permits until further notice.
Therefore, all burning debris in barrels, piles on the ground and grass or wooded areas with annual burning permits in DNR protection areas is prohibited at this time. Burning permits are required by the Wisconsin DNR in  DNR forest fire protection areas  to conduct burning of legal materials when the ground is not completely snow-covered.
Eliminating ignition sources on the landscape reduces wildfire risk, smoke for vulnerable populations and person-to-person contact. Emergency responders and firefighters have an increased need to take pandemic precautions so they remain available to continue to protect the public from wildfires and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. Remember to report wildfires by dialing 911 immediately.

Risk of wildfire by season

Weather is the single most important factor influencing how fires start and spread. Temperature, wind, humidity and precipitation are the key weather components that determine the daily fire danger. Wildfires can happen just about any time of year, but history has shown how changes in the landscape and seasonal trends greatly impact fire occurrence.
Spring is the most critical fire season in Wisconsin. Shortly after the snow disappears a dry spring or even a few days in between rains, can leave grasses, pine needles and leaf litter very dry, creating hazardous conditions. Warmer temperatures, low humidity and windy days coupled with many landowners conducting spring clean-up around their property by burning yard waste leads to the majority of wildfires.
In the summer months, when vegetation is green and humidity is elevated, wildfires do not spread as quickly. However, long-term seasonal drought due to a lack of rain can occur and fire occurrence can spike. A common trend is to see fireworks and hot equipment causing many wildfires under these conditions.
Similar to spring, in the fall when the trees lose their leaves and the ground cover is made up of dry, dead and loose material, wildfires again can be problematic. This critical time period is typically shorter than the spring season, but leaf burning is a common practice in the fall and cooler temperatures lead to outdoor warming fires.
While the winter months typically bring snow, sometimes areas experience bare ground and with colder temperatures, many people use heat sources such as woodstoves or fireplaces. A common practice is to dispose of ashes in the wildland causing the unexpected wildfire. One might think the safest time to burn debris is when the ground is completely snow covered. While this is true in most cases, some debris fires can holdover and continue to burn for days, even weeks, long after the snow disappears. These fires can easily escape and ignite a wildfire.

April's Business of the Month was Aptiv
March's Business of the Month was Concept Printing
April's Business of the Month is Dvorak Tent Rental
Watch for upcoming Business of the Month videos!
June's Business of the Month is Castle Rock Golf Course
We want to help celebrate our amazing small businesses with a fun raffle for everyone who is shopping local.

When you purchase anything from a local business from April 3-9 send the Chamber of Commerce a copy of your receipt along with your name, address, and phone number to enter our Small Business Week Raffle. We will chose one winner from the entries and give them a $25 gift certificate to the business on the receipt!

A local business is any business with a New Lisbon address, or who is a member of the New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce (even if their address is not a New Lisbon Address). It could be a store, a restaurant, a contractor, or anyone doing business, but we need a receipt or a bill of sale as proof of you shopping local. Receipts for the purchase of gift cards or future service work also count.

A receipt for $1-$24 will be worth one entry, a receipt for $25-$49 will be worth two entries, and a receipt for $50 or more will be worth three entries. You will only need to submit your contact information one time for each receipt.

Mail entries to New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce, 119 E. Bridge Street, New Lisbon, WI 53950. An entry consists of a receipt and your contact information.

All entries must me mailed in with your name, address, and telephone number.

Receipts must be dated April 3 – April 9, 2020. We must also be able to read the name of the company or contractor and their contact information (if it is not listed on the receipt itself, send along a business card or write their information along with yours when you mail it in). Please print receipts for items purchased electronically.

All entries must be received at the Chamber office by May 28, 2020. We will draw the winner on Friday, May 29 th during a Facebook Live.

Any questions can be directed to the New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce at 608-562-3555
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is encouraging Wisconsin employers to consider Wisconsin's updated Work-Share Program to avoid worker layoffs.
The Work-Share Program, also called "short-term compensation" (STC), is designed to help both employers and employees. Instead of laying off workers, a participating employer may reduce their work hours. Workers whose hours are reduced under an approved work-share plan receive unemployment benefits that are pro-rated for the partial work reduction. This allows everyone in the work unit to maintain some income and their health benefits.

Click on the fact sheets below to see the entire fact sheet.
For more information on the Work-Share Program and how to apply, please visit

For additional questions, contact the DWD-Unemployment Insurance Employer Service Team at
Inventor & Entrepreneur Club of Juneau County
Meeting: Last Thursday of the Month

5:30 Social Networking, 6:00 Presentation (virtual meetings start at 6pm)

At Lynxx Networks, 127 HWY 12/16 in Camp Douglas (enter through lower lot/doors)

All are invited - you do not need to be a member to attend.
You can now find employment resources and job listings on our website. You can also post job listings for free. Click the picture above to go to our website.

Dear Business Partner,
Business and Industry Services has implemented new measures to support our business partners during these uncertain times. We are pleased to announce that we are offering
10 free Self-Paced Tutorial (SPT) courses to our business partners and the community.
The free SPT courses include a mix of hard and soft skills that apply to today’s changing job market. We believe that having the right skills and knowing how to utilize them is vital for both job seekers and those currently employed. Not only can participants leverage these courses to enter the workforce or advance their career, we hope your staff can use this as a professional development opportunity.
These courses will be available through June 30, 2020.
Free SPT Courses:
  • Creating Web Pages
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Managing Customer Service
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet
  • Personal Finance
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
  • Individual Excellence
Please visit our website at to set up an account and register for these free online learning opportunities.

Thank you for your continued patience during this time of change and uncertainty. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 608.785.9232 or if you have any questions or concerns.
Business and Industry Services at Western Technical College
Website | | 608.785.9232
We wouldn’t want an airline pilot to fly without their glasses, and we wouldn’t want our companies to make strategic decisions without accurate information. Every 10 years, the United States counts all residents living in the country, and the information the count produces is critical for our data-driven economy. It is a key ingredient in market and economic analyses, and it is also used to determine the allocation of more than $1.4 trillion in federal resources for key services like education, roads, health care, police and much more. Census data is used in so many ways that it is difficult to quantify the full scope of its economic impact.

There is still time to complete your 2020 Census. Companies can help ensure its accuracy by encouraging employees and customers to participate, especially those who have been difficult to reach in previous counts. These include communities of color, low-wage households, young adults, children under the age of five, immigrants, senior citizens, and rural households. Educating and encouraging these groups to respond is important and will help the Census Bureau focus its limited resources on those who are especially hard-to-reach.

Find more information on the three ways to fill out the Census at

Fill out the Census now - online at

Below are some links you and your business can use to help:

Council for a Strong America, Census Resources and Materials for Businesses

Census flyer you can download and hang in your window, break-room, or near your register

Census and Confidentiality information

For more information and resources, contact Jessica at the Chamber office. The chamber is a member of the Complete Count Committee, making sure everyone gets counted, and our area receives all of the funding we deserve.
See press releases and orders from the Governor at

Here are some recent updates
Highlights from April 27th press release:

Today’s order builds upon the last turn of the dial. When the Safer at Home order was extended last week, a number of additional options were made available for businesses to safely serve the public, including:
  • Golf courses were opened this past weekend;
  • All businesses are allowed to offer curbside pick-up, allowing customers to purchase goods online or over the phone from a local store; 
  • Construction businesses can do aesthetic or optional construction work so long as it is performed by a single person;
  • Public libraries can provide curbside pick-up of books and other library materials; 
  • Arts and crafts stores can offer expanded curbside pick-up of materials necessary to make face masks; and
  • Landscaping businesses can do aesthetic or optional lawn care so long as it is done by a single employee. 

Emergency Order #34 is available  here  and goes into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  If you have questions regarding Emergency Order #34, please review the frequently asked questions document available  here.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, all essential and nonessential businesses must continue to follow social distancing and safety practices required under the Safer at Home order, available  here.  A document summarizing these safe business practices by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is available  here.  Businesses can visit for additional resources on taking the necessary steps to keep workers, businesses, and customers safe.

Highlights from Press Release April 28th:

  • An annual park sticker and/or trail pass will be required to visit state parks and trails.
  • Annual stickers will be available for purchase with credit card by phone 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. seven days a week by calling toll free: 1-888-305-0398. We thank you in advance for your patience as we may be experiencing heavy call volumes.
  • Annual passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry.
  • Once proof of purchase is shown, visitors must place proof of purchase on the dash of the windshield while parked within the boundary of the property.
  • The 2020 annual vehicle admission sticker is valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • State parks and forests will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, a change from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Properties will be closed to the public every Wednesday for maintenance and upkeep.

  • Hunting and fishing will be allowed on all open properties in accordance with legal season structure and hours. Access to some areas may be limited to walk-in or water access only.

  • DNR boat launches are open at open state properties.
  • All anglers and recreational boaters should practice social distancing and keep travel to a minimum.
  • If individuals can lawfully access Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes, they are free to navigate upon them while engaging in outdoor recreation. 

  • Restrooms at all state properties will be closed. This includes the closure of restrooms on properties currently open to the public.
  • All other facilities will remain closed, including towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations and concession buildings.
  • Attractions where social distancing cannot be achieved will be closed as needed at various properties.
Go Ahead - Push My Buttons
We couldn't share all of the information that has been flooding in in this one newsletter (or this email would take 9 hours to read!), so below we have shared our favorite links where you can find more detailed information about our changing circumstances, places to find facts, and places that are open so you can support local businesses!
Want to advertise in our next newsletter? All ads are $25 and published bi-monthly. Call or email Jessica for your spot in the next newsletter!!
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