May, 2021

Dear Chamber Members-

I can barely believe that this will be the last President’s letter that I will be writing. In some ways, the time has gone so quickly, but when we look back to all the changes that have taken place in our personal and professional lives in this last year, I can hardly believe that it has only been a year.  
Whereas a year ago we were sheltering at home and learning new ways to run our businesses in the midst of a pandemic, we are now optimistically putting together plans and hope to host some in-person events this summer such as: our Annual Meeting and Awards Reception in May, the Giro d’ Grafton in June, Holidaze in July and Ladies Night Out in August, as well as the continuation of the Farmer’s Market and the resurrection of the Food Truck Tour. These are great signs of some return to normalcy and I praise the Chamber staff and the committees for looking for some alternative ways to be able to host these events and still keep CDC guidelines in mind.

I am hopeful that many of you will be able to join us for the election of the new officers at our Annual meeting on May 25th, held at the beautiful new Ozaukee Nonprofit Center. We’ll also celebrate our Community Award recipients, a list of very talented and dedicated individuals that we are thankful to have a part of the Grafton community. As part of the group surprising these individuals with their awards, I can say that I have been truly touched at their excitement and gratitude over the award bestowed upon them. They are all so deserving!

I’ll close out my final President’s Letter, using the words of Ernest Hemingway: “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

Thank you Chamber members, staff and Board for allowing me to participate in the incredible journey that this past year has proven to be. And please join me in giving a warm welcome to Amanda Hansen, General Manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites, who will take over the reins at our Annual Meeting later this month.
Mary Karnitz
Chamber President

May Day
Saturday, May 1st

Kentucky Derby
Sunday, May 2nd

Orthodox Easter
Sunday, May 2nd

Cinco de Mayo
Wednesday, May 5th

Mother's Day
Sunday, May 9th

Eid al-Fitr
Wednesday, May 12th

Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 15th

Sunday, May 16th

Chamber Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 25th

Memorial Day
Monday, May 31st

The Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all service men and women for their commitment to the
Armed Forces.

As we observe Memorial Day, please be safe and take the time to thank a military member/veteran & their family for their service.
Thank you to everyone who attend our webinar
Part Three: Website, SEO & Analytics
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During the month of May, we encourage Chamber members, especially those that are Veteran-Owned, to check out our website for tools, resources and information provided for DVBs.

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 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.
The Southesastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is inviting all working-age residents (approximately 18-65 years old) to participate in an important regional survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on employee community & remote work trends in Southeastern Wisconsin.
This survey consists of 12 questions and will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey link will be open for responses from Wednesday, March 17 through Friday, April 23, 2021. All responses are completely confidential. An analysis of the survey results will be posted to SEWRPC’s website later this spring or summer. 

Welcome New Member
Grafton Self Storage Company
Eve Jones
1668 9th Avenue
Grafton, WI 53024

Providing excellence to the community by meeting your storage needs.
Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is partnering with Froedtert Health Care, and the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department, Washington and Ozaukee counties are participating in the annual international celebration of Screen Free Week from May 2-9, 2021. CLICK HERE to view the flyer on the week devoted as a fun opportunity to get people off their screens for a more positive physical and mental well-being.
Balance Inc. is excited to be providing a Summer Recreation Program for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program relies on volunteers and underwriters to adopt activity days. Please click here to VIEW MORE DETIALS.
The Cedarburg Grafton Rotary presents its inaugural Rotary Ride taking place on Saturday, May 22, 2021, with the start and finish at Cedar Creek Park in Cedarburg. The ride benefits the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Foundation's technical scholarship fund, and is open to the public. All riding abilities are encouraged to participate.  10, 25, 45, and 65-mile routes are being planned along with a virtual ride. So tune up your bike and get your family and friends together for this fun-filled event! Click Here to learn more.
Eaton's Fresh Pizza of Grafton is offering a Mexican Street Corn Pizza for the May Pizza of the month. Find out what toppings are on it CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE.
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Fire Ridge Golf Club would like fellow Chamber members to the 11th annual Sons of the American Legion Post 355 Grafton Golf Event. The event will kick off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Saturday, June 5th, 2021. Registration is needed by Monday, May 31st, 2021. Please call Fire Ridge Golf Club 262-375-2977 to sign up.
Grafton Lions Club would like to invite all Chamber members and their families to the 32nd annual Chicken Roast being held on Sunday June 13th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner orders can be placed NOW through June 1st and Orders will be picked up by drive-through at Grafton Veterans Memorial Park, 1000, 13th Ave. CLICK HERE to view the flier. CLICK HERE to ORDER your DINNER.
The Grafton American Legion Auxiliary is holding an Honor Our Veterans Yard Sign sale. This is open to everyone in our community. There are three different types of yard signs available for purchase.  CLICK HERE FOR AN ORDER FORM
Hometown Heating & Air (formerly TemperaturePro) is pleased to announce its new name in order to better represent the company, while providing the same local ownership and dedicated staff. Click here for more.
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Neutral Ground will be offering a summer champ for children this year. The camp, hosted at St. Joseph Parish & School, will welcome kids ages 5 to 12 and is only $30 to register. CLICK HERE to read their flyer for more information.
Ozaukee County Historical Society will be honoring the 20th Anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter Film. Save the date for July 31, 2021 for The Magic Returns event at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village. CLICK HERE for more information!
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Ozaukee Economic Development's 2021 OED
~Outreach Event will be held on Thursday, May 12th, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at The Watermark at Shully's in Thiensville. CLICK HERE. for details.
~The OED Spring 2021 newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 2, is available for reading CLICK HERE for the more.
Ozaukee Family Services are you a parent looking to reduce, treat, or prevent emotional challenges in your child(ren)?
Let’s Play to Learn - We are excited to offer these FREE in-person parent and child workshops. We will meet OUTSIDE (weather permitting). If the weather does not cooperate, we will meet indoors (we will be socially distanced, and adults will be required to wear masks). Join us for fun, 45-minute sessions starting at 9:30 am. Learn while you play!
  • Thursday, May 13: Get Up and Move! Have fun moving your body like different animals.
  • Monday, May 24: Let’s Play Music! Make your own maracas and sing along as Andy plays guitar.
To register, or for more info, CLICK HERE
Watch our website for our FREE parenting workshop, Picky Eaters, coming in May.

Part-Time Clinical Supervisor - OFS is currently hiring for this position. The Clinical Supervisor will have regular, structured meetings with staff to discuss treatments and professional issues and will also guide practitioners to assess clients’ mental health, develop suitable treatments and make referrals when needed. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to share their expertise and be part of a vibrant and dedicated team committed to making a positive difference in the community. This position will require approx. 5-6 hours per month.
Ozaukee Nonprofit Center has released its April 2021 Newsletter. To learn about the latest things happening at the ONC campus, click here to read the newsletter. Would you like to receive your own each month? Sign up HERE to receive the ONC newsletter.
Peltz Center for Jewish Life invites fellow Chamber members to SAVE the DATE for its 3rd annual Jewish Food Festival taking place on Aug 1st and 2nd at Rotary Park in Mequon. CLICK HERE to check out the flier!
SEEK Careers and Staffing is hosting a job fair event on Tuesday, May 11th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Grafton. We have over 115+ job currently available in manufacturing, skilled trades, and office/clerical positions. With the current market many of our clients are open to minimal experience and willing to pay $15+ for a reliable candidate. CLICK HERE to check out the Fair DETIALS.