May 2015


Bob VandenBurgt
Yahara Software
Board President
President's Message

Since the beginning of 2015, Van and I have written of personal goal setting, effectively leveraging the talent available to you within our organization, our advocacy activities, the cornerstones of the Chamber's strategic plan and the myriad of events we are monitoring as part of our partnership with City Hall.  Additionally, Van reiterated our mission of "promoting a strong economy and quality of life" in the community we serve. Although quite a formidable list of activities, I never cease to be impressed by the commitment of our member volunteers and the "above & beyond" effort expended to ensure the success of our organization.


Earlier this week, we packed the Chamber conference room with volunteer committee leaders, board members, ambassadors, and staff. Each of them spoke passionately about their charge, as well as the accomplishments and challenges they were encountering within their respective groups. As each person told their story, you could feel the energy level and sense of accomplishment rising in the room.  


Below are just a few excerpts to give you a taste:


Business Social Hour - 2015 is fully booked, and scheduling into mid 2016


Economic Development - More topics & speakers than can be scheduled in the next year, attendance is up, member participation increasing, venue and food are great!


Good Neighbor Festival - Volunteers and opportunities increasing, attendance is up, new events this year, maybe even adding daycare for the 5K race.


Golf Outing - Set for July 15th - Sponsor participation already higher than last year, new ideas: Par 3: "foot golf", morning yoga, bean bags tournament? 


Ambassadors - Updated committee structure, new venue for monthly meetings, more opportunities for ambassadors to network and tell their own story, 35+ active ambassadors reaching out to member businesses and engaging in Chamber activities. 


Annual Celebration - Exceptional comments about sponsors and food providers, attendance was solid even though Bucky was live at the Kohl Center that night, new venue layout was a success, "I want more time to view silent auction items"...many new ideas for 2016!


Ask the Expert - Sessions added for 2015, schedule is published and online, attendance is up, attendee satisfaction is 97.9%.


Get Moving Middleton -Attendance record (197) in February, networking/connecting ratios up, Monthly Sponsorship opportunities scheduling into mid-2016.


If that wasn't enough, each of the strategic group leaders (Connecting Talent to Business, Virtual Chamber Access, Work/Life Blend, and Macro to Micro) provided an update on their strategic goals and the initiatives they are piloting based on  member feedback.


Ninety minutes later, after everybody left the room, I could only think of how proud I am of the volunteers and sponsors who are so passionate to support our mission. Their engagement and enthusiasm is what truly distinguish this member-led organization. Thank you again for all that you do and your continued commitment-it will never go unnoticed!


If you would like to learn more about committees and how you might participate, follow this link or contact Lisa DuChateau.


Bob V 
Upcoming Chamber Events
May 7, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton (Register)
Hilton Garden Inn

May 8, 6pm
Ribbon Cutting & New Location Opening
Endurance House

May 11, 11:30am
Ambassador Committee
Globe University

May 12, 8am
Ask the Expert (Register)
Understanding Individual Perspectives

May 20, 12pm
Economic Development Briefing (Register)
Wisconsin Bank & Trust

May 21, 5-7pm
Business Social Hour (Register)
Blackhawk Country Club

May 28, 5-8pm
Annual Chamber Sports Night (Register)
Keva Sports Center
New Members

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
8225 Greenway Blvd. Suite 120
(608) 827-9000

Gates Collision Centers
3447 Tribeca Dr
(608) 218-0524 



Lee & Associates
6430 Bridge Rd. Suite 230
(608) 327-4000 


Primrose School of Middleton 
3000 Deming Way  
(608) 497-0939

Ripp Sewer & Drain Cleaning
7614 Voss Parkway
(608) 206-5991

Theresa Kim, LLC
3613 Valley Ridge Road
(608) 320-9145

Time To Thrive Coaching

10848 Blue Mountain Ave
Blue Mound
(608) 438-0483 


TLC Plan Services
7634 Mid Town Road, #301
(888) 852-7526 


5008 Linde Lane, Suite 100, DeForest
(608) 846-7725 



Wisconsin Public Radio 

821 University Ave
(608) 890-1671 


7781 Cherry Wood Lane

(608) 833-3462 


Members on the Move
Announcements|Awards|Hires & Promotions
MGE Previews Community Conversation Plans, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Wolter announced that the company's Community Energy Conversations would begin in mid-June.

Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Nominees Announced, An award honoring family businesses in Wisconsin has drawn nominations from across the state.

Bauer Jewelry Designs Selected for Competition, Jake Bauer from Bauer Jewelry Designs in Middleton, was selected to compete in the Smart Show Bench Pressure Challenge.

Johnson Bank Kicks Off Agrace Endowment Campaign, Johnson Bank is presenting a donation of $150,000 to Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care to kick off the Agrace Care for All Endowment Campaign.

Bookshop Hosts Middleton Author, Middleton author Linda Abbot will read from her debut novel, Ten Days in Paradise, on Thursday, May 21.

Park Bank Donates to Dryhootch, On April 3, Park Bank presented Dryhootch with a check for $1323 to support their mission "to help the veterans and their families who survived the war to survive the peace."

CORE is Moving,  CORE Health & Fitness is proud to announce they are moving to a new facility this summer.

TDS Comments on WSTA and WEDC Announcement, TDS Telecom is proud to be a part of Wisconsin's Gigabit Business Park success story reported jointly by the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corportation (WEDC).

Starion Finalizes WPS Community Bank Acquisition, Starion Financial officially acquired WPS Community Bank, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation, at the close of business on April 10.

Park Bank Welcomes Christianson to Board of Directors, Park Bank has appointed Craig Christianson to its board of directors effective in February 2015.

ALTUS Announces Sale, ALTUS Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce that Chuck Polenz has completed the sale of two commercial lots.


District Wins Green Ribbon Schools Award, The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District was one of 14 districts to receive the U.S. Department of Education 2015 Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.

Capitol Bank Announces New Hire,  Ken Thompson is pleased to announce the hiring of Steve Lafontaine as Director of Marketing.

Capitol Bank Announces New Hire, Ken Thopson is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Koski as a Vice President in commercial lending.

Annette Cruz Joins The Alliance, Annette Cruz has joined The Alliance as Health Policy Consultant.

Member Events

Community Volunteer Awards, United Way of Dane County

Having Difficult Conversations, Gilda's Club
More Info

Ask a Physical Therapist, Gilda's Club

Standard Imaging Battling Cancer Golf Classic

Teaching-Based Marketing, Spencer X Smith
More Info

Volunteer Orientation, Agrace Hospice Care
More Info

Wake Up with Wegner, Wegner CPAs
More Info

Inaugural Spring Savings Soiree, Greenway Station

Fox Trot, Madison Community Montessori School

Puppies on Parmenter, OccuPaws Guide Dog Assoc.
5/16 - 5/17

"Carousel", Middleton PAC

Social Networking for Your Business, Middleton Library
More Info

Northwestern Mutual LLS Golf Outing Fundraiser, Bishops Bay

Choosing Hospice or Palliative Care, Agrace Hospice Care
More Info

Remodeled Homes Tour 2015, NARI of Madison
More Info

April Renewals

ABR Employment Services


Accu-Clime Mechanical Services 


ActionCOACH Business Coaching- Macfarlane


American Girl Brands, LLC




Baer Insurance Services


Bristled Boar Saloon


Courtyard by Marriott -
Madison West


Diny's Jewelers of Middleton  


Elements Massage


Esker, Inc


Friends of Performing Arts Center


Fristam Pumps USA


Gilson Inc.



Good Neighbor Fest


Haley Palmersheim, S.C.


Imperial Garden


Pam Garcia-Rivera


Jim's BP Amoco LLC


Kraemer Development, LLC


Livesey Company


Marriott-Madison West


Meicher CPAs


Middleton Sports & Fitness


Middleton Travel Inc.


Middleton Veterinary Hospital


Murphy Desmond, S.C.


New Leaders Council


NSI, A Division of
West Bend Mutual

PDQ Food Stores, Inc.


Potter Lawson, Inc.


PPD, Inc.


Prairie Cafe and Bakery


Project Management Institute, Madison/South Central WI 


Purple Cow Organics


Radisson Hotel


Rush Wisconsin Soccer Club


Stark Company Realtors - Browning


Structural Research Inc.


Sullivan Design Build


UW Madison Small Business Development Center


Wealth and Wisdom of Wisconsin

Middleton Chamber Anniversaries
Celebrating 5 Years 
Culligan Total Water
Meicher CPAs
Middleton Community United Church of Christ
Potter Lawson
Prairie Cafe & Bakery
Sullivan Design Build
Celebrating 10 Years
Clasen's European Bakery
NSI, A Division of West Bend Mutual
PPD, Inc.

Celebrating 35 Years 
PDQ Food Stores  

Thank You for Your Continued Membership!