JUNE 2018

Executive Director Update

Van Nutt
Executive Director  

This month, Van discusses workforce, wellness and way-finding.  Take a look...

Have a great month,
Upcoming Chamber Events
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June 7, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton - Register
Hilton Garden Inn

June 7, 4pm
Chamber "Just the Facts" - Register
Middleton Chamber Office

June 11, 12pm
Ambassador Committee
Gilda's Club

June 13, 8am (7:45 Registration)
Ask the Expert: How to Reach Your Prospects on Facebook - Register
Edgewood College - Middleton Campus

June 14, 4:30-6pm
Open House & Ribbon Cutting (4:45pm)
Celerity Staffing Solutions - 6255 University Avenue

June 19, 11:45am
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Health & Wellness in the Office - Register
Middleton Chamber Office

June 20, 12pm
Economic Development Briefing - Register
Wisconsin Bank & Trust

June 20, 4-6:30pm
Business Social Hour - Register
Captain Bill's Seafood

June 21, 4pm
'Behind the Scenes' Trolley Tour: Gilson Inc. & Death's Door Spirits - Register
Departs from Keva Sports Center

June 21, 4:30-6pm
Open House & Ribbon Cutting
Century 21 Affiliated - 8001 Excelsior Drive

June 26, 11:45am
Lunch & Learn: Current Tax Topics - Register
Monona Bank

July 4
Chamber Office Closed - Happy July 4th!
July 12, 7:30am  
Get Moving Middleton - Register
Hilton Garden Inn 

  New Members

Best Western Plus Inn Towner 
2424 University Ave
(608) 233-8778
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream 
2831 Parmenter Street 
(608) 203-5228 

Ixonia Bank
One Erdman Place, Ste 401
(608) 575-1220  

Kutsunis Law Office, LLC
1001 N. Gammon Road, Ste 3
(608) 833-8030 

5050 Siggelkow Rd #102
(608) 770-5052 

Pinpoint Diagnostic Soundwaves Imaging, LLC
725 Heartland Trails, Ste. 205
(608) 841-1009  

Red's Pizza
3301 Parmenter St
(608) 836-9080  

Taliesin Preservation
5607 County Road C, Spring Green
(608) 588-7900  

The Edgewater Hotel
1001 Wisconsin Place
(608) 535-8200  

The Regal Find
1850 Parmenter Street
(608) 833-1633  

Interview with Adrienne Hurburt-Stroud  
Interview by Patricia Eldred
Patricia joined MOM (Middleton Outreach Ministry) in December 2015 as Director of Development. She is currently engaged in inspiring and facilitating donations from community businesses, foundations, individuals, service and, faith-based organizations, to support MOM's work.  Patricia has worked as a development professional with numerous Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years and holds the Certified Fundraising Executive credential.

Meet: Adrienne Hulburt-Stroud
Owner, Common Grounds Middleton 
Where did you grow up? What did you want to be when you grew up?
I'm a Wisconsin girl, born in Milton, a very small town and moved to Madison in 2008. For a long time, I wanted to become an elementary school teacher, and did end up teaching preschool for many years, but learned over time that my true passion was finding unique and fun ways to bring people together.
Tell me a little about your background. How did your previous work lead you to your vision and development of Common Ground? 
Common Ground is a culmination of many of my passions- organizing community events, enjoying good food & drink among friends, as well as a need I saw in the community for gathering space. One of the many regular events we host at Common Ground is Madison West Writers Group meetings. I started the MadWest Group in 2014 through meetup.com and we now have over 1,000 members and regular events throughout the month.
Over time, the idea began to grow in my mind of a shared community space where people could come together and enjoy activities they were interested in, or try something completely new. While doing this, also find comradery, support, build new friendships and a true community outside of the digital world. I spent over a year in the planning and organizing stage writing my business plan, looking at properties, meeting with existing building owners and building up an amazing network of fellow event hosts who would be interested in using the space once I acquired it.
When did CG officially open? Why did you select the Middleton community? What do you see as your current role in the business and in the community?
I acquired the building December 1, and myself and our head chef Cory Topel were here every day until the day we opened January 22, alongside a couple of my amazing family members who helped us remodel the building. My initial plan was to simply have a café and make most of the spaces available for groups to meet, classes, that sort of thing. However, we have a large, well-equipped kitchen here, with counter and bar space, so ultimately we decided to become a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with our café items. We have a strong emphasis on being environmentally responsible with biodegradable disposables, including our to-go cups, boxes, straws, etc. We also focus on using local vendors, like meats from Conscious Carnivore, Bering Bounty Seafood, Bagels Forever, Monona Bakery, Just Coffee, Rishi Tea, Sassy Cow Dairy, etc. On Friday nights we have an old fashioned Wisconsin Fish Fry and brunch every Sunday. We also have plenty of healthy, allergy-conscious and gluten-free choices, as well as meals "for the littles."
All sorts of community events take place here on the main floor and in the large and smaller meeting rooms upstairs. There are yoga classes, board game nights, a wide variety of live music events, book clubs, writer's group, children and family activities, art and craft classes, and much more. We are excited to be adding more outdoor seating and activities with the warm weather as well!
What is your vision for the future in the restaurant/community building business?
Common Ground is a two part project that I lovingly refer to as "country mouse" and "city mouse." Our current iteration is "city mouse," and down the road I plan to build Common Ground Farm that would consist of another community café and gathering space with more of a focus on "farm to table" type meals. There would also be outdoor space for retreats, live music, fairs, workshops for art and other activities, and so many other wonderful community features in a rural setting.   This would also give us the opportunity to grow our own produce and raise animals.
What is the best part of your job? What is the most fun-what is the most challenging?
Our amazing team is the best part, as we have grown quite close in the last few months launching a brand new, bouncing baby business into the community. We work hard but have a deep respect and caring for one another. The most fun is seeing people using and enjoying the space, working with event hosts and feeling like a part of a true community.
The most challenging is the long hours, juggling all of the endless tasks that come with running a business, and keeping up with emails and office work in the midst of it all. I have to say though, I am loving every single second, as each one means I've finally been able to answer my call to create a safe space where all people are able to come together and find common ground.
What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies? 
For fun I love to hang out with my family--my husband Aaron, Son Teddy and daughter Eloise. Lately we somehow always end up at Common Ground for dinner or music! Aside from that, we love to go on adventures to museums, the zoo, day trips to attractions in nearby cities and just spending time together.
I have always loved writing and am now on the board of the Wisconsin Writers' Association, a 70 year old organization promoting the literary arts. I also love film, music, art and other many other creative endeavors.
Member Events

Building Business Together, Insurance Services Group

Attic Sale, Attic Angel Community

Business Transitions Seminar, Smith & Gesteland

Alex's Lemonade Stand Golf Outing, Northwestern Mutual

French Summer Home Market, Confectionique

Charity Golf Outing, Madison West Towne Middleton Rotary

Gin Tastings & Tag, Ultrazone Laser Tag

Joy, Appreciation & Perspective with Joanna Bull, Gilda's Club

"Gilda's Big Dance" 10th Anniversary, Gilda's Club

Apps & Taps Networking Fundraiser, REACH-A-Child

Father's Day, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

Women in Business Breakfast, SVA

23rd Annual Golf Outing for Kids, Easter Seals Wisconsin

Landmark Oaks Grand Opening, MIG

Members on the Move 
Announcements|Awards|Hires & Promotions
Starion Bank Presents Kindness Cash to Habitat for Humanity, Starion Bank presented Habitat for Humanity of Dane County with a $250 Kindess Cash donation as part of National Community Banking Month.
Rescue Desk Celebrates 10 Years, This spring, Rescue Desk is celebrating 10 years in business and donating 10% of revenue through June 30 to charity.
BDO USA Announces Wisconsin Expansion, BDO USA, LLP announced an expansion of its Wisconsin practice through the addition of 85 staff, including 15 partners from Smith & Gesteland, LLP.
Overture's Playhouse Gallery Explores the 1960s, Overture's galleries create a forum for diverse artistic expression that fosters the growth of local artists, curators and arts organizations.
The Alliance Expands Self-Funded Employers' Options, Effective May 1, 2018, The Alliance network now includes all of the services provided by Ascension Wisconsin's clinically integrated system of care, including its hospitals and primary and specialty care clinics.
Holy Wisdom Offers Retreats for Women, In response to requests, the Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery will offer a new set of retreats for women beginning in July.
MHS Students to Attend Business World, Ten Middleton High School Students have been selected to attend Business World this summer at UW Madison.
1848 Construction Announces New Project, 1848 Construction is excited to announce the start of construction of a new church building in DeForest.
Madison Liquidators Opens New Division, Madison Liquidators is excited to announce the opening of a new division, The Conference Table Company which features a dynamic website filled with options for furnishing your boardroom.

Overture's High School Musical Theater Awards Program Renamed, Overture Center for the Arts announced that the high school musical theater awards program will be renamed "The Jerry Awards".

Agrace Offers Grief Support Groups in June, Three grief support opportunities will be open to the community at the Agrace Grief Support Center.

MOM Announces Canstruction Winners, Middleton Outreach Ministry is excited to announce the 2018 Canstruction winners.

Celebrity Basketball Challenge Raises Over $13k for Easter Seals, Easter Seals Wisconsin hosted its first Celebrity Basketball Challenge on April 7 and raised over $13,000 for the organization's programs and services.

Tools of Marketing Moves into New Facility, Tools of Marketing is proud to announce that they have recently moved into their new 10,000 square foot facility in the Sauk City Industrial Park.

Fiskars Supports Classroom Creativity with New Teacher Grant Program, Fiskars is accepting applications for its new Project Orange Thumb Teacher Grant Program. 

Findorff Celebrates Award-Winning Work, Findorff is excited to announce our award-winning work, recently recognized by In Business, Milwaukee Business Journal and The Daily Reporter.

Overture Announces 2018 Jerry Awards Recipients, Overture Center for the Arts is proud to announce the 2017/18 Jerry Award recipients who will be honored at the Awards Show on June 10.

Waterstone Named Top Workplace, Waterstone Mortgage was recently named as one of the Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel's "Top Workplaces" for 2018.

Creative Business Interiors Ranks #1, Creative Business Interiors was recently voted "Best Office Furniture Firm" for the second year in a row by the Daily Reporter readers and the Wisconsin Law Journal.

PPD Recognized for Excellence in Clinical Research, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) announced it has been recognized for excellence in clinical research by pharmaceutical and biotechnology executives surveyed for Life Science Leader magazine.

Settlers bank Wins Dane County Small Business Award, Settlers bank is proud to announce that the bank has been recognized and chosen for a Dane County Small Business Award for 2018.

Winners Announced for Dane County Small Business Awards, For 36 Years, the Dane County Small Business Awards have put the spotlight on small businesses and the contributions they make to the local economy.

City Welcomes New Employee, The City of Middleton is pleased to introduce our newest employee, Stacie Reece as Sustainability Coordinator.

Lerdahl Welcomes New Team Member, Kristi Lerdahl-Foust has joined Lerdahl Business Interiors as our DIRTT Pre-Fab Construction Consultant.

REACH-A-Child - Volunteer Coordinator 
Settlers bank - Mortgage Loan Processor 
May Member Renewals

ABR Employment Services

AERIE Preferred Financial Group


Baymont Inn & Suites

Berndt CPA LLC

Bishops Bay Country Club

Boardman Clark, LLP

Brandon Eyes

Bristled Boar Saloon

The Bruce Company of Wisconsin

Captain Bills Seafood

Cat Care Clinic

Chalmers Jewelers

Chartwell Wisconsin

Clasen's European Bakery

CLM Prescriptives, LLC

Costco Wholesale

Dahl Financial Group

Diny's Jewelers of Middleton

DirectNetworks, Inc.
Diversified Personnel Services, a division of Opportunities, Inc.

Entercom Madison

First Weber - Gladys Simon

First Weber - Sam  Simon

Forward Service Corporation

Freska Mediterranean Grill

Friends of Middleton Library

General Purpose Movers, LLC

Good Neighbor Fest

GrandStay Hotel & Suites

Group Health Cooperative of
South Central WI

Hampton Inn & Suites
Madison West

Homewood Suites
Madison West

Hubbard Avenue Diner

James A. Lord, DDS, S.C.

Livesey Company

Madison Top

Marriott-Madison West

Middleton Ford

Monk's Bar & Grill

Optimist Club of Middleton, Inc.

Pipers Mechanical Inc.

Radisson Hotel

Restoring Hope
Transplant House

Roman Candle Pizzeria

Rush Wisconsin Soccer Club

Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc

T. Anton Investment House, Inc.

Total Awards & Promotions/ AwardsMall.com


Villa Dolce

Wealth and Wisdom of Wisconsin

Wegner CPAs

Wells Fargo

Wilson Law Group, LLC

Wisconsin Bank & Trust


Wolff Kubly Hardware & Time Center

Wrench Auto Service, Inc

Celebrating 5 Years 
AERIE Preferred Financial Group
Berndt CPA
Brandon Eyes
Concordia University Wisconsin-Madison
Select One Mortgage
Wrench Auto Service 
Celebrating 10 Years 
Costco Wholesale
FedEx Office - Middleton
Hampton Inn & Suites Madison West
Megna Financial 
Celebrating 15 Years 
Boardman Clark
Wolff Kubly Hardware & Time Center
Celebrating 20 Years
Wisconsin Bank & Trust 
Celebrating 30 Years 
James A. Lord DDS 

Celebrating 35 Years 
Friends of Middleton Library 
Thank You for Your Continued Membership!