Chamber Partner Update
“Summer, when the days get longer, the stars shine brighter,
your hair gets lighter, the water gets warmer, the music gets
louder, and life just gets better!”
– Unknown
The Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Council continues to provide regular updates and information for all of our newsletter subscribers and chamber partners. If you have business or community updates, events, or other informational items to share please let us know! Let's work together to keep Whitewater a great place to work, live, learn, celebrate, and grow!
Chamber Events & Happenings

Maxwell Street Days
Sidewalk Sales & Art Walk
August 6th & 7th
Join us for our annual city-wide sidewalk sale days to close out summer!

New to Maxwell Street Days this year is an Art Walk sponsored by the Whitewater Arts Alliance.

Stop by the Cultural Arts Center to check out the artists
& enjoy some local music
October 15th & 16th

October is the perfect time for spooky, fun adventures! Enjoy a night of spirit-related stories and unique, behind-the-scenes access to explore haunted sites throughout Whitewater. 

Many of the haunted sites on the Spirit Tour have been investigated by paranormal groups. U.S. Paranormal Research not only shares their investigative findings of paranormal activities in Whitewater but also brings their equipment along on the tour just in case there is spiritual activity to witness firsthand!

New this Year . . . a walking tour on Friday night!

Tickets will go on sale in July so stay tuned for more details!
  • Bus tour tickets will be $40 General Admission & $35 Student Admission
  • Walking tour on Friday night will be $30 General Admission & $25 Student Admission (limited to 20 participants)
New Festival
Coming to Whitewater!

Grab your imagination and join
us for our inaugural
Whitewater Storytelling Festival!

October 15th - 17th, 2021

Campfire stories on Friday night, Storytellers, children's story crafts, authors fair, story walk, art exhibits, workshops, and more!

Check out the website for more details.
Community Events & Announcements
Be a Part of YOUR Community!
Whitewater Community Involvement & Cable TV Commission and other commissions and committees are seeking new members!

Be an important voice for the community and local organizations!
Arts, Music & Theater Happenings
TUESDAY’S @ 5:30 PM Begining on July 6th!
We are over the moon excited to utilize our new Frawley Family Amphitheater at Cravath Lakefront Park. Tuesday Nights at 5:30 pm the park will be filled with free community fun!

! New Exhibit !

Ethereal: The Magical World of Marina Jones and Lila Brocha!

On display
July 6th - 28th
Savory Sounds Schedule Released!
Chamber Partner News & Information
Annette (AJ) Simms
Welcome to the New Executive Director of the Delavan-Delavan Lake Chamber of Commerce
“AJ brings with her not only past experience as an executive director of a chamber of commerce, but years of experience serving to promote businesses, stakeholder groups, and the communities she’s worked in,” stated the DDLA Chamber of Commerce President Shane Griffin.
Cheers to a New Way to Experience Walworth County

The Walworth County Visitor Bureau is launching a Beer & Wine Trail for the summer! More details will be released by the end of the month so stay tuned!

Calling all current owners,
Whitewater Grocery Co. ponderers,
and co-op questioners!
Whitewater Grocery Co. is SO CLOSE to reaching our goal of 780 Owners, which will propel us into our Implementation Stage where we can start looking at site buildout and launch our capital campaign.

To better assess the unmet needs of our community, gain insight into why community members who have yet to join are hesitant, and understand buying behavior to inform site design- we've released a survey!

It's important to our growth that both owners and non-owners complete this survey. We are asking that you share this link far & wide- asking your social circles to share their thoughts with us.
Take the Survey Now!

Whitewater deserves a grocer that meets our unique and diverse needs. Thank you in advance for your participation in getting Whitewater Grocery Co. off the ground!

Interested in learning more? Visit our website!
New German Festival coming to Walworth County
August 13th - 15th, 2021
Look who's Hiring!
Many businesses in Whitewater are hiring right now! If you or someone you know is searching for work pass the word. Visit each businesses website for details on the positions they are hiring for.
Edge Broadband
Education & Training Opportunities
Coming soon! SBA will launch the Community Navigator Pilot Program, a $100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking, and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses. The program will target small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.
Upcoming Partner Training

July 15 | 1 PM ET (SCORE)
Five key ways to get control of your content marketing for attracting clients and positioning your brand.
Back to Basics: SBA Funding Programs

Challenges in Developing Successful Business Teams and Partnerships (with WPI)

A Roadmap to Developing Successful Teams and Partnerships (with WPI)

The Wisconsin SBDC's Navigating the New Normal: A Guide for Small Businesses, a free planning guide to help you manage the uncertainty created by the pandemic.
Build, Grow, and Boost
Your Small Business Online

Navigating how to effectively start or develop your business online can be overwhelming. We are here to help guide you through this process by identifying the best solutions for your unique e-commerce needs and providing you with a roadmap to implement an effective online strategy.
Learn top skills to advance your career.

Top courses for professionals and entrepreneurs. Monthly start dates.
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • A to Z Grant Writing
  • Intro to Quickbooks
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Supervision and Management Series
Women-Owned Retail
Virtual conference
July 20, 2-4 pm EST

We are kicking off the 2021 Women Owned in Retail Program with a high-energy virtual event on July 20 from 2-4 pm EST.
Why Attend?
  • Connect with representatives from Target, Lowe's and Macy's,
  • Hear success stories from WBEs who are thriving in big retail,
  • Gain insights into best practices for marketing your consumer product,
  • Get a sneak peek of what to expect from 2021 Women Owned in Retail programming.
Entrepreneurship Education
Training Programs Lending, Coaching, Financial Impact
CISA Releases Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks

In light of the recent ransomware attacks, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) urge critical infrastructure (CI) asset owners and operators to adopt a heightened state of awareness, as well as implement the recommendations listed in the Mitigations section of this Joint Cybersecurity Advisory.
Economic Development
Relief Funding Available to Arts & Humanities Organizations!

The National Endowment for the Arts and the WI Humanities organization are both making available funds to help the arts and culture sector recover from pandemic disruptions. Click the images below for details on their grant programs.
Applications Being Accepted for $100 Million in Broadband Access Grants
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) recently announced it is accepting applications for $100 million in broadband access grants authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA allocated funds to aid the State in its response to the COVID-19 emergency. Governor Tony Evers determined to make $100 million of this funding available for improvements in broadband infrastructure. PSC has created a webpage with application materials, webinars, and more information on this funding opportunity. 
Restaurant owners start with a dream of turning their passion into their profession. However, there are many aspects of running a profitable restaurant — made even more challenging by the pandemic. Stretched thin by multiple demands, owners do not always have the resources available to operate at peak profitability. We are here to help with free, expert consulting.
For more information on the Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative, contact Jason Schleip by email at:, via phone at 608-215-3915.
24/7 Access to Small Business Resources
Initiate is an online business resource with over 100 interactive tools, templates, videos, and guides. Exclusively available to small businesses working with participating organizations, such as WWBIC. More details here!
Loans that change lives
Healthy Workplaces
Information & Updates to Keep Your Employees Safe & Healthy
If you or a business you know are in need of assistance please reach out!
ADRC of Walworth County
Survey about working caregivers
The Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance is requesting input from employers by helping to distribute an Employed Family Caregiver Survey to your employees. Data collected through this UW Extension survey will be used to develop free and low-cost supports for working caregivers that can help employers overcome common barriers to attracting and retaining employees.

New County Recognition Program
Businesses that follow the County's Covid-19 Guidelines benefit the community in the following ways:
  • Supports a sooner return to normal post-pandemic
  • Help keep businesses open and thriving.
  • Reduces risk of illness among employees (Less sick time/time off taken)
  • Allows for other businesses to observe and implement best practices in promoting health and safety during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Essentially, this is a stamp of approval that lets your customers and employees know that you are protecting their safety. If you would like to apply for the county's Business Recognition Program, click HERE. There are no costs for the program, and the application only takes a few minutes to complete. 
Workplace outbreak guidance

The Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) have released guidance for employers related to preventing and managing COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace.
Walworth County Public Health offering on-site vaccine clinic opportunities at YOUR
business or organization

Typically, facilities need a space large enough to have about 15-20 people, socially distanced, at a time. A large break room, outdoor space, or training room would work. If interested fill out a request form (link below).
Platinum Sponsor
Discover Whitewater
Whitewater Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Council
Whitewater, WI 53190