DWACC February 2023 Newsletter
A Word from the Director

Well January just flew by - Hello February!

Apologies for not having sent the January Updates Newsletter on January 15th - I was out sick for a week and have been playing catch up ever since!

2023 Membership renewals were sent out December 22, 2022. Please let me know if you have not received your invoice or if there any changes in your number of employees. Please have your Membership Investment paid by February 15th, to be listed in the 2023 Chamber Community Guide.

Thank you for your continued support!
Heike Compe
Executive Director

Welcome Brennan Blecker with 
Savant Wealth Management is an independent, fee-only wealth management firm providing comprehensive financial advice & services to individuals, families, and businesses across the nation. They are committed to helping clients pursue peace of mind through the collective insight, wisdom, and perspective that they offer.

Welcome Back Julie Gullickson with Kindness Bank!
Kindness Bank's mission is to be invested in improving community health & well-being through acts of kindness. Our vision is to create a Kindness Exchange where anyone can offer or receive support from their community. Kindness Bank helps connect both parts to improve community health & well-being. Anyone can use the Kindness Exchange.

Welcome DeForest Police Foundation, Inc.
We look forward to introducing this new organization soon at a Chamber Lunch & Learn. For more information now, please contact Mike Wilson

As part of the Menasha Corporation, ORBIS Corporation is committed to driving the circular economy. Reusable packaging is good for your supply chain and the planet. ORBIS helps you switch from single-use, expendable packaging to fully reusable solutions that reduce waste. So as you move product, you’re working toward a more sustainable world for future generations.

Welcome Back Waunakee Remodeling!
Our origin dates back to 1977, where we first began as a residential siding contractor in Waunakee, WI. Since then, Waunakee Remodeling has expanded into a full-service interior and exterior remodeling company. With years of industry experience in materials selection, design expertise, and professional custom craftsmanship, we’ve established ourselves as the premier remodeling company in South Central Wisconsin.

Save the Dates
Chamber Leadership Series Collaboration
with Madison College
Spring 2023
Health & Wellness Fair
Details coming out soon to register!
Community Expo
May 2023
Chamber Golf Classic
June 8th, 2023
Lake Windsor Country Club
4th of July Celebration
July 3rd & 4th, 2023
Fireman's Park, DeForest
Windsor's Windy Kite Festival
August 5th, 2023
Windsor Sports Commons
September 30th, 2023
Fireman's Park, Windsor
Small Business Saturday
November 25th, 2023
DeForest Windsor Vienna
Winterfest Weekend
December 1st - 3rd, 2023
DeForest Windsor Area
2023 DeForest Windsor Area Chamber Community Guide
We are working on the 2023 DeForest Windsor Area Chamber Community Guide!

The Community Guide is the Chamber's primary communication that showcases our business members, community organizations, clubs, schools and Municipalities. They are in the hotels, kiosks, in the Welcome bags and mailed to visitors and future residents by request.
Over 6000 copies will be printed and distributed throughout the community. 

Now more than ever it is important for businesses to continue to promote their goods and services and to remain connected in our communities!

Every Chamber member has a free listing in the directory. Please make sure your business contact information is up to date in Chamber Master. This is where the information for the guide is obtained. Please have 2022 Membership Investment paid by February 15th to be included in the Community Guide.

There are also full color glossy advertising opportunities available for purchase. If you would like to place an Ad in the 2023 Community Guide, please contact:
Eric Medina for more information at (608) 807-6590 or emedina@hngnews.com

Advertising Deadline: March 3rd
Athletico Physical Therapy joins Anytime Fitness DeForest!

We welcomed Athletico Physical Therapy with a Ribbon Cutting at their Open House at Anytime Fitness -DeForest!
Arielle Berman, Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer, is offering a Free 30 minute assessment of your pain or injury, either in-clinic or virtually through a secure online video chat.
You can contact Arielle to set up an appointment at arielle.berman@athletico.com or at (608) 912-5044
DeForest Area School District Volunteer Opportunities
FBLA Judging
DeForest Area High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter will be hosting the Wisconsin FBLA Region V Regional Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 4, 2023. Nearly 500 students will participate in this event. We are in need of approximately 50 judges. The judges meeting will begin at 8:15 am, with live judging beginning at 9:15 am. Once you complete your judging responsibilities, ending at approximately 11:30, you are free to leave. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sign up here: FBLA Volunteer Sign Up

Sophomore Interviews
As part of our Sophomore Advisory Curriculum, students take part in a short (5 minute) mock interview. We are hoping to expand our community involvement to enhance the real-world feel of these interviews. Here is an overview: Mock Interview Procedure These interviews will be taking place from 9:30 am - 11:00 am on the following dates: April 10, April 18, and April 24. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate the dates you are available here: Mock Interview Volunteer Sign Up

Reality Day 2023:
This year, all 11th- and 12th-grade students will participate in this engaging and interactive financial literacy simulation to learn the “realities” of life after high school or college. Students complete a career cluster survey and identify a potential occupational area they may be interested in pursuing in their future. Local businesses provide real-life product, service, and cost information and staff the reality day “stations” (housing, groceries, debit/savings accounts, etc.). 

As a result of Reality Day, students:
Learn why financial planning skills, goal setting, and decision-making are so important to their futures.
Learn the relevance of what has been taught in school, and the impact financial literacy has on their lives.
Examine their attitudes and understanding about career choices, earning potential, job satisfaction, and the role of those concepts in attaining a quality of life.
Interact with DeForest area business people, community members, teachers, support staff, and administrators.
Work with other students, school staff, and the business community in an action-oriented setting that has the power to change student perceptions about their future.
Many of you have participated in this incredible event before.
We invite you back and invite the rest of you to consider joining us Wednesday, April 19th from 8:00 am-1:00 pm at DeForest Area High School.
You can indicate your interest here: DAHS Reality Day 2023

The DeForest Area School District (DASD) continues to place a high priority on the safety of our students and staff. This is an area of ongoing and continuous improvement at the building and district levels in close partnership with our local law enforcement agencies, fire department, and EMS. We have recently added another tool to our safety and emergency preparedness.

In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS), DASD is now connected with the SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT Resource Center (SUSO). SUSO is a comprehensive place to turn to with concerns regarding school safety. 

Students, parents, guardians, school staff, and community members can submit a school safety concern directly from the DASD website, by visiting speakup.widoj.gov or by calling 1-800-MY-SUSO-1. Resource Center staff work around-the-clock to respond to submitted reports and to coordinate a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement, and related student services and school district staff. 

As part of our multi-step process in rolling SUSO out to our students, staff, families, and community we will be having a contest for high school students to create a video message highlighting the program and its role in keeping one another and our schools safe.

DASD is looking for business/community partners who would be willing to provide funds as cash prizes to the first ($100), second ($75), and third ($50) place video teams. If interested in sponsoring the video contest, please email Kathy Williams, kwilliams@deforestschools.org. Thank you!

State of the Chamber & Our Communities
2022 Chamber Awards

Join us for the annual State of the Chamber and Our Communities Breakfast on Thursday, March 16th, at the Comfort Inn & Suites, DeForest from 8:00am to 9:30am. 

We will introduce our 2023 Chamber Board members, recap 2022 and highlight events and opportunities in 2023. 

In addition, the Village Presidents, Jane Cahill-Wolfgram and Bob Wipperfurth, will present 2022 Village highlights and plans for 2023 and how they will impact our communities and businesses. 

Superintendent, Rebecca Toetz, will present updates on referendum projects and the annual stakeholders report.

Throughout these presentations we will present our 2022 Chamber Awards for:

Chamber Member of the Year
Non-Profit of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
New Venture of the Year
Most Distinguished Business

We look forward to seeing you there!


Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast

Friday, February 17 | 7:00 - 9:30 AM
The Pfister Hotel | Milwaukee, WI

WMC Foundations Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast will highlight important issues facing manufacturers in 2023! Our keynote speaker will be followed by a reaction panel of Wisconsin manufacturing executives. The panel will discuss energy challenges and other issues impacting manufacturers in 2023

Member News
Dale Evans, President and CEO of EVCO Plastics, honored as one of In Business Magazines Executives of the Year.
Congratulations to one of this year's Executive of the Year award winners: Dale Evans, president and CEO of EVCO Plastics! You can read more about Dale and the other winners in this month's issue of IB.

Fortifi Bank Announces Steve Arps as Chief Operating Officer

Read Full Press Release HERE
Brendon O'Shea Joins Capitol Bank Mortgage Team
Read Full Press Release HERE
Kevin Block has been named Partner at MBE CPAs
Read Full Press Release HERE
It is with heavy heart to share the news of John Englesby, Archivist and Curator of the DeForest Area Historical Society, passing on January 5th, 2023.

We are so grateful for all of his knowledge of the DeForest Area and his contributions not only to the DeForest Area Historical Society but to the many Boards John had served on in our communities.

I will truly miss his visits and stories.
Rest in Peace, John.

At Hometown Pharmacy we are putting a huge emphasis on nutrition and addressing pharmaceutical induced nutrient depletion. However, our support along the wellness journey goes beyond that! Please reach out with any questions no matter where you are on your journey!
We'd love the winner to be a DeForest friend! Please do share this opportunity with your friends & family too
To enter follow the instructions below:

The giveaway registration is open until Wednesday 2/1/23
Winners will be announced 2/15/23

If you have any questions, contact Heather Anderson

Murder Mystery at Lake Windsor
Cocktail hour will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 11th, 2023. Dinner and the show will follow at 6:00 pm. Seating will be first come, first serve but we will have plenty of seating available for all guests. Tickets are $55 per person and will include a glass of wine, dinner, and the show. 

More Info HERE
Community Open House: Disc Golf Course Proposal
DeForest Public Safety Building: Mackenzie Clyde Training Room
Monday, February 13th
from 6-7:30pm
Residents are invited to attend a Community Open House Meeting on Monday, February 13th at the DeForest Public Safety Building: Mackenzie Clyde Training Room from 6:00pm – 7:30pm to learn more about the disc golf course enhancement project at Western Green Park and Liberty Land Park. Staff will be onsite to meet with residents and talk about the proposed project. Residents will have an opportunity to share concerns, give ideas and learn more about how the disc golf course enhancement design would affect their properties and the park. To learn more about the project please visit: https://www.vi.deforest.wi.us/projects
Dane County Regional Housing Strategy

Taking the Next Step

By working together to build on local efforts and assess the ongoing challenges, we can take the next steps to expedite the development and preservation of affordable and workforce housing!

Dane County has a housing crisis, and we need YOUR input and help!


Survey closes Tuesday, February 9, 2022

Please take 7-10 minutes to share your housing experiences, challenges and preferences through the Community Housing Survey. All survey participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift card! Survey is anonymous.

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants
Launched in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) competitive grant program is designed to strengthen Wisconsin’s agricultural and food industries by working to reduce the marketing, distribution, and processing hurdles that impede the expansion of sales of Wisconsin’s food products to loca​l purchasers.​
Managed by DATC​P, the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and di​stribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions. Keeping food dollars in Wisconsin communities supports local businesses, improves farm​incomes, and creates jobs.​

More Information HERE

U.S. Secret Service Research, Analysis and Key Findings of Averted and Targeted Violence on April 18th at the American Family Headquarters in Madison
Click on flyers to view and print.
The U.S. Secret Service, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Emergency Management and the U.S. Attorney’s Office-Western District of Wisconsin will be hosting 2 FREE Seminars discussing U.S. Secret Service Research, Analysis and Key Findings of Averted and Targeted Violence at American Family Headquarters in Madison on April 18th 2023. 

The AM session will be geared towards schools (School Safety teams/Administrators, Law Enforcement/SROS, School Psychologists and Mental Health/Threat Assessment Teams ) and the 

PM session will be geared to our Safety Partners in the Community – Business Security/Administration, Houses of Worship Leadership/Safety Teams, Human Resources, First Responders, Counselors, Threat Assessment Teams and Mental Health Teams.
Please see each flier for additional information regarding each training and registration details.

Deputy Josalyn Longley
Dane County Sheriff’s Office
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

For questions or additional information, please contact:
Myra Longfield at 608-250-5461 or
or Josalyn Longley at longley@danesheriff.com

Pedal for a Cause on
Saturday, February 18th
Basecamp Fitness is teaming up with lululemon, to invite Madison residents to workout out for a good cause on Saturday, February 18th in support of the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health for all. Classes at Basecamp Fitness this day are free and open to the public and lululemon shirts will be available for purchase on the day of the event, with all proceeds going to American Heart Association

Read Press Release HERE

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Keeping the Connection Sponsor
Thank you to TDS Telecom for sponsoring small businesses in our communities to continue membership in the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce!
We are so grateful for your Keeping the Connection sponsorship in 2021,2022 and 2023!
If you know of a small business that would like to join the Chamber but cannot afford to at this time, please contact Heike
Signature Sponsors