DWACC September 2023 Updates
Chamber News & Events
Thank you to the Village of DeForest and the Village of Windsor for highlighting that September is Chamber of Commerce Month at your Village Board meetings.

The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce is grateful for your continued support and thankful for our wonderful partnership!

Working Together ~ Growing Together

We have been nominated for a
Dane Buy Local Biz Award!
Your dedication and outstanding contributions to our community have not gone unnoticed, and we
look forward to celebrating your achievements
at the awards ceremony on October 11th, where winners will be revealed!
Thank you DASD for hosting our September Lunch & Learn!
Thank you to Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Toetz for sharing some of the upcoming events and programs happening this school year!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 4th for the Framework For Our Future 3.5 event which is a community conversation designed to continue the work to recognize and address evolving needs of all students and our community.

We would also like to thank Heather Treinen, Ann Staniforth, and Lana Ziegler, from Blessings in a Backpack - DeForest Area Schools chapter for coming and sharing with us what they are doing for our kids in need! They discreetly provide food for the weekend in the backpacks of identified school-age children (4K-HS) in need to show them that they are cared about even when they are not in school. In 2022, they provided meals to 195 students every weekend!

If you would like to learn more or donate, go to:
Lana, Heather & Ann
Example of items provided
September Lunch & Learn
Chamber of Commerce Leadership Series begins September 20th!

We are so excited to present our Leadership Series for Fall 2023!

The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber has partnered with Madison College to offer a series of five leadership courses of professional development for our members! These educational opportunities will sharpen your leadership skills, allow you to engage and share ideas and experiences with fellow members.

If you would like to register for all five courses, please register by Monday, September 18th, for planning purposes.

Leading & Facilitating Teams
Stress Management
Situational Leadership
Difficult Conversations

More details on each course and registration information
can be found on our website: HERE

WindsorFest 2023
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Windsor Community Park from 11am to 10pm

 A nod to the past, a celebration of present and look to the future
The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber, in partnership with the Village of Windsor, presents WindsorFest, an annual event that celebrates the community and the strong agricultural history of the area. It is a terrific community event to enjoy a day of free family activities, delicious food and live music! It truly is fun for the whole family. Hope you will join us us at WindsorFest 2023!

Volunteer Opportunities HERE

Sponsorship Opportunities HERE

Food Vendors/ Activity & Info Booth Opportunities HERE

FFA Petting Farm
Boy Scout Troop 155 Pancake Breakfast
8am to 11am
Support our Local Non-Profit Food Vendors
The Chamber Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 7th,
from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at
TPC Wisconsin with Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos
Join us for the Chamber Holiday Party!!!

On Thursday, December 7th, from 6:00 to 9:00pm join us at TPC Wisconsin for an evening of entertainment with Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos! 

Ugly Sweater Contest (optional, but highly recommended), winners will take home Chamber Bucks!

Sponsorship Information HERE

Registration HERE

2022 Winners!
WMC Business Day
Thursday, October 19th
9:00am to 2:30pm
Monona Terrace, Madison
Business Day in Madison will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This event brings business leaders from all over the state together to discuss important issues facing the business community and our state. We invite you to attend what is certain to be an insightful program.

See Agenda HERE

Contact Heike if you would like to join the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber Table at Business Day!

DeForest Windsor Area Manufacturers
MOTY Nominations are Open!

Feb 22, 2024
The Pfister Hotel
Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Baker Tilly and Michael Best are excited to once again be back at The Pfister Hotel to celebrate the 35th Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards!

Nominations are Open!
Nominations for the MOTY awards are now open, and final applications will be due December 1, 2023. To learn more about the nomination process, visit our website by clicking here.

To see application details, click here.

Event Registration
Welcome back to The Pfister Hotel! We will celebrate the MOTY nominees and winners on February 22, 2024. Registration will open in November. Stay tuned for more details!
Thank you to the DeForest Area Community & Senior Center for helping us with our
4th of July Firehouse Bingo!
L-R: Chamber President, Monica Titley | DACSC Executive Director, Natalie Raemisch | Chamber Secretary, Colleen Coyle
Welcome MUZA Sheet Metal Company
Grand Opening of their new facility
at 6391 Lake Road, Windsor
Muza Sheet Metal Company was founded in 1928 by Leo J. Muza. Today, owners, Sam and Carven Blanck, continue to ensure high quality and affordable products through exceptional customer service for their clientele. Based in Oshkosh ~ now has a beautiful facility in Windsor! Stop in, say hello and checkout their beautiful building at 6391 Lake Road, Windsor

Learn more about MUZA
Member News & Events
The DeForest Area was highlighted by WTV ~ watch the highlights here!
Thank you to all of our local representatives for sharing the amazing things happening in our community & Norski News!
DeForest Area School District

Village of Deforest

Living Communities by Don Tierney

Bear Tree Farms: Tim O'Brien Homes
Time to VOTE for your Favorites!
September 1st - 24th
DeForest Area Public Library Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 16th, from 10am to 12pm
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with an outdoor festival at the Library. Join us for a special story time at 10:30, polka on the patio, crafts for kids and adults, treats, games, juggling, music, and even a farm animal petting zoo. Plus you're encouraged to visit the Friends of the DAPL's Fall Book Sale in the Library's Lower Level.
LWCC Dueling Pianos Outside
Online Registration HERE
The DeForest Area Public Library is looking for help with their Haunted Library! Host a room to decorate, dress up and provide some " jump scares"!
Calling all businesses and local organizations to join the DeForest Area Public Library for a Spooktacular Halloween Event, The Haunted Library!
The planning team is looking for businesses and/or organizations to join the fun with planning, decorating and dressing in your scariest costume to provide thrills and chills to our community youth at the Haunted Library. Each business and/or organization would be responsible for coming up with the concept, decorating and staffing the room. Not sure on where to start… Pinterest has tons of ideas, the library has an assortment of decorations, and DAHS Drama Club is participating.

Let your imagination go wild! View last year's haunted library tour: https://fb.watch/mUAiNo0SwM/.
Can’t commit to a room? We’re also looking for individuals to dress in costume and provide “jump scares”.
We had a great community response from last year’s event, and we’re looking to make it even better for the youth of the community! Sign up by September 19th using the link here: https://forms.gle/esnqLSXdZDq3AncTA 
Event Details:
Haunted Library
203 Library Street
Saturday, October 28th from 1 to 4pm
Setup: Rooms Available 10/23 -10/24
Questions: Contact Christa at the Library, ctollefson@deforestlibrary.org
MBE CPA's Free Leadership Summit on Tuesday, September 19th
at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin Dells
Two Sessions available:
AM Session from 8am to 11am or PM Session 12pm to 3pm
Join us at Crystal Grand Music Theater in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday, September 19th for a transformative event to empower professionals, strengthen our community, and inspire personal growth. We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for this year’s summit is the renowned Alex Dorr, a thought leader in professional development and mental progression.

At MBE CPAs, we believe in the power of investing in our community and helping individuals thrive both personally and professionally. That’s why Tim Moy, Managing Partner, is inviting the public to attend this extraordinary event. Tim’s vision is to foster a community that encourages individuals to develop themselves, embrace new opportunities, and contribute to the growth of our region. 

More Information: HERE

Brews & Bites: Thursday, September 21st from 5:30-8:30pm
Crosstown Drive performing at Fireman's Park, DeForest
Join DeForest Parks and Recreation for Brews and Bites! An evening of live family-friendly musical entertainment, yard games, and more at Fireman's Park. Food/Beverages available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
If there is bad weather, please follow our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) along with the Facebook Event for up-to-date information on the status of the event.
Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters
Fall River Clean Up
Saturday, September 23rd from 10am -1pm
The Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters is holding our annual Fall river clean-up on 9.23.23 at 10:00am. Please join us in cleaning the river by getting in the water to help out for a few hours. Waders will be provided if you don't have your own. We will break down into multiple crews and clean selected portions of our river. The more people that come the more we can clean and the healthier our river will be. Its great fun, conservation, and conversation!
Refreshments provided!
Join your friends and neighbors to chat with some of our DeForest Police Department officers at the DeForest Area Public Library on Thursday, September 28th from 9:30am to 10:30am!
K-9 Unit Fundraiser
Paws~itive Change in our Community!
Help us protect our community! We're raising funds to establish a K-9 unit for the DeForest Police Department. Every dollar counts in bringing a furry hero on board. Please consider donating today and be a part of the paws~itive change!

DeForest Redevelopment Loan Program
The DeForest Community Development Authority partners with Settlers best Credit Union and Heartland Credit Union in exciting new funding program for downtown DeForest businesses and commercial property!

In partnership with Settlers best Credit Union and Heartland Credit Union, the CDA is providing low-interest loans and grants to help eligible applicants with exterior building improvements, structural work, building systems components and more.

Read More about it HERE

The DeForest Area Historical Society
is Cleaning up the Depot!
The DeForest Area Historical Society is organizing the Depot to create another site to visit and see the history of the Depot and how important it was in the growth of DeForest!

Assistance is needed in moving some of the large historical pieces and setting up the Depot as part of a walking tour from the Library, to the Lyster House, to the Depot to the Hanson-Bennett-Newell Museum.

If you are interested in helping, please contact DAHS President, Louise Valdovinos

Last Tour of the Season will be Sunday, October 8 from 1:00-3:00pm
DeForest Farmers' Market
Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30pm until October 17th!
between Village Hall & Fireman's Park

Supporting markets provides a platform for our local farmers and producers to sell their fresh, seasonal produce and products directly to customers.
Typically, produce is harvested shortly before being sold, ensuring its freshness and nutritional value.
A Farmers Market creates a sense of community by bringing people together.
Cultural diversity, farmers markets often showcase products from different cultural backgrounds, promoting diversity in food choices and culinary experience.
Wednesday, October 25th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Windsor Community Park, 6570 Pederson Crossing Blvd.
Join the Village of Windsor and Windsor Deputies for our annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Kids have the opportunity to go trunk to trunk and get candy and handouts from local businesses, organizations and public safety agencies. There will be games and crafts under the shelter and free hot chocolate.

Businesses and organizations interested in participating should email kadie@windsorwi.gov 

This year the event will be at Windsor Community Park, 6570 Pederson Crossing Blvd, DeForest, WI 53532
Saturday, November 4th, 2023
Framework for Our Future 3.5
Visit our Community Websites for more
Information & Upcoming Events
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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