May 16, 2022
DWACC May 2022 Updates
Welcome New Members, Upcoming Chamber & Community Events
Welcome Salon K&S
We welcomed Shelley Dutcher and Kathy Selbach, the owners of Salon K&S with a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 13th at 115 S. Main Street, DeForest!
Their doors will officially open on Monday, May 16th!

Give them a call to make an appointment (608) 842-0526

Read the DeForest Times Tribune Article Here
Chamber Golf Classic
Thursday, June 9th at
Lake Windsor Country Club
Shotgun Start at 9am!
We are excited to host the Chamber Golf Classic at Lake Windsor Country Club!

The day will feature 18 holes of golf on an awesome course! Enjoy a boxed lunch and fun games at the holes with chances to win premium prizes! Check out the raffle prizes and drop your tickets in the baskets - we have a new raffle ticket system this year - no more long strips of tickets to find your numbers!

Join us in the event tent following golf for awards, prize drawings, food & beverages and networking! 

Please register for sponsorships by May 26th for marketing and signage.


Register for Sponsorship HERE
Register for Golf HERE
Volunteer Sign-up HERE
Thank you to all of our current
Chamber Golf Classic Sponsors!!!
Clubhouse Sponsor
Meal Sponsor
Meal Sponsor
Ball Sponsor
Beverage Cart
Sponsor
Beverage Cart
Sponsor
4th of July Community Celebration!
July 2nd - 4th, 2022

We need YOUR HELP to continue our community celebration!
The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber 4th of July Community Celebration is a tradition to come together as community to honor those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom and independence! Many people attend our event to enjoy a variety of entertainment for kids of all ages!

It is a wonderful opportunity for your business to show its community support and receive recognition for sponsoring these activities for families to do for free!
We need many to help us continue this amazing community tradition!
Please consider sponsoring & volunteering your time to help us continue our wonderful community celebration!

Sponsorship & Event InformationHERE
Food & Activity Vendor Information: HERE
Volunteer Sign-up HERE
Parade Registration HERE

Freedom Run Information: HERE
Windsor's Windy Kite Festival
Saturday, August 6th from 11am to 4pm
Windsor Sports Commons
The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber and Village of Windsor are excited to bring an amazing Kite Festival to our community on Saturday, August 6th at the Windsor Sports Commons from 11am to 4pm!

There will be some amazing displays of beautiful giant show kites, precision stunt teams performing mesmerizing aerial ballet with their dual and quad line kites, spectacular and colorful ground displays and activities for kids and adults! Schedule of Events coming soon!

Sponsorship Available Here

Volunteer Opportunities Coming Soon!
Chamber Mega Mixer on Thursday, May 19th from 5-7pm
at Hop Haus Brewing Company, 2975 Sub-Zero Pkwy, Fitchburg
Strengthening established connections is GREAT and a valuable part of networking, but here's your chance to expand your network and make new friends! Chambers of Commerce from across Dane County and beyond are collaborating for a once-a-year MEGA Mixer networking event, where chamber members from across multiple platforms will be in attendance.



Participating Chambers: 
Belleville, Greater Madison, Oregon, Fitchburg, Monona, Wisconsin LGBT, Waunakee, Mt. Horeb, DeForest/Windsor and Verona
May Chamber Luncheon at the DeForest Area Public Library
Thank you to the DeForest Area Public Library for hosting our May Luncheon and sharing with attendees all the programs and resources available to check out!
Jan Berg and Christa Tollefson gave us a tour of the tool rooms open for creating projects.

Thank you, Dan Jardine, for sharing information on the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters cleanup project and the Memorial Day ceremony.
Fiesta at 4 Networking Event at Fortifi Bank

Thank you Fortifi Bank for hosting the Dual Chamber Networking event on May 10th!

It was wonderful to see the Fortifi Team again and meet other members from the Waunakee and our Chamber!
Welcome Bags
Welcome to Our Communities!
If you would like to add something to our Welcome Bags informing new residents about your business, please contact Heike to add your brochure or company swag material to the welcome bags!
Did You Know?
Enhance your Directory Listing
on the Chamber Website!
You can enhance your Chamber Directory Listing on the Chamber website! Add photos, video, maps and so much more to your directory site on the Chamber website!

Ask me how! HEIKE

If you do not have a website yet, we can help you create and promote one!

We are offering free updates this year to enhance your listing on our website! Add more information for residents to find you and connect with your business!
Main Street Bounceback Grant Information
Additional $25 Million Invested into Main Street Bounceback Program- Grant Deadline Extended
Governor Tony Evers this week announced that an additional $25 million will be invested into the Main Street Bounceback Grant Program.
The program has already helped more than 4,200 small businesses and nonprofits in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. This additional investment will enable 2,500 more small businesses and nonprofits to move or expand into vacant commercial spaces across the state. The governor further announced that the deadline to apply for a Main Street Bounceback Grant has now been extended to December 31, 2022. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds are disbursed.
Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) and distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial property where the lease commences, or sales contract closes, on or after January 1, 2021 and on or before December 31, 2022.
Additional information about the Main Street Bounce Back Grants is available here: https://wedc.org/programs-and-resources/mainstreet-bounceback-grants/.
Congratulate Debbie Brewster
on her upcoming retirement!
Thank you, Debbie, for all you have done
for our students, businesses and
community the past 39 years!
Thank you to Eric Runez for all you have done for DASD and our community!
Best Wishes!
Upcoming Community Events
Friday Flicks
5:30pm at Fireman's Park
Join DeForest Parks and Recreation for the first movie of the season at Fireman's Park next Friday (5/20/22)! The event starts at 5:30pm with food carts and pre-movie activities that celebrate Public Works Week and Encanto will start at dusk!


Food Carts:
Kona Ice
Any Street Grill
Jakarta Cafe -BBQ
And a special thank you to the Friday Flicks Series sponsor LRS!
Community Cleanup Challenge
Saturday, May 21st starting at 8:00am
As the snow melted, have you noticed unsightly litter? Are you wanting to get your kids more involved and volunteering within the community? Be the change you want to see. Your DeForest Windsor Lions Club challenges you to join us in a community-wide trash pickup challenge.

We will have friendly Lions and Leo members at the following locations handing out trash bags and gloves:
*Western Green Park
*Sun Fish Pond
*Yahara Park
*Liberty Land Park
*Windsor Fireman's Park
Once collected, trash bags can be left at each of these locations to be collected by village employees.

** for safety, we are recommending that kids do not attempt roadside cleanup.
Adults, if there is an area other than a park or trail where you want to focus your efforts, please be safe and wear brightly colored clothes. And grab a friend, it's way more fun!
DeForest Windsor Lions Brat Bust
Friday, May 27th
from 10am to 3pm
at Mousehouse Cheesehaus
Mousehouse Cheesehaus Sidewalk Sale
May 28th 29th

HEY!! We’re having a sidewalk sale and you know what that means? It means YOU can score some trinkets and gifts from our store at a lowered cost! Keep in mind though, this does not include our cheese products!

Starting May 28th to Sunday May 29th, you’ll get the chance to shop till you drop.
Memorial Day Remembrance
The Deforest Veterans Memorial Foundation will be hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in DeForest (N. Main St.), starting at 11:45 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th.

Area residents are encouraged to invite others, bring lawn chairs and attend. The ceremony will last 45-60 minutes.

 Because this is the 75th Anniversary of the United States Air Force, there will be an Air Force component within the ceremony. If you have not yet attended a ceremony at the park, you are missing out. It is informative, unique, different every year, and pays proper respect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country.
Dragon Art Fair
Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 4pm
Fireman's Park, DeForest
With 100 amazing local & regional artists working in all medias, family entertainment and great local food, the Dragon Art Fair is sure to have something for everyone. Located in Fireman’s Park, the fair offers a walkable park setting, easy access and adjacent parking, all of which provide an enjoyable experience for both artists and guests. Our silent auction, with 50+ items donated by our generous artists and community businesses, provides an opportunity have fun and support the Dragon Arts Group Scholarship fund.
For more information about this event, go to www.dragonartsgroup.org, check the Dragon Arts Group Facebook page or e-mail jwills@dragonartsgroup.org.
Cops & Bobbers
Saturday, June 4th starting at 9:30am
Token Creek DNR Ponds, 6356 Portage Rd.
Join the Windsor Deputies at this free, catch and release, community event for children 15 years of age and under (must be accompanied by an adult). Fishing poles, bait and supplies are provided, but if you have your own fishing poles, please bring them. The event will start at 9:30 am with prizes at 10:30 am and a picnic lunch, provided by Metcalfe's Market, to follow at Old Mill Site of the Token Creek Conservancy. Prizes will be given out. Must be present to win.

RSVP required: Send email to kadie@windsorwi.gov
Member News
Become a Community Partner!
Lord of Love Lutheran Church
remodel new addition & to add an elevator
Visit our Community Websites for more
Information & Upcoming Events
Thank you to our 2022 Signature Sponsors!

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 and 2022! Contact Heike to learn more!
DWACC Signature Sponsor