August 15, 2022
DWACC August Updates
Welcome New Members, Chamber Events and Upcoming Community Events, so much happening here!
Windsor's Windy Kite Festival
We hope you saw the beautiful kites flying over Windsor Sports Commons on Saturday, August 6th!

The Chamber and Village of Windsor were excited to present the 1st Annual Kite Festival! The Wisconsin Kiter's came and displayed their amazing kites and mesmerizing stunt performance kites! Children were able to make kites of their own and fly them! we look forward to having this event again next year!

Special thanks to our sponsors Vienna Tourism and Windsor Tourism! Thank you to the Norski Soccer Club and Windsor Breads for providing Concessions! Thank you to all of the Volunteers that helped us put on this fun family event!

Enjoy the Videos below!

Save the Date! WindsorFest 2022
Saturday, September 24th 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. It is also a wonderful opportunity for your business or organization to show your support of the community and Chamber and receive recognition for your generosity! Please consider the sponsorship opportunities below.

Sponsorship Opportunity Here
Vendor Opportunity Here

Volunteer Here

August Chamber Luncheon
Tuesday, August 23rd from
11:30am-1pm, at the
DeForest Area Community & Senior Center
How prepared are you to cover unplanned out-of-pocket costs?

Dan Jardine, President of the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters has an announcement regarding their Fall River clean-up and an opportunity for sponsorship.

Meghan Stern, from Dane Buy Local, will come and talk about their upcoming Car Show, Holiday Passport, along with efforts at DBL, especially with inclusivity, local leader support, along with work they are doing with an area school to support workforce development.

Learn more about our upcoming Chamber events as September is Chamber of Commerce Month!

11:30am - Check-in & Networking
12:00pm - Lunch: Aranda's Mexican Restaurant
12:05pm - Presentations/Q&A
12:55pm - Chamber Announcements
1:00pm - End

Mark your Calendar for the 13th Annual Yahara Riverfest
on Saturday, September 10th from 12-4pm
A fun-filled day of family-friendly activities!
Rubber Duck Decoration & Race
Wagon Rides
Fishing Games & Contest
Pumpkin Decorating
Pedal Powered Spin Art Bike
Live Music by Myles Talbott Dyad
Rock Climbing Wall
Petting Zoo - DAHS FFA
Face Painting - DAHS Drama Club
Kids DIY Craft Bar - Revel of Madison
Performance Stage
Activities by DeForest Area Public Library
Food Cart Line Up
Curt's Popcorn ($)
Susie's Sweet Treats ($)
LT's Aloha Wagon ($)
SoHo Gourmet Cuisines ($)
Hot Dog Kids Meal provided by Deforest Area Rotary Club
Beer & Seltzers ($) provided by Deforest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce
The Governor’s Export Achievement Awards began in 1981 to recognize companies that have contributed to Wisconsin’s exporting strength by achieving extraordinary results in international markets and elevating Wisconsin’s competitiveness in the global economy.

The awards serve a dual purpose: to recognize companies’ good work and to highlight examples of best practices in export growth so other Wisconsin companies can learn and apply similar tactics.

Any Wisconsin company or organization successfully engaging in, or assisting in the export of, products or services produced in Wisconsin is eligible to apply. Nominations can be made by an employee of the company or organization, or by an outside person familiar with the company or organization.

This year a total of three Governor’s Export Achievement Awards will be presented to successful Wisconsin exporters of products or services as well as exporters of agricultural/food products. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 21 and the awards ceremony will take place on Oct. 26, 2022.
Main Street Bounceback Grant
Gov. Tony Evers has announced that an additional $25 million will be invested into the Main Street Bounceback Grant Program.
The program has already helped more than 5,200 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 deadline to apply for a Main Street Bounceback Grant has 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:
Workforce Innovation Grants
The first round of Workforce Innovation Grants were announced in December 2021 when the governor announced 12 regional projects would receive up to $59.5 million in grants. Last summer, Gov. Evers announced a groundbreaking $130 million investment in workforce solutions across the state. The second round of Workforce Innovation Grants brings that total investment to more than $150 million, including: 
  • More than $128 million for the Workforce Innovation Grant Program to encourage regions and communities to develop leading-edge, long-term solutions to the workforce challenges the state faces in the wake of COVID-19; 
  • $20 million toward the Worker Advancement Initiative, which offers subsidized employment and skills training opportunities with local employers to unemployed individuals; and 
  • $10 million for a Worker Connection Program, which provides workforce career coaches who will connect with individuals attempting to reengage in the workforce post-pandemic. 
A full list of Workforce Innovation grantees for round two of the program were recently announced here. The goal of the Workforce Innovation Grant program is to help the regions of Wisconsin solve their most pressing workforce challenges by financially supporting collaborative, sustainable and innovative pandemic-recovery plans developed by regional organizations. 
Additional program information is available here: 

WMC Business Day
October 19th, 2022 in Madison
Join WMC for our 20th Annual Business Day in Madison, presented by M3 Insurance, on October 19, 2022, at the Monona Terrace in Madison! This year our program will feature an incredible line up of speakers as well as opportunities to network with business leaders and executives from all across the state. We hope you will be in attendance for incredible event. 

Register today and receive early-bird pricing!

Member News & Events
Congratulations to DMB Community Bank
on your 100th Anniversary!
Congratulations to DMB Community Bank on celebrating your 100th Anniversary!

President Brad Schroeder receives a Certificate of Special Senatorial Recognition from Tawsif Anam, the Regional Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

A special 100th Anniversary Celebration is planned for Wednesday, August 17th, from 11am to 2pm at DMB!
The annual Dane Buy Local fundraiser: Eat Local, Give Local.
Thursday, August 18th - ALL DAY!
It’s fun & easy! Support local businesses AND Dane Buy Local by just going out to eat!
Visit one (or more!) of our participating restaurants and they will give 10% of the total sales for the day back to Dane Buy Local.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, drinks, in house dining, curbside pickup, or delivery.

Check the list of over 30 participating restaurants here:

Local Businesses Participating:

Friday Flicks
Friday, August 19th
at Fireman's Park, DeForest
DeForest Parks and Recreation presents Friday Flicks. A different themed movie will be shown on the big screen at Fireman's Park The event will start at 5:30pm with food carts and yard games. The movie begins at dusk and admission is free. We remind all movie goers to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and bug spray.

Movie: Back to the Future
Christian Faith Moravian Church Corn & Brat Fest
Saturday, August 20th from 10:30am to 2:00pm
J. Henry & Sons Distillery
Life's a Peace Cocktail Class
Thursday, August 25th from 6-8pm
In this August cocktail class we will be going to explore how to make peach bourbon cocktails with locally grown peaches from our neighbors at Creekbed Country Farmacy in Poynette.

The class includes hands on experience making 2 peach themed cocktails, light appetizers and a gift to take home!

Cost: $75 per ticket
Link for tickets:
Fisher Family Dental is having a School Supply Drive
You can drop off supplies at: 308 N. Main Street, DeForest
Welcome Edge Fitness at their Grand Re-Opening on
Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 2pm!
Dane Buy Local Car Show
Saturday, September 17th
10am to 2pm

Dane Buy Local is looking for Vendors for the Car Show!
Learn More about it at the Chamber Luncheon or Contact: Meghan Stern
Capitol Bank East is located at 5427 Eastpark Boulevard in the American Center on Madison's Eastside.

The Lone Girl Brewing Company Golf Outing on September 23rd, at Six Mile Creek
The Lone Girl is pleased to announce our 5th Annual Golf Outing, held at Meadows of Six Mile in Waunakee, WI. We will begin with a 1pm shotgun start on Friday, September 23rd. Last year we made a commitment to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Waunakee School District’s Free Lunch program. With help from participants like you, we were able to supply over 400 lunches to Waunakee students. We cordially invite you to join us again for this fun filled event. In addition, we ask you for your help in supporting the lunch program with your sponsorship.

Registration Info HERE
Sponsorship Info HERE
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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