September 2021
DWACC September 2021 Newsletter
Welcome! Chamber Fall Golf Classic, Luncheon, WindsorFest, Chamber Month, Refugee Donations, Grants, WMC Business Day, Coolest thing made in WI, community events and much more!
Last Call to Register for the
Chamber Fall Golf Classic
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Fall Golf Classic
Thursday, September 9th
Lake Windsor Country Club
We are excited for our Fall Chamber Golf Classic at Lake Windsor Country Club on Thursday, September 9th!

Enjoy 18 holes of golf, lunch, beverages, fun at the holes, hole contests & prizes, raffles, plus dinner and awards following golf.

A traveling trophy will be presented to the winning team!

If you would like to donate a Raffle Prize or Premium Prize, please contact Heike

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors and donors for the wonderful gifts & prizes you generously provide for the Chamber Golf Classics!
Fall Golf Classic Sponsors
11:30am - Check-in & Networking 
12:00pm - Lunch Served 
12:05pm - Chamber Announcements
12:10pm - Presentation by MBE CPA's
1:00pm - Closing
Chamber Luncheon
Tuesday, September 14th
Lake Windsor Country Club
Join us for our September Chamber Luncheon on Tuesday, September 14th, at Lake Windsor Country Club, where MBE CPA's representatives Mark Masak, Kevin Block and Matthew Stekel, will be presenting information on the tax law changes and tax planning. 

WindsorFest 2021
Saturday, September 25th
10am 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 its strong agricultural history! It is a wonderful event to enjoy a day of free family activities, with delicious food and live music! Fun for the whole family.

Gold Level Sponsors will be mentioned in radio commercials!

September is Chamber of Commerce Month
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the state chamber of commerce – kicked off Chamber of Commerce Month on Wednesday. Throughout September, WMC will work with local chambers to highlight the crucial role they play in communities across the state.
Wisconsin’s 265 local chambers help strengthen Wisconsin’s economy through advocacy, education and economic development. In addition, these chambers promote tourism, business-focused programming and community events on a regular basis.
“Wisconsin businesses have remained resilient during the devastating economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer. “Chambers of commerce across the state have stepped up to provide assistance to their members. Whether that is through keeping members informed, advocating on their behalf or providing them additional resources when they fall on hard times, local chambers are crucial to our business community and we are excited to celebrate the work they do all month.”
In honor of the contributions local chambers make in our communities and state, Gov. Tony Evers proclaimed September as Chamber of Commerce Month in Wisconsin. Gov. Evers signed the proclamation at the request of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE) ­– a division of WMC – that offers professional development and advocacy for local chambers of commerce.
“Chamber of Commerce Month celebrates the dedication and hard work of chamber professionals throughout Wisconsin who are at the forefront of helping businesses prosper and grow," said President & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance and Chair of WCCE, Suzanne Kelley. "Whether bringing together key stakeholders, tackling tough issues or leading efforts to revitalize communities, chamber leaders play a profound role in advancing Wisconsin’s economy. Thank you to the many local chamber professionals who dedicate themselves daily to driving economic growth and making Wisconsin a great place to live, work and play.”
Thank you to everyone that has dropped off clothing, shoes, diapers and given monetary donations to help the refugees at Fort McCoy!
If you would like to donate directly,
please click here
See list below of items needed
WEDC Main Street Bounceback Grants
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has launched a new grant program, Main Street Bounceback. The program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. Funds can be used to pay leases or mortgages, operational expenses and other business costs related to the newly opened location. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021. Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by WEDC’s regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located.

Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants
Grant funding supports upskilling your workforce with occupational training

The objective of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant program is to award funds to businesses from all Wisconsin industry sectors that reimburse the costs of customized occupational training for unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers.

  • The customized, business-driven training will qualify workers for full-time employment, higher level employment, or increased wages.
  • Grant awards range from $5,000 to $400,000 per grantee.
  • Match: Cash or in-kind match equal to 50% of the amount of the grant award is required.
  • Application Deadline: 3:00 p.m. CST on Monday, October 18, 2021

New Grant Program to Fund Innovative Workforce Solutions
seeking collaborative solutions from nonprofits and public bodies

The Workforce Innovation Grant Program will offer grants of up to $10 million each for at least 10 local and regional collaborations that submit proposals representing innovative thinking and data-driven planning, and that leverage existing infrastructure to connect the dots for post-pandemic workforce solutions.

Applicant Eligibility
Non-profit or public body

Use of Funds
Winning proposals will identify the region’s most pressing pandemic-related challenges, and offer solutions through a myriad of ways, including but not limited to:
  • Training and/or reskilling initiatives for in-demand jobs
  • Transit solutions or broadband
  • Planning
  • Marketing
  • Childcare solutions or supportive services
  • Career Counseling or Coaching
  • Piloting or implementing replicable/sustainable ideas/best practices

Face Covering Order in Effect until
September 16th, 2021 at 12:01am
Face Covering Emergency Order requires that everyone age 2 and older wear a face covering or mask when in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present. This requirement applies to all of Dane County.

Read the news release:

Read the full order:
Nominations Due September 3rd!
Each year, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group partner to determine the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.
The competition aims to highlight the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry. The contest not only brings attention to all the cool things made in Wisconsin, but also the outstanding career opportunities available in manufacturing – an industry that employs 1 in 6 people in the state!

WMC Business Day
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021
8:00AM – 2:00PM
The Ingleside Hotel – Pewaukee, WI
WMC’s premiere annual event – Business Day – will take place at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee on Oct. 14, 2021.
The event will feature political commentary, economic analysis and, of course, the crowning of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin winner! 

Featured speakers include: Fox News Contributor Guy Benson, BMO Capital Markets Michael Gregory and Supply Chain Expert Dr. Douglas Fisher.

General Attendee:
Individual Registration – $145
Table of 8 – $1,100

Community Events
Brews & Bites features an evening of live music and a variety of family friendly yard games. Along with food vendors and beverages to purchase it's the perfect setting to meet up with family, friends, & neighbors and a enjoy a summer night at the park. A reminder to bring blankets and/or chairs for seating.

Entertainment: Crosstown Drive

Food Carts: North & South, It's Good For You, Melted, Jolly Frog, Curt's Popcorn
Riverfest Volunteers needed, if you are interested sign up today!
The DeForest Area School District's Board of Education is soliciting applications to appoint a Village of DeForest resident to complete a term vacated by Jeff Miller. Those interested are invited to attend an information session on September 13 at 5:30 pm at DeForest Area High School (STEAM area).

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on October 4, 2021.
More information: Click Here

Thank you to Jeff for his many years of service to the DeForest Area School District and Village of DeForest!

DeForest Public Safety Family Fun Night
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
5:00 - 7:00pm at Fireman's Park, DeForest
The DeForest Police Department will be hosting it's 11th DeForest Public Safety Family Fun Night. The event will take place at DeForest Fireman's Park on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This event will be held in conjunction with the DeForest Farmers Market.
DeForest Public Safety Family Fun Night is an opportunity for the DeForest community to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.
This year’s festivities will include free food (while supplies last), raffle prizes, crime prevention information, children’s games/activities, and other exhibits from the DeForest Police Department. This event will include participation from the DeForest Police Department, DeForest Windsor Fire Department and EMS, and other local law enforcement agencies.
Citizens will be able to tour squad cars, fire apparatus, and ambulances. Visitors will also have a chance to meet and talk with Officers, Firefighters, and EMTS.
Get the kids out from in front of the TV and bring your family for a night of FREE family fun, food, and safety!
The DeForest Police Department is accepting donations for this family event for food and prizes. Please contact Sergeant Shawn Schaefer at the DeForest Police Department if interested in making a monetary or raffle prize donation.
American Legion Olson-Grinde-O'Donnell Post 348 Brat Bust
Saturday, September 18th
10am to 2pm
Pick-N-Save, DeForest
Visit our Community Websites for more
Information & Upcoming Events

If you have an event or member 2 member deal that you would like on the Chamber Event Calendar, please go to Chamber Master and fill out an event listing and we will post it on the Chamber website!
Chamber Donates to American Red Cross - Relay for Life!
The Relay for Life Team has helped the Chamber run the 4th of July Bingo for many years and in appreciation a donation is given to the American Red Cross. This year we were able to donate $1,500 for all their hard work!
Photo L-R:
Monica Titley, Chamber Board, Colleen Coyle, Chamber Board
Steve DeBroux, Relay for Life, Dave Deltgen, Relay for Life
Vicki Deltgen, Relay for Life, Missy Muente, Relay for Life
Jon Fimreite, Relay for Life & Chamber Ambassador

Donations to the American Cancer Society can be made at

American Legion Olson-Grinde-O'Donnell
Post 348 Centennial Celebration
On Saturday, August 28th, our American Legion Olson-Grinde-O'Donnell Post 348
celebrated their 100th Anniversary at the DeForest Veterans Memorial Park! Thanks to Jeffrey Unger, Nashville Country singer, Ricky Lee, came to DeForest and performed a "Pride of Our Country" concert celebrating our Veterans and Armed Forces! Commander Dick Snortum and Unger made announcements of the Legions 100th Anniversary and a special Name Change Ceremony will follow.
Eagle Scout, Oliver Skolaski, from Boy Scout Troop 35 - DeForest, WI, made the crosses seen in the pictures on stage. There are six crosses representing each of the service branches of the US Military. Unger explained that the crosses may be "checked out" and displayed at a Veterans funeral or other military/veteran ceremonies. He is currently working with the DeForest Police Department to create a process when borrowing the crosses. Information to purchase a brick for a veteran and support the Veterans Memorial Park can be found on their website:
Jeffrey Unger
Commander Dick Snortum
Chaplain Terry Walker & Danny
Ricky Lee
Country Singer performs
Tom Gross celebrating his retirement and 70th birthday dancing with his wife. Tom has done so much to help create and build the Veterans Memorial Park and many events still happening in DeForest. #Mr.DeForest
Marine Cross displayed with a memorial wreath hung next to the Marine Statue in Veterans Memorial Park.
Thank you to all the Sponsors of the Centennial Celebration! Friends of Ricky Lee, Veterans & Armed Forces; Dwight & Bonnie Ziegler; Comfort Inn & Suites DeForest; DMB Community Bank; DEMCO; Renewable Energy Group; Brien's Lawncare; Secure ID Badges & Buttons; Top Notch Welding and Full Compass.
Keeping the Connection Sponsor