April 2017

Executive Director Update

Executive Director, Van Nutt, shares his update while visiting one of our Member businesses (bonus points if you can tell us where).  In this month's video, he reviews Q1--great member engagement and a strategic plan that is on track--and looks ahead to Q2.  He also discusses what's happening around the city in the coming months. 

Sit back at view this month's update.   


Have a great month and Q2, 
Upcoming Chamber Events
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April 5, 4-6:30pm
Business Social Hour - Register
Bonefish Grill
Sample tasty bites, enjoy drink specials and connect with fellow business professionals

April 6, 7:30am

Get Moving Middleton - Register
Hilton Garden Inn

April 7, 11am-1:30pm
Open House & Ribbon Cutting (11am) - RSVP
QPS Employment Group
(658 S. Gammon Road, Suite 200)

April 7, 12-5pm
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting (12pm)
Sky Zone Madison
(2134 W. Beltline Hwy)

April 10, 11:30am
Ambassador Committee
Gilda's Club Madison

April 12, 12pm
Golf Committee Kick-Off
Pleasant View Clubhouse

April 19, 8am (7:45 Registration)
Ask the Expert: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Enhance Data & Cyber Security - Register
Edgewood College - Middleton Campus

April 19, 12pm
Economic Development Briefing - Register
Wisconsin Bank & Trust
Guest Speaker: Jeff Maloney, Vandewalle & Associates

April 20, 4pm
Biz Trolley Tour: atmosphere Commercial Interiors & Viking Cue - Register
Trolley departs from Capital Brewery

April 25, 11:45am
Lunch & Learn: Networking Best Practices - Register
Middleton Community Bank

May 3, 5-6:30pm
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
ADIO Chiropractic
(1001 N. Gammon Road, Suite 4)

May 4, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton - Register
Hilton Garden Inn

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New Members

1myVote LLC

(614) 551-9792  

Becky McKenzie Photography

6225 University Ave, Suite 101
(608) 770-7819

Brookens Construction LLC

2413 Parmenter Street, Ste 120
(920) 794-4611

Expressively You

(608) 228-1282

Onsager Law Office

6218 Camino Way
(608) 358-9413

Prima Management, LLC
6273 University Ave. Suite E
(608) 831-4035  

Race Day Events, LLC

5976 Executive Dr., Ste B, Fitchburg
(608) 338-8015  

The Flying Locksmiths - Madison
7818 Big Sky Drive, Suite 106
(608) 371-1626

Thompson Kane & Company LLC

8020 Excelsior Drive, Suite 401
(608) 833-2421

Woodall Baseball Academy
6508 Whittlesey Road    
(608) 213-6261  

Members on the Move
Announcements|Awards|Hires & Promotions
Two Men and A Truck Annual Movers for Moms Donation Drive Celebrates Women in Need, Mother's Day is beautiful time of year when we celebrate the women who have done so much in our lives.

SVA and BBB Team Up for Shredfest 2017, SVA and the Better Business Bureau are set to host ShredFest 2017 in Madison and Milwaukee.

Madison Scouts Have New Name and New Direction, Recently the governing body of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, formally changed its name to Forward Performing Arts.

Overture Announces Third Performance for Harry Potter In Concert, The Overture Center announced that due to demand, an additional performance of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Overture Hall.

Starion Bank Donates to Local Charities, Organizations, In 2016, Starion Bank donated nearly $1.02 million to local charities and organizations in the Wisconsin and North Dakota communities it serves.

Grant Recipients Announced for Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb, Fiskars is ready to announce the 30 recipients of the 2017 Project Orange Thumb garden grants to support their own community gardens.

Brandon Eyes Now Accepts Unity, Brandon Eyes is excited to announce that Unity Health Insurance has allowed them into their network.

February 2017 Real Estate Stats, Coldwell Banker Success is pleased to share the February 2017 Real Estate statistics for the Middleton area.

Pocan Announces Three Middleton Students Offered Admission to US Service Academies, Representative Mark Pocan is pleased to announce that Middleton High School seniors Margaret Go and Trevaun Turner and 2016 graduate Jack Zocher have been offered appointments to the Class of 2021.

The Alliance Receives $50,000 Grant, The Alliance has received a matching grant of up to $50,000 to expand its QualityPath program to create a pathway to high-value colonoscopies.

SVA Celebrates Women in Business, SVA, along with WISC-TV3 and Madison Magazine, is proud to announce their Women in Business initiative.

Two Men and A Truck Adds New Moving Consultant, The Madison Two Men and A Truck is happy to announce a new addition to their company.

Starion Bank Names Strebe President, Starion Bank has named Arnie Strebe president, with Craig Larson continueing in the roles of CEO and chairman of the board for the bank.

Tingalls Announces Addition of Two New Staff Members, Tingalls Graphic Design is excited to announce the addition of two new staff members: Stacy Bruner and Rebecca Waraczynski.

River Valley Announces New Hire, River Valley Bank is pleased to announce that Rosa Pauls has joined the bank as a Home Lender.

Studio 262 Staff is Growing, The staff at Studio 262 Salon would like your help in welcoming our two newest team members, Corie Imhoff and Lissa Annen.

Urban Safety Improvements Achieve Engineering Excellence, Mead & Hunt received an Engineering Excellence Award for their role on the $10 million, environmentally-sensitive roadway reconstruction of USH 14 in the Village of Cross Plains.

Country Inn & Suites Honored with President's Award, The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson - Madison West was presented with a 2016 Country Inns & Suites President's Award.

Middleton Design Firm Wins 5th Package Design Award, For the fifth straight year, Chrysalis Design Works has been recognized with a 2017 American Package Design Award.

Member Events

Volunteer Orientation, Agrace

Commercial Design Awards, In Business
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Munch & Learn: Generational Differences in Workplace, Tingalls

Coffee & Conversation, Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
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Soil Sisters, Middleton Public Library
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Startup Weekend Madison, Ten Forward Consulting

Volunteer Information Session, Middleton Area Historical Society

Good Hops Beer & Wine Tasting, MBSC

Hanger Kick-Off Party, Capital Flight

Apps & Taps Networking Fundraiser, REACH-A-Child

Easter Brunch, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

4th Annual Schools for Haiti Gala, Fearing's Audio Video Security

Munch & Learn: Differentiate Your Brand, Tingalls
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7th Annual Food & Beer Pairing, Madison Breakfast Rotary
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Volunteer Event, REACH-A-Child
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ShredFest, SVA Certified Public Accountants
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Coaches vs. Cancer Gala, American Cancer Society
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How Did You Get From There to Here?
Profiles on the vo cational journey
Interview by Patricia Eldred
Patricia joined MOM (Middleton Outreach Ministry) in December 2015 as Director of Development. She is currently engaged in inspiring and facilitating donations from community businesses, foundations, individuals, service and, faith-based organizations, to support MOM's work.  Patricia has worked as a development professional with numerous Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for more than twenty years and holds the Certified Fundraising Executive credential.

Meet:  Sarah Dunn
Director of Client Strategies,
CG Schmidt

Tell me a little about your background. What was your first job?
I was born and raised in our capital city and I attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison. For my first job out of college, I worked for the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau promoting the great area we call home. After that, I moved around the country for 14 years, working in healthcare planning and marketing for large health systems. In 1999, I moved back to Madison and began a career in an industry that was all too familiar to me - construction. It was a natural fit because my father owned a construction management company. I grew up attending ground breaking and grand opening celebrations around the state. I have lived in Middleton for the past 16 years.

What is your role at CG Schmidt? How long have you been there?
I've been the Director of Client Strategies at CG Schmidt for seven years and I feel fortunate because I love what I do. I search for opportunities to partner CG Schmidt with clients who have facility needs. In my role, I ensure we provide them with the best guidance, service and final project outcomes. At CG Schmidt, we work together to create exceptional facilities that improve the lives of others. We pride ourselves on really caring for our clients and providing service with integrity, accountability, innovation and excellence.

What is the best part about your job? The most fun --the most challenging?
Personally, it has always been a priority that I represent a company that has an uncompromising dedication to ethics and moral principles. CG Schmidt is committed to providing superior construction services with the highest level of integrity with an emphasis on community involvement and philanthropy. Not only does the company support more than 225 nonprofit organizations, but they encourage us, as employees, to donate our time and resources to improve the communities in which we live and do business.

The best and most challenging aspect of my job is the interaction I have with individuals from a variety of market segments from healthcare and senior living to education, corporate and more. In one meeting, I may be having a conversation about a medical environment, and in my next we are talking about how advancements have changed the environments in which we teach, learn and work. I thrive on the variety of clients we serve. Overall, my personal favorites are the unique, community-based construction projects that make life better for the families and children who directly benefit from the new or improved facility. As for fun, I work directly with one of our owners Eric Schmidt, who is a great boss and friend, and our team of 30 staff members. My co-workers make coming to work every day enjoyable!

How has CG Schmidt supported your community involvement?
CG Schmidt is in its fourth generation of family leadership and we pride ourselves on giving back to the community and local non-profit organizations. Giving back is important to me and, because of the encouragement I receive from the Schmidt Family, I currently volunteer as a board member for Catholic Charities and Unity Point Health-Meriter Foundation, and serve as the Board President for Children's Theatre of Madison. I am also the chairperson for the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign and recently co-chaired the Clean Lakes Alliance "Frozen Assets Festival".

What changes have you seen in the industry? What's your vision of the future for yourself, and for CG Schmidt?
I plan to stay at CG Schmidt as long as the Schmidt Brothers will keep me. Our office has grown abundantly as we have had tremendous success in winning and building education projects, and more clients from the corporate and healthcare sectors. As a result, we continue to expand and invest in renovations at our current Madison office while examining the best location for future growth and expansion.

How has membership in the Middleton Chamber worked for you and CG Schmidt?
The Chamber has worked because it has elevated our firm's visibility in the Middleton community. CG Schmidt has been completing construction projects in the area for decades and we established a local office back in 2006, but joining the Chamber has reinforced that CG Schmidt supports the Middleton community.   

What is a typical work day like for you?
There really is no typical day in the construction business and that is what makes my job exciting. I might have days full of meetings and sales calls, but there are also days of prepping proposals and preparing presentations or representing our firm at conferences. I like the variety and freedom I have in my role. It wouldn't be possible without the wonderful support of Eric Schmidt and our CG Schmidt Team.

How about a typical weekend? What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?
My weekends are pretty busy too - most of my volunteer work takes place on the weekends. But I do also enjoy traveling with my girlfriends, visiting my grown children, playing tennis, watching movies, and baking to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Tell me a little about your family. Any children, pets?
I have three wonderful adult children, two daughters - one working in public relations in Chicago and one attending the University of Kentucky - and one son finishing up his last year of high school. All three are very supportive of my career, interests and passions.

Closing thoughts? Advice for our readers? Anything else you'd like to add?
I will leave you with one of my favorite quote's... "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." ~ Albert Einstein
March Renewals
AlphaGraphics Middleton

American Girl Brands, LLC

Anunson Chiropractic

Aqua Plumbing

AT&T Wisconsin

Barnes, Inc.

BConnected, LLC

Bill's Towing & Auto Repair LLC

Blackhawk Country Club

Blue River Chiropractic

Broadview University - Madison

Camping for the FUN of It

Courtyard by Marriott -
Madison West

CPU Solutions

Culver's of Middleton

David F. Grams & Associates

Diversified Personnel Services,
a division of Opportunities, Inc.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

First Lutheran Church

First Weber Group

Fleet Feet Sports Madison

Geisking Public Relations

Good Karma Brands
dba ESPN Madison

Greenleaf Media

Hovde Properties, LLC

Infinity Martial Arts

Integrated Time Systems

Isthmus Eye Care, S.C.

Jungle Day Care and
Bilingual Preschool

Kjorlie Law LLC

Knothe & Bruce Architects, LLC

Latitude Graphics LLC

Loichinger Advantage LLC

Lycon Inc.

Middleton Art & Framing

Middleton Senior Center

Middleton Times Tribune

Milestone Senior Living

Morgan Stanley

Natus Neurology Inc.

Newmark Grubb Gialamas
Parks Electrical Service Inc.

PKK Lighting, Inc.

Primrose School of Middleton

Resource Engineering Assoc.

Ripp Sewer and Drain Cleaning

Rural Mutual Insurance Company

SARA Investment Real Estate

Savant Capital Management

State Bank of Cross Plains

Steve Aune Agency, Inc,
American Family Insurance

SupraNet Communications, Inc.

The Benefit Works

The Foundry

Tri-North Builders

Tweedee Productions

Unity Health Insurance

Welton Enterprises, Inc.

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

World Class Outdoor Lighting


5 Years
CORE Health & Fitness
Purple Cow Organics

10 Years
Courtyard by Marriott - Madison West
David F. Grams & Associates
Infinity Martial Arts
Middleton Lions Club
Rhyme Business Products

25 Years
Culver's of Middleton

35 Years
National Electrostatics Corporation

40 Years
Isthmus Eye Care

65 Years
Madison Gas & Electric Company

Thank You for your continued support!