August 2017
Executive Director Update

Executive Director, Van Nutt, is back for your August Executive Director Update.  He discusses how the Chamber is going "back to school" with a variety of educational sessions in August including our 2nd Annual Business Bar Camp on August 21.  Check out all of the events below or at

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Have a great month,
Upcoming Chamber Events
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August 2, 5:30-7:30pm
National Night Out
Lakeview Park

August 3, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton - Register
Hilton Garden Inn

August 10, 4:00-6:30pm
Business Social Hour - Register
Avid Risk Solutions - 2501 Parmenter

August 14, 11:30am
Ambassador Committee
Gilda's Club

August 15, 5-6:30pm
Ribbon Cutting
Zoup! - 8391 Greenway Blvd.

August 16, 8am
Ask the Expert: Turning Sales Leads into Dollars - Register
Edgewood College - Deming Way Campus

August 16, 12pm
Economic Development Briefing - Register
Wisconsin Bank & Trust
August 21, 1-5pm
Business Bar Camp - Register
Kromrey Middle School & Craftsman Table & Tap

August 22, 11:45am
Lunch & Learn: Generations in the Workplace - Register
Monona Bank

August 25-27
Good Neighbor Festival - More Info

Good Neighbor Festival - August 25-27

Kiddie Parade
- The Good Neighbor Festival expects 200 kids to march on Aug 25. Goody Bags are provided to the first 200 kids and contain local business donations. Interested in donating items or providing a company mascot for the August 27 Parade? Contact Adam Warriner,

- The Good Neighbor Festival 5K Run/Walk starts at 9:30am on Saturday August 26 at the GNF Grounds. Free babysitting is available with pre-registration. See the details and register online.

Raffle - Top prize is $2500, along with a nice list of other prizes. Tickets are available around town, including the Chamber office, and at the Festival Grounds. You need not be present to win.
New Members

Boys and Girls Club of Dane County
1818 West Beltline Highway
(608) 257-2606

Capitol One - Elizabeth Tierney
(516) 816-4996

8383 Greenway Blvd
(877) 778-8697

Marshall Boats
2101 Allen Blvd Madison
(608) 228-8333

Members on the Move
Announcements|Awards|Hires & Promotions
Wisconsin Bank & Trust Presents Over $25k Donation, Wisconsin Bank & Trust presented a donation of $25,388.05 to Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation Inc. as a result of the bank's Pink Ribbon Debit Card Program.

Businesses Encouraged to Apply for Chloride Reduction Rebates, To improve the region's surface water quality and avoid costly treatment plant upgrades, Madison Metro Sewerage District is encouraging area businesses to reduce salt use and apply for rebates.

Park Bank Donates to Second Harvest Foodbank, Park Bank is a proud supporter of local non-profits and organizations across Dane County, including Second Harvest Foodbank.

1848 Construction Announces Project Completion, 1848 Construction is excited to announce the completion of First Choice Dental's new clinic in Stoughton.

Settlers bank Madison West Location Coming Soon, Settlers bank is excited to announce that we are opening a new location in the Old Sauk Trails Business Park.

New Look for Top Promotions, Top Promotions is pleased to reveal their brand new look, with the same great service.

Two Men and A Truck Announce Hire and Promotion, Two Men and A Truck is pleased to announce the promotion of Jackie to Customer Service Representative and the hiring of Ken as a Moving Consultant.

Carlson Accepts Role as MOM Interim Executive Director, Ellen Carlson, Communications and Marketing Manager, has assumed the role of Interim Executive Director at Middleton Outreach Ministry.

Fearing's Honored with WIESA Award, Wisconsin Electronic Security Association (WIESA) has presented Fearing's Audio Video Security with its Member of the Year Award.

Allstate, Esser Insurance - Insurance Producer

Berndt CPA - Senior Tax Manager

DrJ Engineering - Project Lead Structural Engineer

Elements Massage - Front Desk

Madison No Fear Dentistry - Front Office Coordinator

The Jefferson - Server

Member Events

7th Annual Summer Sale, Neena

Mustard Day, National Mustard Museum
More Info

Lunch Lecture: Glacial Geology, Holy Wisdom Monastery

Battle of the Badges, Middleton Fire, EMS & Police

Asbury Fest, Asbury Church
More Info

Wake Up with Wegner: Business Health Check-Up, Wegner CPAs
More Info

Kickin' It for Kids, REACH-A-Child

The Corporate Role in Community Health, The Alliance

Yappy Hour at Capital Brewery, Tabby & Jacks

Executive Briefing: The Power of Innovation, SVA

How Did You Get From There to Here?
Profiles on the vo cational journey

Interview by Kristi Warriner
Kristi is the Business Manager at Cresa, a commercial real estate company that is unique in only representing tenants and buyers, never landlords.  Kristi was born and raised in Middleton, and lives here with her husband Adam, two very active teen daughters, two ugly dogs, four chickens, and a hamster named after the drummer Butch Vig.

Meet:  Karen Meyer
Owner & Manager, Imperial Garden  
What was your first job?
Working in the Social Science Graduate Library at the UW. It was just a student job when I was at the University.

How did you wind up in the restaurant business?
While I was at the University I started working for the original owner (of Imperial Garden) at Grand Pagoda on the Beltline as a waitress and bartender.   When he opened Imperial Garden in 1981 I started working here as a manager and bartender, it was kind of a small deal then. I decided to stay in Madison and Henry Chen and his family became good friends. When we opened the east side restaurant in 1984 I spent a lot of time there when it first opened, then I came back here. In 2003 when Henry retired I went into a partnership with our head chef, Ken Yan, so now he and I co-own the restaurant. So, I don't have a real background in restaurant management, [laughs], I majored in English Literature and Art History.

You are pretty involved in Madison Originals (a local independent restaurant owners association). Can you tell me a little about that?
Well, we [Imperial Garden] were among one of the founding members of Madison Originals. Through Madison Originals we try to be as supportive of each other when we're doing projects on a local level. They are all really nice people.

I appreciate the fact that most local people are very supportive of independent restaurants, and restaurants like us that have been here for a long time--they want to make sure that we succeed, and they appreciate what we have to offer. It's one of the reasons we became a part of Madison Originals. It wasn't to fight the corporate restaurants but to emphasize what a special thing we have. It's dying in a lot of cities but we still have a vibrant local independent scene. When you ask people around here for a restaurant recommendation, they'll often start with local places. It's special here to know the people that come in.

What has changed the most since you began in 1981, and what do you see for the future?
I think the most exciting thing is to see how Middleton has grown, I think, in a positive way.   That they've been able to encompass fairly significant development, with corporations coming, and restaurants, and yet still be able to maintain the small-town feeling, and certainly small town friendliness where people really care about each other. Whenever I talk to people who are visiting here, or maybe talking about a new restaurant, their feedback is always positive, and it's just such a great example of Midwestern hospitality.

What is a typical day like for you?
[Laughs] Typical is kind of an oddball thing in the restaurant business, they are rare. Every day is a new adventure. But really, a typical day is arriving and checking the details, making sure we have everything ready to go. Looking ahead to the parties and reservations, fielding calls about parties that are planned for tonight or tomorrow or next year. Addressing staffing issues, but we have a very solid staff here; I have a lot of people here who've been here 15 years plus, and the chefs have been here forever, so I don't have the concerns other restaurants might have.

What is the most fun part of your job?
The people-- the people that I work with and the people that I see every day, the people we've known forever and the new people that have just moved here and are excited to find their special place. It's always nice to share with them other places that I think are special, too. In this business, I've learned that everybody is interesting and valuable and it goes beyond politics, and personal interest and income. If you're in a position where you meet and talk to all kinds of people, you have the opportunity to learn a lot from them. That's a lesson you can learn in this kind of business, that there's something valuable in everybody.

What's the most challenging?
Keeping it fresh without destroying what makes it special. On a busy night, it's making sure we keep everybody smiling.

Tell me about you. What are your hobbies?
I like to eat in other restaurants - I love to eat and to try all different kinds of food, and I love to cook, though I don't have time to do it very often. I love to have dinners with friends--big dinners with lots of friends is the most fun thing.   I like to kayak. I like to lay in my hammock and read a good book. I like to travel, I've enjoyed going to China and Japan. I also enjoy staying close to home and spending a night in Elkhart Lake.

Any closing thoughts?
I would just like to say how grateful we are for the support we get from Middleton and the people nearby.
July Renewals
ANiU Salon Spa

Aquire Restoration, Inc.

Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery


Balance Personal Training

Bergamot Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Broadwing Advisors, LLC

Bruce Company of Wisconsin


Capitol Ice Arena

Compel Consulting Inc.

First Weber Group - Winding

Friends of Middleton Library

Hellenbrand Electric

Hilton Garden Inn -
Madison West/Middleton

Home Works Remodeling

Knoche's Food Center

Madison Computer Works, Inc.

Mankind Support Service Inc

Mid Town Pub

My Fleet Center

Name Badge Productions LLC

Neil's Liquor

OPN Architects

Orchid Knoll Apartments

Pet Care and Assistance Fund

Pizza Hut

Realty Executives
Cooper Spransy

Restaino & Associates -
Kathy Eckenrod

Rick Vanden Heuvel CPA 
Rotary Club of Madison Breakfast


Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin

Smith & Gesteland LLP

Speedpro Imaging

Successful Organizing Solutions (S.O.S.)

Sue-Z Schwab

Susan Young International, LLC

The Free House Pub

The Jefferson

Tools of Marketing, Inc.

Total Awards & Promotions/

Unity Point Health - Meriter

Viking Cue Manufacturing, LLC

5 Years
Capital Ice Arena
The Free House Pub

25 Years
Pizza Hut
Zimbrick - Acura/VW

Thank You for your continued support!