1515 Memorial Dr.
Manitowoc, WI  54220  
(920) 684-5575
Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County
RPM Small Engine, LLC
1920 North Rapids Road
Manitowoc, WI 54220
(920) 717-0608
Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
2210 Woodland Drive
Manitowoc, WI 54220
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Fox Hills Resort
250 W. Church St., Mishicot

Friday, February 10, 2017
7:45am - 2:45pm
The Heavy Metal Bus Tour provides 10-12th grade students with the opportunity to see up close and personal the great career opportunities available in manufacturing.  We are currently looking for Manufacturers who would like to open their doors February 10 - contact Karen via email
or call (920) 684-5575.

Monthly Edition
December 2016 
The "Facing Our Future" program was attended by over 150 members of the business community. The event was held at the Holiday Inn - Manitowoc and included keynote speaker Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

Kurt Bauer, President of WI Manufacturers & Commerce, presented "The Future Wisconsin Project"; Angela Damiani, President of NEWaukee, presented "The Millennial Movement"; Shannon Full, Executive Director of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, presented "The Talent Upload Program"; Ann Franz, Director of NEW Manufacturing Alliance, presented "The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance"; and Laura Wiegert and Carrie Penovich, Stronger Together Manitowoc County committee leaders, presented the Manitowoc County Perception Survey Summary. To view these survey results, click here or to view the Executive Survey Summary, click here. 

There was also a panel discussion with Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley; Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels; Progress Lakeshore Executive Director Peter Wills; Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer; and The Chamber of Manitowoc County Executive Director Karen Nichols.

An action item from this event will include The Chamber Board using the information presented as part of their Strategic Plan for 2017.  In addition, Stronger Together Manitowoc County will be focusing what was brought forward from the survey results.  If you would like to get involved, click here to register for the next meeting.

Click here for more photos of the event.

Title Sponsors:
Silver Sponsors:
Aurora Medical Center Manitowoc County
Bitter Neumann Appliance - TV - Furniture
Bronze Sponsors:
Carpenters Local 731
Holy Family Memorial
KI - Manitowoc
Lakeside Foods, Incorporated
Schenck SC
Overtime Rule Halted
Written by: Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

In a surprise move, U.S. District Judge Mazzant halted the overtime rule that President Obama's Labor Department issued earlier this year. The new rule was to go into effect on December 1 and would have more than doubled the level at which employees are exempt from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. Industry groups and 21 states, including Wisconsin, had sued to stop the rule. While the news is welcome, it also leaves employers in an uncertain position. Read more...
Sail Honors the 
Future 15!

Sail honored all of the 2016 Future 15 award winners at the Sail Annual Banquet this week at Knox's Silver Valley Bar & Banquet Hall. Thank you to all of the Sail and Chamber members, family and friends that came out to support these amazing award winners:

Eric Braun, Holy Family Memorial
Megan Bruckschen, HTR Media
Kiley Eck Hayon, Eck Industries
Joel Evenson, Ansay & Associates LLC
Domingo Flores Jr., SESCO, LLC
Cassandra Goff, Lakeshore Technical College
Brandon Gretz, BC Signs
Marv Moore, The Medicine Shoppe
Tanya Pickard, Americollect, Inc.
Becky Salm, Wisconsin Farm Bureau
Erin Schultz, Hope House of Manitowoc County
Robert Seal, Investors Community Bank
Eric Sitkiewitz, Comcast
Jessica Stemper, Investors Community Bank
Jeremy Wagner, Manitowoc Fire Rescue

Remember, the Young Professional of the Year award will be bestowed upon one of these Future 15 award winners at The Chamber's 100th Annual Dinner & Meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
Click here for all the photos from the banquet!

Manitowoc Noon Rotary

Future 15 Award
Award Recipient
Dinner Sponsor
Young Professional of the Year Sponsor
DWD Awarded $5 Million Federal Grant to Enhance Apprenticeship 
Written by: Department of Workforce Development Secretary's Office

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has been awarded a $5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to enhance the agency's already leading-edge apprenticeship program.

"Wisconsin is on the forefront of talent development initiatives, including our nationally recognized, first-in-the-nation Registered Apprenticeship program," Secretary Newson said. "This grant will expand skills training for some 1,500 workers in occupations that are in demand by employers, taking our Registered Apprenticeship program to a new level and moving Wisconsin's economy forward."

"Apprenticeship is such a fantastic way for people to get into high-growth, high-wage careers," Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) President Morna Foy said. "This grant is affirmation of the great work being done here in Wisconsin to expand these opportunities."  Read More...
The Chamber of Manitowoc County announces their new Health & Wellness Center

The Chamber of Manitowoc County Health and Wellness Center opens March 1, 2017!

We are excited to provide convenient, one-stop health and wellness benefits to help people proactively engage in healthy behaviors.

The Chamber of Manitowoc County Health and Wellness Center will be open to all Chamber members, their employees and employees' families. Services offered include primary, urgent, and preventative care; as well as physical therapy, wellness coaching, and emotional health counseling. 

Attend a free informational session to learn how you and your employees can benefit from this new health service.

Notice of Board of Directors Nominations
Pursuant to the Bylaws of The Chamber of Manitowoc County, the following individual (s) have been nominated by The Chamber Board Governance Committee to be Re-Nominated for Subsequent Terms:
Scott Hansen
Additional names of candidates for Director may be nominated by a petition bearing the genuine signatures of at least twenty-five qualified members of The Chamber. Such petition shall be filed with the Board Governance Committee within fifteen days after receipt of this Notice.
If no petition is filed within the fifteen-day period, nominations shall be closed and the candidates identified above shall be declared to be elected by the Board of Directors at its next meeting with an effective date of January 1, 2017. If a petition shall present additional candidates, elections shall be conducted in accordance with the Bylaws.
 Chamber Notebook Spotlights
Every Sunday in the Herald Times Reporter, The Chamber of Manitowoc County features members in The Chamber Notebook located on the front page of the Business Section.

This exposure is just another value-added opportunity in your Chamber membership.  Not only will your article reach Chamber Members, but also community wide!  Current dates are available; if you would like to snatch one up, email
Celebrating Another Year of Chamber Membership 

Bellin Health Family Medical Center
Carpets Plus of America
Cousins Subs
Doneff Companies, LLC
E V M, Inc.
Ellerman Glass
Fatzo's Sub & Pizza Shop - Two Rivers
Forward Service Corporation
Fox Communities Credit Union
Fox's Piggly Wiggly - Manitowoc
Holschbach Excavating, Inc.
HomeCare Health Services
Jens, Reinbold & Pfeffer Family Funeral
   Homes & Crematory
Jim Reif Builders, Inc.
Lakeshore Latching, Incorporated
Lakeshore United Methodist Church
Lamar Outdoor Advertising
L'BRI Pure n' Natural; Emily Howe
Manitowoc County Job Center
Manitowoc Jaycees
Planet Fitness
Pro-View, Inc. Certified Home
Roncalli High School
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Tom Finley
Smile Clinic SC
Time Out Sports Bar & Grill, Inc.
Yellow Zone International, LLC

December Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 30, 4:30pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St., Manitowoc

Sponsored by:

Thursday, December 1, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Courthouse Pub
1001 S. 8th St., Manitowoc

Wednesday, December 7, 12:00pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St., Manitowoc

Friday, December 9, 7:15 - 8:30am
The Chamber of Manitowoc County
1515 Memorial Dr., Manitowoc

Sponsored by:

Tuesday, December 13, 4:30 - 7:00pm
Time Out Sports Bar & Grill
1027 N. Rapids Rd., Manitowoc

Sponsored by:

Wednesday, December 14, 8:00 - 11:00am
Reedsville High School
340 Manitowoc St., Manitowoc

Wednesday, December 14, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Manitowoc Public Library
707 Quay St., Manitowoc

Friday, December 23 & Monday December 26
The Chamber office will be closing at Noon on Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26 in acknowledgment of Christmas.

Friday, December 30 & Monday, January 2
The Chamber office will be closing on Friday, December 30 through Monday, January 2 in acknowledgment of the New Year.