The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Expo at the Bond Community Center on March 23rd from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Many new vendors displayed their products and services. If an attendee showed their already purchased coin medallion or bought one at the Expo, he or she qualified for a raffle drawing. Jean Martin was the winner of the coin medallion drawing and won a table top grill donated by Robert’s hardware and an anniversary t-shirt and cap donated by the Chamber. The Chamber also held its own raffle which consisted of many Oconto Beer items which was won by Pat Honish. We would like to thank the following vendors for participating: ABRAMS THEATRE, AVON, BAY IMPRESSIONS, BELLIN HEALTH, CARE PARTNERS, CHIROPRACTIC ADVANTAGE, CITY OF OCONTO INSPECTIONS, CITY OF OCONTO/PARKS, EDWARD JONES, FARNSWORTH LIBRARY, HSHS ST. CLARE REGIONAL SURGERY, HSHS ST. PHARM & PRESC SERVICES HSHS ST. VINCENT CANCER CENTER KOEHNE BUICK GMC LIBERTAS TREATMENT CENTER MACHICKANEE PLAYERS MAIN STREET CREATIVE APPAREL MAIN STREET HEALTH INSURANCE NEW CREDIT UNION NEWCAP OCONTO AREA HUMANE SOCIETY OCONTO FIRE & RESCUE OCONTO POLICE DEPT OCONTO SCHOOLS PATRIOT GOLF CLUIB PREVEA THERAPY INSTITUTE SUNVALLEY HOMES II UNITY HOSPICE VITAL SIGNS WAGNER SHELL WOCO WOODLAND VILLAGE
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its “Visit with Santa” and its annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 1st. Over 70 children chatted with Santa and enjoyed cookies, milk and hot chocolate while coloring and making ornaments. The weather was not the greatest for the parade but the Chamber wishes to thank the participants: Machickanee Players and their magicians, Unlimited Services, Edward Jones, the Girl Scouts, Sportsman Club, Mayor Heier and Mrs. Mayor, the ATV Club and the Oconto Fire Dept. with Santa(Bob Hellman) on the fire truck. We wish to thank the Oconto Woman’s Club for helping with the event, Brothers 3 for the hot chocolate, Robert’s Furniture for the use of Santa’s chair, the City of Oconto for the use of the multi purpose room and Council Chambers and the Oconto Fire Dept for transporting Santa in the parade. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its annual Harvest Fest on September 29th on Main St. Oconto. This event occurred from 10:00 am-3:00 p.m. Prior to the start of Harvest Fest, the Oconto Kiwanis Club conducted its 5k run walk with the start at John O’Neil’s Garage where chicken booyah was also sold. Main Street was very festive with the fall decorations. The Chamber would especially like to thank Pat Heier and Wendy Spice and their committee for the decorations on the light poles and OCEDC, Sam Boucher and Nancy Rhode who planted the pots. Monetary donations for these projects were received from the City of Oconto, OCEDC, Oconto Woman’s Club and the Chamber.
The weather wasn’t as nice as last year, but over 60 spots were reserved for Harvest Fest.
The Chamber would like to thank all the vendors that attended and also the shoppers who patronized the vendors and also the businesses on Main St. that were open.
Some of the highlights of Harvest Fest include the “Cutest Pet” sponsored by the Oconto Area Humane Society, pumpkin decorating by Brenda Race and Main Street Nutrition, games for the kids at Newcap and Westenberg Financial, a coloring contest sponsored by Bay Impressions, face painting by the OHS Art Club and Jim Arneson, and a variety of jewelry and crafts booths. Food vendors provided a good variety from Crivello’s, Kellie and Tim Belongia, Lori Boyd of Wise Guys, Aurora Curazzco’s Mexican food and Jim Truckey with kettle corn. Don Marovich provided musical entertainment. The Chamber intends to keep the same approximate date for Harvest Fest with plans for next year on the last Saturday in September which is Sept. 28th.
The next Chamber project is Santa’s visit and the annual Christmas parade on December 1st. The Chamber is looking for businesses or individuals who would like to enter a float in the parade, a vehicle, or a group to walk. Any participation is welcome. Please contact Kathy or Ron at 920-373-7377 or 920-835-5348 if you are interested. If any group would like to sing Christmas carols in Freedom Park on that day, contact the above numbers. Santa will visit with the children at City Hall from 2:00-3:30P.M. before the parade.
The Chamber meets at restaurants the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The October meeting is at the Oconto Legion Golf Club on October 16th.
The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Oconto August 17-18th. The Advanced Clown, Skeeeter, made an all day appearance on August 6th to entertain young and old alike and to promote the circus. She made stops at Farnsworth Library, Oconto Day Care, WOCO radio for an interview, the Zone, Oconto City Hall and Woodlands Nursing Home. A lunch stop was also made at Crivello’s. Skeeter has been a circus clown for about 28 years and yes she did attend Clown School to perfect her magic coloring book trick and her balancing act with Macaroni, her peacock feather. She entertained by going back in history to play a flute and a wooden slide whistle. She taught children how to balance Macaroni the feather on the tip of a finger. She made balloon shapes that the children could take home and gave out free circus tickets.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Grand Opening of the new American Family Insurance building on July 21st. The building is owned by Kevin & Amy Huggett at 215 Main St. Oconto. The Kevin Huggett Agency of American Family Insurance was established in 2006 and has a location also in Gillett. There are three staff members: Sydnie Patzer, Amy Huggett and Lisa Shelton. Their goal is to make sure that you have protection that matches your style. They will look over your current policies and make sure everything is current. Insurance coverage ranges from car, home, farm and ranch, life and business. The unique backgrounds, training and experience of the staff have prepared them well to help meet your insurance needs. Additionally, as residents of your community, they understand how important it is to be there for you – trusted friends and neighbors. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gillett office hours are Monday and Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. You can access the agency anytime at 1-800-692-6326.
At the Kick-Off Breakfast on Friday, June 8, Miss Copperfest 2018 was chosen. She is the 36TH queen to receive this honor. She is Sydney Koch.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the contest by presenting scholarship amounts. Miss Copperfest 2018 received a $1000 scholarship, the 1st Runner-up, Mackenzie Heyrman received a $500 scholarship and the 2nd Runner-up, Megan Ryan received a $250 scholarship. Additional prizes were given to all 3 of the candidates.
The Chamber would like to thank all the 2018 Chamber Business sponsors which include: Wayne’s Family Restaurant sponsor of Megan; Patsy Bake of Avon, sponsor of Mackenzie and Brothers 3, sponsor of Sydney. The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank : Miss Wisconsin, McKenna Collins, for her appearance; Lauren Resch, Patty Heier and Sara Perrizo, judges for the contest; Brothers for hosting the meal for the judging; Vital Signs for the car signs, The Reporter and WOCO for publicity for the contest, Main Street Creative Apparel for providing the sashes, crown, and Oconto Floral for the roses for the crowning.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce facilitated a ribbon cutting at Robert’s Appliance Center on Friday May 4th.
Roberts Appliance formally known as Matravers TV & Appliance was purchased by the Robert’s Family in December 2016. The Roberts knew that the appliance store needed more room to grow so the decision was made to move across the street to 908 Main Street.
Stop in and see the new store which is open 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pmPictured: Don Nerenhausen, Chamber Treasurer; Chris Roberts, Maria Roberts, owners and Ron Hayes, Oconto Chamber President.
On March 24, 2018 47 vendors and organizations displayed their products and services at the 11th Annual Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce Expo. The Chamber wishes to thank all the businesses and organizations that participated as well as the attendees. Special thanks goes to WOCO for broadcasting the event. Food for purchase was provided by Wise Guys and Wagner Shell. Several businesses asked to present oral information to attendees. Main Street Health informed participants about group benefits for insurance and Medicare options while enjoying Frank’s famous chili; Prevea Health had interesting info on Ideal Weigh, Therapy, Home Health, Orthopedic and Cancer Centers; Norwex demonstrated its cleaning products and Senior Medicare Patrol presented tips on Medicare. The Chamber wishes to thank the Oconto Unified School District for the use of its table and chairs and the Bond Community Center for the use of it facilties and their usual hospitality.
The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce held its March meeting at Crivello’s.
A letter was read from the Life Smarts Team at Oconto High School who recently won the 2018 State LifeSmarts Championship in Madison. They will now compete at the National LifeSmarts Competition in San Diego in April. They are asking for donations of Wisconsin-based company gifts to include in a gift exchange with their “sister” team. If your company has a small item to donate, contact Kathy Hayes (920-835-5348) or drop off at the OHS District Office. The Chamber wishes to congratulate the members of the team: Alex Maynard, James Alwin, Morgan Durand, Lucas Ruechel, and Carley Murphy.
Scot Neu, business teacher at OHS is running a business simulation in his Intro to Business course and is seeking help in conducting interviews. The available times would be the start of the week of April 2nd during the times of 8:00, 8:45, 9:50 and 10:30 a.m. (when the classes run) This would consist of a brief 10 minute interview with student and then your impressions of these students.
President Hayes, Mayor Heier, Dr. John Honish and Kathy Hayes attended the Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Fox Cities Convention Center March 11-13. All stated it was very worthwhile and many tips were heard on how to advertise a business on a low budget and how to create an unforgettable experience for visitors who come to our community. Kathy will explore the possibility of a touch screen for the Chamber information center. Employees at businesses and organizations need to keep informed as to what is going on in our area. This would also be a benefit to tourists who ask what is going on in our area. August 31 is “Wisconsin Supper Club Day.” The Chamber will promote this event.
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Don Nerenhausen, Chairman reported that a huge increase in the pedestrian bridge cost is now due to increase in materials and a State fee to inspect the bridge. An engineering firm will now be hired to explore other options. President Hayes and Mayor Heier discussed the funding for the bridge with State Assembly Representatives Jeff Mursau and John Nygren at WIGCOT.
Miss Copperfest 2018 applications are now ready for distribution. The deadline is May 19, 2018. The forms can be found on the Chamber website. Any girl 16-21 may apply. Each applicant must be sponsored by a Chamber business or organization. If you can’t find a sponsor, one will be provided for you. Each applicant must write an essay and the topic is found on the application form. The Chamber is awarding $1000 to the queen, $500 to the 1st runner up and $250 to the second runner up.
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OCONTO CHAMBER HARVEST FEST 2017
Harvest Fest was held on September 30th. Vendor numbers increased significantly from last year as the venue was changed to Main St. and many businesses on Main St. were open. The weather was fantastic and many, many positive comments were heard about the new venue. The Oconto Area Humane Society sponsored a “Cutest Pet” Contest.
You may have noticed that the flower pots on Main St. were planted with a fall theme. A thank you goes out to Nancy Rhode who purchased the pumpkins and mums. Planting was done by Nancy and Kathy Hayes on the first day of autumn, the hottest day of the year. Please recognize the business sponsors of the planters: Newcap, Cain Accounting, OCEDC, Huntington Bank, Image Apparel, Citgo, Oconto Pharmacy and State Farm Insurance.
More activities for children will hopefully be added next year. In addition to the Cutest Pet Contest, Bay Impressions set up a tent for a coloring activity for young and old artists. Brenda Race supplied pumpkins for children to paint, Westenberg Financial had a bean bag toss game as well as the Lions Club and Farnsworth Library was conducting a bike decorating activity.
Food was provided by Wise Guys, Aurora Carrazco, 1st American Lutheran, Jim Truckey’s kettle corn, Newcap, and Crivello’s. Entertainment was provided by Don Marovich and Jean Carlin and Cain throughout the day.