The core services that Wisconsin’s 267 local chambers of commerce offer their members vary from village to town to city. But whether they focus on advocacy, tourism, economic development, entrepreneurship, young professionals, workforce or organizing community events, they all play an important role in our state that should be recognized.
That is why Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September to be Chamber of Commerce Month in Wisconsin. Walker made the proclamation at the request of the Wisconsin Chambers of Commerce Executives (WCCE), a division of the State Chamber that offers professional development and advocacy for local chambers of commerce.
“Chambers are central to Wisconsin’s local economies,” said Philip Fritsche, president of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce and WCCE Advisory Board Chair. “In most places, the chamber is involved in all major local decision making either as a facilitator or advocate for its members.” Fritsche said that chambers are critical community partners and problem solvers with the unique ability to work with stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.
“We are going to be asking all chambers in Wisconsin, big and small, to reach out to local media, community groups, government and the public to talk about what they do every day to make their part of Wisconsin more prosperous for business, great places to visit and ever better places to live,” Fritsche said.
The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce will highlight a number of events and programs during the month of September to further celebrate the occasion. Business Breakfast Bytes ramps up for the season, a new three-part workshop on social media is being offered and the month will conclude through celebrations at License to Cruise and Octoberfest, in conjunction with the WCCE Annual Conference.
“Our local Chambers have played and will continue to play a significant role in the growth and prosperity of the Fox Cities Region,” shared Bob Mundt, President/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber. “As a volunteer membership organization, we recognize our members, investors and the businesses of the Fox Cities for their contributions to making our community an incredible place to live, work and play.”
Chamber Month will culminate on September 27 - 29 with the annual WCCE Conference, which will be held in Neenah at the Bridgewood Resort Hotel and Conference Center. At least 80 chamber professionals from around the state will attend.
Stay up-to-date on news, events and more throughout Chamber of Commerce Month by following Fox Cities Chamber on Facebook.