Survival Guide Available Now The Chamber has put together a survival guide with some information and ideas of ways to survive the upcoming construction projects. Click here to read the Survival Guide. Please also consider being part of a task force to help survive the next few years of construction. Teams are being formed for Signage, Advertising/Promotions, Events, Parking/Maps, Communication Liaison between Village/DOT/Businesses, & Safe Routes to School. Contact Amy if you are willing to help.
Hwy 14 Public Information Meeting
A public information meeting was held November 19 at Glacier Creek Middle School. The meeting was organized in an open house format with a variety of exhibits and maps for review. Information presented included current project area issues, drawings of proposed improvements, and the project schedule. Project staff was available to answer questions throughout the evening. Click here for a recording of the meeting. Project information, maps, graphics, and other materials can be found on the WisDOT website.
The Cross Plains Chamber is Involved in the Region & the State Executive Director, Amy Hansen was recently part of a focus group to help develop the Madison Gas & Electric Economic Development Website. Check out the great information about our region.
Amy will also be part of an economic development panel discussion with the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin as they work on their strategic planning.
The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with chambers and associations throughout the state, is participating in the 2014 Wisconsin Economic Outlook Survey. This is an exciting statewide effort that will help us better determine how we can make our community a great place to grow a business.
This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. By providing your feedback in this survey, you are part of a broad effort to help Wisconsin become a stronger, healthier economy. Your input will also help us to understand your priorities for 2014 and how the Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce can help our members succeed in 2014.
If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact:
4th Annual Business Fair - A Great Night!
Thank you to visitors, volunteers, vendors & sponsors!
Preparations are Starting for Santa Visit
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, December 7th. Santa will be at the Cross Plains Fire Station.
Plan to bring your children and enjoy cider, cookies, and general holiday fun. Weather permitting, the Lion's Train Rides are also a favorite.
The Chamber Event Team and Cross Plains Optimists will be hard at work organizing this event.
Volunteers are needed to help out the day of the event. It is a very fun and rewarding event to give your time & support. Please contact Sherri Sarbacker 798-4000 if you are able to help on December 7th.
Great Information Shared at Health Care Reform Roundtable
Thank you to our Panel of Experts who shared a lot of information about the Healthcare Reform.
Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a federal statute signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. Its purpose is to increase the affordability of health insurance while working to reduce the expenses and cost of overall healthcare.
Insurance Programs Effected by PPACA
Individual Health Programs
Both on and off the Marketplace/exchange in 2014
Small Employer Group Plans (1-50 employees)
Both on and off the Marketplace/exchange in 2014
Large Employer Group Plans (50+ employees)
Not completely effected until 2015
When do Individuals/Families Enroll?
PPACA is in full force effective January 1, 2014
Initial open enrollment - October 1, 2013-March 31, 2014
Each Consecutive Open Enrollment - October 15th through December 7th
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the Taste of Cross Plains!
Around 200 people joined us for a "taste" of what Cross Plains has to offer!
The most popular event of the day was the Kids Boat Regatta. Kids constructed the most creative boats and we set them sailing down the creek. Special thanks to Tanya & Donny Ketelboeter & Lauren Acker for braving the chilly water!
Representatives from the Village of Cross Plains, Wisconsin DNR, and Black Earth Creek Watershed Assosiation (BECWA) were on hand with a plethora of information about the Black Earth Creek, remeandering project and even did some casting lessons.
UW Plant Pathologist, Andrew Bent & local expert Tom Gross led a guided hike on the Ice Age Trail Hickory Hill Segment.
Lee Sorenson led a family bike ride. Families also enjoyed Lion's train rides, face painting, & games.
Visitors enjoyed delicious samples from local food & drinkestablishments: Cross Plains Lions, Crossroads Coffeehouse, Culvers of Cross Plains, Esser's Cross Plains Brewery, Monk's Retreat, Sante Fe Food Cart & Shelton's Bar & Grill, Inc.
Thank you to all our partners & volunteers!
Thank you to our sponsors: Century 21 Affiliated Roessler, Cross Plains True Value, American FamilyInsurance - Mike Grzenia, State Bank of Cross Plains, MG&E, TDS, Nelson Electric - Dave & Tammy, UW Provisions, Plastic Ingenuity, Coach's Club, Cross Plains Community Bank, News Publishing, Crossroads Coffeeshouse, Esser's, Walgreens and Culvers.
Use CHAMBERMASTER to PROMOTE your Business, Events & Employees
The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce announces a new partnership with ChamberMaster, the #1 provider of web-based software solutions for Chambers of Commerce.
New opportunities now exist for your business to attract new customers and share information with our community and the world.
Log in today to update your information and take advantage of these features!
Business Directory Listing - your business information is available to consumers through the chamber's website - visitors can search by category, keyword or alphabetically Online Informational Brochure - your own page on the chamber's website which can include your business description, hours of operation, location information, and up to eight keywords (these help identify your business when a website visitor does a keyword search on the Business Directory) Job Postings- add your own job openings to the Chamber's website Hot Deals - include store coupons and special offers on the Chamber's website Event Posting - add your business' events to the Chamber's Online Events Calendar - chamber website visitors can add your event to Outlook, e-mail the details to a friend and request an automatically generated email reminder for your event "Email to a friend" link - visitors to your Online Informational Brochure may select a link to email your business information to a friend
Chamber members have been sent an email with login and password. Please log in and update your profile. Contact Amy with additional questions, training or for more information.
Volunteers needed for new Chamber Ambassador Program
The Chamber is working on a new Ambassador Program. Get on the team at its start and help develop the program.
Our mission as Ambassadors is to significantly increase membership retention by improving communications with our membership and increasing membership involvement and support of all Chamber events and activities.
Please letAmy know if you want to be part of this fun, energetic, positive new team.
Memorial Day Chicken BBQ - Thanks for another great year!
The Chamber Board is very thankful for all the community support, donations and volunteers that helped to make it a fun day for our community.
This year we be served up around 1,000 chicken dinners. Dj Erin Crowley from Musical Memories kept us rockin on a rather cool day.
Special thanks to State Bank of Cross Plains & Middleton Community Bank for sponsoring the DJ. Special thanks to Plastic Ingenuity for use of their truck. Thanks to Chamber Board, Volunteers and donating companies.
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For Chamber Information please email Executive Director, Amy Hansen or call 608-843-3166
PO Box 271
Cross Plains, WI 53528