OUR MISSION:
      To promote a strong economy
and high quality of life for our
chamber members and the
Cross Plains area communities
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 The Chamber and its members benefit directly from your involvement!

GET INVOLVED TODAY!

Community Involvement ~ Business Development ~ Communication ~ Networking

Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory & Community Guide now available.  Click here for an electronic version or here to request a guide.

Moving to Cross Plains?  Check out our Community Page for residential and commercial listings.

Wondering about the Construction Projects?  Go to the Construction Updates Page for the latest information.

Coming Events

We encourage members with signage to help promote our community events!
HOT DEALS

HIRING POSITIONS

WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS:

Qet Bontanicals

Wallace Cooper & Elliot Insurance Agency

Virtual Business Edge, LLC

Deer Valley Lodge & Golf

Allstate Insurance - Esser Insurance Services LLC

Iconica

Zander Place, LLC

Broyles & Company CPA's, LLC

Kelli Baron

Allstate Insurance - Esser Insurance Services LLC

Capitol Sand & Gravel Co Inc

Silver Tree Studio

Middleton Outreach Ministry

Finishing Touch Flooring


Lake Wisconsin Country Club

Black Earth Veterinary Clinic


Thank you to our 2015 Chamber Sponsors

 
PLATINUM

 
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COPPER





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REGISTER TODAY FOR
 
THE ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF OUTING

Don't miss the opportunity to network with about 100 local business people on the gorgeous Lake Wisconsin Golf Course.  Bring your foursome, donate a prize, and/or sponsor a hole at our annual fundraiser.  No team?  No worries, let Amy know and she'll do her best to match you with others.  This is a great chance to enjoy the day with clients, coworkers and friends.  Not a golfer, let us know!  We need help with registration, setting up prizes, and helping out at the gambling holes.  If you can't join us for the day, plan to come out for a delicious Chicken dinner.  Promote your company by sponsoring a hole.  Hole sponsors are welcome to host a game or giveaway on their hole.  Where else do you get a chance to let your hair down and promote your business with the Who's Who of the Cross Plains Area?

INDIVIDUALS & TEAMS WELCOME~NO MEMBERSHIP NEEDED

Donation of a raffle prize/silent auction item would be greatly appreciated.  Please let Amy know if you have something to donate and we'll pick up the item prior to event.  Donating companies are promoted in the program, via signage at the event and on the website after the outing.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION & HOLE SPONSOR FORM

 

NEW this year:...

*Lunch is now included in your registration fee.
*Your registration fee now includes the chance to win a number of great gifts, including specialty themed baskets (a baseball basket with Mallards tickets plus a special baseball jersey, an automotive basket, etc). 
*Only six hole sponsorships remain so get yours now.
*This is one of the two largest fundraisers the Chamber holds so please participate.
*Dinner will start 30 minutes earlier as requested by past participants in a recent survey.


Event Info
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
11 am registration (lunch INCLUDED)
18 Hole Scramble  ~  Shotgun start at 12pm
Dinner 5:00 pm
Lake Wisconsin Country Club

AFTER HOURS AND LUNCH & LEARN EVENTS

The Chamber Board is proud to announce the schedule for our upcoming AFTER HOURS AND LUNCH & LEARN EVENTS.

 3 SPONSORSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. Sponsors are recognized at the event, in promotions and get 10 minutes to welcome attendees and speak at the meeting. What a great way to promote your business and build awareness of your products and services! Contact Amy for details.

 AFTER HOURS NETWORKING

Tuesday June 30 
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Coach's Club
Appetizers will be served
YOUR FIRST DRINK IS ON US!
We will do a drawing for one FREE golfer for our upcoming golf outing!

Matt Dapp from the DOT & Kim Ballweg from Ayers will be available to answer construction questions.
 
 Thank you to our SPONSOR: Fuhrman & Dodge, S.C.

 LUNCH & LEARN

Tuesday September 15
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Coach's Club
Details to come
SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE

 AFTER HOURS NETWORKING

Tuesday December 8
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Coach's Club (upstairs)
Appetizers will be served
Details to come
SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE

LUNCH & LEARN
Tuesday February 23
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Coach's Club
Details to come
SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE

Volunteers needed for Chamber Ambassador Program 
The Chamber is working on building our Ambassador 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 let Amy know if you want to be part of this fun, energetic, positive team.
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2015 Chamber Scholarship
The 2015 Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce (CPACC) Scholarship was awarded to Middleton High School senior Samuel Ropa at the MHS Scholarship Night on Wednesday, May 20 at the Performing Arts Center.
Ropa was presented the scholarship by CPACC Board Member Casey Peterson. He was also honored at the CPACC's annual Chicken Barbeque on Memorial Day. This is the 15th year CPACC has awarded scholarships. 
The CPACC Scholarship was determined by the MHS scholarship committee, w...hich is made up of counselors, administrators and teachers. The criteria established to determine the winner included living or working in Cross Plains, participation in academic and athletic activities; volunteering in the community or helping fellow students; and excelling academically. Read more..
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It's Annual Membership Dues Time
Check out the new sponsorship opportunities to promote your business.
In 2015 we look forward to the opportunity to work with you as CPACC continues to focus on key areas including Business Development, Communication, Networking, and Community Involvement. We continuously work to better understand the needs of our members and how we can best support you and our community. 

We want to take a moment to let you know that we appreciate all of your support and involvement. The next few years will no doubt be challenging as we go through the reconstruction projects. This is an opportunity to recreate our community, build on the beautiful resources we have, build business vitality, and create space for people to come together. We believe in our community.

This is the time to invest in your community so we can create the best environment for you and your business. How can you help your business and community prosper and grow? Your participation and membership is essential in Your Community and Your Chamber. Together we have the opportunity to make the Cross Plains Area an even better place in which to live and do business.

If you have questions about membership, sponsorship opportunities, or ideas to share, please contact: Executive Director,Amy Hansen.  Thank you for your continued membership. We look forward to working with you!

Click here for the membership dues packet.
Click here for the sponsorship opportunities
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Memorial Day Chicken BBQ


Thank you to all the folks that helped with the Memorial Day Chicken BBQ! We have over 100 volunteers that give their time and we greatly appreciate it!!  Please check out the pictures on Facebook.  We started the day with rain, got some rain for the parade but them the day cleared up and it was gorgeous!

We want to also send a special thank you to:
Our sponsors: MGE, State Bank of Cross Plains, HSA Home Warranty, Century 21 Affiliated Roessler, Cross Plains Community Bank, Plastic Ingenuity,... TDS, Mid Towne Construction, Coach's Club, Culvers, Fuhrman & Dodge, SC, Wagner Insurance & Financial & the Village of Cross Plains
5k sponsors - UW Health, Dean Health Plan, Harmony Fitness & Coaching LLC, Tick Tock Timing and Sports Services, Life Foundation, , Fuhrman Dodge S.C. Attorneys at Law, Coach's Club, and Wallace, Cooper & Elliot Insurance Agency
Donating companies - especially Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Esser's, Subway, True Value, Frank Beer, Esser's, Coach's Club & Culvers
Thanks to Doc Esser and the Lions for organizing the parade and the use of the wagon.
The American Legion for hosting the event.
Thank you also to all our volunteers and everyone that came out to enjoy the day!



Check out our Facebook page to see more pictures!
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The Chamber, Life Foundation & Village are proud of our new venture for Cross Plains - a local FARMERS MARKET.

The Cross Plains Parkway Farmers Market started last Wednesday and had a great turnout!


1.  A donor has come forward and offers to pay ONE HALF of the vendor fee for the first 12 full season vendors who sign up! That makes our market a great value at only $40 for 13 Wednesdays!  Please help us take advantage of this generous offer by getting our application (at the bottom of this email) into the hands of anyone who may be interested.

2.  There is a new option for participation:  Community Gardener.  If you have some extra produce, cut flowers or bedding plants that you would like sell but not enough for renting a weekly booth, you can pay $2 to rent a box!  Join other gardeners in town at the Community Gardeners stand and make a little money or donate your profits to benefit the market.  

3.  There are still a few dates available for musicians.  If you know anyone who may be interested in this area, please have them contact Jennifer Wankerl at tomandjen@tds.netfor an application.

4.  Please mark you calendars now and plan on attending the whole season, rain or shine!  The most important factor in keeping this market a regular event and growing it is supporting it by shopping!  Make sure everyone you know, knows about this market!


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ANNUAL CELEBRATION AND MEETING

100 Members and guests gathered last week to network, learn and enjoy great food and drinks.
Click here for the meeting program including budget, goals, highlights, membership list and more.

Like us on Facebook to see lots of great pictures.

Click here for a copy of the year end budget (as of 3-12-15) 

Thank you to our Food and Drink Vendors!
We had a plethora of delicious goodies at the Annual Celebration!



CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
CROSSROADS COFFEEHOUSE

The Chamber proudly awarded Crossroads Coffeehouse and owner Mary Devittt our Business of the Year Award.  Presenter Karin Henning shared “Crossroads Coffeehouse has continually raised the bar for events and gatherings in the Cross Plains Community.  They host a wonderful variety of Speakers and Musicians to help enrich the lives of the area residents.  Of course at the helm of Crossroads Coffeehouse is Mary.  Mary, is very connected with, and supportive of, the local: Residents, Businesses, Schools and Organizations, including helping to raise funds for families in need.  She is willing to lend a listening ear if someone needs to share. She truly cares about the people she serves.  Crossroads has a welcoming atmosphere, and friendly staff, who frequently remember what your favorite order is.  At Crossroads Coffeehouse you can enjoy: local artisans, delicious local foods, coffee, tea, and later in the day, local beers & spirits.  You can expect to see all sorts of customers, from all walks of life, spanning every age range: they truly Serve the Community. Their tagline say it best:  Crossroads Coffeehouse has been Serving Local Value Since 2007, and I for one am thankful that they continue to do so.”


The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce proudly awarded Mike Roessler with our Citizen of the Year award.  Attendees of the Chamber annual meeting watched as Chamber member Cindy Albertson announced our recipient for this year.  “Our recipient has maintained a strong working relationship with numerous Village Boards and Committees.  He’s trusted and honest.  He continues to play a major part in the redevelopment of our Main Street.  Our recipient is always willing to take an active role in Village events such as the World’s Fair and Creekside Merchants.  He’s been president of our Optimist Club a number of times.  He never says “no” – he’ll always say “I’ll do it”.   He is a local business owner whose business is always supporting other events and groups via sponsorships and providing help.  He’s always willing to use his knowledge to assist others whenever asked.  Our recipient is truly committed to the Village of Cross Plains and its residents by his words and actions daily.  He is very deserving of this honor.  So without further ado please join me in congratulating my friend, neighbor and business associate, Mike Roessler as this year’s Citizen of the Year honoree.” 
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Trout Days and Village Wide Rummage Sales
April 30, 2015 - May 2, 2015


Fishing contest, Village-wide garage sales, brat stands.

Saturday Only at St Francis: Lions Kiddie Train, bounce house, face painting & kids activities. 

Donations and raffle tickets proceeds for Children's Lion's Camp. 

Lion's Brat sales will be at Glacier's Edge Friday and Saturday. Additional stands will be at the Legion, Cross Plains Fire Department and near St Francis on Saturday.

Community garage sale at St Francis on Saturday May 2.

BECWA (Black Earth Creek Watershed Associaion) presents BUGS BY THE CREEK
Watch for more information.

BUSINESSES ARE INVITED TO DISPLAY INFORMATION AT THE LEGION.  Please contact Robert Nelson or Charlotte Esser for more information
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The Chamber and Life Foundation are working on a new venture for Cross Plains - a local FARMERS MARKET.

The Cross Plains Parkway Market is set to open June 3-August 26 weekly on Wednesday evenings from 4:00-7:00.

We have been asked to provide 1-2 Board members. Board members would attend meetings as needed in the spring, summer and fall, aid in making and carrying out decisions, and carry info back to the Chamber. Board will consist of members who represent the LiFE foundation, the chamber, the community and the village.

Click here for the application for Vendor and here for the application for Musician/Entertainer.

Please contact Amy or Jen Wankerl with your interest!  We look forward to kicking off this exciting new project!
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Chamber Office 
The Chamber is proud to announce that we have opened an office at 2016 Park Street #2.  
Office hours are 11-3 Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, Tuesday 9-5.  We have a brochure rack for marketing materials and a bulletin board to display flyers and such.

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CHAMBER BOARD RETREAT
The Chamber Board will hold a half day retreat February 26 setting goals, plans, events, key issue areas and how we best meet out mission and the needs of our members. We would LOVE member feedback and ideas to take to this retreat. Help us by sharing your needs, wishes, improvements, and how we best help you and our community! You can contact Amy or any of the Board members with your feedback and ideas.

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Congratulations to Middleton Community Bank, celebrating 20 years of exceptional community banking service!


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CHAMBER BUCKS
Want to support the local economy and spend your dollars locally? Chamber Bucks are a great way to do that! A Chamber Buck is a gift certificate, created by the Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce to encourage local shopping which, in turn, strengthens our economy and supports business growth. 
  Chamber Bucks can be redeemed at most Chamber member businesses. You can use them at local restaurants, auto part stores, and service centers, retail stores, local chiropractic offices, and more! 
Chamber Bucks can be purchased from Executive Director Amy Hansen and are available at State Bank of Cross Plains.
 Chamber bucks work similar to ordinary checks. Businesses just deposit them as they would personal checks and they are paid by the CPACC Bucks account.

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ZANDER'S CREAMERY COMING BACK AS APARTMENTS


Zander Place Apartment Ground Breaking Ceremony was celebrated December 9th. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work and dedication moving this project forward! We welcome the new apartments and look forward to the boost to our economy!



Like us on Facebook to see all the pictures.
Watch for more information on the rental properties!
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2014 BUSINESS FAIR WAS A SUCCESS
"The Cross Plains Community Expo is great and we look forward to joining again! The event draws a nice crowd for a small community expo. There is a great mix of community businesses and the people in attendance are attentive, interested, and excited to learn about the local businesses. We go to many events around the Madison area, and the Cross Plains Expo stands out as one of our favorites!"
-Amber Glander
Champion Windows 

Thank you to our volunteers, participants and visitors! 

Thank you to our SPONSORS:
Century 21 Affiliated-Roessler
Coach's Club
Cross Plains Community Bank
Culvers of Cross Plains
Home Security of America
Madison Gas & Electric Company
News Publishing, Inc.
Plastic Ingenuity
Saint Francis Xavier Church & School 
The Shoe Box
State Bank of Cross Plains
TDS Telecom


LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO SEE MORE PICTURES AND SEE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

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Streetscape Committee working on New Signs for East & West Entry to Village

Join the team or let us know your feedback on the draft design below.


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CHAMBER MEMBERS ARE HIRING!
Click here for list of current opportunities.
Be sure to enter YOUR open positions in ChamberMaster (let Amy know if you need help)!
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A Blustery TASTE OF CROSS PLAINS 2014

The folks that weathered the cold & rain had a very enjoyable time doing crafts, sampling local foods, building and racing boats, jamming to Lewis Street (a local youth band) and more.  A couple new favorites this year were the Scouts dutch oven cooking demos with a nice warm bonfire and shooting off "rockets".

Thank you to the families that joined us, our volunteers, our food and drink vendors (Cross Cross Plains Brewery, Culver's, Lion's Club, & Hillsong Ridge Farm) and our sponsors ( Century 21 Affiliated-Roessler, Cross Plains Community Bank, Crossroads Coffeehouse, Plastic Ingenuity, HSA Home Warranty, Culvers of Cross Plains, Coach's Club - Cross Plains, Cross Plains True Value, State Bank of Cross Plains, MGE, News Publishing Co. Black Earth Wi, & TDS). Thank you also to our partners: The Village of Cross Plains, Cross Plains Lions, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, & Walgreens




Chamber Golf Outing
 

Click here to see the program with all the golfers, sponsors, donating companies, volunteers and more!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors : MGE, HSA, State Bank of Cross Plains, Century 21 Affiliated-Roessler, Cross Plains Community Bank, TDS, Plastic Ingenuity, Coach's Club - Cross Plains, & Culver's.
 
Thanks to our hole sponsors, golfers, donating companies and volunteers.


Thanks to Media Sponsor NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY

Like us on FACEBOOOK and check out more pictures!

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Chamber Proudly Supports American Legion Post 245 Renovations

The Cross Plains Area Chamber Board proudly donated $300 to support the renovations at American Legion Post 245.  We greatly appreciate our partnership with the Legion.  The location has been wonderful for our annual Chicken BBQ, Business Fair and other community events.  The Legion, its members and the memorial are an asset to our community and we proudly support the organization.



Memorial Day Chicken BBQ
The Chamber is grateful for our many sponsors, donating companies, volunteers, and attendees

Thank you to our corporate sponsors, MGE, State Bank of Cross Plains, Century 21, Coach's Club, Culvers, Middleton Community Bank, Plastic Ingenuity, TDS. 
 
Thanks also to our DJ Sponsors CP Community Bank and Wagner Insurance & Financial, TDS & Terry's Piggly Wiggly for sponsoring the Bounce House and Face Painting
 
Thank you to Plastic Ingenuity for use of the truck & driver.  Thank you to donating companies - especially Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Esser's, Subway, True Value, Frank Beer
 
Thanks to 5K Sponsors: Harmony Fitness and Coaching, Cody Campbell Fitness, Shoe Box, Group Health Cooperative, Life Foundation, Endurance House, Community Change, Get Fit with Brian, llc and Dean.  
 
Thanks also to American Legion, The Lions, the Chamber Board, The Village of Cross Plains, volunteers and attendees.


 
Chuck Haney's bicycling story in Adventure Cyclist
Local Roads featured in Biking Magazine
Chuck’s bike tour "Driftless in Wisconsin" was based out of Madison.  He traveled down Enchanted [Valley] Road in our drfitless area.  His rides also included areas of the Ice Age Trail, Circus World Museum, Devils Lake State Park, Tyrol Basin, the Trek 100 and the Horrible Hilly Hundred in Cross Plains, Baraboo, Lodi, Mt. Horeb, Black Earth and Blue Mounds.
Read the whole article here.



Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Connects Members with Grant Opportunities
St Francis Xavier has applied for a grant for renovation and re-building of the St Francis Xavier ball diamond due to the grant information the Chamber sent them.  The Chamber shares many grant opportunities with local members and organizations to help in the growth and support of our community. 
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WONDERING ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS?

Check out the new tab across the top of our website for the latest and greatest information we have available.  Wondering about something you don't see?  Let Amy know and we'll do the best we can to get an answer.

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New Chamber Ambassador Program 

The Chamber has a new Ambassador 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 let Amy know if you want to be part of this fun, energetic, positive new team.
 
THANK YOU TO OUR AMBASSADORS:
 
BEN SWANSON (State Bank of Cross Plains)
KEN GELLERSTEDT (Culvers of Cross Plains)
TJ LEWIS (Wagner Insurance & Financial, Inc.)
DOUG GREGORY (Girlie's Manor)
KATHY PULVERMACHER (State Bank of Cross Plains)
ANNA GRAHAM  (Home Security of America)

Member Directory & Community Guide Available Now

Please let Amy know if you would like a copy.  Click here for an electronic copy.

Survival Guide for Construction
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.

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 

Call the Government Healthcare hotline 24/7 1-800-318-2596
 
Please contact the experts with your questions and for individual assistance. (click the name for email link or the company for a link to their website)
 
 
 
 


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

O
nline 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.