Year In Review from our Chamber Director, Ellen K Schaaf:
To say that last year was challenging is an understatement! Like you, the Chamber Board and Staff have had to adapt and adjust our approach in serving the membership during the pandemic and the restrictions of bringing people together which is the cornerstone of our organization.
We started 2020 with a ROAR! We highlighted the success of 2019 and the hopes of 2020 at the annual business breakfast at Rex’s in early February. We then hosted the premiere party of the year, the dinner & auction celebration, “ROARING 20’s”!
Who could have predicted that a few short weeks later we would learn about Covid and have to stay
home in quarantine!
We quickly had to develop a plan to support our businesses and the community. Some examples of what we accomplished:
- Developed a COVID Resource Page on waunakeechamber.com;
- Subscribed to business Zoom to assist in communication and programming;
- Worked with the Rally around Waunakee initiative to help all businesses;
- Supported #Waunakee Strong campaign;
- Supported the Open for Business direct mail piece sent to all Waunakee residents;
- Partnered with the Village on a community marketing plan;
- Hosted a safe & fun Golf Outing for members;
- Said goodbye to our beloved Diane Anderson who retired after 21 years;
- Community Awards, Senior Scholarship, Farmer’s Market, Depot Days, Boo Bash, & Santa!
The Waunakee/Westport Area has always been an awesome example to our surrounding neighbors of what can be accomplished when we stick together in good times and bad.
On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, I would like to thank our members and community partners for your support over the years and especially in 2020.
I would also like to commend you on your resilience and hard work to keep it going in some of the most difficult economic times associated with Covid-19 and political unrest.
Many people and businesses are still struggling, and healing will take some time. Some of our business colleagues have closed their doors, reduced their staff to stay afloat, and have made some difficult choices that have taken a toll financially, mentally, & physically.
Overall, we will be stronger as a community moving forward because we stuck together, and we need to continue that in 2021. The Chamber is honored to serve you and is excited when we can be together again in person!
Welcome To Waunakee, WI!
Just five miles north of the state capital of Madison, WI, a fair and pleasant valley known as the 'only Waunakee in the world' exists with a superior quality of life enjoyed by residents and businesses.
Waunakee was recently named the second Safest City in Wisconsin for 2018 by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. For the full article and more information on the study, Click Here
The Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce has been engaged in our fine community since 1979. Business and service groups unite together to make our community and the greater Dane County area a better place to live and work. We offer a unified voice for the business community on issues critical to their success and are a clearinghouse for plans affecting the future of Waunakee.
The Chamber is a goal-setting organization dedicated to helping the Waunakee area reach its full potential in growth and prosperity!
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