Fuzz Martin 0:09: me ever, which was in June of:
Toni Gumina 1:35we had a real interesting in:
Fuzz Martin 2:13
Okay, so back to the office and a new boss and surprise!
Toni Gumina 2:17
Correct? Correct. But things are good, because they're good. You know,
Fuzz Martin 2:23
What are you what are you enjoying most right now, but the West Bend Chamber?
Toni Gumina 2:26
I think first I'm really enjoying getting to know my team at the chamber. It's myself and three other really great ladies we have Debbie Santopoalo is our finance manager. She's the anchor. She's been there for 10 years, and has really helped to navigate, you know, navigate the entire new staff sure to bring us towards success. We have brought on Nicole Fisher, who's our new events and programs manager. Nicole comes to us with 15 years of experience with destination Kohler. So you know, planning events. She's also facilitating our leadership program, doing a fantastic job. And then we have Angelica Ignaitis. She was our final piece to the puzzle came on. She's been there for approximately three months now. And she's our office coordinator. So I think one it's just been really great building that team and getting to know everyone. Other than that it's been absolutely fantastic getting to know the member businesses, their 500 businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce. But beyond that, getting to know the businesses downtown, getting to know our local government officials and our county government and just really starting to dive deep into West Bend.
Fuzz Martin 3:43
Sure. Yeah. This isn't your first chamber you were at Menomonee Falls before that.
Toni Gumina 3:48ly moved to West Bend back in:
Fuzz Martin 4:39
hey, I'm here, you're here. The space is here. The space is here.
Toni Gumina 4:42
I really had an amazing experience down in the Falls absolutely love what we like to call chamber life working within this industry, and have accomplished just really accomplished quite a bit down in the falls. But I thought that this was really a great opportunity and so I think even before the job, I know before the job was even posted, I was emailing Craig. Just to say I would like to submit my resume, please. Yeah, that's great. Yeah. So and no regrets. It's been fantastic.
Fuzz Martin 5:14
So you talked about when you moved to West Bend that you got, you went to the chamber to find out about the community and stuff. What do people use the Chamber of Commerce for? Because not everybody knows, but pretty much cities the size of West Bend, and others have chambers that even smaller municipalities do, too. But what what do you use the chamber for?
Toni Gumina 5:34
Well, first and foremost, the chamber, as I know you're aware, is a business membership organization. And so our primary mission is to support our member businesses. But those member businesses do business in the West Bend area. And so our goal is to keep those businesses strong through promotion, advocacy, creating connections and education, business education. And so by us working to keep those businesses strong, it keeps the community structure from the Community Focus. couple points. One of the things that I think the chamber does that has a direct impact on community is our chamber check program. Sure, if people aren't aware of it, the Chamber sells anywhere between 70 to $90,000 worth of chamber checks a year. And those are dollars that are spent directly in this community. They're accepted by chamber member businesses, there are over 500 of them that are accepting those dollars. So that's a real direct impact. I think, as I said, I went to go visit the chamber, we have people on a daily basis that are either calling or stopping in the chamber office to get information about what's going on in town. What are what are the sites to see, we also keep a calendar of events of what's going on around town. So we really strive at the office to make sure that we know what's going on around town, because we're always going to get the questions.
Fuzz Martin 6:59
Yep, certainly. So if somebody's moving to town like you did, or if they're a business that's looking to open up a new business, or open the location here to get more information about the community, how it's supported, right,
Toni Gumina 7:10
exactly. From the school districts, you know, we try and make sure we have a good understanding of what's happening with schools for those families that are relocating, whether it's business focused, or just an individual coming in on their own.
Fuzz Martin 7:23rd and such. So we're here in:
Toni Gumina 7:55thing that we went through in:
Fuzz Martin 8:40
I'm going to be there teaching a course on sourdough bread, baking, drinking boxed wine and my hobbies
Toni Gumina 8:48
We'll sign you up.
Fuzz Martin 8:52
And then try to make myself feel better about that. From the home side of it, can we still expect a lot of the things that we used to expect like the home renovation vendors and things like that?
Toni Gumina 9:03
Yes, absolutely. We have a home improvement construction firms there. Windows, things of that nature.
Fuzz Martin 9:10
Sure. siding, roofing, like making space look great. We did. Let's see, during the pandemic we did our floors, our ceiling, our countertops, like Yeah, that's like a lot of people are in the same space where they're sitting in their home for many, many days in a row thinking I'm sick of looking at that and I'm going to fix it now.
Toni Gumina 9:32
100% I'm going through it right now. I'm doing the exact same things don't move again. No, no, I this this is this is home for us.
Fuzz Martin 9:41
All right, good. Good. Good. For the hobby side. What kind of things do you see there
Toni Gumina 9:45
From the hobby side of things Cabela's will be represented. We have someone coming in to talk about beekeeping. We have cooking demonstrations that are going to be going on actually regal ware is going to be sponsoring a cooking day. demo area. Excellent. I'll put a little shout out, we do have a couple of spots open still for some chefs to come in and do some of those demos on Saturday. But we're really looking forward to that. We also have class the artists box coming in cool to just talk about painting grid and how to get involved with that.Fuzz Martin:
That's excellent. And then on the wellness side, so people helping with health and wellness.Toni Gumina:
Absolutely. On the side of like keeping your home healthy. We have organizations like Norwax, Orangetheory Fitness.Fuzz Martin:
So just a great mix of of different health and wellness providers that are going to be there. I know that you have a long list of different vendors that are going to be there already signed up for the shows. So signups appear to be going very well for the show coming back, right? Correct.Toni Gumina:
And yeah, sorry for my hesitation because there are so many great ones running through my mind right now. But yeah, we have well over 40 booths already registered. I would say that if anyone is interested and hopping on board, and is interested in learning more about being a vendor at the event, that at this point in time, it would be best to reach out directly to Nicole Fisher at the Chamber office. Nicole's email addresses Nicole at WBA chamber.org. She can set you right up with the information that you would need. One of the other new things that I'm really excited about for the show this year, too is we've been working to create experience zones. I already mentioned one of them the cooking demonstration area, but we have adventure rat coming in with a rock climbing wall. There's no fees to you know, experience that we have a beer garden that will be there. We have a kid zone that will have bounce houses and then we just last week have included a cornhole tournament on Saturday,Fuzz Martin:
and you can compete in the cornhole tournament if you want, right. Absolutely.Toni Gumina:
We are we are looking for teams. It's $40 per team to join, situated very nicely next to the beer gardenFuzz Martin:
nice. And there's a pretty hefty prize too for the winners, right?Toni Gumina:
Yep. Where it's going to be cash prizes. Okay, well, we haven't totally we're waiting to see what our registration is there. But there will be cash prizes for the winners of the tournaments. Great.Fuzz Martin:
So if you are a great cornhole or bags team come sign up. Where can people sign up for the cornhole tournament?Toni Gumina:
Great. You can go to the chamber website, which is WBA chamber.org and go to events. There is a separate registration form for the cornhole tournament. And you can actually find information on the home hobbies and wellness show on the website or on the Chamber's Facebook page.Fuzz Martin:
Okay, again, the dates for this show. Friday, March 11. through Sunday, March 13. Which day is the cornhole tournament.Toni Gumina:
That is going to be on Saturday. Okay, very good.Fuzz Martin:
So this is all taking place at the Ziegler building at the Washington County Fair Park, Friday, March 11th, four to 8pm. Saturday, March 12, from 10 to four and Sunday, March 13. From 10 till three, how much are tickets for people who want to go to the event?Toni Gumina:
Great question. Tickets are $5 to enter. Or you can bring in a non perishable food item for the full shelf food pantry and then it's free to get in with the with the donation of food.Fuzz Martin:
Okay, and then the entry fee is that for adults are 17 or 17. Older. Okay, very good. And again, the website if people want to find more information is WBA chamber.org WBA chamber.org. And if you want to become a vendor do so right now because we're getting really close. So it's Nicole at WBA chamber.org to get signed up for that Correct? Correct, Toni, it looks like it's gonna be great events. I know a lot of people are so happy that the home hobbies and wellness Show is Back at the Washington County Fair Park. And we're excited for you to be run in your first home hobbies and wellness show. Congratulations. Thank you and good luck and we'll talk soon appreciate it.Toni Gumina:
Thank youFuzz Martin:
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