Stellar Blue has a long, productive history with the Heart of the Valley Chamber. The Chamber has not only provided us a platform to achieve success through being a past award recipient but also the many great networking opportunities. The Chamber is dedicated to providing education and training to it's members - a core service our own company values. And partnering with a chamber that recognizes strengths from our own community is a value to all its members.
Jim DobinskiStellar Blue Technologies
"The Heart of the Valley Chamber has been an excellent asset in several ways. Our business has experienced growth from the connections made by participating in several events throughout the year. You certainly get out what you put in…and then some. Getting involved in the networking events are a great way to gain exposure and connect with local leaders within the business community.
In addition, we found great benefit in the insurance programs offered as a chamber benefit, allowing us to provide an excellent insurance package for our employees when our company was small. During the past several years of growth, we have continued to benefit from the insurance program. I would recommend this to any new or existing small business."
Josh HermannEagle Graphics
"The Chamber has helped my business by allowing me to expand my visibility of the business through chamber after hours and other chamber events. I have found that when attending these events held by the chamber I'm able to socialize and meet new business owners that I wasn't aware of. Our business has also expanded so much this past year and I've been able to make the public aware of the new items we carry through advertising options with the chamber.
The connections I have made through the Chamber are a great asset to me. I am able to ask them about advertising options, referrals, and where they do business that may be beneficial to my business.
I want to stay at the Chamber because I believe that they are a benefit to the community and they provide many resources that I can rely on and benefit from as a person and as a local business owner."
Lu Ann Vander ZandenBridal Elegance and Formalwear
"The Chamber is the place for businesses to learn and connect with other businesses. Through events and seminars there is always a learning experience. Through the Leadership Roundtable Group I now have a resource for all of our questions and the ability to help other businesses. We also have met and retained new and valuable customers at Chamber events and seminars."
Joe KobussenKobussen Buses Ltd.
"Landreman`s Family Restaurant joined the Chamber in 1995 when we opened our business. Our greatest benefit is the insurance. We enjoy the networking events as a way to meet other members, as often as we can we use Chamber member services. The Chamber Bucks are also a great plus. We give them to our staff honoring their years of service, and also like to use them ourselves when we shop local."
Jean LandremanLandreman`s Family Restaurant
"Being involved in the Chamber has given me a greater appreciation for local businesses and their commitment to our community. The chamber provides me with engaging networking events where I can share ideas with local business and community leaders. Each year I look forward to the annual "Taste of the Heart" event which showcases the culinary skills of local restaurants. And as a chamber volunteer I have made many important connections that have been an integral part of my business."
Corey GrimesVan De Hey Financial Services
"We joined the Chamber for many reasons; I feel on top of the list, though, is networking and support for ALL local business. Be Loyal, Buy Local is a strong phrase. Small business owners need one on one interactions with other people/businesses to connect with them and develop trust for the services that he/she do sell. We can all agree meeting face to face for business purposes helps us to share more about our business and review ALL the services we provide. It also helps us to search other businesses and realize all the local services we could possibly utilize in the future supporting our local community.
Many times, networking does force us to share the general background of our business and how it got to where it is today as well. Other small business owners learn off each others experiences...the goods, the not so goods; what has truly helped his or her small business develop a stable reputation providing services in the Fox Valley and what paths will never be repeated."
Kelly PetersenPetersen Plumbing Inc
What attracted me to the Heart of the Valley Chamber was the regular
programming in support of nonprofits. The topics are always relevant and the small group setting makes for easy discussion among participants. I always come away having learned something new, and with all my questions answered. You can’t make a better investment of funds and time than that!
Tracey KoenigHeckrodt Wetland Reserve
“The Heart of the Valley Chamber is a wonderful way to connect with other businesses. The chamber provides an opportunity to engage community leaders as well as provide education and training to its members. While I personally enjoy Business After Hours and the Business Card Exchange program, the chamber offers many opportunities for fellow members to interact. Be Loyal, Buy Local is the heart of the Chamber and its membership.”
Cheryl EllisProspera Credit Union
The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic education
partner, and our school district appreciates your organization's efforts to provide connections between our students and our local business
organizations. This connection is allowing our young people to explore careers before they graduate high school while helping our local businesses identify and recruit talented employees. Thank you Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce!
Karen HoffmanKimberly School District
As a recruiting coordinator with a growing Regional office, I need to have a presence in the Heart of the Valley Chamber. My schedule can be hectic and I appreciate the programming at the Heart of the Valley Chamber. They have nailed it with having networking opportunities morning, noon and night. The email reminders are most helpful because I can see at a glance all of the great events the Chamber has planned. I can match these up to my calendar and register for the events that make sense to my business. If you are not taking advantage of these great resources that are all part of your membership, you are missing out! Call the Heart of the Valley Chamber today and make sure you are getting the emails and have the ability to register yourself and your team for the round the clock networking opportunities. Happy connecting and here’s to the growth of your business.
Gretchen ParksModern Woodmen of America
Throughout my time as a member and now part of the Board of Directors, I have met and connected with people in our communities creating many long-lasting relationships. From their Taste from the Heart event to annual golf outing the learning and networking opportunities are endless. The Heart of the Valley Chamber is comprised of a great group of community leaders that I am proud to be a part of.
Angela KempCommunity First Credit Union
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Since 1927 the Heart of The Valley Chamber of Commerce has been contributing to the economic success of our local communities.