Connections – Passport to success

Posted on May 1, 2013 :: Connections
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Fox Cities Chamber Business Trifecta attendees visit the Keller booth during the Business Expo in 2012, one of three events planned again for this year at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton Wednesday, June 12. The day also includes a Business Awards Luncheon and Business Connection. Photo courtesy Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Fox Cities Chamber’s 2nd annual Business Trifecta recognizes top businesses

Book your passage and get on board for the Fox Cities Chamber Business Trifecta event on Wednesday, June 12 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. This will be the second year the Chamber is hosting three events on the same day: The Business Awards Luncheon, the Business Expo and the Business Connection. As an added bonus, Fox World Travel and Apple Vacations are giving away a trip with airfare included, said Susan Vanden Heuvel, director of events and sponsorships for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, the event drew 525 people.

The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and recognizes top local businesses in categories including innovation and leadership. Rising Star businesses and Businesses of the Year in several categories also will be recognized. Last year’s Businesses of the Year include Plexus, in the Manufacturing category; Faith Technologies, Inc., Service; and Jacobs Meat Market, Inc., Wholesale/Retail. The award sponsors are First National Bank – Fox Valley and Schenck SC.

The top three businesses in each category for this year’s awards will be announced in early May and then the winners announced at the luncheon. The cost to attend the luncheon is $25 a person, or $275 for a table of 10 (preferred seating).

The expo sponsor is Bank First National. Visitors to the expo have a chance to win the vacation.

“Attendees will be given a passport and they will have to get it stamped by the exhibitors – this will help traffic go into all three rooms,” Vanden Heuvel said. People will need to visit a certain percentage of the exhibits and get passport “stamps” from exhibitors. After people visit all of the rooms and get enough stamps, they can turn in their passport for the trip drawing.

For more information about the expo, visit or call (920) 734-7101.


Tuesday, May 14

The Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference, presented by Insight Publications, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the UW-Fox Communication Arts Center on Midway Road in Menasha. THINC! is designed to light a spark for disruptive ideas and encourage entrepreneurs to embrace a culture for those who dare to take risks. Michael Diamond, vice president of Mitek Systems, San Diego, will present a keynote, “A Tale of Two Valleys: Silicon & Fox River.” THINC! will conclude with a networking reception in the theater hall and art gallery. Cost is $60. Click here to register.


Thursday, June 6

The Green Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its Business Recognition Awards at the KI Convention Center, 333 Main St. in Green Bay, during Small Business Week. A business showcase opens at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 11:55 a.m. and the awards program to follow. Awards are given in several categories to recognize excellence in areas such as environmental improvement, growth, community involvement and special accomplishments. A business person of the year also will be named. For more information, call Marilyn Heim at (920) 593-3419.


Monday, June 10

The Fox Valley Technical College’s Business and Industry Services will hold the program “Explore Starting a Business” from 6 to 9 p.m. at the D.J. Bordini Center in Appleton. Hear successful local entrepreneurs and small business owners share their insight. For more information, email [email protected] or call (920) 735-5709.


Tuesday, Aug. 6

Exportech will begin a three-session program starting Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St. in Green Bay. The program is designed to help Wisconsin companies expand and develop their export strategies. Graduates of the program have achieved sales increases averaging $500,000 within nine months of completing the program. For more information, contact Roxanne Baumann at WMEP at [email protected] or call (262) 442-8279.