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State & Local Chambers Celebrate September as Chamber of Commerce Month in Wisconsin

MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the state chamber of commerce – kicked off Chamber of Commerce Month on Wednesday. Throughout September, WMC will work with local chambers to highlight the crucial role they play in communities across the state.

Wisconsin’s 265 local chambers help strengthen Wisconsin’s economy through advocacy, education and economic development. In addition, these chambers promote tourism, business-focused programming and community events on a regular basis.

“Wisconsin businesses have remained resilient during the devastating economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said WMC President & CEO Kurt Bauer. “Chambers of commerce across the state have stepped up to provide assistance to their members. Whether that is through keeping members informed, advocating on their behalf or providing them additional resources when they fall on hard times, local chambers are crucial to our business community and we are excited to celebrate the work they do all month.”

In honor of the contributions local chambers make in our communities and state, Gov. Tony Evers proclaimed September as Chamber of Commerce Month in Wisconsin. Gov. Evers signed the proclamation at the request of the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE) ­– a division of WMC – that offers professional development and advocacy for local chambers of commerce.

“Chamber of Commerce Month celebrates the dedication and hard work of chamber professionals throughout Wisconsin who are at the forefront of helping businesses prosper and grow,” said President & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance and Chair of WCCE, Suzanne Kelley. “Whether bringing together key stakeholders, tackling tough issues or leading efforts to revitalize communities, chamber leaders play a profound role in advancing Wisconsin’s economy. Thank you to the many local chamber professionals who dedicate themselves daily to driving economic growth and making Wisconsin a great place to live, work and play.”

Chambers will commemorate Chamber of Commerce Month with a variety of different events, programming and campaigns. The celebration will culminate with the WCCE Annual Conference & Retreat, which will be held Sept. 28-30 in Green Bay.
The conference will provide an opportunity for local chamber executives from across Wisconsin to learn how to be a more effective community leader by developing professional skills and, ultimately, growing the local chamber. The event will include keynotes, breakout sessions and time with colleagues that educate staff on best practices, provide solutions to challenges and prepare chambers for emerging trends.

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