The Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce offers its member investors and the community numerous programs and services that not only strengthen its members’ businesses but also make the Waupaca area a better place to live. Contact the Waupaca Area Chamber for more information about becoming a member investor.
Shop Local Campaign
Gift Certificates- Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificates are great gifts for any occasion. Available in any denomination, the certificates can be redeemed at all member investor businesses.
Shop Waupaca 1st Keytag Discount Program– Participating Chamber businesses offer free or discounted products or services. Savings are decided by the business and are valid for six months or one year. Offers are listed on the Chamber website and published twice a year in the Chamber newsletter, it states that discounts are not to be combined with any other offer. The keytag will slide onto a key ring and when presented, entitle the bearer to the current savings listed on the Chamber website or in the newsletter. There is no fee to participate in this program.
Each member will receive up to 10 keytags free of charge to distribute to their staff. If more keytags are needed for other staff members, a member business may purchase them at a cost of $2 per tag. The public may purchase a Keytag for $10. Keytags must be presented at the time of purchase. This program is meant to encourage shopping locally.
Cash Mob – A Cash Mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of it is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. A true Shop Local Campaign. Contact the Chamber to be a part of this program.
The Rules: Each person must agree to spend a minimum of $15 in the one hour time frame. You must meet at the gathering place to arrive at the Business at the designated time. You must RSVP to the Chamber office to reserve your space.
Educational Workshops, Seminars and Online Courses
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing cost-effective training opportunities that meet the needs of our members and enhance their skills, knowledge, and competencies. Courses are offered in collaboration with Fox Valley Technical College, the Small Business Development Center, Lorman Educational Services and well know speakers.
Lorman Education Services – Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Lorman Education Services to provide continuing education in a variety of topic areas. Member investors will receive a 20% discount on all seminars, webinars and teleconferences offered through Lorman. See a list of what is available to you and your staff at a discounted fee.
Recognition and Promotional
Business Welcome – For New or existing businesses that join the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce. This opportunity allows the business to showcase their business to the WACC Ambassadors. A ribbon cutting can be part of the Business Welcomes.
Scarecrow Contest – Participating businesses can enter the contest to win an advertising package. Businesses must use the scarecrow frame provided by the Chamber. Winners are decided by the amount of donations collected for the food pantry. The public can enter a drawing for the gift certificate prize packages. No purchase is required. Drawing slips and collection pails will be placed in each participating business and the Chamber office. Download information.
Awards Ceremony – The Awards Ceremony is held the fourth Tuesday of January. The event provides an opportunity to reflect on what the Chamber accomplished in the past year and inform members of the Board’s plans for the coming year. Small and Large Business of the Year, Rising Star, Service and Project Facelift/Grand Facelift Awards are presented. Board members (current, incoming and retiring), Ambassadors, committee members, and new Chamber members are recognized.
Referral Services -Member investor businesses are referred each time an inquiry is answered via email, telephone or mail. Member investors are encouraged to display a brochure or business card in the Chamber office visitor center.
Advertising – WACC offers advertising options in the monthly newsletter, weekly E-mail BizBlast, on the WACC website, on the Innline Visitor Information System, and discounted rates in the County Visitors guide.
Sponsorships – Offering many options to promote your business but also support Chamber programs and community events.
Business After 5 – For Members only – Held the fourth Tuesday of each month. Sponsoring business hosts the event and provide complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages or a cash bar. Admission is free and a 50/50 raffle is held. Members have the opportunity to host this event.
Leads Network - For Members only – The purpose of this network is to exchange leads, ideas, and information through the fellowship of members of diverse professions. Ultimately, a successful LEADS Network will further business and financial interests between members. The exchange of business between members is encouraged, but it is not a requirement of membership in the Network. Cost $45/year. Network meets the first and third Thursday of each month.
Young Active Professionals Network (YAP) – The purpose of YAP is offer 18 to 39 year olds a platform to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and high quality of living in our community.
Networking Events – The Chamber’s networking events, Business Expo, Business After 5, Golf Outing, Awards Ceremony, Leads Network, and Operation Thank You help members make the important connections they need to operate and grow their businesses.
Golf Outing – Held the first Monday in June at one of our member courses. It is a fun day filled with friendly competition, lunch, dinner, raffles and another great chance to network. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
InnLine Visitor Information System – Waupaca area residents and visitors can access information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on WACC member businesses and the Waupaca area via the internet or our two kiosk-based, touch-screen information centers.
Cellular Phone Service – WACC offers a discounted cellular phone service plan through Cellcom to WACC members only.
Collette Vacations – As a member of the WACC you will have access to vacation travel through Collette Vacations at a special rate. Enjoy the company other of chamber members from around the country while seeing the world.
Constant Contact – Through membership businesses can receive up to a 25 % discount on the use of Constant Contact, an online marketing program.
The WACC is an information resource in public affairs and government issues. We also offer the opportunity to meet with Public Officials to share thoughts and ideas.
WACC takes a strong role in promoting the Waupaca area as a tourist destination. Efforts include the placement of advertising in various mediums, responding to inquiries, development of conferences, meetings and festivals.
Strawberry Fest – An annual celebration held the third Saturday in June celebrating the first taste of summer. Over10,000 visitors attend this family event.
Hometown Day Celebration– Held on July 4th the day includes a parade, food and events at South Park with fireworks at 9:30 pm over Shadow Lake.
Classic Christmas – Held annually the last two weekends of November and first weekend in December. Shop local merchants for holiday specials.