Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce

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It's National Tourism and Travel Week, and locally, the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is beginning its summertime events with a community party Friday.

Chamber Director Maggie Steffen says tourism is very important to Rhinelander's economy...

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The season is nearing when homeowners like to do some sprucing up and an event this coming weekend is designed  to meet that desire.

The Hodag Home and Lifestyle Show is the first home show of the year in the Northwoods, sponsored by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

Event and Program Coordinator Lauren Sackett says the show is designed to provide ideas...

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One of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce's signature events is approaching and the Chamber's new Director is hoping for a good turnout.

The Hodag Home Show is designed to put people wanting information about home services face-to-face with companies in the region who could help them. Bill Clow took over as Executive Director a few weeks ago. He lists some of the organizations already signed up...


A resident of northern Illinois will be the next Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Director.

Bill Clow will begin duties on December 1. Chamber Board President Brett Aylesworth says Clow has the background for the position...

"....he most recently was a Communications Director in northern Illinois. Very well spoken gentlemen. Has a great apptitude with dealing and talking to people. He also has the marketing background, so he'll be a great fit for our Chamber position..."


History and entertainment merge this weekend with the launch of the second annual Boom Lake Log Jam in Rhinelander.

The event is held at Hodag Park, on the shore of Boom Lake.

Chamber of Commerce Director Dana DeMet says the idea is to show how logging was done in the past, how it's done now, along  with music, food and family entertainment...

"....it's a three-day festival that features professional lumberjack shows, hands on lumberjack trainings and competitions as well as live music and fun for the entire family throughout the weekend...."

Thanks to generous donations by local artists, community members and record companies WXPR Public Radio will hold an Art and CD Sale to raise funds for our local non-profit radio station.

The sale will be part of Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce “Art on the Courthouse Lawn and Car Show” held on Saturday, June 13th in downtown Rhinelander.

The WXPR Art and CD Sale will take place at the WXPR studios on 28N Stevens Street, Downtown Rhinelander from 9:00am until Noon.


Northwoods business leaders are invited to a meeting in Rhinelander to talk about cutting through  government red tape.

The Governor's Northern Summit is set for Minocqua on December 4 and 5. All the cabinet secretaries and staff, along with Governor Walker will be on hand to talk about what they are working on to spur economic development.

Two days prior to that event, a meeting is set at the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. Executive Director Dana DeMet...


The impact of tourism on Oneida county's economy was outlined Tuesday in a presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

Dana DeMet, who heads the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce also is President of the Oneida County Tourism Council..

".....travelers spent $185 million dollars in Oneida county in 2013. That's more than $5,000 for every man, woman, and child within our county. It accounts for  over 2000 full-time equivalent jobs (here), and if we take it to a state level, one of every 13 jobs is tourism related..."


Many of the 'FESTERS' are already in the Rhinelander area as the 37th Hodag County Festival begins Thursday. A local official says the economic impact is large.
Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Executive Dana DeMet says they have seen much increased traffic at the chamber. He says estimates are that the city's population quadruples in size for the week of the festival....


The state's top tourism official dropped by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a big check to promote this year's Boom Lake Log Jam.

Tourism Secretary Stephenie Klett delivered $10,000 in Joint Effort Marketing money to promote Rhinelander's relatively new event. She says it's a competitive marketing grant and there were many groups hoping to get some of the promotion money. She says Rhinelander's application stood out....

New Chamber Director Takes the Reins

Mar 3, 2014
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The new Executive Director for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce had his first day on the job Monday.  Rhinelander native Dana DeMet says he’s busy getting up to speed on upcoming events like the Hodag Home Show. 

He says one of his goals as chamber director is to help make membership a measurable benefit. 

“I’m really looking forward to expanding on not only just the events that we have, but putting together some measurable results or goals.  I really want to foster the true value for the chamber’s members.” 

Late Friday Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce officials named a Harshaw resident as its new Executive Director.

Dana DeMet, comes to the chamber after he served two years as administrator and later business manager at Palantir.net, a Chicago-based web development firm.

DeMet succeeds Lara Reed who left the chamber to work for Ministry Health Care.

Reed Resigns from Rhinelander Chamber

Dec 13, 2013

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director.  Lara Reed announced her resignation today.

In an email to the Chamber Membership Reed said she has truly enjoyed her time and work at the Chamber.  She has been in the position since May of 2011. 

Reed will head to a position with Ministry Medical Group. 

The Rhinelander Chamber Board says it has begun the process to fill the position.

Reed’s last day will be January 10th.  


The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee has awarded 13 area non-profits grants to promote winter activities coming up.

Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed says the committee awards grants twice a year.....


"anybody in the Rhinelader community who is a non-profit organization who works to either host an event or has a program to draw in visitors and tourists is eligible to submit a grant application..."

She says the state requires room tax money collected from visitors be used to attract other visitors...


Local merchants are working to have customer dollars stay locally instead of going out of town via the internet or buying in another community.

That's the thrust of a Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce promotion called "Chamber Bucks". Director Lara Reed says customers come to the Chamber to buy what amounts to a gift certificate there and then can redeem the Chamber Bucks at any participating chamber businesses...