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....
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.”
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...
What started as a contest between the states of Michigan and Wisconsin's Tourism Departments continues as an effort to help those without warm winter clothing.
"The Big Bundle Up" finds local Chambers of Commerce and other tourism organization beginning a collection.
Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed says this is the third year of the program. It all began with a public debate between the tourism department about 'which state looks more like a mitten, Wisconsin or Michigan?...."
The deadline is approaching for Oneida county non-profits to get some free volunteer help.
Each year Leadership Oneida County needs projects from non-profits. The effort is jointly sponsored by UW-Extension and Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce. This year 16 professionals are learning about the business, education, medical, media and other aspects of Oneida county life with an eye toward finding a new generation of leaders here.
Chamber Director Lara Reed says they need at least five more non-profits to submit entries to have enough for the prospects...
The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.
Director Lara Reed says many questions still exist about how the law will affect businesses and individuals...
"....a presentation about some of the basics as far as the exchange goes. Specifically more geared toward those that are individually insured. Those (persons) who don't have insurance through work, a spouse, or someone else...."