The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce is where people and business succeed. Celebrating our 101st anniversary, our Chamber is a membership based business and community resource organization with a mission to provide opportunities to engage and connect our Members with the greater community. Our Members are committed to doing “Business With Integrity”, and our community can be proud that it has a coalition of businesses that support that mission through Membership in the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is responsible for such established business events and services as Business After 5, Kenosha Expo, Business To Business Expo, Regional Connections, and Local Business Guide, as well as many others.
Your Chamber membership carries many benefits exclusive only to Chamber members. No matter your business model or marketing plan, your membership provides you the opportunity to participate in a variety of business-building programs and events.
Expo Health & Home Show
Kenosha Expo is the Chamber’s premier consumer event to showcase our members. Over 5,000 people and 150 businesses attend this two-day business-to-consumer event. The Kenosha Expo also features the Family Activity Area showcasing our civic and nonprofit organizations that serve and strengthen families, the Kenosha Health Fair with free screenings and services, and the Great Kenosha Raffle to raise funds for college scholarships.
Business to Business Expo
The Business to Business Expo showcases our Members that have other businesses as clients and who market, service, and sell to businesses. The Expo runs from 11:00am to 2:00pm and is ideal for Office Managers, General Managers, and Procurement Specialists, in addition to the general business community. Entry to the Business to Business Expo is free and includes lunch, give-a-ways, and door prizes.
The Chamber recognizes worthy individuals and businesses at our Annual Meeting as well as necessary Chamber business including induction of new Directors to our Board and Bylaw changes. In addition to recognizing Board Members, college scholarships are awarded through the Foundation, and our members are recognized with the annual Best Place to Work Award, Community Partner Award, Beautification Awards, Chairman’s Award, and Ambassador of the Year Award.
All proceeds from the Scholarship Golf Classic benefit the Chamber Scholarship Foundation. The event includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, contests, awards, and a dinner reception.
varies, held 2-3 times per year
Legislative Breakfasts are held over breakfast and feature Federal, state, and local politicians discussing legislation and its effect on local business.
Grill Games BBQ Competition & Lakefront Festival
The Grill Games festival is produced by our Chamber and Kenosha YMCA, bringing families together on Kenosha’s beautiful lakefront to enjoy good music and great food. Grill Games festival features a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned grilling competition, live music and tasting events. Event proceeds benefit the Kenosha YMCA & Chamber Foundation scholarship programs.
While our mission is to provide opportunities to engage and connect our Members with the greater community, networking is the core of what we offer to help you and your business prosper.
Business After Five
A monthly two-hour networking event open to the business community. Business After Five features open, social networking in a casual atmosphere. Business After 5 events are held at Member businesses throughout the Kenosha area and our Members offer refreshments, light hors d’oeuvres, and door prizes. Contact the Chamber if you are interested in showcasing your business to the community!
Chamber networking groups are a free tool available to our members to help expand their personal network, gain recognition for their products or services, and build business. Being part of a dedicated networking group creates awareness of you and your business, helps you build useful contacts and polishes your presentation skills.
Regional Connections is a structured multi-Chamber networking luncheon designed to help Members interact and meet many area and regional business professionals from Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. Each Member will have 2 minutes to introduce themselves and their business to their table and will change tables at each course. Open networking at the end of the event allows Members the opportunity to talk more in depth and make appointments.
We’re passionate about promoting your business. The Chamber prints a yearly directory of our Members, maintains an online directory, and publishes emails to keep your business up-to-date and well informed.
Local Business Guide
Each year the Chamber publishes the Local Business Guide, a directory of our entire membership, their advertisements, as well as community and Chamber information. Over five thousand (5,000) copies are distributed including 1,000 guides sent directly to Chamber Members and local officials.
The Chamber Planner is an email newsletter mailed out every Wednesday which chronicles all of the events happening at the Chamber— all of the events listed on this page are promoted extensively in the Chamber Planner.
We don’t just help your business grow; we help you grow as well. The Chamber works in conjunction with local groups and organizations that offer a variety of professional guidance courses to help you develop as a leader and to help your business thrive in the community.
Leadership Kenosha is a 9-month professional development program whose participants focus on personal and interpersonal skills, team building, conflict management, and communication and presentation skills to enhance our emerging and existing community leaders. Chamber members receive a $50 discount on tuition. Leadership Kenosha graduates are emerging leaders who serve as catalysts for positive change for the quality of life in our community.
Business & Education Partners Program (BEPP)
The Business & Education Partners Program creates collaboration between the Kenosha Unified School District, Gateway Technical College, UW-Parkside, Carthage College, Herzing University and Member manufacturing businesses. The goal of the program is to allow High School students to gather experience and information to assist them in making career and education plans.
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is an economic development corporation providing quality business education, technical assistance and access to capital for entrepreneurs. Established in 1987, WWBIC consults, educates and mentors owners of small and micro businesses throughout Wisconsin. Although they concentrate their efforts with women, people of color and those of lower incomes, WWBIC services are available to any business. WWBIC is the largest micro lender in the State of Wisconsin.
In addition to marketing our Members on our website Business Directory and in the printed Local Business Guide, Chamber Membership also includes a variety of perks beneficial to you and your business, such as grand opening celebrations, college scholarships, referrals, and even a morning radio show!
New Business Recognition
Opening a new business? The Chamber holds Ground Breaking, Grand Opening, and Ribbon Cutting ceremonies to introduce your new business to the community! Those events are marketed in our weekly Chamber Planner, on our web calendar, and afterward shared on social media and on our blog.
Kenosha Area Chamber Of Commerce Foundation
Each year, the Chamber Foundation awards college scholarships. Since 1994, college scholarships have been awarded to Kenosha County High School students that display positive character, leadership skills, academic excellence, community involvement, and future aspirations. Among other qualifications, applicants must have a connection to the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce either through an employer or a parent/guardian’s employer. The scholarship recipients are formally recognized at the Chamber Annual Meeting. New in 2017: college scholarships for Herzing University offered to adult learners who are employees of Chamber Members and who display positive character, leadership skills, community involvement, and future aspirations.
Spotlight on Kenosha County Business
Spotlight is the Chamber’s twice monthly radio program that promotes businesses in Kenosha County. The program is hosted by Bill Lawrence and Chamber President Lou Molitor on AM 1050 WLIP. Sponsorship is only $200 and includes 24 30-second on-air promotions during the week plus 16 minutes of live interview time.
Electronic Certificates of Origin
The Chamber now uses eCertify to process Certificates of Origin electronically. eCertify is easy to use and allows businesses to continue using their own software. Turnaround is almost immediate during regular business hours. Cost is $20 per Certificate with a tiered pricing advantage for volume exporters.
Relocation packets include Local Business Guide, which contains the kenosha County map and some community information. They are distributed upon request to new residents and employees.
Are you already a member of a local Chamber of Commerce? The Milwaukee-Chicago corridor is full of opportunity, and we want you to take advantage of everything the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce has to offer! If you’re a member of the Antioch, Lake County or Twin Lakes Chamber, you are eligible to receive a discount off of your KACC membership!
The Chamber fosters a culture of doing business with its members and regularly makes Member referrals.