APRIL 2022


Upcoming Events

Business Expo- April 6th

Business After Hours/Taste of Oshkosh

John Casper Retirement Announcement

2021 Annual Meeting Award Recipients


Leadership Oshkosh 

Spring Elections- April 5th

Waterfest Volunteers Needed

Amplify Events

Business Briefs

New Members

Chamber Members Save

March Member Renewals

West Side Association

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Member Matters is sponsored by Stellar Blue Technologies.

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April 6 | 12:00-7:00 PM

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Join us from 12-7PM on April 6, for the area's largest networking and business-to-business trade show with Business After Hours and Taste of Oshkosh to follow. The Business Expo will feature exhibitors who represent a variety of industries.

Even if you don't have a booth, we hope you'll join us! 

To view a list of exhibitors and their booth numbers, click here. 

Admission Prices:

Business Expo | FREE with business card or $5

Business After Hours/Taste of Oshkosh | 

$10 for members, $20 for non-members

Register for Business After Hours and Taste of Oshkosh by clicking the button below.


Visit the ATW booth at the Business Expo 

for a chance to win a trip to Savannah, Georgia!

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Spectrum Reach is sponsoring a professional headshot booth at the Oshkosh Business Expo in partnership with owner and photographer Katie Madlom from Cattail Creek Creatives. 


Sessions are 5 minutes long and include one FREE digital image. Hurry, space is limited, so book your session today! 

President & CEO, John Casper, to retire 

by the end of 2022 after 35 years with the 

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

John Casper, President and CEO of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, announced he will retire by the end of 2022. The Board of Directors was informed of this at its March 25th Board meeting. Casper began his career at the Oshkosh Chamber in 1987 as the Director of Commercial Development and later took-on the role of President & CEO in December 1990. He is currently the longest tenured Chamber chief executive in Wisconsin. 


Upon his retirement, he will have served the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce for 35 years. During this time, the membership grew by over fifty percent reaching an all-time high of 1,157members. The Oshkosh Chamber earned its first accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and has held that designation throughout that period, achieving the highest designation of 5-Stars for the past 18 years. In these years, the community realized unprecedented business and economic growth. 

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“John’s leadership, advocacy and tireless commitment serving the Oshkosh community and businesses will truly be missed.  He leaves our Oshkosh Chamber in excellent organizational and financial condition, positioning the organization and his successor with opportunity to further invest in the strategic priorities”, stated Oshkosh Chamber Board Chair Joan Woldt.  new President & CEO. 

"There are so many business leaders in our community who have shared how the Chamber was a catalyst that helped them connect to important resources.  I have also heard stories from other leaders who said their exposure to the Oshkosh Chamber helped them to develop and learn the importance of volunteerism.  We hope that John knows how grateful we are for his years of service and resilience.  We are proud of him and the contributions he has made to our community"

A Transition Committee has been established consisting of members of the Oshkosh Chamber Board of Directors to develop a process and succession plan that will lead to the selection of the new President & CEO. 

“Over the past 34 years, I have had the distinct privilege to have worked for an outstanding organization and with some of the finest people I know. I have been able to lead one of the most talented staffs assembled in the State. I appreciate the confidence and the support of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and the business community during my time with the organization. I am very proud of the many accomplishments of the organization and the positive direction that our community has taken,” stated Casper. 


April 7 | 4:00-5:00PM

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The Local Legends Podcast is a live audience podcast featuring notable Oshkosh and greater Fox Valley business leaders. Local legends is hosted by the Venture Project and Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.  This podcast will educate listeners by interviewing community expert "legends" on the topics of leadership and entrepreneurship.

Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.


April 13 | 7:30-9:00 AM

April 14 | 7:45-9:00 AM

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OC Connection is designed to bring businesses together to prosper. We encourage you to give business referrals, and present a one-minute "elevator speech" to your business peers at this great networking event. 

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AM Oshkosh is back. Join us for networking and breakfast at Pizza @ HWY 44. We will be combining this event with a Propel Leadership breakfast!



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To learn more about these candidates:

City Council: Four candidates are seeking election to three available seats on the Council. Voters will be able to vote for up to three candidates. 

Take a look at City Council Candidate responses here:

Candidates’ responses are provided as they were submitted to the Chamber. 

Board of Education: Four candidates are running in the Board of Education race. Two seats on the Board are up for election this year.

Did you miss our Board of Education Candidate Forum? You can watch a recording of it here:

April 11 | 8:00-9:00 AM

April 27 | 8:00-9:00 AM

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KGREENCARD LLC, is a professional, independent third-party provider of EB-3 visas. They help employees and employers meet the needs of the labor shortage, focusing on unskilled (entry level) labor for U.S. businesses and skilled labor jobs. KGREENCARD finds foreign national workers to fill job openings at companies experiencing chronic labor shortages. 

Click below to register and for more information.

Presenter: Moore Lee, CEO, KGREENCARD

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Hiring and retaining Disabled Veterans can positively affect your bottom-line. You will learn of local employment resources available to you in an effort to develop a pipeline of talented and dedicated disabled veteran candidates. Various strategies will be presented to augment your current hiring practices as the employment landscape has changed forever and hiring managers require additional tools and information to attract viable candidates to fill their vacancies.  

Click below to register and for more information.

Presenter: Rob E. Lougee, Acting Employment Director, DAV (Disabled American Veterans)


April 21 | 8:00-9:00 AM


This annual program provides current year employment law legislative updates presented by a panel of legal experts, as well as state and federal elected officials.  The panel will provide the latest case law. latest new laws as well as pending legislation impacting employment.


April 21 | 8:00-9:00 AM

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Hear from community leaders and past and present Leadership Oshkosh participants on what Leadership Oshkosh means to the community and how alumni have used their training.

This informational meeting is free of charge and open to the public. Reservations are required; please register by visiting our website.

For more information on the Leadership Oshkosh program or to get an application, please visit:

Please contact Patti Andresen-Shew at 920-303-2265, ext. 29 or [email protected] with questions.


April 26 | 8:00-9:00 AM

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Session Topic: Confrontation

What comes to mind when you are facing a confrontation? Are you girding for combat? Unfortunately, dysfunctional confrontation can devolve into a battle that erodes trust and fractures relationships. It does not have to be that way. Teams can learn to practice healthy confrontation, even under pressure.

This briefing will go through steps that are key to constructive confrontation. Participants will learn strategies for establishing boundaries, diminishing tension and developing a culture that welcomes positive exchanges. Learning how to confront can reduce angst and promote positive engagement in your organization.

Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and challenges. The briefings are structured to be stand-alone but do complement one another.  Invite a dialog partner and hold each other accountable for applying what you learn.

Leading from the Top is presented by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Differentiating Strategies. The briefings provide professional development opportunities for leaders in small and medium businesses.


April 28 | 5:00-7:00 PM

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One evening each month, make numerous business contacts and find new customers at our informal after-hours social! Business After Hours gives you a chance to meet other Chamber members at a different local business each month. Bring your business cards and join us!

Member Price: $10.00
Non-member Price: $20.00

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The Oshkosh Chamber is looking for volunteer groups to assist with concession sales this summer at Waterfest! Participating organizations will receive a percentage of the concession sales to go towards their cause. This is a great way to get involved and give back! 

Interested in helping out? 

Contact John Casper at [email protected]


April 30 | 2:00-3:00PM

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Mark your calendars for this year's Oshkosh Chamber golf outings brought to you by Oshkosh Corporation and Bank First! 

Registration is now open for both! Visit our website for more details including pricing. 

Oshkosh Corporation-Bank First Chamber Golf Invitational | May 23, 2022:

Oshkosh Corporation-Bank First Chamber Golf Classic | August 15, 2022:

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please contact John at [email protected] 


April 14 | 4:30 PM

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Join us on Thursday, April 14th from 4:30-6:00PM at The Gibson Social Club and learn more about the benefits of remote hiring with Julia Collins, Project Manager at Lincoln Labs!

Wisconsin Cheese, German Beer & an Uzbek Workforce”
A discussion around the future of work and how hiring a global remote workforce can help counteract the effects of the “Great Resignation”.


Only $10 Registration for this Ideas Amplified Event! 




Oshkosh and Winnebago County unemployment rates continued to remain at some of its lowest levels ever in February 2022.  The unemployment rates for Oshkosh and Winnebago County remained among some of the lowest in the state and region as reported by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).     



The data indicated that the unemployment rate for February 2022 was 2.5%, up slightly from 2.4% in January of 2022.  There were 33,879 Oshkosh City residents working this year in February vs. 33,181 last year, for a gain of 698 workers.  



The Winnebago County unemployment rate for February 2022 was 2.6%, also up slightly from 2.5% in January 2022.    


There are 90,560 Winnebago County residents working this year vs. 88,163 last year.  This indicates a significant year over year gain of 2,397 more people working this year vs. last year.           



The Wisconsin February 2022 unemployment rate was 3.4%, down from 5% in February of 2021.  In February, there were 3,029,891 statewide residents working this year vs. 2,955,438 last year, for a gain of 74,453 workers.  The 3.4% statewide unemployment rate remains below the national average of 4.1%.           


Please contact Rob Kleman, Senior VP of Economic Development at the Oshkosh Chamber at [email protected] or 920-303-2265, ext. 14 for more information or any questions relating to this data.    

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The WEDC Main Street Bounceback Grant program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors.

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Leadership Breakfast at MToxins Venom Lab

April 5 | 7:30 AM

Join us at MToxins Venom Lab for our Leadership Breakfast. We will learn about what it is they do here!

To register for any of these events, click below.


Check the Propel website and Facebook page 

for information about upcoming events!

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We are excited to share that THIS IS OSHKOSH is hot off the press! We have started distributing it around the city, but if you would like a box, please contact the chamber office and we would be happy to supply you with some. 

For those of you who haven't seen it yet or would like to view it digitally, you can do so by clicking here.

Thank you to Fox Cities Magazine for putting this excellent resource together for us!


Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, Neenah selected as Best Conference Center in Wisconsin- “Wisconsin Meetings closes every year by recounting how the industry has changed and grown over the last 12 months. The annual Best of Wisconsin Meetings readers’ poll discovers the readers’ choices for the best the state has to offer and observing how sentiments shift from year to year is incredibly illuminating as priorities change.” Read More

Chris Hess elected to Goodwill Industries International's Executive Council- Goodwill NCW President and CEO Chris Hess was named to Goodwill Industries International’s (GII) Executive Council of the Conference of Executives and will serve on Goodwill Industries International’s Board of Directors. Read More

Evergreen Introduces "Cycling Without Age"- Evergreen is excited to announce the introduction of the Cycling Without Age (CWA) program to our residents in late Spring/early Summer of 2022! This program was made possible through two generous donors, each with a passion for cycling, along with the Evergreen Foundation. Read More

Oshkosh Corporation recognized for Ethics- For the seventh-straight year, Oshkosh Corp. is among the world’s most ethical companies as recognized by Ethisphere. In 2022, 136 organizations from 22 countries were recognized based on Ethisphere’s proprietary rating system. Read More

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The Leadership Oshkosh class was introduced to the world of health and human services focusing on the needs of our community including promoting self-sufficiency, senior health and wellness, and caring for people in crisis.  The class also participated in a guest simulation at Day By Day Warming Shelter and a healthcare ethical dilemma case study discussion with representatives from Ascension Mercy Hospital.  Thank you to Evergreen Retirement Community and Father Carr’s Place 2B for hosting an insightful day.


Memories on Market Gallery

4475 Stonewood Drive, Oshkosh


Universal Windows Direct

N93W14655 Whittaker Way, Menomonee Falls 


Robbie Cordo Entrepreneur Coach

3930 Oregon Street, Unit 4, Oshkosh


Neenah News

4124 W. Wisconsin Street

Suite 090B, Neenah


Cedar Yard Greetings

Fox Tail Lane, Oshkosh


TDS Telecom

W6174 Aerotech Drive, Appleton


The Taqueria 

1838 Oshkosh Avenue, Oshkosh


Coming Soon!

Rawhide Youth Services

E7475 Rawhide Road, New London




Save up to 45% on monthly service with U.S. Cellular. Unlimited Voice and Data with no overages! Must order directly from Dan O’Day. Contact Dan at 920-427-2587 or at [email protected]

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Have you gotten your Network Health Insurance quote?

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce members have access to high-quality health care coverage at an exclusive, cost-effective premium through Network Health. 

Contact your health insurance agent or call 800-276-8004 to learn more about the exclusive premium discount through Network Health.


A printable, pre-activated prescription savings card for Oshkosh Chamber members. Everyone is eligible to save up to 75% on prescriptions with no paperwork to fill out and no limits on usage. It even covers many pet prescriptions!


Chamber members can save money every time they make a local or long distance call, just by switching to Northern Telephone and Data.


Now offering payroll services and payroll + timekeeping services, in addition to their other offerings. Contact Lynn Metoxen at 608-852-8469 or [email protected].


The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following members who renewed their memberships during the month of March.


Aegis Financial

Algoma Financial Group

Allgold Corp (Sparkle Wash)

American Red Cross

Aquire Restoration, Inc. 

Barr, Inc. 

Bayshore Development

Beez Electric Inc.

Behnke Financial Group

Blue Door Consulting LLC

Bob's Mini Mart

Boy's & Girls Club of Oshkosh

Bright Orthodontics, LLC

Brown & Williams (The Doe House)

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Covetrus Software Services 

CR Structures

Culligan Water Conditioning 

Culver's of Oshkosh

Digital Printing Innovations

Discher Architectural Millwork

DJ's Insect Control

Dream by Thimke Jewlers

Drucks Sudden Service

Extreme Customs


Fox Valley Technical College


Grabner Glass LLC 

Hometown Bank

House of Flowers

InSight Eye Care, LLC


Invista Analytics

Jiffy Lube

Jimmy John's 

Kelly Services 

Knight Barry Title Services LLC 

Landscape Solutions by M Kirsch

Lee Franzen- Norwax


Martens Heating & Mechanical

Morton Drug Company

Naipfefferle Companies 

Neenah News

Nolte's Service & 24 Hour Towing

Oracular IS LLC 

OShkosh Area Humane Society

Oshkosh City Cab

Oshkosh Complete Dentistry

Phoenix Printing

R.J. Alright INc. 

Ray's Sanitation LLC 

Renning Lewis & Lacy


Silver Star Brands

Sonex LLC 

Stainless Piping Specialists

Timothy T. Ryan 

True Blue Dreams (Culver's)

Universal Windows Direct

Valley VNA Senior Care

Water City Pool & Spa, LLC 


Wisc & Southern Railroad Co.


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120 Jackson Street

Oshkosh WI 54901

920.303.2265, ext. 12

[email protected]