I would like to take a moment to thank my amazing team of officers, directors, and staff for their blood, sweat, and tears this year. Without this motivated team of passionate people, we would not have come as far as we have with any of our efforts. As I look back on the year, I feel proud of the things that have been accomplished and ask that you choose me to serve as president again for 2017. Before you update your membership listing, let’s recap some of this year’s highlights:
- Evening on the Avenue worked in cooperation with the Downtown Market to create an even better event featuring music, food, drinks, and a wide variety of local merchants and produce in the downtown!
- The South Milwaukee Visitor’s Guide takes a different approach by featuring how cool our city is when you look at it from a different perspective. This animated map has been distributed throughout Southeastern Wisconsin to draw new business in from outside of this quirky community!
- A steady increase in attendance at our Membership Luncheons has been bringing a variety of wonderful new business people into South Milwaukee while creating new relationships, community awareness, and cash flow for local venues!
- Our very popular Networking After 5 has added a more casual vibe to the organization. These “open house” events have been well attended by both members and non members. It is a great opportunity to allow for a host to showcase their offerings to the community and beyond!
- Project ReStore has come together with city officials to open the lines of communication and make long overdue changes in the downtown by leading on city wide revitalization efforts!
- We’ve gone mobile! Our website focuses on generating commerce instead of growing our membership. It is being updated consistently, is mobile friendly, and features a variety of diverse experiences for the public to enjoy when they get to this historic lakeside city!
These are just some of the things that we have been working on!
To see what we have planned for 2017 stay tuned!
Leah Manthey – President
South Milwaukee Community & Business Association