2018 Annual Meeting of the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

2018 Annual Meeting of the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Join us for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 16 from 5 – 7 PM at the Reiter Center. Appetizers and beverages will be served as we welcome in the new 2018-2020 members of the Board of Directors and thank those who have and continue to serve. This meeting is open members and to anyone who wishes to learn more about the Chamber of Commerce in Three Lakes. Let us know if you plan to attend so that we can have an accurate head count and plan accordingly. Also, Midwest Selfies will be present with their selfie station offering free head shots and group photos!

If you are currently a member in good standing and have not received a ballot, please contact the chamber office at 715-546-3344 or stop in. Ballots must be returned to the office by 5 PM on Monday, October 15th.

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting and celebrating the accomplishments of 2018 and looking ahead at 2019.

Press Release: North by Northwoods: 3Lakes Music Crawl

Press Release: North by Northwoods: 3Lakes Music Crawl

August 23, 2018 (Three Lakes, WI) – Come to Three Lakes for an amazing couple of days of musical performances at various venues in and outside of town! On Friday and Saturday, September 21-22, experience the Three Lakes live music scene for a 2-day North by Northwoods music crawl. Visit iconic business establishments and enjoy hearing eclectic music in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

“Three Lakes is considered the gem of the Northwoods. While we will always be known as a premier destination for amazing outdoor experiences on the largest inland chain of lakes in the world as well as the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, we also are a community filled with amazing business establishments and people who have a real passion for the arts,” stated Sarah Flashing, Executive Director of the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. “The 2018 North by Northwoods: 3Lakes Music Crawl will feature a variety of musical performances throughout the community and will connect with the musical tastes of everyone. Come out to Three Lakes and let us entertain you in style!”

A shuttle will be provided on Saturday, September 22, at no charge to transport guests from venue to venue including some lodging destinations in the Three Lakes area.

Musical acts currently booked include Midwest talent like flutist Vicki Logan, rock band Wyatt & the Immortals and local bands including Diamond Pepper, Spotlight Polka Band, the Hurleywoodz and Anthony Lux. Locations of performances include the Black Forest, American Legion, Pike’s Pine Isle, Diversions, Northernaire, Three Lakes Center for the Arts and more.

For more information including updated performance schedules and shuttle information, please visit www.northxnorthwoods.com.

Contact: Sarah Flashing, Executive Director
Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Email: sarah@threelakes.com
Phone: 715-546-3344

About the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
The Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center Inc. encourages, promotes, protects and reacts to the interests and needs of businesses and civic organizations in the Three Lakes community. The Chamber also acts to effectively enhance recreational and economic growth in the Three Lakes area.


4th of July in Three Lakes

4th of July in Three Lakes

Plan a fun-filled day in Three Lakes on July 4th with lots of things to do! Start the day at 9 AM with the Lion’s Club parade. After the parade, everyone is invited to Don Burnside Park where the party continues with a variety of food and flea market vendors, many supporting local organizations. A band will also be performing, courtesy of the Red Suspenders organization of Three Lakes. The Aqua Devils Water Ski Show will perform around 6:30 as they will throughout the summer, every Wednesday and Saturday from June 16 through August 11. And the 4th of July wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks at dusk at Don Burnside Park.

Don’t miss any of the fun! Plan a memory-making day and enjoy the time with your friends and family in Three Lakes.

Support Organizations in Three Lakes with your Time & Talent

There are many opportunities to support local organizations. Sometimes its challenging making the connections or knowing who to ask about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Three Lakes allows community members another way to make these important connections and work together for causes that mean so much to everyone.

Volunteering in every respect is a good thing. You give back to the community, help a good cause, and you benefit others. If you are interested in dedicating some of your time and talent to support organizations in Three Lakes, please take a few moments to fill out our brief volunteer form.

Thank you for supporting what matters in Three Lakes!

The Sinking Sled at Big Stone Lake

For those concerned about the sled sinking through the melting ice on Big Stone Lake….not to worry! The sinking sled is for a fundraising contest by Three Lakes Trails and has been prepared so that there is no environmental contamination. We’re grateful to hear from so many of you who are concerned about the the snowmobile and its impact on the environment!

Event Planning Strategy Meeting

It’s a magical time of year and the 2018 Summer events season is about to launch. You survived the cold winter and the snow is beginning to melt…for the second and third time! Visitors are planning their trips to Three Lakes and over the coming months our community will welcome these guests with the warmth and friendliness that is the culture of Three Lakes.

We are currently in a “timing sweet spot” for executing strategic planning for 2019 events. Right now, you have a clearer idea of how you will execute your 2018 events. While the Chamber is also working on 2018, we’re thinking well into 2019 and want to help our community organizations with 2019 priorities so we can keep the marketing ball rolling.

The idea planning the 2019 calendar may seem quite early at this point, so we hope you’ll join us for a conversation on April 18 at 4 PM at Northernaire to discuss what it takes to plan your calendar, organize your events, and develop strategic partnerships with other community organizations and volunteers in order to execute your events flawlessly. Before the crowds arrive in Three Lakes, we hope you will spend an hour meeting with other community members for a conversation on how we can make plans and develop ideas that will support the work of each other’s organizations.

Chamber Lunch & Learn: Media Interview Training

Bring your own lunch to the Demmer Memorial Library on Monday, February 26 at 11:30 AM and get some great tips on doing media interviews–from the experts! Join WXPR radio reporter Ken Krall and WJFW television reporter Phylicia Ashley as they coach you on how to effectively communicate your message during media interviews.

Do you have an area of expertise you’d like to share with Three Lakes chamber members? Contact the Three Lakes Chamber office for more information.

Three Lakes Events Advertising Program

The Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is now offering an advertising opportunity for special events taking place in 2018 in Three Lakes.

Program Description:
The Three Lakes Events Advertising Program provides approved events with advertising campaigns that are managed and funded through the Chamber of Commerce. Events are a vital aspect of the town of Three Lakes, creating memorable experiences for tourists and a strong sense of community for residents and guests, both local and regional. All organizations planning events for 2018 are encouraged to apply.

Types of events to be considered (but not limited to) include street festivals, parades, community events, sport/recreation events, and art/cultural events.

Application Steps:
Complete the Three Lakes Events Advertising Program Application Form and return to the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce by April 1. Late applications will not be considered. Approved applications will be notified by April 15.  If you prefer to submit a paper application, CLICK HERE to download. You can scan and email to sarah@threelakes.com or drop off at the chamber office.

Strategic Marketing on a Budget

Strategic marketing is key to running any business successfully. But strategic doesn’t have to mean pricey. There are lots of ways businesses of every size can experience growth while on a budget. Social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and others are resources to help build an audience and deliver your message. If you want more people to know more about your business, here are some basic strategies to get you started. (more…)

Three Lakes Photography Contest

The Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Three Lakes Center for the Arts are partnering for a photo contest.  Winners will be featured in social media, the Three Lakes Chamber website, and a public art gallery at the Three Lakes Center for the Arts.  A reception will be held for the winning photographers in October 2018.  Winners and runners-up will be selected from both adult and youth submissions (with parental consent). Please help us get the word out about this contest!

Photos (high resolution) may depict any perspective of Three Lakes outdoors from the snowy trails to the summery warmth of the chain of lakes. Photos of downtown and other populated areas of the Three Lakes area are also encouraged. Please see rules for other information.

Submission Details
Photos must be submitted by 20th of each month, January through October, and must include photographers’s name, phone number, age (if under 18) and title of photo. Photos are to be sent to info@threelakes.com for submission to the contest and posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #threelakeswi and #threelakesphotocontest

Click HERE for terms of contest.

Make Things Happen in 2018!

Setting goals is the common practice for so many people at the start of a new year. I am no exception and you probably aren’t either. But goals often fall to the wayside because of procrastination, lack of self-confidence, and sometimes even negativity. 2018 is the year to be different—set goals and stay focused!

Once you’ve determined your goals for this year, you need to be intentional about staying on track with them. This may mean communicating about these goals with key players in your organization—teamwork!  Carve out time on your calendar for planning and strategizing. Set up reminders so that your smart gadgets alert about the next step in your master plan. The steps needed to accomplish your goals are as important as the goals themselves!

The Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has many goals for 2018 and beyond.

  • Create and deliver more value for our members (see our updated benefits!)
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing strategy
  • Improved use of technology
  • Increase in press coverage
  • More member engagement
  • Steady involvement in community events

These are just some of our goals for 2018 and beyond. The steps to make these goals happen are in the works.  Tell us what your goals are for 2018 and let us know how we can help you. Let’s make things happen!

Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Executive Director

November 8, 2017 (Three Lakes, WI) – The Board of Directors of the Three Lakes Area
Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Sarah Flashing as the new Executive Director.
Flashing brings to Three Lakes more than 15 years of experience that includes event
management, education, public relations, advertising and web development.
Flashing grew up in southwest Wisconsin and relocated to the area from northern Illinois to
serve as Advertising Manager, and briefly Interim Marketing Director, at North Star Mohican
Casino Resort in Bowler, WI. Previously, she was Board President and Marketing Director at
Harvard Community Radio in Harvard, IL.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work for the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
and be a voice for businesses in the community,” said Flashing. “My passion is to help
businesses grow and communities flourish. I’m eager to connect with business, organizational,
and civic leaders in the area and work diligently to achieve the goals of the Chamber.”

“We are excited to have Flashing join our team,” said Justin Behling, Chamber Board President.
“She brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in marketing and communications and
is a proven leader committed to the advancement of business and organizations in the Three
Lakes area.”

Flashing begins her role at the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday,
November 27.

About the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
The Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center Inc. encourages, promotes,
protects and reacts to the interests and needs of businesses and civic organizations in the
Three Lakes community. The Chamber also acts to effectively enhance recreational and
economic growth in the Three Lakes area.