Rock and Body Purchases New Sauna

The new FAR Infrared Sauna can be booked online through their website

The Infrared Sauna uses light to create heat. FAR describes Infrared waves. This sauna heats the body directly without warming the air around you, making it a comfortable relaxing experience while you sweat! This has been shown to increase circulation, reduce pain, help chronic conditions, exfoliate the skin to reduce signs of aging and the biggest one right now is immune system strengthening. Some reports show 1 burns up to 600 calories in a session!
Rock and Body is offering special trial discounts. They have leveled up to enhance the benefits by Incorporating Himalayan Salt Therapy, Crystal Grounding, and Sound Frequency.
Book now to treat yourself to a relaxing day.

Welcome Immel Construction to the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce

It is with great pleasure I introduce you to our newest members with the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce. Founded in 1961, Immel Construction has been in business for nearly 60 years servicing industries  from Commercial to Industrial, Municipal to Historic, Education to Healthcare and more. With their 60-year anniversary right around the corner, Immel is gearing up for 2021 with a handful of fun activities and celebrations.

Immel is an industry leader in providing construction services of the highest quality, consistently delivered to customers throughout the Midwest, by people of integrity who are passionate in what they do. “We live and breathe our Core Values of Safety, Craftsmanship, Integrity, Transparency, Community, and Reliability on every jobsite, client interaction, community we touch, and everything in between”.

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and national worries, Immel Construction has found ways to not only retain employees but to add a handful of new talent as well. In the last few months, they have added new faces to their Field, Estimating, and Business Development teams.

How did you come up with your name?

Howard Immel, Inc. has been our legal name since the firm’s founding, stemming from our very own founder, Howard Immel. Now known as Immel Construction, we have had a tight knit group of people leading the company to victory including two generations from the Immel family and two generations of long-standing, valued employees. Immel has grown into more than just a name over the decades and is now 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.


What are your thoughts on Chamber membership?

There’s a lot to get out of any chamber membership if you’re willing to put effort into it. We appreciate the De Pere Area Chamber’s efforts to strengthen its business members and the De Pere Community as a whole.


What Chamber activity, event, program or initiative are you most excited/intrigued about?

The State of De Pere event has been very well received and a great event to attend. The Business Walk is a terrific business retention strategy and joint partnership to uncover business concerns.

Be the Light Walk Seeks to Remove Stigma, Unite Community… Virtually

The 12th annual Be The Light Walk will be held virtually on Saturday, September 12, 2020. As the longest-running suicide prevention event in Northeast Wisconsin, the event aims to erase the stigma associated with mental health and prevent suicide through education, support and awareness. Over 1,400 participants attended in 2019. This year’s virtual event will draw an even bigger online audience with a live stream during the day featuring local Survivors of Suicide stories, local representatives from mental health advocates and prevention experts, and a memorial slideshow to remember those who were lost to suicide.

In the evening, renowned author and speaker, Brandy Lidbeck, will deliver an inspiring keynote message. Participants are encouraged to walk before the live stream begins at 7:00 PM. HOPE signs will be placed around the community if people would like to gather safely. Jay Zollar, General Manager of WLUK-TV will be the emcee for the evening live stream.

Proceeds benefit the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The Coalition membership is diverse blend of 39 partners representing schools, healthcare organizations, behavioral health providers and advocacy groups, government agencies, police and fire departments, veteran-focused groups, local businesses and community members that have banded together to restore hope and save lives through evidence-based, community-focused initiatives.

Since 2008, over 36,000 community members have been trained in the Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention model. In 2019, 791 adults and 3,138 youth were trained in suicide prevention strategies.

Online registration is available through September 7 at Participants can pick up their registration packet at designated times at the Resch Center on Friday and Saturday.

Interested sponsors can contact Erik Cornelius, Be the Light Walk Director & Suicide Survivor, at

Bridget Krage O’Connor honored with the SBA Wisconsin 2020 Women in Business Champion award

The team at O’Connor Connective held a brief ceremony as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) honored Bridget Krage O’Connor with the SBA Wisconsin 2020 Women in Business Champion award last week.

O’Connor has led O’Connor Connective, a strategic communications consultancy, since 2013 as well as its social enterprise, The Connective: A Community for Women in Business, which she founded in 2018. Both are located in historic downtown De Pere.

Eric Ness, director of the SBA Wisconsin District, presented the Women in Business Champion award to O’Connor during an in-person ceremony at O’Connor Connective today. Local dignitaries including De Pere Mayor James Boyd and Greater Green Bay Chamber President/CEO Laurie Radke and O’Connor Connective guests attended the event.

“I’m grateful for this honor and call on all of us to find ways to advance women in business—because it’s good business for all. At a time like this, we need leaders who cast a bold vision, communicate, and motivate so to retain and grow the small businesses on Main Avenue in De Pere, the large corporations throughout our state and the nonprofits that serve our community. Let’s build up these leaders—together,” O’Connor said.

Patricia Grimm of Business Lending Partners nominated O’Connor for the award that is given annually as part of an SBA state awards program during National Small Business Week. This year’s scheduled awards breakfast May 8 was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Women in Business Champion award recognizes O’Connor’s sustained efforts to increase business opportunities, support legislative and regulatory action, managerial assistance, and volunteerism on behalf of women in Wisconsin’s New North region.

Click here for more information on Bridget O’Connor and to learn more on the O’Connor Connective.


The Connective Launches Advancing YOU Training Series for Professionals

O’Connor Connective and The Utech Group are partnering to host the new series of professional development workshops. Open to all, the series starts in September.

DE PERE, Wis. — Approaching its third year of supporting, connecting and empowering professional leaders in Wisconsin’s flourishing New North region, The Connective: A Community for Women in Business is advancing the community in a new way.

Just as a new school year starts, class will be in session in September for the debut of the Advancing YOU Training Series. De Pere consulting organizations O’Connor Connective and The Utech Group are teaming up to present a series of professional development workshops through The Connective that are open to the public. The Connective is a membership-based social enterprise of O’Connor Connective. Other thought leaders may join in offering future topics.

All professionals—men and women alike—are welcome to participate in Advancing YOU, which is being offered as a three-part series with a different topic explored in each series. Topics include leadership, communication, culture, inclusion, marketing, and more.

“We are in a time when connecting, communicating and leading are critically important,” said Bridget Krage O’Connor, owner and founder of O’Connor Connective. “This series is designed to reach those who are doing their best to guide their organizations and seek insights, networks and sounding boards to get through this year in the best way they can. This series in response to what we are hearing is needed today.”

Registration cost for each Advancing YOU Training Series is $99 for the three 60- to 90-minute classes that will be held on weekdays. For the sake of safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the first three series scheduled for the fall will be conducted virtually.

The Utech Group, a longtime fixture in the Greater Green Bay business community specializing in change management and organizational development, will get the training series underway Sept. 9. This first series, titled “Empowerment,” will focus on values, purpose and vision.

Melissa Borowicz, CEO and owner of The Utech Group, and Ryan Gracyalny, organizational development specialist and lead trainer with The Utech Group, are the presenters for the kickoff series, which concludes in early October.

The second Advancing YOU Training Series is a further exploration into a topic that Borowicz, Krage O’Connor and Renita Robinson, CEO of YWCA Greater Green Bay, kicked off during the YWCA’s No Wrong Thing series called “Three Leaders’ Lenses: Diversity, Communication and Leadership for Empowerment.” This discussion is now expanded into three workshops on leadership and culture, communication, and inclusion beginning Sept. 17.

O’Connor Connective will lead the third Advancing YOU Training Series, “Communication in the Workplace,” starting Oct. 15. The sessions will focus on personal communication styles, managing difficult conversations, and written communication in today’s texting and email world.

To learn more about the Advancing YOU Training Series and how to register for the upcoming programs, go to


A strategic communications firm based in De Pere, Wisconsin, and founded by Bridget Krage O’Connor in 2013, O’Connor Connective advises CEOs, presidents and senior leaders as they seek to engage, retain and recruit customers, employees and supporters. The company does that by integrating strategy, marketing, creative, public relations, and training to achieve organizational goals. O’Connor Connective is a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). Clients include privately held and service-based companies and nonprofits. For more information about the consultative services of O’Connor Connective, visit


The Connective, a social enterprise of strategic communications consultancy O’Connor Connective, was established in 2018 as a community that provides networking and professional development for business leaders and their organizations. For more information about opportunities at The Connective, visit


The Utech Group is a second-generation family business located in De Pere, Wisconsin. With nearly 30 years of experience, The Utech Group has established itself as experts in change management and organizational development.  Since its founding, The Utech Group has created change within hundreds of organizations throughout the United States and Canada through its training programs, leadership and team development services, and customized organizational development approach. For more information about the consultative services of The Utech Group, visit

Performa, Inc. Atlanta, GA Office Expanding

Performa, Inc. has started construction of its new Atlanta office space at The Boundary; a trio of refurbished buildings that offer a unique setting in Midtown. The WI-based company has operated from a temporary space since opening its Atlanta, Georgia office in 2018. Opening this fall, the new office will be a true reflection of Performa’s purpose-driven brand, and will provide a vital home for current team members and future growth. Douglas Webster shares, “We wanted to make sure we found the right location that provided us the best opportunity for success and one that best reflects our culture and brand. We have designed a space that is welcoming to all and will allow us to serve our clients and help give purpose the space to thrive.”

Stay connected at as we await our opening this fall!


Performa Inc. was founded in 1995 as a privately-owned service corporation. Performa is a purpose-driven, fully integrated architecture and engineering firm that gives purpose the space to thrive™. The firm is headquartered in De Pere, WI, with offices in Atlanta, GA and Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, news and perspectives from Performa visit or contact Jennifer Kalies, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at 920-347-3145.

AmeriLux International Acquires Shape Products

AmeriLux International Acquires Shape Products

De Pere, Wisconsin – AmeriLux International LLC, a value-adding distributor and fabricator of building materials and plastic sheet products, has acquired Shape Products. Shape Products, located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, manufactures standard window wells, egress window wells, and window well covers. The acquisition was finalized on August 1, 2020 and will add to AmeriLux’s focus on providing its customers with creative and cost-effective solutions customized for each unique opportunity.

“I’m a firm believer in the magic of momentum,” said AmeriLux CEO Kurt Voss. “The strategic acquisition of Shape Products continues our strong growth trajectory since starting from scratch in 2004. By integrating our teams and incorporating these products and services into our existing portfolio, we can bring even more value to our customers and continue to build a sustainable enterprise.”

For two decades Shape Products has set the bar in durability, aesthetics, and affordability in manufacturing the world’s largest and most dependable selection of window well covers. Shape Products is also a leading expert in both thermoforming and compression molding. The acquisition expands AmeriLux International’s product offerings and further enforces the De Pere, Wisconsin company’s win-win philosophy for all stakeholders.

Along with AmeriLux International’s additional transportation and logistics entities, the acquisition of Shape Products means AmeriLux will employ a total of 135 employees in De Pere, WI and Menomonie, WI.

Birder Studio of Performing Arts Presents Two Events

The Birder Studio of Performing Arts will be hosting two events:

  • FUNraiser Carnival
  • Move Fest (Co-hosted with Broadway Theatre)

The 1st Annual Birder Studio “FUNraiser” Carnival on Friday, Aug. 28 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Raffle Tickets from $10 – $20.  This year’s event will be held at the Birder Studio on the lawn located at 801 Heritage Road in De Pere.

More information of this event can be found by clicking on the Facebook link.


The 2nd event brings Move Fest, a Day of Movement with Local Fitness Professionals on Aug. 29 from 7am – 7pm.

The event will be held at Broadway Theatre, a new, raw theatre space in Downtown East De Pere.

More information on this event can be found by clicking on the Facebook Link.





The Drive to End Alzheimer’s Event

The Automobile Gallery in Green Bay is hosting The Drive to End Alzheimer’s to support the Alzheimer’s Association through The Longest Day on Sunday, Aug. 30. A parade of cars will cruise past 20 Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities in the Green Bay area, ending at The Automobile Gallery for a booyah luncheon prepared by Herman’s Club and admission to the gallery.

“My life has been touched in so many ways by Alzheimer’s, both good and bad. Two teachers who greatly shaped my life and career and my dear Aunt Gladys were taken years ahead of their time. They were all bright and wonderful people. Most recently, I lost my best friend and cousin, Dr. Harold Ford who passed away Jan. 20 at just 72 years of age after his long battle with Alzheimer’s. The pain gives away to the reward of caring for those who reached a point where they could not care for themselves. It is a reminder that we must not give in until there is a cure,” says Darrel Burnett, Executive Director of The Automobile Gallery.

Tickets are $20 per person which includes the cruise, luncheon, and admission to the gallery. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Please visit for more information or to register by Aug. 23.

East Side Route begins at Finger Road Sports Complex, 3385 Finger Road, Green Bay, WI 54311, and travels past the following facilities:

Oak Park Place
Carrington Assisted Living
Age Well Centre for Life Enrichment
Bornemann Senior Communities
The Courtyard at Bellevue
Bellevue Retirement Community
McCormick Assisted Living
Bishop’s Court
Allouez Sunrise Village
Allouez Parkside Village

West Side Route begins at Quarry Park, 1625 Quarry Park Drive, De Pere, WI 54115, and travels past the following facilities:

Residence by Rennes
Rennes Health & Rehab
Renaissance Assisted Living
Birch Creek Senior Living
Woodside Senior Communities
Cottonwood Manor Assisted Living
New Perspectives Senior Living
Cardinal Ridge Residential Care
Alpha Senior Concepts
Brookview Meadows
Marla Vista Assisted Living & Memory Care

Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Johnson Financial Group are partnering once again to determine the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin. The annual competition aims to highlight the state’s vibrant manufacturing industry – which employs 1 in 6 Wisconsinites.

What is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin? It is up to you to decide! Nominate any product that is manufactured in Wisconsin between Aug. 17 and Sept. 4, and don’t forget to come back and vote for your favorite starting Sept. 14!

You can participate in this contest right now by visiting to nominate a company and product that’s made in Wisconsin. The nomination period ends on Sept. 4 and voting will begin in September.

Timeline of Events

Aug. 17 to Sept. 4 – Nominations Accepted

Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 – Popular Vote to Determine the Field of 16

Sept. 21 – Announce the Top 16

Sept. 22 to Sept. 27 – 1st Round of the Bracket

Sept. 28 – Announce the Top 8

Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 – 2nd Round of the Bracket

Oct. 5 – Announce Top 4

Oct. 6 to Oct. 14 – Final Round

Oct. 14 – Winner Announced