Business Spotlight: Fox River Tours

This week we are shining our spotlight on Fox River Tours. Fox River Tours takes curious passengers along the Fox River with many different private and public cruises while learning about the area and taking in what nature has to offer.


We talked with Candice Mortara from Fox River Tours and got the scoop on what’s to come in 2018! The company currently has one boat called River Tyme that departs from De Pere, WI. They will be expanding at the end of May 2018 and will be offering trips departing from Appleton, WI. This ‘new’ boat was previously the Peshtigo Princess built in 1981, it has been repainted and updated and turned into River Tyme Too!


Currently, the only way to purchase tickets is over the phone and by booking online. Mortara noted that many people like the old-fashioned way of purchasing tickets in person and having the tangible ticket to keep, so they are looking into installing a ticket booth. The ticket booth would be movable and would be located in the parking lot across from the boat. The company is working with the city to get the permission for the ticket booth. This booth will also be a good source of information for local De Pere businesses, they would like to offer coupons and specials for people to redeem at surrounding businesses.

Mortara explains the enjoyment of the business and what makes her feel successful about Fox River Tours. She enjoys getting people on the water and seeing how much the passengers enjoy the cruises. She explains that people can live in this area their whole life and some have never been on the Fox River.


“It’s like a mini-vacation without having to leave.”

Fox River Tours has had many cruises booked for family gatherings, wedding anniversaries, birthdays, work outings, and more. Mortara talks about the excitement in seeing multi-generational families enjoying the beauty of the Fox River.


Don’t forget to book with Fox River Tours for a fun and exciting outing for any occasion!


Call 920.422.6300 for more information

Visit Fox River Tours Website Here

New Member Spotlight: Diamonds and Gold

This week we are shining our New Member Spotlight on Diamonds and Gold Green Bay. Diamonds and Gold is a local jeweler that serves both the De Pere and Green Bay areas. The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to speak with Christine Patton, owner of Diamonds and Gold. Here’s what she had to say about business in the Bay:

Born and raised in Green Bay, Christine tells us that Diamonds and Gold was originally founded by her parents at the Port Plaza Mall back in 1977. Christine bought the store in 1996 and made the move to Bellevue in 2004. When we asked what inspired Christine and her family to stay in the area, Christine says she’s comfortable keeping it local.

“There’s a sense of community here where everyone is connected to one another.”

From a business perspective Christine says that customer loyalty and employee retention were never a problem for her at Diamonds and Gold. Being unique is their strong suit, and where some local businesses have left, Diamonds and Gold Green Bay is here to stay.

“I can’t imagine doing business anywhere else.”

Make sure you get in touch with Christine for any of your jewelry needs this holiday season at 920-437-6811, or stop in at 2071 Central Drive, Green Bay!



New Member Spotlight: Wrightstown Spirit

The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Wrightstown Spirit as our New Member Spotlight! Wrightstown Spirit is a community newspaper covering not only the Wrightstown area, but also extending out to De Pere, Greenleaf, Morrison, Hollandtown, Lawrence, Ledgeview and rural Kaukauna. We had the opportunity to talk to Leah Olson from Wrightstown Spirit about business in De Pere!

Leah tells us that Wrightstown Spirit is a partner of Times-Villager, their big brother newspaper based in the Kaukauna and Little Chute areas. Wrightstown Spirit has 5,000 subscribers and counting as they continue to grow. The free community paper originally started in 2004 with a focus on the local school districts, sports, and what the kids were up to, Leah says. From there, the business expanded to small businesses, news and other content and locations.

“You can do it all in De Pere!”

When we asked Leah what makes De Pere different she tells us the small community is unique and has so much to offer, especially the relationship between businesses in the community.

“Everyone wants to help everyone…”

Leah enjoys De Pere events like the farmer’s market and trolley. She says it has given her the opportunity to meet so many people. You can reach Leah Olson at Wrightstown Spirit, 920-609-0123.


New Member Spotlight: Astha Grocery and Gifts

This week we welcome Prakash Lalchandani, owner of Astha Grocery and Gifts, as our New Member Spotlight! He has almost completed a year as a business owner in the De Pere Area at their newest location. Lalchandani returned to De Pere to raise his granddaughters after doing business in larger locations, such as New York. Although business was successful in New York, Lalchandani says he didn’t feel he was at home and New York only gave him the feeling of being in a very crowded space.

“De Pere gives me a true American feeling.”

Astha is a gift and grocery that offers a wide range of spices, ingredients and produce to the community. This business offers locals the chance to stop in and experiment with different cuisine. Lalchandani says he loves that he can bring diversity to the community.

“It’s an opportunity to have a change of heart.”

New Member Spotlight

Forbes has called Sprint the “undisputed low-cost leader of all major U.S wireless carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile”, but who does the behind the scenes work? We welcomed Chloe Sagstetter and Alex Freeburg to the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce as representatives of Wireless Express. Marketing Manager Chloe tells us that Wireless Express owns and operates 96 Sprint locations across the nation. As marketing manager, Chloe oversees marketing strategies and tactics for all 96 sites, all unique to their respective locations. Luckily Chloe has District Manager Alex Freeburg, whose focus includes the De Pere area. Wireless Express has recently moved to a new location on Main avenue in De Pere, which they have called home for approximately two months. Alex says, after moving to the new location, he and his team are excited to be closer to their De Pere neighbors and look forward to being members of the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The best part of the business is being part of the Chamber and connecting to the community.”

As district manager, Alex tells us that he is enthusiastic about watching his team members train and empower themselves to go above and beyond high expectations, even if it means stepping outside of the comfort zone. Providing excellent customer service is the standard at Wireless Express. Stop into a Sprint store to experience Wireless Express for yourself!

Baer Performance Marketing

Aaron Baer took the time to talk to us about Baer Performance Marketing and their neck of the woods! Aaron is originally from Green Bay, and a University of Wisconsin La Crosse graduate. He studied organizational communication and public relations, enabling him to make Baer Performance Marketing a success with the help of his team. When we asked Aaron “why De Pere?” he told us about the benefits De Pere has to offer as such a central location.

“It’s convenient to have access to De Pere, Green Bay, Fox Cities, Osh Kosh, Appleton and more.”

Baer is a marketing group whose focus is dedicated to better their clients. They have served businesses on a statewide, regional and national scale. What is most unique about Baer is their approach to performance marketing. Aaron told us a little bit about his team, and how they are able to accomplish big goals with a compact team. He says they run lean, and it benefits their clients for every individual to be specialized and experienced in their area of expertise. They do the same work that bigger companies do, without the communication hassles that come with having several department. Achieving a personal experience by getting to know their clients, where they have been and where they want to go, allows Baer to serve their businesses the best. See what Baer can do for you today.

Top Hat Marketing

This week we are recognizing Top Hat Marketing Inc. as our Business of the Week! Robert and Rochelle Jahnke founded Top Hat Marketing in 2002. Their services include printing, text marketing, the Every Door Direct program, and more. Their business is to provide small corporations with the tools to grow and address the needs of their clients.

“Your business is my business.”

Top Hat recently released a new feature to better serve their users, VIP Family Friends. The product is a notification system that allows clients to enter recurring events and receive personalized messages to follow up with not only clients and customers, but also family members and friends. Robert says when they were developing the product, they made sure to keep their target audience in mind: the professional women. Women that keep up with both work life and family life can use VIP Family Friends to add organization to their very busy schedules.

New Member Spotlight

This week we welcome Denmark State Bank as our New Member Spotlight!
We talked to Branch Manager Julie Hamby about who Denmark State Bank is and what they are doing here in De Pere. While Julie is new to Denmark as of January 2017, she has been in banking for over 30 years.

“As a true community bank, Denmark State Bank reflects the values lived by the people in Northeast Wisconsin.”

They continue to grow as Denmark State Bank has opened two new locations in Howard and the town of Lawrence. Julie explains their “Let’s Grow” Plan and how it connects them to their communities. The plan focuses on the 108 years Denmark State Bank has been in business and involves planting 108 trees split between the Howard and Lawrence locations. Read about how they will “grow their roots” here.

Independence Day Celebration


This past weekend I had the privilege of being invited to Governor Scott Walker’s Independence Day Celebration. This was the sixth annual event, and continues to be a tradition that celebrates our history, patriotism and independence. The celebration is not to promote politics and ideology, but rather an opportunity to acknowledge American pride. The atmosphere of the barbecue was light and festive, and was held at the governor’s executive residence which has been home to Wisconsin governors since 1928. There were live music performances by the Eddie Butts band and plenty of food and drinks to go around. I appreciated the opportunity I had not only to catch up with past co-workers and friends, but also to network and make new ones. I hope to attend the event in the future as it is a reminder that regardless of your ideology, political party identification, values, beliefs, demographics and the like, each and every citizen should make it a priority to get involved.

Waseda Farms

Congratulations to Waseda Farms on earning our Business of the Week! This certified organic farm and market was founded in 2008 and introduced to De Pere in April 2014. We got the chance to talk to Waseda Farms president Matt Lutsey to learn more about the Waseda Farms team and their market. Waseda Farms offers high quality certified organic grass-fed Black Angus beef, pork, chicken, and eggs. Their products are featured in over 40 restaurants and retail locations. Waseda farms is Northeastern Wisconsin’s only local and organic focused market and deli, featuring products from over 100 local farms, artisans and producers. Produce is not the only local aspect of the business: Waseda Farms gives back to the community every day. Their Save a Bag and You Buy We Give programs, non-profit donations, and annual scholarships are just a few ways Waseda Farms gives back. This year the family – owned business donated over $30,000 to local non-profits.

“De Pere is a close-knit community that continues to grow.”

When we asked Matt “Why De Pere?” he told us the community of like-minded individuals and network of small businesses that work together and support one another are reasons why Waseda Farms is proud to call De Pere home.