Thursday, December 29, 2016

Recognizing Member Accomplishments

The Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce 69th Annual Meeting and Awards presents Discovering Local Treasures. 

Each year, Central Wisconsin businesses and community leaders are recognized for business excellence and community impact at the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting & Awards. Honoring a 69th - year community tradition, the annual meeting & awards provide a unique opportunity for the community to engage, connect and collaborate. This is a special opportunity to recognize and encourage excellence. Recipients are identified for their contributions to a job well done.
69th Annual Meeting & Awards
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Location: Hotel Mead & Conference Center
451 East Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids

Award winners will be announced live and welcomed to the stage. 

68th Annual Meeting & Awards

Friday, December 9, 2016

Tis the end of the holiday shopping headache!

Shop smart this holiday season, by shopping locally. Small businesses within the Heart of Wisconsin area have unique items that make the perfect gift. Discover the most unique gift today! Visit for all your shopping needs.

No more wandering around the store gift searching for that hard to shop for someone. Chamber gift certificates are the perfect holiday gift. They are redeemable at more over 400 participating chamber members (grocery stores, clothing, restaurants, entertainment, flowers, photography, etc.). Besides, who doesn’t like picking out their own gift. There’s no greater joy than being able to buy something for yourself.

Purchase your Heart of Wisconsin Gift Certificate today! We accept checks or cash only. Chamber Gift Certificates make for a wonderful, flexible holiday gift. For further details or to purchase a gift certificate please contact us at 715-423-1830 or go to
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Rekindle the Spirit 2016

Kick off the holiday season with a dose of hometown community spirit!

Rekindle your holiday spirit with us the day before Thanksgiving. Be part of the buy local, holiday parade celebration. Festivities include Parade, Cookies & Cocoa at Hotel Mead, and Lighting of the Holiday Decorations. The lighting ceremony will be at 5:45PM at Veterans Memorial Park, with the holiday parade to follow immediately afterward. The parade will start at J.C. Penney's parking lot, down Grand Avenue, making its way across the Grand Avenue Bridge, and ending at Fourth Street. People are invited to make their way to the Hotel Mead and Conference Center, 451 E. Grand Ave. following the parade for a visit with Santa Claus, music, and to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.
In the event of inclement weather, the parade may be canceled.

To enter the parade, please call 715.423.1830 for parade application or stop in at 1120 Lincoln Street and pick one up.

Downtown Wisconsin Rapids
JCPenney Parking lot over Grand Avenue to 4th Street is the parade route 
5:45PM    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016


Jumbo Shrimp 

Parmesan Crusted Cod

Chat-R-Box Restaurant & Catering
4231 80th St South

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

It wouldn’t be a Friday in Wisconsin without a fish fry! Catch yourself a glorious fish fry at Chat-R-Box Restaurant. The Cod is not an original dish, but this restaurant likes to think out of the box, changing their fish fry special every Friday, you will not find a restaurant this unique. During my last stop at Chat-R-Box Restaurant, I had their phenomenal fish fry special, PARMESAN CRUSTED COD with Fresh Basil Mashed Potatoes, Italian Tomato Relish, and a Dinner Roll. Any Wisconsinite would fall head over heels for the Parmesan Crusted Cod. CHEESE and FISH can this get any better? It sure can! Before being served my Parmesan Crusted Cod, I was served Cioppino Seafood Stew. At first, I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into but that first bite of the stew sent me into a fishermen’s paradise. Besides their authentic Friday specials, Chat-R-Box has a fantastic fish fry menu. The Six Piece Jumbo Shrimp is quite appetizing but what it’s served with will have you ordering more to go. The Hush Puppies aren’t something that should be kept quiet. You cannot leave without getting the homemade Hush Puppies served with the best Butter Milk Syrup you’ll ever eat! In addition to their authentic fish fry, Chat-R-Box has a remarkable breakfast and lunch menu. Get your wake me up right away in the morning at 7:00 AM, whether it’s the 80th Street Omelet or the Kellner Muffin, your breakfast will be outstanding. Lunchtime is best in sandwich form. Try the mouth watering Loaded Hamburger or get cheesy with the Mr. Swiss. Whatever you choose for your lunchtime meal you’ll leave full and happy. Before thinking about leaving the restaurant you must have their dessert! Don’t have any room left for dessert? Order it to go! Your sweet tooth will thank you. Their desserts are out of this world. The Caramel Apple Pumpkin Cake is absolutely brilliant. The cake has the texture of pumpkin pie and bursts with flavors of the caramel apple and pumpkin. Another incredible creation Chat-R-Box offers is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie. Simply delicious! Other desserts they offer include Coconut Cream Pie, Bread Pudding, Apple Cobbler and more. It wouldn’t be a Friday in Wisconsin without a fish fry. Stop into Chat-R-Box restaurant for an authentic fish fry, unique flavors, and miraculous desserts.

Sweet Onion Vinaigrette Dressing

Cioppino Seafood Stew

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Hush Puppies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Pie

Caramel Apple Pumpkin Cake