From Chilton Chamber President Sue Kaphingst

Happy New Year Chilton Chamber of Commerce!!

As we begin 2024, I would like to take the opportunity to thank each of you for your continued dedication to making Chilton a great place to live and work. Chilton has so much to offer as a result of the businesses that are located in and around our city. Every business, whether the smallest or largest, plays an integral part in the success of our city and those who live here.

Eight years ago, I had the privilege to begin as the Superintendent, and serve the children and families of Chilton Public Schools. Now, I have been provided the opportunity to serve our Business Community as the incoming President for our Chamber. The truth be told, prior to March, 2016, I didn’t even know where Chilton was, even though I grew up in Denmark. This is much different than those who have served before me, in the fact that they have been lifelong members of our community.

It is so amazing to live in and be part of a community that has so much to offer to those who live and work here. Serving as the County Seat, having great schools, large manufacturing facilities, along with retail shopping and services that provides the ideal back drop to entice people to come to our city to spend dollars and perhaps moving here.

2024 will provide many opportunities for Chamber members to be a part of building and maintaining great things that are happening in Chilton. One of the first is to attend our monthly meetings which are held at a different location each month providing the opportunity to showcase a business, engage in meaningful conversation, and enjoy a meal together. We can’t control everything that will take place in the next 12 months, but together we can build upon the legacy of a Chamber that is supportive of each other and thankful to those who support us.

We are stronger together, so please consider taking advantage of the opportunities to serve with us as we continue to host the following events:

  • Ambassador Club is a way that we recognize new businesses and existing businesses that have made substantial positive improvements to their business.
  • Summer Festival and Father’s Day Parade is held every summer and brings thousands of people to the streets of Chilton for a weekend of family fun!!
  • Christmas Parade of Lights is held annually and is a GREAT way to kick-off the Holiday Season!!
  • Crafty Apple Fest is the largest and best organized craft fair in the area bringing in over 100 vendors and thousands of shoppers to Chilton.
  • Chilton High School Scholarship Evening has been held every year since 1961 and local Chilton businesses have presented scholarships to the High School Seniors pursuing post-secondary education.
  • Retail Promotions – The Chamber promotes multiple retail events each year including Summer Crazy Daze and our “Christmas on Us” promotion. Each promotion is designed to encourage customers to “Shop Locally.”
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year – Each year since 1949 the Chilton Chamber of Commerce has recognized and honored a Chilton resident for their service and devotion to our community.

Chamber of Commerce Community Directory is a comprehensive listing and summary of local businesses, Civic Groups, Schools and Churches. This hard copy along with our website is a great tool to promote and familiarize people with our wonderful city.

I am honored to serve as your 2024 Chamber President and look forward to working together!! Please feel free to contact any of us with questions or feedback you may have.

Warmest Regards,
Susan A. Kaphingst
2024 Chamber President

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