CHAMBER MICRO (SMALL) GROUPS
USING ALL OF WHAT THE CHAMBER DOES WELL IN LARGE GROUPS, TO CULTIVATE AND INSPIRE SMALL ‘MICRO GROUP’ OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND MAKE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS.
START A GROUP, JOIN A GROUP
Micro Groups are born from the desire of Chamber members to have small group opportunities to connect, share, and learn in an open environment with fellow members and guests. Anyone with this shared desire and a group idea can start and be a point person of a group. Others can join and participate. When you come, be prepared to share and learn in a conversational environment. When you leave a group, be prepared to share it with others.
BEING A POINT PERSON
As a point person, you get to establish a topic. Responsibilities beyond that are to pick a place and time for your group to meet and communicate that to your group. You’ll serve as the moderator at your Micro Group gatherings, but not be required to present or lead beyond that. On occasion the Chamber will ask you to report on your groups participation. That is all.
NO SPECTATORS, ONLY PARTICIPANTS
Group attendees should come with a spirit of sharing relevant knowledge, information and news pertinent to your group’s topic. Individual group members should always be looking to contribute in some way to support the gathering. Presentations by group members are fine if desired, but should not be required – and should always be done in the spirit of sharing and learning, NOT SELLING!
GUIDELINES FOR MICRO GROUPS
- Groups should be between 3 to 12 members in size. These are Micro Groups after all!
- Maintain a spirit of learning and sharing at all times.
- Talk and share about what you do professionally, but do not sell.
- Allow presentations if your group chooses, though do not require. Presentations promoting specific commercial products or companies are discouraged. Share knowledge!
- No tourists, everyone joins in conversations. Ask questions and be an interactive participant.
- Groups can exist as long as the group desires, and you can participate in as many groups as you desire.
CURRENT MICRO GROUPS
|Social Media||Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and so many more. Join us to discuss platforms and strategies to help your business.||Email Kristi Warriner for more information.|
|Effective Leadership: Networking for Impact||This group talks about leading within business, how can you attract employees or promotions even though there isn’t a hierarchy, and leadership roles.||Email Cherie Gon for more information.|
|Women, Power & Money||Topics have ranged from the new tax law changes, to the differences in how the generations view money and career to insurance and long term care planning.||Email Terri Buechner for more information.|
|City of Middleton||Stay informed and up-to-date on projects and initiatives happening in the City of Middleton.||Email Mike Davis for more information.|
|Joy in Leadership||This group explores the characteristics of strong leaders and discuss positive ways to maximize enthusiasm, engagement, and success in the workplace.||Email Nancy Kalsow for more information.|
|New Member Connections||Are you a member who has joined within the last 18 months or a new representative? Want to increase your professional network and learn how to more fully utilize your membership? Then this new member micro group is for you.||Email Lisa Quam for more information.|
|Non-Profit Connections||This group is meant as a way for non-profit representatives to connect and learn from each other.||Email Emily Wills for more information.|
|Wellness||This group will bring together members passionate about wellness who will explore how we can support companies who want to bring the 8-Dimensions of Wellness into their business to create a culture of happy, healthy and thriving employees. As a group we can do more together to change how wellness is accessed and achieved in Middleton and beyond!||Email Michelle Jolly for more information.|
|HR Group||Discussion points will include current “hot topic” HR issues. This Micro-Group would be ideal for small organizations without an HR department that might want support from others in the group. Those in current HR roles are also encouraged to join. Group will be facilitated by Abigail Darwin of Robert Half, and topics and issues raised will remain confidential.||Email Abigail Darwin for more information.|