Social Media Marketing

Social media is a powerful marketing and communication tool that many of us use in casual, social ways. Learn more about how to effectively utilize social media for your business or organization, whether that’s to promote products and services, or to connect with customers. Join Carolyn from Bad Axe Enterprises and get a jumpstart on improving your online marketing presence!

Servant Leadership Part 3

Learn all about Servant Leadership with Todd Mandel of Building Mighty Communities, and recent graduate of the Viterbo Masters Program in Servant Leadership. Learn about the philosophy, steps that you can take to incorporate this style of leadership into your work and how this style of leadership leads to positive results. Class is free for Chamber Members and just $10 for the general public (per course). Class will be held on zoom. To register, please email cwalters@viroqua-wisconsin.com
 
While traditional leadership styles accumulate a great extent of power at the top rungs, servant leadership puts other people’s need first and shares power with them.
A servant leader actively contributes in the personal development and performance of their team. Here are 10 characteristics and traits that distinguishes a servant leader from the more traditional ones.
1. Empathy
A servant leader has the ability to recognize and understand feelings and emotions that are experienced by their team. Such a leader will care for other people and will deeply experience emotions that match what others are feeling. Since they understand others so deeply, their actions are motivated by a genuine desire to help others.
2. Listening
By paying complete attention to what others are saying, servant leaders are able to get a complete understanding of all interpersonal situations that they are dealing with. They use active listening to resolve conflicts, counsel others, and also to impart training.
3. Awareness
Many people in positions of power are blissfully ignorant of their shortcomings, but not the servant leader. They are completely aware of their strengths, weaknesses, values, emotions, and feelings. This self-awareness allows the servant leader to understand personal biases and set them aside while making decisions.
4. Healing
Followers typically desire for a leader who has a sincere interest in fostering their emotional and spiritual well-being. By taking an active role in promoting the mental and emotional strength of their employees, servant leaders typically inspire an exceptional level of trust and faith from others.
5. Conceptualization
An important quality of a servant leader is their ability to conceptualize, or imagine the possibilities of future and reconcile it with current realities. This ability helps the leader visualize a bright future, and take the necessary steps to get there.
6. Persuasive
It is easy for a servant leader to influence the opinions and actions of others through persuasive skills. This quality comes in handy in negotiations with business partners, customers, and stakeholders. Since servant leaders are committed to the welfare of others, they use this ability only to influence others positively.
7. Stewardship
A servant leader acts as a steward for the organization’s resources. They assume complete responsibility for planning and managing all available resources for the betterment and prosperity of the organization, employees, and stakeholders.
8. Foresight
Everything is connected – the past, the present, and future. Servant leaders have an intuitive ability to predict what is likely to happen in future, based on the past and the present. This foresight enables these leaders to plan ahead.
9. Community building
Under a servant leader, people come together for a common purpose. They are able to create a feeling of belonging to something bigger than each individual, and foster team spirit and a sense of community. Servant leaders also deeply care for this community that they create.
While traditional leadership styles accumulate a great extent of power at the top rungs, servant leadership puts other people’s needs first and shares power with them.
10. Committed to growth of others
A servant leader takes it upon themselves to develop others. They are likely to help employees chart out a clear career path and provide them with resources to progress from one level to the next.
 

Servant Leadership Part 2

While traditional leadership styles accumulate a great extent of power at the top rungs, servant leadership puts other people’s need first and shares power with them. A servant leader actively contributes in the personal development and performance of their team. Here are 10 characteristics and traits that distinguishes a servant leader from the more traditional ones.

Learn all about Servant Leadership with Todd Mandel of Building Mighty Communities, and recent graduate of the Viterbo Masters Program in Servant Leadership. Learn about the philosophy, steps that you can take to incorporate this style of leadership into your work and how this style of leadership leads to positive results. Class is free for Chamber Members and just $10 for (each course, as this is a 2-part session) for the general public. Registration required for all classes, register here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4517628

Investing in Retirement

Planning for retirement can be challenging for small business owners, and we want to help you make sure you’re on the right track for your future. Join Aaron Cade of Cade Financial Services for an informational session about retirement and investing, and get a better image of how you can save for retirement.
 
This online session is free for all Viroqua Chamber members, and only $10 for everyone else! Email cwalters@viroqua-wisconsin.com to register and receive the Zoom information.
 
 

Grant Writing 101

Useful workshops for your organization or business. Public welcome, free to Chamber Members, just $10 for non-members. Todd Mandel, owner of Building Mighty Communities will join us to talk about the basics of grant writing from best practices to how to find grants for your business. Registration required, save your spot here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4517622

Servant Leadership Part 1

While traditional leadership styles accumulate a great extent of power at the top rungs, servant leadership puts other people’s need first and shares power with them.

A servant leader actively contributes in the personal development and performance of their team. Here are 10 characteristics and traits that distinguishes a servant leader from the more traditional ones.

Learn all about Servant Leadership with Todd Mandel of Building Mighty Communities, and recent graduate of the Viterbo Masters Program in Servant Leadership. Learn about the philosophy, steps that you can take to incorporate this style of leadership into your work and how this style of leadership leads to positive results. Class is free for Chamber Members and just $10 for (each course, as this is a 2-part session) for the general public. Registration is required for all classes, register here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4517625

Creating Your Own Website

With so many different platforms and numerous ways to promote your business, creating a website seems to be a barrier for success to many small businesses. Not any more! We are going to talk about how to build your own website, best practices for imagery, how to make your site manageable, avoid costly hosting mistakes and more! This is a free workshop for Chamber members, and just $10 for the general public. We are co-hosting this amazing workshop with Bad Axe Enterprises! Registration for class is required, register through this link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4517600

Instagram for Dummies Workshop

We are excited to host Instagram for Dummies. This class will get you through all of the basics and have you understanding and loving this fantastic social media tool for small businesses. Viroqua Chamber Main Street members will be able to attend this class free of charge, non-members pay: $10. Bring your phone, laptop or tablet to the session with the Instagram app downloaded and ready for use! Thanks to Bad Axe Enterprises for co-hosting the event with us! Registration is required for this class, save your spot here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4517535

Venison Sausage & Curing – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 12/7/2019

Students will learn how to take scrap venison meat, add pork, seasoning, cure, culture and turn it into delicious, shelf-stable dry-cured sausages. The art of dry-curing meat has been around for millennia and has had a recent resurgence. This class will teach each participant that with careful planning and execution, they too can make dry-cured meats in their own home. We will cover equipment needed, ingredients, and clear steps for carrying out the process. Due to the length of time to make a dry-cured product, the class will not complete the process that day. Instead, participants will make the sausages and the instructor will ferment and dry the sausages for them for either pick-up or mail delivery once they are complete. Each student will leave with basic directions for dry-curing sausage and a list of resources for continuing their studies at home.

Instructor: Ryan Wagner

Class fee: $45, material fee: $40. $10 off for VFC members.

Beeswax Candle Making – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 12/7/2019

Make simple, hand-dipped beeswax tapers, then try your hand at some more complicated variations. Spend a few meditative hours making several candles, and learn the traditions and meanings of candles as used in many seasonal celebrations.

Instructor: Martha Buche

Class fee: $45, material fee: $15