2023 March Chamber Member of The Month: Ruda Chevrolet Toyota

We had something special to celebrate this Month. The Ambassadors Chamber Member of the Month is Ruda Chevrolet Toyota! They have reached their 25th year of local ownership! Every car purchased this year means a $25.00 donation one of four local Charities! Stop in and say “Hi” to Jean and Bill.

Open 6 days a week!   located at 104 8th St, Monroe, WI 53566 Phone: (608) 325-7770



Welcome Lori Stongle

Please welcome the newest member of our staff, Lori Gaffield Stongle. Lori is our new Administrative and Event Coordinator. We feel strongly that her talents will be utilized in many ways to serve our members.

As a new resident to Monroe, Lori is excited to be joining the staff at Monroe Chamber of Commerce And Industry. Lori recently relocated from Colorado to be near family.  Meeting new people, learning the various businesses and great locations in the Monroe area are now her number one priority.  Lori has 3 adult sons and 7 grandchildren scattered around the U.S.

It is exciting to relocate in Wisconsin, spend time with children and grandchildren, and to support the community through the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”

Lori brings an extensive resume including a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and experience as Executive Director in non-profit organizations.  Serving 17 years at The Center for Conflict Resolution in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, she provided mediation, negotiation, and other forms of conflict resolution.  She also served 5 years at the State CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Office providing support, legislative advocacy, and funding to the local CASA agencies. After 22 years in the non-profit sector, Lori worked 7 years as the Assistant Athletic Director at her local High School.  Since that time, she has volunteered with a local women’s group to provide scholarships for high school seniors and support to local charities.  Cooking healthy meals has been a specialty for Lori and she enjoys providing meals for busy families.

We invite you to reach out to Lori at mccievents@monroechamber.org. or stop by the office to meet her in person

2023 February New Members: Welcome WBD

WBD is a non-profit organization, started in 1981, that works directly with business owners/borrowers in collaboration with lenders to provide a commercial financing option from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This loan – the SBA 504, offers affordable, fixed-rates with a low down payment. So our part of the loan – 40%, offers better terms than the bank side of the loan. Business owners are often then able to afford and be qualified for a loan they can use to grow their business through the purchase of real estate and equipment. The SBA 504 loan helps businesses owners to be able to expand their business, create jobs and build their communities. This is the mission of WBD. And a lot of what we do is educate – to offer businesses expertise on their options for commercial financing. So we like to think we’re providing a resource for businesses all across the state.

We have offices in Madison, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, Milwaukee and Stillwater. We can work with any business and financial institution in and around Monroe.  For more information visit https://www.wbd.org/

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