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Business Associate Members Directory
The following businesses provide services and products to the innkeeping industry. These businesses, often small business entrepreneurs like innkeepers, are committed to:
Assist innkeepers to efficiently manage the B&B
Foster the signature ambiance of the inn and its amenities
Enhance the guests' experience.
We invite you to contact these businesses... they are at your service!
To find out how you can become a WBBA Business Associate, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Amenities for the Guest or for the Inn
B&B Insurance / Financial Services
Food & Beverage
Inn Management / Services: Taking Care of Business
Amenities: for the Guest or for the Inn
Cloth & Clay, Inc. produces the finest hand thrown customized stoneware Coffee Mugs, Tavernware, Gifts, Accent pieces, and Dinnerware available. We have the largest selection of glazes in a rainbow of colors, to match most any decor.
Cloth & Clay, Inc. also offers embroidered or silk screened apparel items including T-shirts, Polo-shirts, Sweat-shirts, Aprons, Robes, Tote Bags, and Caps.
Sunset Hill Stoneware, LLC
1416 S. Commercial Street, Neenah, WI 54956
Phone: 800.509.4662, 920.886.1115 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Tom Dunsirn
American-made products are easy to find at Sunset Hill Stoneware – it’s all we make! B&B innkeepers can build on the strength and credibility of their brand with our mug, bowl and vase collections. Whether serving breakfast delights, to adding dashes of character throughout your inn, or offering to guests as a souvenir, our handcrafted pottery retains a lasting impression. Each piece of stoneware is created using high-fired clays and the finest quality of lead-free glazes making them extremely durable and food safe. Under normal use, our Signature Stoneware products are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Sunset Hill Stoneware is a family-owned, Wisconsin-based business known for their distinctive handcrafted products featuring customized 3-dimensional clay medallions. Since 1998, the company has combined old world technologies with modern innovations to create functional stoneware for customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to national parks, museums, gift shops, bed & breakfast inns and resorts.
Dream Ridge Creations, creates unique items for gifts, weddings, home and business. Using kiln fired decals, sand etching or engraving, we can help you promote and enhance your bed and breakfast establishment. We have an exquisite selection of glassware (restaurant quality), stoneware, china and ceramic that can be personalized to your specifications, using your logo or our own designs. Whether it's for every day use or to send home as a memento or thank you gift, we can create it the way you want it. Minimum of 24 required on some items. VISA, Mastercard and Discover accepted.
Since 1962, Greenwich Bay Trading Co. has been formulating and crafting luxurious vegetable soaps and spa essentials enriched with botanical butters, essential oils and natural extracts.
We offer a full collection of private-label soaps, spa essentials and guest room amenities to inns, B&Bs and distinctive lodgings searching for luxurious products that, not only pamper their guests, but reflect their unique style.
All the while, Greenwich Bay Trading Co. has remained a family-owned and operated business. Our in-house team combines traditional methods with leading expertise and craftsmanship, shepherding each product from conception to delivery from our North Carolina soap factory. As a result, we offer products factory-direct at substantial cost savings and with small minimum quantities, making luxury uncommonly affordable.
PM Hanlon, Inc. (Pete's Engraving) specializes in high quality, personalized engraving on glassware, woods, plastics, and much more. Laser engrave your B&B glassware! The classic look of personalized keepsakes generate guest memories long after they leave your Inn. Increase sales by personalizing honeymoon or anniversary couples names on two flutes as part of a champagne package. Increase your revenue with your logo engraved on wine glasses or champagne flutes. These are perfect for gift shop sales, guest memory giveaways, or breakfast and evening hospitality.
Call or email for a free sample flute. One-time setup charge of $25 at first order. There is no minimum order requirement.
Some current B&B customers are: Lazy Cloud, Lake Geneva, WI ~ Candlelight Inn, Red Wing, MN ~ Cotton Mansion, Duluth, MN
1409 Fairfield Rd
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Rack Resource is a family owned supplier of quality luggage racks, magazine racks, coat racks, luggage carts, and more. We specialize in catering to the bed & breakfast community. We offer a low price guarantee, quantity discounts, and free returns. Visit our website today and let us know how we can help you!
B&B Insurance / Financial Services
Farmers Bed & Breakfast program can be tailored to your needs. Over the years, Farmers has developed an expertise in insurance products for the Bed & Breakfast / Hospitality industry. I can provide insurance for small lodging establishments (private homes with fewer than 10 bedrooms available for lodging use) that offer overnight accommodations and breakfast for guests.
Choosing your insurance carrier is one of the most important decisions you'll make. There are many options available and we can be very valuable to you in this selection process with our in-depth knowledge of the hospitality industry. In this difficult economic climate, we know how important containing costs have become. Farmers has worked diligently to develop stable, competitive, and comprehensive programs, and we are proud of the results.
I have resided for many years in Hammond Township (St Croix County, WI) and own Walker Insurance Agency. I'm licensed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri.
Rural Mutual Insurance Company
1241 John Q. Hammons Drive Suite 200
Madison WI 53717
608-828-5491 or 800-362-7881 email@example.com
Rural’s not a description of where you live; it’s what you value. At Rural Mutual Insurance Company, our rural Wisconsin heritage assures that you’ll find in us the strong values you expect and deserve – values like a warm welcome and undivided attention. That’s what we do. That’s who we are.
Rural Mutual provides coverage to Wisconsin Innkeepers in these critical areas:
· Business Property and Property Damage Liability
· Business Liability
· Business Auto
Rural Mutual Insurance Company has been recognized by the Ward Group (an independent insurance rating company) as being one of the top 50 insurance companies in the U.S. Each year, Wards analyzes 3000 property-casualty insurance companies over a 5-year period on income return, policyholder surplus, efficiency, safety and consistency. Each Ward's 50® company has passed all safety and consistency screens and achieved superior performance over the five years analyzed.
Our agents, underwriters, and claim adjusters are located in your area, to give you the “undivided attention” you deserve – just like that warm welcome you give your guests. To locate an agent in your area for a no-obligation consultation, visit our website at www.undividedattention.com.
TRICOR Insurance & Financial Services
POB 1810; 500 Iowa Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52004-1810 (Chuck Andracchio)
5936 Seminole Centre Court #C (Madison -Tommy Farrell), Madison , WI 53711
Phone: 800-556-5441, ext 1444, 608-219-8516
Contact: Chuck Andracchio or (Madison - Tommy Farrell)
TRICOR Insurance & Financial Services success as a company over the past 50+ years has come in large measure from a relentless commitment to providing you with the finest insurance, financial and mortgage services, and safety consulting products available. And we've prepared this website with that same degree of commitment. More directly, TRICOR has partnered with several companies that specifically write insurance for bed & breakfast operations. Our hope is by using TRICOR, you will not only find adequate insurance coverage, but you will find it at a fair and reasonable price. Feel free to contact Chuck Andracchio at 800-556-5441 (ext 1444) with any questions you may have about your bed & breakfast operation. If you are in the Madison area and have previously worked with Tommy Farrell, contact him at 800-722-4119. Give us a call for all your insurance and financial/mortgage needs and you will see that at TRICOR, its "All About You".
Food & Beverage
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
2801 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, WI 53713
Phone: 800-589-3211, 608-270-9950
The Wisconsin Restaurant Expo, hosted by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, is March 8-10, 2010 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin . Open to everyone in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Discover new products and suppliers, get expert training and timely advice, see what's next in foodservice trends, and find practical solutions at exciting events. Registration is just $20! Please visit our website at www.everythingfoodservice.org for complete details and online registration.
von Stiehl Winery
115 Navarino Street, Algoma, WI 54201
Phone: 800-955-5208, Fax 920-487-5108 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacts: Wine Tasting information and initial order - Brad Schmiling
Re-orders: Shirley Fort
This Wisconsin winery has matured greatly over the past 40 years. It is co-owned by brothers Aric and Brad Schmiling, who grew up in the business. Great care has been taken to combine high quality wine with a first class visitor experience in Algoma. The most popular wines are grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Seyval (Fume), Riesling, Satin Red and Oktoberfest.
von Stiehl offers a special wine list to Wisconsin B&B members with discounts of over 50% off of retail (we built lost revenue into our marketing plan). This wine is specifically for use with B&B customers. This helps you to offer a high quality product with great financial savings.
Inn Management / Services: Taking Care of Business
Tourism Federation of Wisconsin
The Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW) is a lobbying coalition of trade and promotional associations and organizations actively involved in Wisconsin's tourism industry. TFW serves as Wisconsin tourism industry's unified voice in government relations, cooperatively seeking to improve Wisconsin's $12 billion tourism industry through supportive legislation and policies. Recent legislative wins include maintaining Wisconsin's Sept. 1st school start date, supporting a statwide smoking ban and strenghtening Wisconsin's room tax law.
The Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association is a member of TFW.
Wisconsin Tourism Fast Facts
• Tourism is one of the three pillars of industry in Wisconsin, right alongside agriculture and manufacturing. Travelers spend between $12-13 billion in Wisconsin each year.
• Wisconsin Tourism supported 286,394 full-time equivalent jobs in 2009 and $6.72 billion in wages and salaries.
• Last year, tourism returned $1.35 billion to the state in government revenues as well as $611 million in local government revenues. Tax revenues help pay for roads, schools, programs for the disabled and elderly and more.
• Along with being a tremendous economic driver, tourism adds a great deal to our quality of life in Wisconsin, which in turn contributes to people choosing to live here, businesses choosing to relocate or expand here and top-notch employees choosing to work here.
• At the state level, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s marketing budget is approximately $10 million annually. That budget, combined with the strength of tourism organizations and destinations all around the state and the leverage they have, makes a clear case that tourism remains one of the best investments going for Wisconsin.
• The perception of Wisconsin’s tourism industry by Wisconsin residents is very positive. A 2009 public opinion survey showed unanimous agreement among those surveyed that tourism is an important part of the state’s economy and that promoting in-state tourism, outdoor recreation, and business and leisure travel to Wisconsin can play a role in the state’s economic recovery.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Learn more about TFW's mission, members, issues and resources through their website: http://www.witourismfederation.org/
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