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    August 21, 2018   The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update
Upcoming Events
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Healthcare Industry Update Seminar

Wednesday, September 19
9:00 – 11:30 am
Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center
3340 Mondovi Rd
Cost to Attend: Free for Chamber member employee, $10 for non-member

To help you plan ahead to make health care decisions for 2019, your Chamber Health & Wellness Committee has put together an informational healthcare industry update seminar. By attending this seminar, participants will gain knowledge of changes in the health insurance field, healthcare provider’s initiatives, as well as potential cost saving strategies to implement in your business.
Thank you to our event sponsors for making this seminar possible: 
Affiance Insurance, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, Prevea Health, ReforMedicine, and Spectrum Insurance Group

More information or to Register Online >>

Employers: Make sure your organization isn’t “invisible” to your future workforce. Sign up for Inspire Connections.

With today’s tight labor market and challenges in finding workers, a critical part of solution is encouraging young people growing up right here in the Chippewa Valley to aspire to careers with local employers.

Inspire Connections is a free online program that helps make that happen. It’s directly linked with the Career Cruising program currently being used by over 7,000 students in grades 6-12 in schools in Eau Claire County. As those students explore potential careers, Inspire Connections links them to the information about local employers that offer the kinds of jobs that fit their interests.

The only way to make sure that happens for your company is to be sure you set up a free profile. If you don’t, you’ll be “invisible” to local students as they begin to plan for their future. Inspire Connections also provides opportunities to offer job shadows, company tours, student employment and other activities.

The Chamber is offering two workshops coming to help you set up an effective Inspire Connections Profile. Click the links below for more information or to sign up:

Thursday August 30, 1:00 – 2:45 pm

Thursday September 6, 1:00 – 2:45 pm

If you can’t attend, click here for more information about Inspire Connections, or contact Scott Rogers or Kaylee Tracy at the Chamber.

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


10th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Thursday, September 20
8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost to Attend: $85

Sponsor: Rusoh, Satellite Six, Spectrum Reach and Westgate Sportsman's Club

Get ready for a dynamic conference packed with a sensational keynote, intriguing breakout sessions on a variety of marketing strategies and an informative panel discussion during our 10th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference. This conference will provide an intensive review of marketing and social media tools, tips and strategies that businesses can use to reach out to customers and grow their bottom line.

The conference will kick off with engaging keynote session by Laura Benjamin of Satellite Six that will walk through understanding your audience and how building a complete and living profile of all your audience will guide everything you do in marketing, messaging and brand experiences. We’ll look at a case study of how this process guided decision making through developing campaigns, website, taglines and other materials. You’ll learn that if you listen to your audience, they will tell you exactly the things they struggle with and what will get them to pay attention and engage with your marketing. Understanding these core drivers and tailoring your brand and message to fit is what drives marketing success!

After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend five breakout sessions:

 Read more and register online>>


Lunch & Learn: Building Resilience for Career Longevity
by Deb Clarke, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber
PESI Conference Room
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, PESI and Weld Riley, S.C.

Resiliency, the ability to bounce back from challenges, is a trait that can help ensure career longevity. This Lunch and Learn session will explore the role resilience plays in professional and personal well-being.  Best practices in developing resilience will be explored. At this session, we’ll:

  • Examine the concept of resilience.
  • Explore skills that enhance resilience.
  • Evaluate best practices in resilience
Register online>>

Programs & Services

 2018 Workforce Demand Employer Survey

As a Chamber member and local employer, your organization is strongly encouraged to complete the 2018 Workforce Demand Survey. The results of this survey will provide critical information about hard-to-fill positions and the impact of pending retirements on the local job market. This will inform local workforce development strategies to help employers meet the challenges that are identified. And since most available labor data is tied to national and statewide sources, this Chippewa Valley survey will provide timely information that hones in on only the local market.

The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The results will be publicly presented in summary form; however, all individual responses remain confidential. The survey is being administered by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Workforce Development in a cooperative effort with the Chamber, Momentum West, and others.

Click here: 2018 Workforce Demand Survey

Please complete and submit the survey by August 31, 2018.

July 2018 Economic Outlook Survey

Thank you to our members that completed the bi-annual Economic Outlook Survey. Please review the results.

Xcel Energy

Fall Election Races Set

Mark your calendar: October 11 Legislative Candidates Forum

With several highly-competitive races at stake, Wisconsin Primary Election voters turned out in record numbers on August 14 and whittled down the field to one candidate for each party for offices ranging from Governor and US Senator to local legislative seats. An active campaign will now ensue heading towards the November 6 general election.

Mark your calendar for the evening of October 11 for a local Legislative Candidates Forum, just one of the resources the Chamber will provide to help its members make informed decisions.

Click here for a report on the Primary Election outcome and what to expect heading into the fall. For more information, contact Scott Rogers.



Monday, September 10
5-6:30 p.m.
Hickory Hills
E4080 Hickory Rd

Please join us for the monthly Business After Hours. Network with other business people in a social atmosphere. It is a great opportunity to make those important business connections.

This month's Business After Hours is sponsored by Hickory Hills and Chippewa Valley Energy.

Admission is $6 at the door for members. Passes may be purchased in advance for $5 each (minimum of four)  
Registration is not required for this event.

Read More>>


Small Street Journal

Read the current Small Street Journal for updates and announcements from
Chamber members. Please submit your updates to Becky Seelen.

Other Information

Want to Decrease Supply Chain Costs?

If you’re a shipper and/or receiver, complete the Intermodal Logistics & Supply Chain Survey

The Intermodal Subcommittee of the Wisconsin Freight Advisory Committee (FAC) is asking for your help to quantify the current and potential use of intermodal containers for the movement of freight to and/or from businesses in Wisconsin. The Subcommittee’s report presents the business community a rare opportunity to provide input on a mode of transportation that may decrease supply chain costs for Wisconsin industries.

Click here for more information and to take the survey.


Tuesday, August 21
Ribbon Cutting: Crossfit River Prairie

Wednesday, August 22
Leadership Eau Claire™ Alumni Luncheon

Wednesday, August 22
Ribbon Cutting: WIN

Tuesday, August 28
Lunch & Learn:Building Resilience For Career Longevity

Thursday, September 6
Ribbon Cutting: Marshfield Clinic Health System

Saturday, September 8
Ribbon Cutting: Fleet Farm

Monday, September 10
Ribbon Cutting: Gordy's Market

Monday, September 10
Business After Hours

Tuesday, September 18
Age of Opportunity Job & Volunteer Fair

View Full Calendar on Website

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Awards & Recognition

July 2018 Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
GrandStay Hotel & Suites

Member to Member

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