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August 22, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Leadership Success Series featuring Mike Soley, Sr., Miller Bradford & Risberg
Thursday, October 12, 7:30 - 9 a.m.


Mayo Clinic Health System
1400 Bellinger St
Cost to Attend: $25
Sponsored by: Associated Bank, Banbury Place, Mayo Clinic Health System, Royal Construction, Inc. and Ruder Ware L.L.S.C.

The Chamber’s Leadership Success Series offers a platform for executives of high profile companies to share their story of success as well as their vision and thoughts facing business today and in the future. This series is a unique opportunity to hear from leaders at the helm of some of the state’s most significant industries and companies.

Join us for our next session of our Leadership Success Series featuring Mike Soley, Sr. of Miller Bradford & Risberg. Born and raised in Eau Claire, he began his career with Uniroyal in 1965 upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 1966, Mike launched his career in the construction equipment industry with Miller Bradford & Risberg, and in 1969 purchased the business with two partners. Mike obtained sole ownership of the company in 1989.

Both Mike and his wife Nancy had goals and aspirations that this would be a family business and would train and mentor their two sons, Mike and Dan, in all aspects of the business. Passionate about construction equipment and the customer needs, he added offices in Michigan, Illinois and five offices in Wisconsin.

In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his six grandkids and their activities. Mike also enjoys fishing, reading books, travelling and Badger football and basketball.

Cost to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. Breakfast will be served in the atrium outside the auditorium. The presentation will be held in the auditorium from 8-9 a.m. with a short time allotted for questions and answers. Please park on the first or second level of the hospital parking ramp. Follow signs to the hospital entrance. Once in the building, take the main elevator in the Luther Building to the lower level.

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Tuesday, August 22
Ribbon Cutting: River Prairie Center

Wednesday, August 23
Leadership Eau Claire Alumni Luncheon

Wednesday, August 23
Ribbon Cutting: Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Tuesday, August 29
Lunch & Learn: Megatrends For The Next Generation

Tuesday, August 29
Ribbon Cutting: Junior Achievement

Thursday, September 7
Lunch With WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross

Monday, September 11
Business After Hours

Tuesday, September 12
Ribbon Cutting: Massage Envy

Wednesday, September 13
WMC Webinar: The Future Of The Manufacturing Workforce And How Wisconsin Can Win

Friday, September 15
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Tuesday, September 19
18th Annual Age Of Opportunity Job & Volunteer Fair

Wednesday, September 20
9th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

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Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

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New Members

Please welcome new members that have joined the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce in the past week.

Midwest Meals

Renewing Members

Month of July 2017

Awards & Recognition

July 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
NBI, Inc.

Member to Member SOHO New Member Referral Program Board of Directors Staff
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals

Eggs & Issues

Policy Leadership Institute - Making a Difference in Public Policy

Thursday, October 5, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, October 19, 6-9 p.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
$30 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by: Miron Constuction and Royal Credit Union

In today's political climate, it's becoming increasingly important to ensure public policy decisions are made with the full benefit of the insights, experience and common sense judgement that can be provided by members of the business community. The purpose of this institute is to offer Chamber members the education, guidance and collaborative skill development to be effective in influencing those local, state and national policy decisions that impact our local economy.

This two-session program provides non-partisan, unbiased training to equip business leaders for greater involvement in the political process. It's designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills to be more effective at influencing legislative decisions, serving on appointed boards or commissions, or running for public office.  Experienced speakers and instructors will provide practical, real-world insights to help you become more confident in your approach to involvement in public policy.

This program is open to employees of Chamber member organizations and is limited to 30 people.

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Lunch & Learn: Megatrends For The Next Generation

Presented by: Dr. Enoch Antwi, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Tuesday, August 29, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $20 Chamber members; $40 non-Chamber members (includes lunch)

Sponsored by:

Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals
PESI, Inc.
Weld Riley, S.C.

This month's Lunch & Learn session is all about leadership! Come find out about all the new trends and how they will affect you and your organization.

Attendees will learn the following leadership paradigms:

  • Four megatrends that will change the world
  • Five minds for the future
  • Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed
  • The future of leadership in the midst of fragmented theories

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Programs & Services

2016 Business Expo

Get Your Booth Now!
Tuesday, October 17
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Public Hours
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.: VIP Reception
Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road

The Business Expo and Job Fair is only a few months away. Have you reserved your booth yet? To see if your contract was returned and to review a list of all exhibitors, click here.

There are a limited number of booths still available. But, don't delay - take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business to hundreds of area professionals and the general public. All exhibitors are listed in the Business Expo tabloid distributed at the event and inserted in the Leader-Telegram. Plus, it is a great opportunity to recruit for new employees.

More information is available here or contact Amy Muehlbauer (715-834-1204).

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Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, September 15, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Clairon Hotel
2703 Craig Road
$20 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by:

Join our area State Legislators for an update on this session's key issues, and how they impact the Chippewa Valley. Invited lawmakers include Senators Terry Moulton (R-23), Kathleen Vinehout (D-31) and Sheila Harsdorf (R-10); and Representatives Kathleen Bernier (R-68), Bob Kulp (R-69), Warren Petryk (R-93), Treig Pronschinske (R-92), Rob Summerfield (R-67), and Dana Wachs (D-91).

This is a Chamber member only event.

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Lunch with WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross

Thursday, September 7, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $20 Chamber members; $40 non-Chamber members (includes lunch)

Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Dave Ross joins us to talk about the scope of the department, reforms, the budget and the role of transportation in fostering economic development projects in Wisconsin. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A. WisDOT is one of the largest state agencies, with about 3,500 employees and an annual budget of more than $3.5 billion.

Ross was appointed WisDOT Secretary in January after previously serving for six years as Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. He is also a former Mayor of Superior.

This is a Chamber members only event. Lunch is provided in the registration fee.

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Business After Hours

Monday, September 11
5-6:30 p.m.

Westgate Sportsman's Club
4909 Sportsman Drive

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 Wisconsin Independent Network, M3 Insurance, Royal Construction and Westgate Sportsman's Club.

Admission is $6 at the door for members and $12 for non-members. Passes (minimum of four) can be purchased in advance at the Chamber for $5. Registration is not required for this event.

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Small Street Journal

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


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