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April 10, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Accepting Applications for Class of 2019

"LEC was an amazing opportunity to connect with the Eau Claire community in ways I never could have imagined. I always felt I was active and engaged with the happenings in Eau Claire. However, I found so much more that I hadn't been exposed to. The program really expands your view of our area and gives you the tools to make a greater impact." - Ben Michael, JAMF, LEC Class of 2018

Application Deadline is Monday, June 1, 2018!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™(LEC) Class of 2019. The goal of the program is to enhance participants' community knowledge and leadership qualities through skill building exercises, activities and educational days. During the nine-month program, participants discuss the issues facing the community, develop the leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to involvement opportunities in the community. More information is available here and you can download an application here

"I really truly cannot express enough how profound the experience of making connections, learning about professions beyond my scope of expertise, and making new-found friends has had a positive impact on my personal [AND] professional life." - Nicole Schultz, UW-Eau Claire, Class of 2018

An informational meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 for anyone seeking more information about the program. Register here or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204.

If you have questions, contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615). Application deadline is June 1, 2018.

Please click on the links below for more information.

Monday, April 16
Ribbon Cutting: Za51

Tuesday, April 17
104th Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 19
SOHO Social

Friday, April 20
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's Annual "State Of Altoona"

Tuesday, April 24
Lunch & Learn: Securing Your Business Against Today's Hackers

Wednesday, April 25
Workplace Wellness Network

Thursday, April 26
Leadership Eau Claire Informational Meeting

Monday, April 30
Ribbon Cutting: HSHS Sacred Heart Women And Infants Center

Tuesday, May 1
Ribbon Cutting: Chippewa Valley Tours

Wednesday, May 2
Excellence in Education Banquest

Thursday, May 10
Working Mothers Luncheon

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Improv Event

New Members

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

Chip Magnet Salsa

Renewing Members

Month of March 2018

Awards & Recognition

February 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
City of Eau Claire

Member to Member Coupons SOHO New Member Referral Program Board of Directors Staff YPCV

Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's Annual "State Of Altoona"

Friday, April 20, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
$20 per person for Chamber members

A Chamber Business Advocacy Event
Advocate- Xcel Energy, Miron Construction
Supporter - Banbury Place, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative

Our annual update on what's happening in the City of Altoona, presented by the Mayor Brendan Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat. Get the latest on the completion of public facilities in River Prairie, the challenges of Altoona's continuing growth, and the key priorities of the city for 2018.

Read more or register>>

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


Lunch & Learn: Securing Your Business Against Today's Hackers

Presented by: Peter Kujawa , EO Johnson - Locknet Managed IT Service
Tuesday, April 24, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $10 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.

Hacking and IT security has become such a regular news item that many business people are becoming numb to it, instead concluding that there is little they can do to protect their businesses, a concept known in the IT security industry as "breach fatigue." However, while the large company and state-sponsored breaches are the focus of the news, small and midsize businesses are still the most targeted by hackers because they are the easiest prey. To protect your business, you must first understand the nature of the threat, then how to combat it.

In this presentation, you will learn who is doing the hacking, how it works, recent issues and trends facing small businesses in our area and reasonable steps to take to provide a high level of deterrence to hackers coming after your business. This presentation is designed for business leaders who do not have an IT background and promises to be entertaining and provide practical advice that can be put into action quickly.

Read more and register >>

Lunch & Learn Presenters Needed

The Chamber is currently seeking presenters for its Lunch & Learn series, which are held during the noon hour on the last Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. If you have expertise on a business issue such as leadership, customer service, legal, human resources or marketing that you would be willing to share, please contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615). Lunch & Learn sessions are promoted in the Chamber's Update and on the Chamber’s website.

Programs & Services

Working Mothers Lunch

Thursday, May 10, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona

Join us for our sixth annual Working Mothers Luncheon! This is a unique opportunity for working moms to gather to address the challenges they face in today's business environment. Soon-to-be mothers and those who are planning for motherhood someday in the near future also are encouraged to attend. Fathers and other caregivers are welcome.

During lunch, attendees will have the chance to network and gain practical ideas and advice from other working mothers to help balance work/life experiences in an informal, brainstorming atmosphere. After lunch, we will have a panel discussion featuring a variety of Chippewa Valley working moms each with a unique perspective and facing different challenges. They will discuss what it's like to continue their career after having children. They'll give insight on how to balance having a successful career and a fulfilling personal life.

Read about panelists and register online>>

Business After Hours

Monday, May 14
5-6:30 p.m.

Pablo Center at the Confluence
Graham Avenue

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 Market & Johnson, Inc., Northwestern Bank, Royal Credit Union and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Foundation.

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 Business After Hours BUT if you want to TAKE A TOUR of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, please REGISTER BELOW.


The City of Eau Claire has graciously allowed free parking from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. in the parking ramp located at The Lismore.

Register for tours>>


SOHO Social
Thursday, April 19
4:30 - 6 p.m.

The Growler Guys
2832 London Road

Sponsored by: Everclear Hearing Products, LLC & S.A. Wallace

You're invited to gather with other Small Office Home Office members for a networking social and we're going to try something new too! This is an informal event but we'd still like you to register so we can get a head count. Come for the fun and stay for the friends!

An RSVP to this event is very important, so please click link below to register. No cost to attend.

Register online >>

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

Foxconn Contractor Information Session April 16 at CVTC Energy Center

Are you a construction-related business looking for details on how to become a vendor, subcontractor, supplier or professional service provider during the construction phase of the Foxconn project in Racine County?

You are invited to attend an informal session regarding the process for submitting bid proposals, terms and conditions of the project, basic construction information and a preliminary construction schedule.

April 16, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Energy Center
4000 Campus Road

Click here to register or for more information

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