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April 17, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Mailing Address Change for the Chamber

The Chamber has closed its PO Box. Please make sure that the appropriate people in your company have changed the mailing address to:

101 N. Farwell Street, Suite 101 Eau Claire, WI 54703

Please click on the links below for more information.

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 Banquet

Thursday, May 10
Working Mothers Luncheon

Thursday, May 10
Operation Thank You

Monday, May 14
Business After Hours

Thursday, May 17
SOHO Coffee Talk - Your Business Model NOT Business Plan

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Simple Office Solutions

New Members

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

Indianhead Construction, Inc.

Rock and Tait Exteriors, LLC.

Phenix Salon Suites

Renewing Members

Month of March 2018

Awards & Recognition

March 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

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Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Prevea Health

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

YP Week

Join us for YP Week 2018

All events are free & open to anyone age 21-40!

April 23-27
Monday: YP Week: Chippewa Falls Chamber Business After Hours
Tuesday: YP Week: Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing
Wednesday: YP Week: Morning Mingle - Northbound Supply Co.
Thursday: YP Week: Happy Hour - Green Mill
Friday: YP Week: Insurance, Debt, 401(K): What Should I Know Anyway?

Print a flyer and put it up at work!

More information on Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley.

Thank you to our YP Week sponsor: Associated Bank

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 >>

Women's Golf Workshop

Monday, June 4, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Run Golf Course
3905 Kane Road
Cost to Attend: $35

Sponsored by: HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals

Do you feel like you are missing out on key business opportunities because you don't golf and feel too intimidated to participate in one of the many community golf events held each year? More and more women are recognizing the value of golf as a networking tool. Join us for our annual Women's Golf Workshop for a fun, interactive afternoon that will provide you with everything you need to know to empower you to get out of the office and do business on the golf course instead!


1 p.m. - Welcome and Introductions

1:15 p.m. - Golf Etiquette

PGA Golf Professional Jim Buyze of Wild Ridge Golf Course will give a few pointers on the basics, such as what to wear, how to behave, what clubs to use and what other golfers will expect from you.

1:30 p.m. - Rules of Golf
Heidi Olson of Automated Financial Solutions will lead participants in an interactive activity to explain the Rules of Golf. Olson is a former women's regional affairs manager for the United States Golf Association and former head rules official for the Division 1 NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

2:30 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - Golf Instruction

Wild Ridge & Mill Run golf professionals will provide pointers as you practice driving, chipping and putting. The group will be divided based on experience. When registering for this workshop, please indicate your experience level on a one to 10 scale based with one as no experience with golf and 10 being you golf regularly but would like to improve skills and learn more about the game.

Instruction will end at approximately 4:30 p.m. You are not required to bring your own clubs or balls. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Don't miss this dynamic opportunity. Cost to attend is $35 for Chamber members and includes the workshop, instruction and time on the driving range. The cost for non-members is $65. Enrollment is limited, so register early!

Read more or register >>

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>>

Cascades Tissue Group Earns Chamber Workplace Wellness Award

Workplace Wellness Awards sponsored by Achieve Wellness, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Optimum Therapies, Prevea Health and REALiving.

Cascades Tissue Group is the latest Chamber member organizations to earn a Workplace Wellness Award from the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

The company was recognized for its efforts to enhance the wellness of their employees by implementing workplace wellness programs that meet eight best practice criteria established by the Chamber's Health & Wellness Committee.As a first time applicant program, Cascades Tissue Group qualified to receive the Silver Level Award.

There are currently more than 20 Chamber member organizations who have now received a Workplace Wellness Award.

Contact Casey Schumacher for more information about applying for a Workplace Wellness Award for your organization.

Xcel Energy: Solar Connect Community


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>>

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

Wisconsin Fast Forward Training Grants Available to Employers

Skilled employees are hard to find and when you do bring on a new employee, retaining that employee is critical as we all know employee turnover is expensive! Has your business considered being a part of the solution by taking advantage of a strategic partnership with The State of Wisconsin's Fast Forward (WFF) grant program? This is a nationally recognized, innovative talent development solution driven by Wisconsin businesses to train and retain highly skilled workers. Over $20 million in WFF grant contracts has been issued to date, supporting more than 200 worker training projects and benefitting hundreds of employers and thousands of workers across Wisconsin.

Grant funds support short-term and medium-term employer-led worker training projects that:

  • Encourage increased collaboration between Wisconsin businesses and workforce training partners
  • Fill current and ongoing skill requirements of Wisconsin employers
  • Place workers in long-term positions with opportunities for professional growth and economic advancement.

Go to wisconsinfastforward.com to find out more, or contact Deb Leslie at Workforce Resource: (715) 232-7380

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