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April 24, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Highlights of 104th Chamber Annual Meeting

​What an amazing 104th Annual Meeting! On April 17, 680 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of our 1,215 members. This event was held at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. The Chamber's leadership was transferred from Board Chair, Tim Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration to Laura Talley, BMO Harris Bank. Pete Farrow, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire served as the emcee.​

Read about the highlights, view photos and watch the Chamber video>>

Please click on the links below for more information.

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 3
Ribbon Cutting: Down to Earth

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

Friday, May 18
Eggs & Issues: TIFs And Other Fun Facts About Municipal Finance

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Phenix Salon Suites

Renewing Members

Month of March 2018

Wolter Power Systems: Industrial Demo Day

Awards & Recognition

March 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:

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

Operation Thank You: May 10 & 11

It's time for Operation Thank You! We need 50 volunteers to help us distribute the 2018 Community Profile/Business Directory on May 10 or 11. The volunteers will personally deliver the publication to all local members of the Chamber and say thank you for supporting the Chamber and making this a great community in which to do business.
If you can spare one hour to participate in this year's Operation Thank You please email Cheri Weinke or register online>>

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


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>>

2016 Business Expo

Tuesday, October 16
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Public Hours
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - VIP Reception
Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center 3456 Craig Road

The Chamber's Business Expo & Job Fair is the largest business-to-business networking event in the Chippewa Valley. Your organization NEEDS to be part of this show. Reserve your booth now for the best price and the best choice of location. Hurry, we have great early-bird rates available until May 1.

Here are just a few reasons why you should exhibit at the Business Expo & Job Fair:

  • Great opportunity to demonstrate and introduce new products.
  • Enhance your company image.
  • Get customer feedback.
  • Recruit new employees, interns or apprentices.
  • Introduce your company, products and services to new customers and clients.
  • Remind existing customers how valuable your company is to their success.
  • Your competition is going to be here. You better be too.

More information is available HERE or contact Amy Muehlbauer or Becky Seelen (715-834-1204).

Early-bird deadline is May 1! Register your preferred booth before it's gone!

Xcel Energy: Solar Connect Community


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: TIFs And Other Fun Facts About Municipal Finance

Friday, May 18, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
101 N. Farwell Street
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

City of Eau Claire Finance Director Jay Winzenz joins us to explain how Tax Increment Financing really works, how the city puts together its operating budget each year, how levy limits and other state laws impact local property taxes, and what to expect from the city wide revaluation taking place this year. This is a Chamber members only event.

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>>

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

Is Your Business Prepared for a Long-Term Power Loss?

Eau Claire County Emergency Management invites you to help assess our community's preparedness an a long-term power loss of event. Is your business prepared? Please take this brief survey by May 1


Find Out More About Academic and Career Planning(ACP)

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is intended to equip students and their families with the tools necessary to make more informed choices about postsecondary education and training as it leads to careers. It is part of an overall effort in Wisconsin for every student to graduate high school, college, and career ready.

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