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April 3, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Vote Today: Important Local Races to be Decided

Make sure you have a voice in deciding who is making the decisions at city hall, the county courthouse, your local school district, and other important offices.

This year's non-partisan Spring Election includes a statewide ballot for Supreme Court, and local races in area communities for city council, county board and school board positions. Click here to see what specific candidates are on your ballot.

Election Day polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Click here to find your polling place. Voter ID is required.

The Chamber does not endorse candidates, but we co-sponsor selected Candidate Forums and our Good Government Council provides candidate questionnaires to help members make informed choices. To access these resources, click here.

Read more on the NEW Advocacy Blog>>

Please click on the links below for more information.

Wednesday, April 4
Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Community Breakfast

Thursday, April 5
Congressional Luncheon With Representatives Ron Kind And Steny Hoyer

Friday, April 6
AM Exchange

Monday, April 9
Business After Hours

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

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.

Finance of America - Michelle Markquart

Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin

Renewing Members

Month of February 2018

Awards & Recognition

February 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Royal Credit Union

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

Excellence in Education Banquet: Volunteers and Sponsors Needed

Wednesday, May 2
The Florian Gardens Conference Center

Each year, the Chamber hosts the Excellence in Education Banquet where we honor 60 area high school seniors and their honored educators from 10 high schools. This year's event will be held on May 2, 2018 at the Florian Gardens Conference Center.

Sponsors Needed
Help! We are still in need of a few more sponsors to make this event possible. We would like each student to sit with their own sponsors, but we are in need of more sponsors to make this happen. Would you be willing to help us?

Sponsorships help pay for the honorees' meals and gifts. All sponsors will have the opportunity to attend the event and sponsor a student. If you know one of the honorees and would like to sponsor a specific student and educator, we will be happy to honor your request. A list of this year's honorees is available here

If you would be interested in sponsoring this event, please click here. The sponsorship deadline has been extended to this Friday, April 13.

Volunteers Needed
We are need of additional volunteers to help at the banquet serving as table hosts and door greeters. If you would be willing to help us, please contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615).

Thank you so much for your consideration!

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 >>

Workplace Wellness Network

Wednesday, April 25
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
101 N. Farwell Street
PESI Conference Room

No Charge to Attend

Sponsored by: Achieve Wellness, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Optimum Therapies, Prevea LeadWell and REALiving.

This special program is part of our ongoing education series for those involved in or responsible for workplace wellness to explore key topics and share information to make their programs more effective. Each session begins with a brief content presentation, followed by informal discussion among participants on the topic presented, or any other workplace wellness ideas or concerns that are on your mind.

April 25 topic: When Work and Caregiving Collide. Practical strategies and resources for working with and supporting your employees who are serving as caregivers. Led by Lisa Wells, Aging & Disability Resource Center.

There is no charge to participate, but advance registration is required. This event is specifically designed for organizations who have active workplace wellness committees or are implementing a new workplace wellness program. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616)

Register online >>

Programs & Services

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!

Real Life Academy

Volunteers Needed for Real Life Academy: April 11

Volunteer shifts are still open for our Spring Real Life Academy event next Wednesday April 11 at the Halls at The Lismore. The Real Life Academy is an interactive, hands-on, authentic experience for area high school students to learn about money management.

Click here to sign up to volunteer: varying shift times are available >>

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, April 9
5-6:30 p.m.

Metropolis Resort & Conference Center
4909 Sportsman Dr

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 Castle Insurance, Metropolis Resort & Conference Center, SERVPRO of Eau Claire and WESTconsin Credit Union.

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.

For more information>>


SOHO Social
Thursday, February 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

Employer registration open for Chippewa Valley Job Fair on May 10

Includes special Veterans opportunity

Area employers will have the opportunity to reach local job seekers at the Chippewa Valley Job Fair on Thursday, May 10, at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center. The event is being organized by the local Eau Claire Job Center and its regional partners, including the Chamber.

Veterans and service members will have exclusive first access to the expo at 12:00 noon. It will be open to all job seekers from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Click here for online employer registration
Or call or e-mail Emily Kilde: (715) 836-6680

Also mark your calendar and sign up for the Chamber’s 2018 Business Expo & Job Fair on Tuesday, October 16.

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