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April 4, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Board Highlights: March 2017

Mark Faanes, chair of the president's search committee reported that there are three final candidates who will be interviewed again the week of April 3 and then an offer will be made.

The essential Air Service funding is in President Trump's proposed budget. This would impact one-third of all airports in the US, including the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. The Chamber has reached out to our Congressional delegation, and currently Senator Baldwin and Representative Kind have indicated they will fight to keep the funding. The Chamber has not heard back from Senator Johnson.

Representatives of the City/County Health Department and City Staff presented information on the "Proposed Changes to the Housing Maintenance Ordinance". Members may reach out to the City Attorney's Office or City/County Health Department for details.

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Please click on the links below for more information.

Thursday, April 6
Ribbon Cutting: Uniforms Direct

Friday, April 7
AM Exchange

Monday, April 10
Business After Hours

Tuesday, April 11
Business Luncheon With US Senator Ron Johnson

Tuesday, April 11
Groundbreaking: The Hub At The Local Lounge

Tuesday, April 18
103rd Chamber Annual Meeting

Thusday, April 20
Ribbon Cutting: WESTconsin Credit Union

Thusday, April 20
SOHO Social Event

Friday, April 21
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's Annual "State Of Altoona"

Friday, April 21
Groundbreaking: EO Johnson Business Technologies

Friday, April 21
Your Chamber Orientation

Tuesday, April 25
Lunch & Learn: Mobile Apps For Productivity

Tuesday, April 25
Ribbon Cutting: Imperium Chiropractic

Tuesday, April 25
Ribbon Cutting: The Joyful Doc Clinic

Thursday, April 27
Leadership Eau Claire Informational Meeting

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Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

New Members

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

Samantha Boos Photography

Shear Serenity

Renewing Members

Month of February 2017

ADRC:Learn More

Awards & Recognition

February 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Chippewa Valley Technical College

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

Vote Today:
Spring General Election April 4

This year's non-partisan Spring Election includes a statewide ballot for Superintendent of Public Instruction, and local races in many communities for city council 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 our Good Government Council provides candidate questionnaires to help members make informed choices. Many local races in Eau Claire and Altoona are uncontested this Spring. However, the Good Government Council still gave all candidates the opportunity to answer its questions so that citizens can learn what their priorities will be in their next term. Click on the links below to see questionnaires with candidate answers for the following local positions:

Eau Claire City Council President
Eau Claire Area School District Board of Education
Altoona City Council

Altoona School Board candidates were invited to answer the questionnaire, but did not respond.

Sacred Heart Hospital


Lunch & Learn: Mobile Apps For Productivity

Presented by: Denise Woodford, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Tuesday, April 25, 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.

Do you have too much to do and just can't get it all done? Wish someone would create an app to help you? At this month's Lunch & Learn session, we'll explore sites and IOS applications that will aid you in becoming more productive. This session will focus on the latest tools, sites and iPhone/iPad applications built to increase your productivity while simplifying your everyday life. Attend this fun session and - the best part of all - most, if not all, are free online!

Read more and register >>

Programs & Services

YP Week

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YPCV is particpating in this years YP Week! YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 brings together young leaders in 25 communities, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate unique cultural assets with meaningful learning and social interaction.

The grassroots statewide program will run April 21 to 28, 2017, with each community presenting a variety of programs that empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their communities. YP Week in the Chippewa Valley is sponsored by The Complexx in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary, Downtown Eau Claire, Inc., Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, Eau Claire Jazz, Inc., and the Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley.
YPWeek is for individuals between the ages of 21-40 looking to connect with others and who want to get to know the area a little better. Packets will be available at each event or for pick up at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls Chamber, Eau Claire Chamber, The Complexx, and the State Theatre.

Events are free and participants will have the opportunity to win prizes donated by YP Week partners.

32nd Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic

Monday, May 22
Eau Claire Golf & Country Club
7:00 a.m. Shotgun start

The afternoon is sold-out. Click here for morning golf registration, meals and door prizes.

Door Prizes
If you would like to donate a Door Prize, minimum value of $75, please contact Kerri Stoner at US Bank or Bob McCoy at the Chamber.

Chamber Annual Meeting: SOLD OUT

The Chamber's Annual Meeting is sold-out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list OR if you have tickets that you no longer will be using, please contact Chrystal Mills (715-858-0603).

Miron Construction


Business Luncheon with US Senator Ron Johnson

Tuesday, April 11, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Golf & Country Club
828 Clubview Lane, Altoona
$25 per person for Chamber members

US Senator Ron Johnson joins us for an update on the federal issues that are most important to the business community, including prospects for Congressional action this year on health care, tax and regulatory reform, immigration, infrastructure and more.  This is part of the Chamber's ongoing series of opportunities for its members to interact with our representatives in Washington. space is limited. This event is for area Chamber members only.

This is a Chamber member only event.

Read more or register>>

Eggs & Issues

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

Friday, April 21, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Golf & Country Club
828 Clubview Lane, Altoona
$20 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by:

Altoona's burgeoning growth is evident simply by observing the construction activity at the River Prairie exit and other areas of the city. During our annual update with Mayor Brendan Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat, we'll dig deeper and learn more about what's happening next, and the timeline for the new event center and public park.

This is a Chamber member only event.

Read more or register>>

Business After Hours

Monday, April 10
5-6:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South
4751 Owen Ayres Ct

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 Imagineering, Eau Claire YMCA and Indianhead Insurance.

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>>

Business After Hours

Friday, April 7
7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8-9 a.m.
Woods & Water Realty
3610 Oakwood Mall Drive
No cost to attend

Sponsored by: Woods & Water Realty

It's time for a change! The last Business Connection was held on March 3. Beginning on April 7, a new quarterly event, A.M. Exchange will take its place.

What's different?

  • New time: The start time has been changed to 8 a.m. We thought 7:30 a.m. may have been a little too early for some of you!
  • New location: You may love the Chamber office but there are many great member locations! Each quarter, the event will be held at the sponsor location.
  • New registration: Registration will be required since there will be a maximum attendance (30 attendees for this event). The first five people who register (and attend) will receive a pass to attend Business After Hours. When you register online, it will indicate the other individuals that have registered.
  • Join us for this fun exchange of information! Hear more about Woods & Water Realty and meet other business professionals.

    Read more and register >>

    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 11: Includes special Veterans opportunity

    Area employers will have the opportunity to reach local job seekers at the Chippewa Valley Job Fair on Thursday, May 11, 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 10:00 a.m. It will be open to pre-screened job seekers 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Public hours are 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

    For more information, please call or e-mail Amber Hoffman: 715-836-2627

    Also mark your calendar for the Chamber's 2017 Business Expo & Job Fair on Tuesday, October 17.

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