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    August 7, 2018   The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update
Upcoming Events
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Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Federal Update & Election Outlook With The US Chamber

Friday, August 17, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
101 N. Farwell Street
PESI Conference Room
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

Federal issues have come to the forefront this summer in areas like the impact of tariffs on industry, immigration, the Supreme Court nomination, and an approaching mid-term election this fall. The U.S. Chamber's John Kirchner will join us to bring a candid, business-focused perspective on these issues that you won't hear from the national news media.  John serves as the manager of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Midwest Region, where he develops and implements the Chamber's grassroots legislative and political activities. This is a Chamber members-only event.   

Read more and register>>


August 14 Primary Election Day

Chamber candidate information on competitive local races

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, August 14, for Democratic and Republican Party primaries to select which candidates will face off in the fall election.

Locally, there are competitive Democratic primaries in the 31st Senate District, and 91st and 92nd Assembly Districts. Statewide, eight candidates are in the running for the Democratic nomination for Governor. On the Republican side, there is a competitive primary for the US Senate race.

Wisconsin’s system features an open primary by secret ballot. To learn more about how it works and what’s at stake, the Chamber has created an online guide to the election, and you can read candidate answers to our Good Government Council questionnaires for the competitive local primaries:

Guide to the August 14 Primary

31st Senate District Candidate Questionnaire

91st Assembly District Candidate Questionnaire

92nd Assembly District Candidate Questionnaire

If you have questions, contact Scott Rogers. (715-858-0616)

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals

10th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Thursday, September 20, 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost to Attend: $85

Sponsor: Rusoh, Satellite Six, Spectrum Reach and Westgate Sportsman's Club

Get ready for a dynamic conference packed with a sensational keynote, intriguing breakout sessions on a variety of marketing strategies and an informative panel discussion during our 10th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference. This conference will provide an intensive review of marketing and social media tools, tips and strategies that businesses can use to reach out to customers and grow their bottom line.

The conference will kick off with engaging keynote session by Laura Benjamin of Satellite Six that will walk through understanding your audience and how building a complete and living profile of all your audience will guide everything you do in marketing, messaging and brand experiences. We’ll look at a case study of how this process guided decision making through developing campaigns, website, taglines and other materials. You’ll learn that if you listen to your audience, they will tell you exactly the things they struggle with and what will get them to pay attention and engage with your marketing. Understanding these core drivers and tailoring your brand and message to fit is what drives marketing success!

After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend five breakout sessions:

 Read more and register online>>

Lunch & Learn: Building Resilience for Career Longevity
by Deb Clarke, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber
PESI Conference Room
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, PESI and Weld Riley, S.C.

Resiliency, the ability to bounce back from challenges, is a trait that can help ensure career longevity. This Lunch and Learn session will explore the role resilience plays in professional and personal well-being.  Best practices in developing resilience will be explored. At this session, we’ll:

  • Examine the concept of resilience.
  • Explore skills that enhance resilience.
  • Evaluate best practices in resilience.

About the Presenter

Deb Clarke has more than 20 years of leadership experience in post-secondary education. Her favorite training topics include team building, problem solving, performance management, change management and employee engagement. Clarke is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach helping people discover what they naturally do best to develop their greatest talents. She also is a certified trainer in Everything DiSC, a leading assessment tool to help people in an organization effectively understand themselves and others.

Register online>>

Programs & Services

Leadership Eau Claire™ Alumni Luncheon

Wednesday, August 22
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Metro
201 E. Lake Street
Cost to Attend: $25

LEC alumni are invited to the annual Leadership Eau Claire™ Alumni Luncheon for a chance to reconnect with other alumni and check out the recently renovated The Metro, which is owned by LEC alumni Benny (LEC Class of 2007) and Kate Haas (LEC Class of 2018.) We will welcome members of the newest LEC class, congratulate members of the Class of 2018 and receive an update on their group project success. Come find out which alum will receive the annual revolving "Door Prize" award!

Cost to attend is $25 per person. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Connie Glenz Memorial Scholarship Fund for Leadership Eau Claire™ participants. Registration deadline is August 17.

Free parking is available in the Schlegelmilch lot (8) only two blocks away. Additional parking also is available in the Seaver Street lot (10) and the Transfer Center lot (7). Click here for a parking map and more information.

Register online >>


2018 Business Hall of Fame Luncheon

Wednesday, August 15, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue

Cost to attend: $25

Sponsored by: Peoples Bank Midwest

The Business Hall of Fame award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their business and the community. There are two types of awards - a Business Hall of Fame for individuals from the previous 50 years and a Historical Business Hall of Fame for any period prior to the last 50 years.

Please join us as we honor our 10th class of inductees:

Bill Ihlenfeldt, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Lloyd Johnson, First Wisconsin National Bank
Louis & Mark Phillips, Max Phillips & Sons
Jack Stromwall, Stromwall, Joseph and Gustaveson Inc.

Register online >>


Xcel Energy

2018 Workforce Demand Employer Survey

As a Chamber member and local employer, your organization is strongly encouraged to complete the 2018 Workforce Demand Survey. The results of this survey will provide critical information about hard-to-fill positions and the impact of pending retirements on the local job market. This will inform local workforce development strategies to help employers meet the challenges that are identified. And since most available labor data is tied to national and statewide sources, this Chippewa Valley survey will provide timely information that hones in on only the local market.

The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The results will be publicly presented in summary form; however, all individual responses remain confidential. The survey is being administered by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Workforce Development in a cooperative effort with the Chamber, Momentum West, and others.

Click here: 2018 Workforce Demand Survey

Please complete and submit the survey by August 31, 2018.


Monday, September 10
5-6:30 p.m.
Hickory Hills
E4080 Hickory Rd

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 Hickory Hills and Chippewa Valley Energy.

Admission is $6 at the door for members. Passes may be purchased in advance for $5 each (minimum of four)  
Registration is not required for this event.

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SOHO Social
Thursday, August 16
4:30 - 6 p.m.

1476 Blazing Star Blvd

Sponsored by: Everclear Hearing Products and 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!

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.



Friday, August 10
Ribbon Cutting: City of Eau Claire Fire Station

Friday, August 13
Ribbon Cuttting: Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, August 15
2018 Business Hall of Fame

Thursday, August 16
Workplace Wellness Network

Thursday, August 16
SOHO Social Event

Friday, August 17
Eggs & Issues: Federal Update & Election Outlook With The US Chamber

Tuesday, August 21
Ribbon Cutting: Crossfit River Prairie

Wednesday, August 22
Leadership Eau Claire™ Alumni Luncheon

Thursday, September 6
Ribbon Cutting: Marshfield Clinic Health System

View Full Calendar on Website

Simple Office Solutions New Members

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

Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros. Bagels

Milwaukee Job Corps Center

The Metro

The Rev

Awards & Recognition

June 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



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