December 12, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Leadership Success Series Featuring
Rick Dreher, Wipfli
Thursday, January 30, 7:30 - 9 a.m.


Mayo Clinic Health System
1400 Bellinger St
Cost to Attend: $25
Sponsored by: Associated Bank, Banbury Place, Mayo Clinic Health System, Royal Construction, Inc. and Ruder Ware L.L.S.C.

Join us for our next session of our Leadership Success Series featuring Rick Dreher, the managing partner and chairman of the board of Wipfli LLP, which is a multi-discipline professional services firm with more than 1,900 associates 45 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation.

Dreher oversees the vision and strategy, leadership, growth and overall performance of the entire firm. Before becoming managing partner, Dreher was the firm's tax director and had responsibility for the firm-wide tax function. After assuming his role as managing partner, Dreher transformed the existing leadership structure to include partners overseeing the Growth, Practice, Risk Management, Financial & Administration, Technology and Talent & Culture areas of the firm. This team collaboratively executes the firm's strategic plan, enhancing client value and stronger relationships, while managing and improving the overall performance of the firm.

Dreher also is an accomplished speaker and has delivered presentations to the Institute of Management Accountants, AICPA, PKF International, PKFNA, Wipfli client groups and various civic and charitable organizations. In September 2013, Dreher was named one of INSIDE Public Accounting's Most Admired Peers.

Cost to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. Breakfast will be served in the atrium outside the auditorium. The presentation will be held in the auditorium from 8-9 a.m. with a short time allotted for questions and answers. Please park on the first or second level of the hospital parking ramp. Follow signs to the hospital entrance. Once in the building, take the main elevator in the Luther Building to the lower level.

Read more or register>>

Please click on the links below for more information.

Wednesday, December 13
Ribbon Cutting: The Hearth Shoppe

Thursday, December 14
Ribbon Cutting: EO Johnson Business Technologies

Friday, December 15
Eggs & Issues: Holiday Legislative Breakfast

Friday, December 15
Ribbon Cutting: Savage Fitness and Boxing

Friday, January 5
AM Exchange

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Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

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New Members

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

Savage Fitness and Boxing, LLC

Renewing Members

Month of November 2017

Awards & Recognition

October 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:

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

CV Chamber Alliance

Register to Attend!
24th Annual
Chippewa Valley Rally
January 31, 2018 in Madison

Mark your calendar now - and help us bring the Chippewa Valley's voice to Madison in January. This one-day event is jointly sponsored by the Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and Eau Claire Chambers of Commerce. We'll be there to bring our region's important economic, education and infrastructure issues to the attention of state government. You'll participate in pre-scheduled small group meetings with legislators and their aides, an exclusive luncheon with the Governor (invited), meetings with top state officials, an informal closing reception, and more. Everything is taken care of, including charter bus transportation to and from Madison (or you can travel on your own if you prefer).

Register online to attend and more information>>>

Sponsorships are also available.Contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616) for more information.

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals

Programs & Services

Chamber Buy Local Bucks

Chamber Buy Local Bucks:
The Perfect Holiday Gift

Not sure what to give your staff, friends or even relatives this fast-approaching holiday season? The Chamber is here to help you out! Here are just a few reasons to buy Chamber Buy Local Bucks:

  • The number one reason is that your dollars are spent locally.
  • Chamber bucks can be used at more than 430 Chamber member businesses. You can let the recipient decide what they need the most! Here is a current list.
  • Purchasing them is easy - just stop by the Chamber office at 101 N. Farwell Street. There is parking right in front of the building and you will be greeted by our friendly staff!
  • For large orders, please call the Chamber office in advance at (715) 834-1204 or complete the form and email/fax it to the Chamber.

The Chamber office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Holiday Legislative Breakfast

Friday, December 15, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Davies Center - Dakota Ballroom
77 Roosevelt Street
$20 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by:

Join us for the annual Holiday Legislative Breakfast, hosted by UWEC Chancellor James Schmidt and Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Tim Benedict. We've invited our local members of the State Senate and Assembly who represent west central Wisconsin in Madison to give us insights into their priorities for the upcoming January legislative session, and answer questions submitted by Chamber members. This event is open to individuals whose organizations are members of the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire or Menomonie chambers of commerce.

Read more or register>>

Business After Hours

Monday, January 8
5-6:30 p.m.

Staybridge Suites Eau Claire-Altoona
1515 Bluestem Boulevard, Altoona

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 Edina Realty, Leinenkugel's, Staybridge Suites Eau Claire-Altoona.

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>>

AM Exchange

AM Exchange
The Fit Lab
1514 S. Hastings Way
Friday, January 5
7:45 - 9 a.m.

Sponsored by: The Fit Lab

Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for registration and some beverages and food. At 8 a.m., staff from The Fit Lab will take the floor to tell you more about the business.

Then it's time for some speed networking. Don't be frightened, it's much easier than speed dating!

Registration is required since there will be a maximum attendance (40 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 The Fit Lab and meet other business professionals.

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

Take the Community Health Assessment Survey

Chippewa Valley health care organizations, the health departments in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, and the United Way are working together on an important Community Health Assessment Survey to gauge the community's perception of health priorities.

The survey is part of a larger community health assessment that helps guide the health-related priorities of the region and of the participating organizations. As an employer, you're encouraged not only to take the survey yourself, but to distribute it to staff, colleagues, friends and family.

Click here to take the Community Health Assessment Survey. Participation closes on December 26.

The Chippewa and Eau Claire Community Health Assessment partners include Chippewa County Department of Public Health, Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Eau Claire Healthy Communities, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, and United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

For more information, call 715-839-4718.

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