December 1, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber Award Nominations

The Chamber will be accepting nominations for the following awards:

Business Hall of Fame
Community Development
Small Business of the Year
Woman of Achievement

Award winners will be announced at the Chamber Annual Meeting on April 17, 2018. All nomination forms must be returned by January 24, 2018.

Please click on the links below for more information.

Friday, January 5
AM Exchange

Monday, January 8
Business After Hours

Wednesday, January 10
Ribbon Cutting: Medical And Surgical Weight Loss Clinic Of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital And Evergreen Surgical

Friday, January 19
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's State Of The County

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Simple Office Solutions

New Members

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

Family Therapy Associates, LLC

Renewing Members

Month of November 2017

Awards & Recognition

November 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Eau Claire YMCA

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

Holiday Hours

The Eau Claire Chamber office will be closing at noon on Friday, December 22. We will be back in the office on Tuesday, December 26. The office will also be closed on Monday, January 1.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

January Beverage Sponsor Available

Share your promotional items and marketing materials at the Chamber office. As the monthly beverage sponsor you will receive recognition and signage at monthly at the Chamber office. The cost is only $130 per month. Contact Cheri Weinke if you are interested.

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


Lunch & Learn: Active Shooter In Business! - How To Respond

Presented by: Neal Bennett, Occupational Chaplains of America
Tuesday, January 30, 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.

It's your worst nightmare - an active shooter in your business. What should you do? How do you protect yourself and your employees? Come to this month's Lunch & Learn session to be prepared for the unexpected.

You'll learn:

  • Profile of an active shooter.
  • How to respond to an active shooter.
  • How to respond when law enforcement arrives.
  • Training your staff for an active shooter situation.
  • Preparing for and managing an active shooter situation.
  • Reactions of managers during and active shooter situation.

Is your business a target?

After this training, you'll know details on how to personally react, how to prepare your staff, training exercises, prevention and managing the consequences of an active shooter.

Read more and register >>

Programs & Services

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


Mayo Clinic Health System
1221 Whipple Street
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>>

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.

Market Your Business Here


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's State Of The County

Friday, January 19, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Green Mill Conference and Banquet Facilities
2703 Craig Road
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

"Reflections, Visions and Plans" - The Chamber's Annual "State of the County" breakfast with remarks by County Board Chair Gregg Moore, County Administrator Kathryn Schauf and Judges William Gabler and Michael Schumacher that highlight the important public services provided by Eau Claire County.

Read more or register>>

Chamber Files Amicus Brief Supporting City of Eau Claire in Suit Challenging TIF Districts

The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce has filed an Amicus Brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, supporting the City of Eau Claire in its defense of an appeal by opponents of the Confluence Project. The case, Voters with Facts v. City of Eau Claire, challenges the use of Tax Increment Financing as part of the project’s local funding. The Supreme Court appeal comes after district and appeals courts ruled in favor of the City.

The Chamber's brief provides information to the Supreme Court regarding the critical role of TIFs in the successful revitalization underway in Eau Claire. It points out the significant amount of debate and scrutiny TIFs were subjected to in the political process – including votes by elected bodies and two referendums – and argues that this is the appropriate place for such decisions, not the courts.

Click here for the Chamber's news release with more information and a link to the filing.

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>>

Small Street Journal

Read the current Small Street Journal for updates and announcements from Chamber members. Please submit your updates to Becky Seelen.


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