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February 13, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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2018 Sales Conference

Wednesday, February 21
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost: $79 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by: Imagineering & University of Wisconsin - Continuing Education

Back bigger than ever! The Chamber will present its fourth annual Sales Conference to help sales professional learn new tips, discuss different strategies and refresh ideas to help boost their sales performance. From seasoned sales professionals to those just starting their careers, this conference will empower them with better tools to make this their best sales year ever!

Conference includes the opening keynote session, four different breakout sessions and a Progressive Power Lunch! Jerry Kollross of UW-Eau Claire will kick off the conference with a keynote address on a historical perspective on how professional sales theory has changed and how it has remained the same over the years. After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend four of the following breakout sessions:

For detailed information on each of the breakout sessions, click here.

Progressive Power Lunch
Following the breakout sessions, attendees will participate in a fast-paced networking lunch. The Progressive Power Lunch is an easy way to make contacts fast. Here's how it works: attendees will be assigned to a different table for each course of lunch (salad, entree and dessert.) At each table everyone will be asked to share business cards and give a short infomercial on their business/services. By the time lunch is over, each attendee will have gained 15+ business contacts. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards.

Lunch is included with the conference.

Read more and register online >>

Please click on the links below for more information.

Thursday, February 15
SOHO Social

Friday, February 16
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's State Of The City

Wednesday, February 21
2018 Sales Conference

Wednesday, February 21
Ribbon Cutting: Ribbon Cutting: Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Friday, February 23
Groundbreaking: Hope Gospel Mission

Tuesday, February 27
Lunch & Learn: Cultural Immersion (Innovation)

Wednesday, February 28
Business Day in Madison

Tuesday, March 8
Ribbon Cutting: Trust Point, Inc.

Monday, March 12
Business After Hours

Tuesday, March 13
Lunch & Learn: Learn About The Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey

Thursday, March 15
SOHO Coffee Talk

Friday, March 16
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

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.

Hopetree Family Therapy

The Growler Guys

Azura Memory Care

Eau Claire County Veterans Foundation

Riverton Management Inc.

Renewing Members

Month of January 2018

Awards & Recognition

December 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Winona National Bank

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

First Choice Computer Recycling Designated as Green Business

Sponsored by: B-Framed Galleries, CliftonLarsonAllen, HUEBSCH Services, Mayo Clinic Health System, SDS Architects and Werner Electric

The Eau Claire Chamber has selected another Chamber member business to be identified by the Chamber as a Green Sustainable Business.

The business selected include: First Choice Computer Recycling.

There are now a total of 69 Chamber member businesses that have received this designation, since February 1, 2010.

For more information on how to apply to be designated as a Green Business, visit the Chamber's website.

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals

Lunch & Learn: Cultural Immersion (Innovation)

Presented by: Duane Shoebridge, Human Endeavors
Tuesday, February 27, 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.

At this month's Lunch & Learn session on Cultural Immersion, you will learn to hire and manage so that you can inspire and control innovation. Presenter Duane Shoebridge, author of "Getting Around the Humans", will walk you through the creative culture. You will be shown the shrines and how to tackle the taboos. Once you learn the emotional "why" behind the behavior, then the logical "how" to address them can be formulated. Come to learn in a fun discussion on why we do what we do.

Read more and register >>

Programs & Services

Breakfast in the Valley


Looking For a Cost Effective Way to Expose Your Business?

The Eau Claire Chamber is creating the 2018 Community Profile/Business Directory. Approximately 4,000 copies of this publication will be printed and ready for distribution in May. This annual directory is distributed to more than 1,225 Chamber members, future members, area hotels, the airport, and to potential residents in all relocation packets as well as used as a recruitment tool for area businesses.

This quality full-color publication is an excellent vehicle for you to showcase your business to other businesses and potential residents/current residents in the area. Please view the ad specifications and the affordable rate schedule. For more information please click here or contact Amy Muehlbauer at 715-858-0617.


Excellence in Education Banquet: Sponsors & Nominations Needed

Wednesday, May 2
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 at the Florian Gardens Conference Center.

Sponsors Needed
Help! We are in need of sponsors to make this event possible. Sponsorships help pay for the honorees' meals and gifts. All sponsors will have the opportunity to attend the event and sponsor a student. Sponsors are recognized in the program, at the event and in the Chamber Update. If you would be interested in sponsoring this event, please click here. The sponsorship deadline is March 16.

Nominate a Special Educator!
Do you know an educator who deserves to be recognized? At the banquet, we will give special awards in three categories: Innovation in Teaching, Contributor to Education and Unsung Hero. We are seeking nominations for teachers, school staff and volunteers who have made an exceptional impact on students, educational service or leadership. To nominate an educator, submit this form by Friday, March 16 to the Chamber.

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Seelen at
(715) 858-0615. Thank you so much for your consideration!

Xcel Energy: Learn More

Eggs & Issues


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

Friday, February 16, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
The Lismore
333 Gibson Street
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

The Chamber's Annual "State of the City" breakfast. An update on the priorities and accomplishments of the City of Eau Claire with City Council President Kerry Kincaid and City Manager Dale Peters. A Chamber members only event.

Read more or register>>

Spring Primary Election

Tuesday, February 20, is the Wisconsin Spring Primary Election. For most voters, the only race which will appear on local ballots is the statewide contest for State Supreme Court. The election will narrow the field from three candidates to two for the April 3 Spring General Election.

Voters in Eau Claire County Board District 10 will also narrow the candidate field to two for the April election. Candidates include Nancy Coffey, Kris Verbracken and incumbent Mike Conlin.

Voting Hours: Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find where you vote, and more information about voter registration, go to My Vote Wisconsin and enter your name and address. Voter ID is required for this election. 


Business After Hours

Monday, March 12
5-6:30 p.m.

Westgate Sportman's Club
4909 Sportsman Drive

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 Rhom Construction, CCFBank, Goldridge Companies, and Westgate Sportsman's Club.

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
February 15
4:30 - 6 p.m.

The Ivory Piano Bar
2526 Golf Road

Sponsored by: Everclear Hearing Products, LLC

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.


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