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February 6, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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2017 Human Resources Conference

Tuesday, April 3
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost: $89 per person

Sponsored by: Achieve Wellness, Chippewa Valley Technical College, M3 Insurance, REALiving, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, and Weld Riley, S.C.

The Chamber and the Chippewa Valley Society of Human Resource Management (CVSHRM) will present its sixth annual Human Resource Conference specifically geared for human resource professionals, small business owners and managers. The conference will provide a variety of sessions to keep the HR professional or business owner in the know about key issues affecting the workforce. SHRM and HRCI credit approval are pending.

Welcome and Opening Keynote: 8 - 9 a.m.
The conference will begin with a keynote presentation from decision from Jim Chiolino, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Equal Rights Division (ERD) deputy administrator and deputy, Labor Standards Bureau on ERD issues and trends, including proposed rule changes and legal decision This "what's up" in Wisconsin labor and employment law opening session is a "can't miss" opportunity!

Breakout Sessions
After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend four of the breakout sessions For more detailed information on each of the breakout sessions, download the brochure.

We will take a break from sessions for a networking lunch featuring a variety of HR hot topics.

Register online >>

Please click on the links below for more information.

Wednesday, February 7
Workplace Wellness Network

Thursday, February 8
Ribbon Cutting: Mattress 123

Monday, February 12
Business After Hours

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.

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

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Renewing Members

Month of January 2018

Awards & Recognition

December 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Mega CO-OP

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

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>>

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


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 >>

Lunch & Learn: Learn About The Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey

Presented by: Deb Marshall, Wipfli
Tuesday, March 13, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $10 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 want to know more about how our annual wage survey works? How about some insights into what trends the data suggests? How can YOU use this data in your business? Are there jobs you'd like to see included?

In this session, Deb Marshall will share survey history, how and why it has evolved, what the future holds and how best to use the information. Marshall is a senior manager in HR consulting at Wipfli LLP and has been the Wage Survey chairperson for most of the 18 years we have conducted it.

Read more and register >>

Programs & Services


YLEC Applications:
Due April 6

Accepting Applications
The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Youth Leadership Eau Claire class. Do you know current sophomores from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North or Regis high school who wants to develop leadership skills and become more involved in the community? Encourage them to apply! Application deadline is April 8. More information can be found on the Chamber's website.

The Eau Claire Chamber Education Foundation is seeking sponsors to support its Youth Leadership Eau Claire program. Each year, about 70 students apply for the class with enrollment of only 36. The program is made possible with $500 sponsorships for each student. Please consider becoming a sponsor and helping us develop our future community leaders. If your business would be interested in providing a $500 sponsorship for a student to participate in the program, please contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615). Thanks for the consideration.

Real Life Academy

2018 Real Life Academy Sponsorship Opportunity

We have a unique opportunity to sponsor the Cell Phone Station at both 2018 Real Life Academy events!

Real Life Academy is a financial literacy event for area high school students and business volunteers in an effort bring the two groups together. The event is designed to provide "real life scenarios" to help apply budgeting and spending concepts. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the future workforce and to engage with them as they are choosing their career path!

Please contact Casey Schumacher at for further information on this sponsorship opportunity.

Xcel Energy: Learn More


CV Chamber Alliance

24th Annual Chippewa
Valley Rally

Representing our community's voice in Madison on
January 31

Last Wednesday, nearly 100 Chippewa Valley business and community leaders trekked to the State Capitol to bring key regional economic issues to the attention of state policy makers in Madison. Click here for photos from the Rally.

Participants in the 24th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally heard a luncheon address by Governor Scott Walker, visited 110 offices of State Senators and Representatives, and interacted informally with dozens of state officials and staff members. The event was organized by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance, a joint effort of the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie Chambers of Commerce.

Key issues emphasized with policy makers this year included:

  • Provide vigorous state leadership to address workforce challenges
  • Maintain strong public education institutions as vital economic assets
  • Address long-term transportation needs
  • Accelerate rural broadband expansion

Click here to read the full Issues book

Thanks especially to our sponsors: Market and Johnson, Northwestern Bank, Xcel Energy; Chippewa Valley Technical College, Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Miron Construction, Momentum West, Royal Credit Union, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Stout Foundation, and Weld Riley, S.C.

Business After Hours

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

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
900 W Clairemont Ave

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 HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals.

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
Thursday, 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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