January 16, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Lunch & Learn: Impact Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act On Employers

Presented by: Mary Ellen Schill, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
Monday, January 29, Noon - 1:30 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.

What's it all about?? Tax cuts! Well maybe not so much. While marketed as a huge tax cut for businesses and individuals, not every change made by the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will result in lower taxes (or taxable income). The relationship between employers and their employees has always been impacted by the tax code, and some of the changes made by the TCJA of 2017 will directly affect that relationship. Even something as simple and innocuous as employer-provided parking will be treated differently starting in 2018 unless employers make some changes to how the parking is provided and paid for.

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Please click on the links below for more information.

Thursday, January 18
Ribbon Cutting: Midwest Meals

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

Wednesday, January 23
SOHO Coffee Talk: "I'm Going To Do It RIGHT This Year!"

Monday, January 29
Lunch & Learn: Impact Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act On Employers

Tuesday, January 30
Leadership Success Series Featuring Rick Dreher, Wipfli

Tuesday, January 30
Lunch & Learn: Active Shooter In Business! - How To Respond

Wednesday, January 31
Chippewa Valley Rally

Monday, February 12
Business After Hours

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

Wednesday, February 21
2018 Sales Conference

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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.

Rusoh, Inc.

Renewing Members

Month of December 2017

Awards & Recognition

December 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Jobs Plus

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

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.

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.

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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.

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Programs & Services

Want to Exhibit Only for the Job Fair Portion at the Business Expo?

Due to member suggestions, the Business Expo & Job Fair Committee is studying whether it would be possible for some exhibitors to participate in the show only during the day from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while the Job Fair is being offered to the public. Do you have an opinion on this? We would love to hear it and any suggestions you have for the Business Expo!

Please take a short (only four questions) survey here.

Thanks for your feedback!

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!


SOHO Coffee Talk: "I'm Going To Do It RIGHT This Year!"
Tuesday, January 23
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
101 N. Farwell Street

Sponsored by: The Construction Hub and Everclear Hearing Products, LLC

Part 3 of our DIP: Development Improvement Process

As part of our DIP Program, we've discussed Strategic Planning (Part 1) and Marketing on a Budget (Part 2), so what's next? For this session, we will focus on something we often try to ignore or avoid: Cash Flow Management.

How can you better track your revenue and expenses? Or use your financial data to assess business success and focus on the most profitable ventures? And do you understand your unique cash flow situation and how to best manage it? Our panel of experts will discuss tips on prepping, preparing, and completing your financials. They will share with you some things you can do yourself and also when it may be time to get some help. And, most importantly, they will make sure you can learn from your financials and keep things simple. Don't over complicate your income!

Audience participation is encouraged so please bring your questions. Our panelists are Cory Coulombe, CJC Company and Evlyn Carlile, Simple Office Solutions with an introductory "entrepreneur" story by Scott Wallace, S.A. Wallace LLC.

Register online >>

Xcel Energy: Learn More


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- Xcel Energy, Miron Construction
Supporter -
Banbury Place, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative

"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.

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CV Chamber Alliance

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

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

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>>>

Business Day in Madison

Wednesday, February 28

Join local Chamber members and business people from around the state at the annual Business Day in Madison, presented by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. Get insights on economic trends, political updates, and business innovation from a variety of engaging speakers including investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, Townhall.com Political Editor Guy Benson, author and Fox News commentator Gret Gutfeld and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (invited). The Chamber will coordinate car pooling for those interested and discounted lodging is available for those traveling in the night before.

Schedule: Optional opening reception February 27, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Main Conference on February 28, 7:30 a.m. registration, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. sessions. Lunch included.

Contact Scott Rogers for more informaton. Cut-off for early bird registration fee of $145 is January 26.

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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>>

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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