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January 23, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Highlight Your Business Through Business of the Week

Want to highlight your business on the web and social media? The Chamber has a new opportunity for its Chamber members to do just that!

Starting this week, one Chamber member will have the opportunity to be highlighted with a photo on the homepage of the Chamber's website which will then hyperlink to a page on the site with an article on the business. You can also have additional photos or a YouTube video on the page.

For more exposure, we will share this information on our social media platforms, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. In addition, the top ad position on The Update will indicate the member as Business of the Week with a hyperlink to the article.

The photo on our homepage will be featured from Monday through Sunday but the other information will remain indefinitely!

Take advantage of this new opportunity by reserving your spot online. The cost is $250 per week.

Thank you to our first Business of the Week, Manpower! Make sure you check them out.

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, 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

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

Wednesday, February 21
2018 Sales Conference

Wednesday, February 28
Business Day in Madison

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Advertise Here

New Members

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

First Bank Financial Centre

Inn on Lake Wissota

Renewing Members

Month of December 2017

Awards & Recognition

December 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
The Harding Group

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

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.

Read more and register >>

Eau Claire Convention Center Survey

Hunden Strategic Partners was engaged by the City of Eau Claire to analyze the market opportunity for a convention center and hotel development. The financial feasibility of any such project will depend on the participation of local companies and organizations via meetings, banquets, conference, and other events. The purpose of this survey to to gauge the interest and demand from local companies in these types of opportunities.

Take the short survey

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 >>

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>>

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.


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 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>>

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, UW-Stout 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 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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