January 9, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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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>>>

Sponsorships are also available.Contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616) for more information.

Please click on the links below for more information.

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

Thursday, January 18
Ribbon Cutting: Midwest Meals

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

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

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Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

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New Members

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

The Ivory Piano Bar

Renewing Members

Month of December 2017

Awards & Recognition

November 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
City of Eau Claire

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

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.

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 >>

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>>

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 is 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 >>

Programs & Services

Workplace Wellness

Wednesday, February 7, 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
No Charge to Attend

Sponsored by:
Achieve Wellness, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Optimum Therapies, Prevea LeadWell, REALiving

This special program is part of our ongoing education series for those involved in or responsible for workplace wellness to explore key topics and share information to make their programs more effective. Each session begins with a brief content presentation, followed by informal discussion among participants on the topic presented, or any other workplace wellness ideas or concerns that are on your mind.

There is no charge to participate, but advance registration is required. This event is specifically designed for organizations who have active workplace wellness committees or are implementing a new workplace wellness program. Coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Read more or register>>

2018 Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities

The Chamber has sponsorship and marketing opportunities available for all size budgets and target markets! Chamber staff would be more than happy to discuss what would work for your business or organization.

Here are just a few: Chippewa Valley Rally, Business Expo, Excellence in Education, Breakfast in the Valley, Young Professionals and a new Business of the Week marketing opportunity.

This is a great opportunity to plan out your annual budget. If your annual commitment totals a certain level, we include additional benefits!

Take a look>>

Contact Cheri Weinke or Amy Muehlbauer to discuss further.

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.

Read more or register>>

Washington D.C. Fly-In
Wednesday, February 14

We're joining other Chambers from around Wisconsin on a joint Washington DC Fly-In, coordinated by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Meetings are being arranged with the White House, the US Chamber of Commerce and members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation. This is a great opportunity to discuss federal policies that impact our local and state economies, like taxes, regulatory relief, energy, health care, infrastructure investment, trade and immigration.

Read more about this opportunity>>>

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>>

Business After Hours

2018 Business After Hours

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Business After Hours. Click here to download a list that you can share with your staff.

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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