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July 10, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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2018 Business Hall of Fame Luncheon

Wednesday, August 15, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue

Cost to attend: $25

Sponsored by: Peoples Bank Midwest

The Business Hall of Fame award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their business and the community. There are two types of awards - a Business Hall of Fame for individuals from the previous 50 years and a Historical Business Hall of Fame for any period prior to the last 50 years.

Please join us as we honor our 10th class of inductees:

Bill Ihlenfeldt, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Lloyd Johnson, First Wisconsin National Bank
Louis & Mark Phillips, Max Phillips & Sons
Jack Stromwall, Stromwall, Stromwall, Joseph and Gustaveson Inc.

Register online >>

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, July 10
Ribbon Cutting: Associated Bank

Wednesday, July 11
Business Luncheon With Governor Walker

Thursday, July 12
LEC Alumni Day - Balancing Growth Downtown

Thursday, July 12
Ribbon Cutting: Trend Stone Surfaces

Friday, July 13
AM Exchange

Wednesday, July 18
Business Community Downtown Wellness Walk

Thursday, July 19
SOHO Coffee Talk - How To Setup A Board Of Advisors

Thursday, July 19
Ribbon Cutting: Peoples Bank Midwest

Friday, July 20
Eggs & Issues: The Impact Of Tourism In The Chippewa Valley

Friday, July 27
Ribbon Cutting: Care Partners Assisted Living

Saturday, July 28
Eau Claire Cavaliers Sponsored by the Chamber

Monday, July 30
Your Chamber Orientation

Tuesday, July 31
Lunch & Learn: Tips To Make The Best Of Your Media Interview

Thursday, August 2
Business at the Airport

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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.

Tanglewood Greens

Renewing Members

Month of June 2018

Awards & Recognition

May 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin

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

Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: The Impact Of Tourism In The Chippewa Valley

Friday, July 20, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely
516 Galloway Street
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

We welcome Stephanie Klett, Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism, to give us an update on tourism's economic impact in Wisconsin and the Chippewa Valley, including the latest initiatives to increase tourism to our area. We'll also get an update on local efforts from Visit Eau Claire.

Read more or register>>

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


Lunch & Learn: Tips To Make The Best Of Your Media Interview

Presented by: Heather Rigby, Valley Media Works
Tuesday, July 31, 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.

Not everyone is comfortable appearing on camera, whether still or video, nor hearing their voice on a recording. However, a lot more individuals are finding that they are being thrust into the spotlight to represent either themselves or their organizations. This session will provide you with a foundation of knowledge to put your best face forward in the media!

Read more and register >>


SOHO Coffee Talk - How to Setup a Board of Advisors

Thursday, July 19, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
101 N. Farwell Street

Sponsored by: Everclear Hearing Products, LLC and S.A. Wallace LLC

As small business owners, we must make decisions about managing our business without the support of a Board or a team of Executives that larger businesses enjoy. Consider creating your own support team by starting a Board of Advisors. Imagine a group of 3-6 business owners, each with their own skillsets and talents, all working together toward the common goal of helping each of their businesses grow and succeed. Group member's work together to hold each other accountable, celebrate successes, and challenge each member to be a better businessperson.

Attendees will have a chance to both learn about the concept of an Advisory Board and then talk to other SOHO business owners about potentially forming a Board. There are guidelines to know when collaboration turns into taking advantage of "free" advice. Come to this event prepared to talk to other business owners about how you can help each other.

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Programs & Services

Group Project Ideas Needed

The Chamber is requesting service projects for both our Leadership Eau Claire programs. Are you involved with a non-profit organization and have a project that you need help with? Submit a proposal!

What kind of projects?
Each year, we divide our LEC classes into teams of 6-9 people to work on community service projects.

For the program, we ask for project ideas that are more in-depth than simple volunteer tasks. In the past, groups have designed signage for Beaver Creek Reserve, planned large events like the Veterans event recently held at Carson Park and created volunteer manuals and databases.

What doesn't work?
NO fund raising projects of any kind will be accepted. This includes asking the group to plan an event that is intended as a fund raiser. Also, the projects may not be political.

Deadline: August 3
Proposals for the ADULT program are due by Friday, August 3. More information and a proposal form are available here.

A list of all past group projects is available here. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615).

Xcel Energy: Solar Connect Community

Weekly "Business Advocate" e-Newsletter Now Available

Want to keep up with governmental issues and actions that impact your business? The Chamber's Governmental Affairs staff now offers a weekly e-newsletter to Chamber members with updates related to local, state and national public policies.

The newsletter is part of the Chamber's enhanced Business Advocacy Initiative, sponsored by Miron Construction, Xcel Energy, Banbury Place, Cigan Properties and Eau Claire Energy Cooperative.

To subscribe, simply [[AFFILIATIONUPDATELINK]] to update your Chamber communication preferences. Select the "Advocacy" box and click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.

Or for more information, contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616).

Business At the Airport

Thursday, August 2
5-6:30 p.m.
Chippewa Valley
Regional Airport

3600 Starr Avenue

Pilot Sponsors: Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, HSHS Sacred Heart & Pearle Vision

Please join the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie chambers of commerce for the annual Business at the Airport on Thursday, August 2. Find out what is happening at your airport, network with other business members, visit more than 30 exhibitor tables, have a chance to win great door prizes including:

  • Round trip transportation for two from Eau Claire to Chicago provided by SkyWest Airlines
  • 30 minute flight for up to 3 people around the Eau Claire area with Hawthorne Aviation

This event takes the place of the August Business After Hours but please note that it is held on Thursday rather than Monday.

Cost to attend is $6. You do not need to pre-register.

Read more about exhibitors >>

AM Exchange

AM Exchange
Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center
5872 33rd Ave
Friday, July 13
7:45 - 9 a.m.

Sponsored by: Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center

Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for registration and some beverages and food. At 8 a.m., staff from The Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center will take the floor to tell you more about the business.

Then it's time for some speed networking. Don't be frightened, it's much easier than speed dating!

Registration is required since there will be a maximum attendance (40 attendees for this event). The first five people who register (and attend) will receive a pass to attend Business After Hours. When you register online, it will indicate the other individuals that have registered.

Join us for this fun exchange of information! Hear more about The Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center and meet other business professionals.

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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