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    July 31, 2018   The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update
Upcoming Events
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10th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Thursday, September 20, 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost to Attend: $85

Sponsor: Rusoh, Satellite Six, Spectrum Reach and Westgate Sportsman's Club

Get ready for a dynamic conference packed with a sensational keynote, intriguing breakout sessions on a variety of marketing strategies and an informative panel discussion during our 10th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference. This conference will provide an intensive review of marketing and social media tools, tips and strategies that businesses can use to reach out to customers and grow their bottom line.

The conference will kick off with engaging keynote session by Laura Benjamin of Satellite Six that will walk through understanding your audience and how building a complete and living profile of all your audience will guide everything you do in marketing, messaging and brand experiences. We’ll look at a case study of how this process guided decision making through developing campaigns, website, taglines and other materials. You’ll learn that if you listen to your audience, they will tell you exactly the things they struggle with and what will get them to pay attention and engage with your marketing. Understanding these core drivers and tailoring your brand and message to fit is what drives marketing success!

After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend five breakout sessions:

 Read more and register online>>


Wage Survey  

Now Available for Purchase

The 2018 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey is now available for purchase. 

The recently completed the 2018 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey has revealed a 3.70 percent overall increase in its group of 35 benchmark jobs, an acceleration of last year’s increase of 2.99 percent.

The increase is an “indicator of positive wage growth and robust market conditions,” notes Deborah Marshall, Senior Manager, HR Consulting, at Wipfli in Eau Claire, who serves as the lead technical advisor for the survey. “Although there are always variations in numbers reported due to different employers participating (or not participating) and individual job fluctuations, the ‘overall’ number is still a fairly reliable statistic. Accordingly, actual average pay increase percentages awarded were up from last year as well.”

In its 19th year, the survey results were compiled from submissions by 151 companies in various industries, in an area encompassing the coverage area of the chambers of commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Also involved were local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau and Winona, MN. The survey is administered by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

More information on the Wage Survey can be found on the Chamber's website.

To purchase a copy of the wage survey, please contact Casey Schumacher (715) 858-0614.


HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals
Employers: Connect with Your Future Workforce. 
Sign up for an Inspire Connections Workshop.

Workforce Sponsors:
Partner - Marshfield Clinic Health System, Prevea Health
Advocate - Xcel Energy  
Supporter - Charter Bank, Ruder Ware L.L.S.C.

 Choose one of the interactive eight workshops offered on August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, or 15. Attending the workshop will allow you to connect with your future workforce - local students -  by getting you signed up for an Inspire Connections company profile. Inspire Connections is an online program that connects local employers to area students to nurture the workforce pipeline and help students achieve their career goals. Additionally, you'll learn tips on creating a profile that is easily found by and attractive to students.

 Register online>>


Programs & Services

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities: 
Age of Opportunity 55+ Job & Volunteer Fair

Tuesday, September 18, Oakwood Mall

The Chamber’s Business & Workforce Development Committee is once again coordinating the Age of Opportunity Job & Volunteer Fair, Tuesday, September 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Oakwood Mall. The event is organized in conjunction with the Chippewa Falls and Menomonie Chambers of Commerce and the Aging & Disability Resource Center.

This is an excellent opportunity for your organization to interact with experienced, dependable and motivated workers interested in part time, full time, seasonal or volunteer opportunities. It takes place during National Employ Older Workers Week.

Sponsorship includes your logo on all advance promotional materials, prominent exposure during the event, and an exhibit table. Sponsorships are $175 for Chamber members ($200 for non-members). Exhibit tables without a sponsorship are $65 for Chamber members ($90 for non-members).

Reserve a sponsor or exhibit position>>

For questions or more information, contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616)


Xcel Energy
Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Federal Update & Election Outlook With The US Chamber

Friday, August 17, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
101 N. Farwell Street
PESI Conference Room
$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 

The U.S. Chamber's John Kirchner will join us to bring a candid, business-focused perspective on federal issues that you won't hear from the national news media.  John serves as the manager of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Midwest Region, where he develops and implements the Chamber's grassroots legislative and political activities.  This is a great opportunity to get an update on key federal issues and the national outlook for the election this fall.  This is a Chamber members-only event. 

Read more and register>>


August 14 Primary Election Day

Including competitive local races

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, August 14, for Democratic and Republican Party primaries to select which candidates will face off in the fall election.

Locally, there are competitive Democratic primaries in the 31st Senate District, and 91st and 92nd Assembly Districts. Statewide, eight candidates are in the running for the Democratic nomination for Governor. On the Republican side, there is a competitive primary for the US Senate race.

Wisconsin’s system features an open primary by secret ballot. To learn more about how it works and what’s at stake, including candidate answers to the Chamber’s Good Government Council questionnaires, click here for our Guide to the Primary.

Or if you have questions, contact Scott Rogers.


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/St Joseph's hospitals & 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
  • Certificate good for two people for a Wendover Flyaway Trip to the Resorts at Wendover, NV including round trip airfare and 3 nights lodging
  • 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.


Small Street Journal

Read the current Small Street Journal for updates and announcements from
Chamber members. Please submit your updates to Becky Seelen.



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

Thursday, August 2
Business at the Airport

Friday, August 10
Ribbon Cutting: City of Eau Claire Fire Station

Monday, August 13
Ribbon Cuttting: Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, August 15
2018 Business Hall of Fame

Thursday, August 16
Workplace Wellness Network

Thursday, August 16
SOHO Social Event

Friday, August 17
Eggs & Issues: Federal Update & Election Outlook With The US Chamber

Wednesday, August 22
Leadership Eau Claire™ Alumni Luncheon

View Full Calendar on Website

Advertise Here New Members

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

Dan the Moving Man


Awards & Recognition

June 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Care Partners Assisted Living

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Featured Job Posting:
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