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June 27, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Group Project Ideas Needed

The Chamber is requesting service projects for both our adult and Youth 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 and YLEC classes into teams of 6-9 people to work on community service projects.

For the youth program, the projects that work the best are projects the teenagers can feel passionate about, work together as a team and accomplish something positive for the community. In the past, groups have painted murals, created programming events for children, cleaned up parks, etc.

For the adult 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.


YLEC - July 14
Proposals for the YOUTH program are due by Friday, July 14. More information and a proposal form are available here

LEC - August 4
Proposals for the ADULT program are due by Monday, August 1. 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).


Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, June 27
Groundbreaking: Woods & Water Realty

Tuesday, June 27
Lunch & Learn: Driving Population Health For Our Workforce And Their Families Through Employee Primary Care Clinics

Tuesday, June 27
Eau Claire Express Chamber Ticket Night

Friday, July 7
AM Exchange

Friday, July 7
Ribbon Cutting: Modicum Brewing Co.

Monday, July 10
Business After Hours

Thursday, July 13
Ribbon Cutting: Momentum Sport Fitness

Thursday, July 13
Ribbon Cutting: Prairie Place Apartments

Wednesday, July 19
Business Community Downtown Wellness Walk

Friday, July 21
Eggs & Issues: The State Of Local K-12 Education

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

New Members

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

Kain Insurance Services

Local Partners LLC

Massage Envy

Modicum Brewing Co.

Simple Office Solutions

Renewing Members

Month of May 2017

Awards & Recognition

May 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Shear Serenity Salon

Member to Member SOHO New Member Referral Program Board of Directors Staff
Sacred Heart Hospital


Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Wednesday, September 20
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
Presenters Needed! - Proposal Deadline is July 7

The Chamber is seeking proposals from individuals willing to volunteer to present a one-hour session for our Annual Social Media & Marketing Conference. Do you have experience that you would be willing to share? We are looking for topics on a variety of subjects. Some topics we are especially interested in include:

  • Advanced SEO and Analytics
  • Adwords
  • Branding
  • Content Marketing
  • Do's and Don'ts of Facebook Company Postings
  • Editorial Calendars - What they are and how to use them
  • Event Planning Tips
  • Free Apps for Your Phone
  • Getting the Buy-in from the CEO
  • How to Effectively Use an Intern
  • How to Handle Complaints on Social Media
  • Integrating Social Media with other Marketing Efforts
  • Marketing for Non-Profits
  • Media Relations
  • Mobile Websites
  • New Technology and Gadgets to Help Your Business
  • No-Cost Social Media and Marketing Ideas
  • Photoshop or Video Editing
  • Putting Marketing Strategies into Tactical Plans
  • Social Media & Marketing Trends
  • Video Marketing
  • Benefits of Speaking
    While this is a volunteer opportunity, speakers receive recognition in marketing material and at the conference. All speakers are invited to attend the entire conference as our guest. And best yet, you are able to promote you and your business to hundreds of Chamber members.

    If interested in presenting, please complete this form and return to Becky Seelen or fax to 715-834-1956 by July 7.

    Sponsorship Opportunities for Annual Social Media & Marketing Conference
    Thanks to Satellite Six for committing to sponsor this Conference. We do have room for a few more sponsors. Sponsors at the $300 level will receive:

  • Two complimentary tickets to the event.
  • Recognition on all marketing materials.
  • Recognition at the event.
  • A free eight-foot display table at the conference.
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees.
  • Opportunity to include brochure or flyer in handout binder.
  • If you would be interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615) by July 7.

    Lunch & Learn: Everything You Need to Know About Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, Confidentiality and Trade Secret Agreements

    Presented by: Sara Ackermann, Ruder Ware, L.L. S.C.
    Tuesday, July 25, 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.

    At this month's Lunch & Learn session, all your questions about non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and trade secret agreements will be answered, including but not limited to the following:

    • Do we really need any of these provisions? Are they enforceable in Wisconsin? What about other states? Should they be in handbooks or separate agreements? How are these provisions enforced in the court of law? How do we make sure the territory and other restrictions are reasonable?
    • Can we bind current employees? If so, do we have to give them something, or is continued employment sufficient?
    • What is the difference between a "no-hire" provision and a "no-solicitation" provision and why should I care?

    Read more and register >>

    Programs & Services

    Business Community Downtown Wellness Walk
    Wednesday, July 19

    Sponsored by: the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, Associated Bank, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph hospitals, Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center, and Mayo Clinic Health System. Water provided by the Eau Claire YMCA.

    Join us on Wednesday, July 19, for our annual Business Community Downtown Wellness Walk. Enjoy a scenic route with colleagues and other Chamber members while you take in some of the downtown sights like Sculpture Tour Eau Claire, Phoenix Park and the trail along the Chippewa River. Check in anytime 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chamber Office

    There's no charge to participate and you can walk at your own pace. Walkers will have the choice of routes of varying lengths. (Maps available soon) Come on your own, or get a group together!

    If you're part of a Chamber-member organization and register in advance (by the day before, Tuesday, July 18), you'll be eligible for door prizes and help us anticipate the number of participants. When you check in, you'll also receive a Commemorative Wellness Walk Button. Wear it and you'll be eligible for special offers that day at participating downtown Chamber members.

    Rain date is one week later, July 26. If the weather looks questionable, we'll make a decision by 9:30 a.m. and notify advance registrants by e-mail and on Facebook.

    Join us on July 19 for some light physical activity and to see what's been happening in downtown Eau Claire!

    If you have questions, contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616)

    Read more and register >>

    UW-Eau Claire New Student Welcome Packets

    Participate in our UW-Eau Claire Welcome Packets! About 2,600 freshmen and transfer students will enter UW-Eau Claire this fall and move into the dorms. Let these students know that you are here - be part of the UWEC Welcome Packets!

    The Chamber will present welcome packets to all new freshmen and transfer students living in UW-Eau Claire dorms. For just $135, you have the opportunity to insert 2,600 brochures, coupons or other promotional items in the gift bag. Or better yet, volunteer to help stuff bags for two hours and get a reduced fee of just $85! Reservation deadline is July 18th and handouts must be delivered by Friday, July 28th. We will pack the inserts on Wednesday, August 2. Becky Seelen (715-858-0615).

    Read more and sign-up >>

    Market Your Business Here


    Eggs & Issues

    Eggs & Issues: The State Of Local K-12 Education

    Friday, July 21, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
    Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
    PESI Conference Room
    $20 per person for Chamber members

    Sponsored by:

    As the new school year approaches, get a snapshot of the current state of K-12 education here in the Chippewa Valley. Leaders from the Eau Claire Area School Distrct, School District of Altoona and Regis Catholic Schools will each provide an update of their current challenges and priorities, including how they're addressing the future workforce needs of the area.

    This is a Chamber member only event.

    Read more or register>>

    Save the Date:
    24th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Madison Location: State Capitol & Best Western Premier Park Inn

    Bringing the Chippewa Valley's voice to Madison.
    Mark your calendar now, then plan to join fellow business and community leaders next winter for our annual visit to the State Capitol. The purpose of the Chippewa Valley Rally is to educate legislators and other state officials on the economic, education, infrastructure and other issues critical to our region.

    This annual event is organized by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance, made up of the Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and Eau Claire Chambers of Commerce. You'll be part of a team of several dozen area business and community leaders traveling to Madison for small group meetings at legislative offices, a luncheon address by the Governor (invited), informal discussions with lawmakers and staff at the closing reception, and networking with others from the area who are interested in government policy.

    Sponsorship and registration information will be available soon. For more information, contact Scott Rogers

    Business After Hours

    Monday, July 10
    5-6:30 p.m.

    Manny's Cocina
    4207 Oakwood Hills Pkwy

    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 Ayres Associates, Commonweal Development Corporation, Weld Riley, S.C., and Wipfli.

    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>>

    AM Exchange

    AM Exchange
    The French Press
    2823 London Road
    Friday, July 7
    7:45 - 9 a.m.

    Sponsored by: The French Press

    The first AM Exchange was a hit! We hope you can join us for the second one at The French Press.

    Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for registration and some great coffee and food from The French Press. At 8 a.m., Kris and Pat from the French Press will take the floor to tell you more about where they started and where they are going.

    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 French Press 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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