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March 20, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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2016 Business Expo

Tuesday, October 16
11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Public Hours
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - VIP Reception
Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center 3456 Craig Road

The Chamber's Business Expo & Job Fair is the largest business-to-business networking event in the Chippewa Valley. Your organization NEEDS to be part of this show. Reserve your booth now for the best price and the best choice of location. Hurry, we have great early-bird rates available until May 1.

Here are just a few reasons why you should exhibit at the Business Expo & Job Fair:

  • Great opportunity to demonstrate and introduce new products.
  • Enhance your company image.
  • Get customer feedback.
  • Recruit new employees, interns or apprentices.
  • Introduce your company, products and services to new customers and clients.
  • Remind existing customers how valuable your company is to their success.
  • Your competition is going to be here. You better be too.

More information is available HERE or contact Amy Muehlbauer or Becky Seelen (715-834-1204).

Early-bird deadline is May 1! Register your preferred booth before it's gone!

Please click on the links below for more information.

Thursday, March 22
Ribbon Cutting: Woods & Water Realty

Monday, March 26
Your Chamber Orientation

Tuesday, March 27
Lunch & Learn: Marketing Wellness Programs Within Your Organization

Tuesday, April 3
2018 Human Resources Conference

Wednesday, April 4
Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Community Breakfast

Thursday, April 5
Congressional Luncheon With Representatives Ron Kind And Steny Hoyer

Friday, April 6
AM Exchange

Monday, April 9
Business After Hours

Tuesday, April 17
104th Annual Meeting

Friday, April 20
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's Annual "State Of Altoona"

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.

Renewing Members

Month of February 2018

Awards & Recognition

February 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Fish Window Cleaning

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

Chamber/UW-Eau Claire Business Community Breakfast

Wednesday, April 4, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
W.R. Davies Student Center
No cost to attend

Sponsored by: EO Johnson Business Technologies, HSHS Sacred Heart/St. Joseph's hospitals, Market & Johnson, and Royal Credit Union

This year's breakfast focuses on diversity and inclusion and their impact in the workplace. A panel of individuals from business and nonprofit organizations in the Chippewa Valley and beyond will share how a commitment to diversity has benefited their organizations and our community. They will share strategies relevant to small or large organizations on how to actively recruit and retain diverse employees. Bring your questions and join the Chamber to explore how to enhance your "return on diversity."

Panel presentation moderated by Dr. Tamara Johnson, Assistant Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UW-Eau Claire. Panel members include Wes Escondo, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern WI; Dr. Jim Schmidt, Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire; Pol Sorquist, Program Owner - HR Enablement, JAMF, and Pat Watkins, Executive Director, HR, KPMG LLP.

Hosts: David Minor, President & CEO, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Jim Schmidt, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor; Dr. Timothy Vaughan, Interim College of Business Dean; Kimera Way, President, UW-Eau Claire Foundation and Executive Director, University Advancement

There is no cost to attend the breakfast but we do request that you register in advance by Friday, March 30.

Register online>>


Lunch & Learn: Marketing Wellness Programs Within Your Organization

Presented by: AJ Sherman, Achieve Wellness
Tuesday, March 27, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $10 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 learn expert tips and tricks on how to marketing your wellness programs within your organization. Seminar presenter AJ Sherman will share his five "must haves" to support wellness. You'll learn specific strategies to consider and how a culture of wellness can attract new employees.

Read more and register >>

Programs & Services

Chippewa Valley Air Show Chamber Chalet Tickets

The Eau Claire Chamber will be hosting a chalet at the 2018 Chippewa Valley Air Show on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. There are 50 tickets available for each day at a cost of $95 each. For that price, you will receive seating, food and beverages. Please reserve your tickets online.

Saturday, June 16

Sunday, June 17

Xcel Energy: Solar Connect Community


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's Annual "State Of Altoona"

Friday, April 20, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

Our annual update on what's happening in the City of Altoona, presented by the Mayor Brendan Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat. Get the latest on the completion of public facilities in River Prairie, the challenges of Altoona's continuing growth, and the key priorities of the city for 2018.

Read more or register>>

Congressional Luncheon With Representatives Ron Kind And Steny Hoyer

Thursday, April 5, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely
516 Galloway Street
Cost: $25 Chamber Members Only

Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind (D-3) and US House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer will join us for a special business luncheon to discuss federal issues of concern to the business community. Kind has represented our area in Washington since 1997, and Hoyer, representing Maryland's 5th District since 1981, is the second-ranking Democrat in Congress.

Read more or register>>

Spring General Election April 3: Important Local Races to be Decided

Make sure you have a voice in deciding who is making the decisions at city hall, the county courthouse, your local school district, and other important offices.

This year's non-partisan Spring Election includes a statewide ballot for Supreme Court, and local races in area communities for city council, county board and school board positions. Click here to see what specific candidates are on your ballot.

Election Day polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Click here to find your polling place. Voter ID is required.

The Chamber does not endorse candidates, but we co-sponsor selected Candidate Forums and our Good Government Council provides candidate questionnaires to help members make informed choices. To access these resources, click here.

Business After Hours

Monday, April 9
5-6:30 p.m.

Metropolis Resort & Conference Center
4909 Sportsman Dr

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 Castle Insurance, Metropolis Resort & Conference Center, SERVPRO of Eau Claire and WESTconsin Credit Union.

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.


Other Information

Local Employers Sought for Eau Claire School District Youth Apprenticeships

Need some extra help in your business, and want to jump start a future career for a high school student at the same time?

The Eau Claire School District is looking for employers who are interested in employing high school students in several career fields as part of an expanded Youth Apprenticeship initiative. The program combines work experience with academics, in an experience where a student can learn skills, explore a career, and make connections between the school courses and job readiness. There are a variety of industries for students to participate in: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Art, A/V Technology & Communications; Finance; Health Science; Hospitality & Touris; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM); and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.

If you are interested learning more about in providing a Youth Apprenticeship through the Eau Claire School District, please email Drew Seveland at: Aseveland1@ecasd.us

Take on a local Teacher Externship this summer

Want to help infuse practical knowledge of local business into the knowledge base and curriculum plans of a local teacher?

Then consider bringing on a teacher externship for your business this summer, a 3-day to 5-day paid summer externship that will lead to teachers developing lesson plans for their classes embedded with their new career knowledge.

For more information on how the programs works and how it can create valuable partnerships with local teachers, contact Glen Schraufnagel, CESA 10, at 715-720-2131 or gschraufnagel@cesa10.k12.wi.us Or for information about contacts with other districts or college-age internships, contact Scott Rogers at the Chamber.

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