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March 27, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Working Mothers Luncheon

Thursday, May 10, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona

Join us for our sixth annual Working Mothers Luncheon! This is a unique opportunity for working moms to gather to address the challenges they face in today's business environment. Soon-to-be mothers and those who are planning for motherhood someday in the near future also are encouraged to attend. Fathers and other caregivers are welcome.

During lunch, attendees will have the chance to network and gain practical ideas and advice from other working mothers to help balance work/life experiences in an informal, brainstorming atmosphere. After lunch, we will have a panel discussion featuring a variety of Chippewa Valley working moms each with a unique perspective and facing different challenges. They will discuss what it's like to continue their career after having children. They'll give insight on how to balance having a successful career and a fulfilling personal life.

Read about panelists and register online>>

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, April 3
Ribbon Cutting: AT&T Entertainment

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"

Tuesday, April 24
Lunch & Learn: Securing Your Business Against Today's Hackers

Wednesday, April 25
Workplace Wellness Network

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Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

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Renewing Members

Month of February 2018

Awards & Recognition

February 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Woods & Water Realty

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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.


Lunch & Learn: Securing Your Business Against Today's Hackers

Presented by: Peter Kujawa , EO Johnson - Locknet Managed IT Service
Tuesday, April 24, 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.

Hacking and IT security has become such a regular news item that many business people are becoming numb to it, instead concluding that there is little they can do to protect their businesses, a concept known in the IT security industry as "breach fatigue." However, while the large company and state-sponsored breaches are the focus of the news, small and midsize businesses are still the most targeted by hackers because they are the easiest prey. To protect your business, you must first understand the nature of the threat, then how to combat it.

In this presentation, you will learn who is doing the hacking, how it works, recent issues and trends facing small businesses in our area and reasonable steps to take to provide a high level of deterrence to hackers coming after your business. This presentation is designed for business leaders who do not have an IT background and promises to be entertaining and provide practical advice that can be put into action quickly.

Read more and register >>

2018 Human Resources Conference: LAST DAY TO REGISTER

Tuesday, April 3
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost: $89 per person

Sponsored by: Achieve Wellness, Chippewa Valley Technical College, M3 Insurance, REALiving, UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, and Weld Riley, S.C.

The Chamber and the Chippewa Valley Society of Human Resource Management (CVSHRM) will present its sixth annual Human Resource Conference specifically geared for human resource professionals, small business owners and managers. The conference will provide a variety of sessions to keep the HR professional or business owner in the know about key issues affecting the workforce. SHRM and HRCI credit approval are pending.

Welcome and Opening Keynote: 8 - 9 a.m.
The conference will begin with a keynote presentation from decision from Jim Chiolino, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Equal Rights Division (ERD) deputy administrator and deputy, Labor Standards Bureau on ERD issues and trends, including proposed rule changes and legal decision This "what's up" in Wisconsin labor and employment law opening session is a "can't miss" opportunity!

Breakout Sessions
After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend four of the breakout sessions For more detailed information on each of the breakout sessions, download the brochure.

We will take a break from sessions for a networking lunch featuring a variety of HR hot topics.

Register online >>

Programs & Services


YLEC Applications:
Due April 6

Accepting Applications
The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Youth Leadership Eau Claire class. Do you know current sophomores from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North or Regis high school who wants to develop leadership skills and become more involved in the community? Encourage them to apply! Application deadline is April 8. More information can be found on the Chamber's website.

The Eau Claire Chamber Education Foundation is seeking sponsors to support its Youth Leadership Eau Claire program. Each year, about 70 students apply for the class with enrollment of only 36. The program is made possible with $500 sponsorships for each student. Please consider becoming a sponsor and helping us develop our future community leaders. If your business would be interested in providing a $500 sponsorship for a student to participate in the program, please contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615). Thanks for the consideration.

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>>

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>>

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

Get on Board: The Future of Passenger Rail Service for Western Wisconsin

Thursday, April 26, 7:30 a.m. - Noon
The Metro, 201 E Lake Street

Learn how national transportation trends and emerging innovations impact the vision for bringing a passenger rail service to west central Wisconsin.

Join local business leaders, public officials, and community members to hear from Midwest rail and transportation experts, including Craig Thompson, Executive Director, Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin; Rick Harnish, President, Midwest High Speed Rail Association; Jim Coston, Chairman, Corridor Capital, a private passenger rail development firm; and Bill Draves, author and futurist. The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition will also provide an update on the next steps for establishing passenger train service between the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, and eventually to Milwaukee and Chicago.

Click here for more details and registration

Presented by the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition. Organized by a conference planning committee consisting of a team from the current Leadership Eau Claire class.

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