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May 1, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Wild Ridge
3905 Kane Road
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Market & Johnson

Please join us at a breakfast to honor our 2018 Small Business of the Year recipients:

Rainmaster Lawn Systems
Boxx Sanitation

These awards were presented at the Chamber's 104th Annual Meeting. The awards are based on the following criteria: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales and/or unit volume, financial success, entrepreneurship, product or service innovation, offered response to adversity, community involvement, and innovative efforts shown in area of local or national interest.

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Nominate a Business for the 2019 Small Business of the Year

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, May 1
Ribbon Cutting: Chippewa Valley Tours

Wednesday, May 2
Excellence in Education Banquet

Thursday, May 3
Ribbon Cutting: Down to Earth

Thursday, May 10
Working Mothers Luncheon

Thursday, May 10
Operation Thank You

Monday, May 14
Business After Hours

Thursday, May 17
SOHO Coffee Talk - Your Business Model NOT Business Plan

Thursday, May 17
Ribbon Cutting: Dreamhouse Interiors

Friday, May 18
Eggs & Issues: TIFs And Other Fun Facts About Municipal Finance

Tuesday, May 22
Lunch & Learn: Attitudes Are Contagious. Is Yours Worth Catching?

Wednesday, May 30
2018 Small Business of the Year Breakfast

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Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Wolter Power Systems: Industrial Demo Day

Renewing Members

Month of March 2018

Awards & Recognition

March 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra

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

Wage Survey

2018 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey

New regions added for 2018! Central Wisconsin will now be represented in this survey, so the survey name was changed from the Chippewa Valley & Coulee Region Wage Survey to the Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey.

The survey is distributed the week of March 12, due back by
May 18 and is published in mid-July. We are proud to be covering employers from nine chambers of commerce including Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Also involved are the local chapters of Society of Human Resource Management in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau and Winona. We need area employers to contribute their data in order to keep the wage survey viable and relevant; data is kept confidential. We have made it easy to participate, so please review the instructions and complete the forms. All documents for survey participation is on the Eau Claire Chamber's website .

There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in mid-July, and chamber or CVSHRM membership qualifies businesses for discounted pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact Casey Schumacher (715-858-0614).

Join us for Lunch and Dinner

There is room yet if you want to join the golfers for lunch, dinner, door prizes, and networking at Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic.

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Door Prize Donation
If you would like to donate a door prize, minimum value of $75, please let us know by completing this online form.

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


Lunch & Learn: Attitudes Are Contagious. Is Yours Worth Catching?

Presented by: Renee Liming, Bauman Associates, Ltd.
Tuesday, May 22, 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.

Each of us makes thousands of decisions every day, one of the most important decisions we make is our ATTITUDE. Happiness is a choice that comes from within us. We have the power to choose to be happy. This presentation will create an awareness of the decisions that we make and the importance of having an Attitude of Gratitude. It will delve into the understanding that we are in charge of our Attitude and how different people have different perspectives. Life is less about what happens to us and more about how we respond to what happens to us. It will cover 10 habits that happy people practice. Lunch & Learn presenter Renee Liming also will share some of her AHA moments that she has had in her career in customer service.

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Women's Golf Workshop

Monday, June 4, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Run Golf Course
3905 Kane Road
Cost to Attend: $35

Sponsored by: HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals

Do you feel like you are missing out on key business opportunities because you don't golf and feel too intimidated to participate in one of the many community golf events held each year? More and more women are recognizing the value of golf as a networking tool. Join us for our annual Women's Golf Workshop for a fun, interactive afternoon that will provide you with everything you need to know to empower you to get out of the office and do business on the golf course instead!


1 p.m. - Welcome and Introductions

1:15 p.m. - Golf Etiquette

PGA Golf Professional Jim Buyze of Wild Ridge Golf Course will give a few pointers on the basics, such as what to wear, how to behave, what clubs to use and what other golfers will expect from you.

1:30 p.m. - Rules of Golf
Heidi Olson of Automated Financial Solutions will lead participants in an interactive activity to explain the Rules of Golf. Olson is a former women's regional affairs manager for the United States Golf Association and former head rules official for the Division 1 NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

2:30 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - Golf Instruction

Wild Ridge & Mill Run golf professionals will provide pointers as you practice driving, chipping and putting. The group will be divided based on experience. When registering for this workshop, please indicate your experience level on a one to 10 scale based with one as no experience with golf and 10 being you golf regularly but would like to improve skills and learn more about the game.

Instruction will end at approximately 4:30 p.m. You are not required to bring your own clubs or balls. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Don't miss this dynamic opportunity. Cost to attend is $35 for Chamber members and includes the workshop, instruction and time on the driving range. The cost for non-members is $65. Enrollment is limited, so register early!

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Programs & Services

Working Mothers Lunch

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>>


SOHO Coffee Talk - Your Business Model NOT Business Plan

Thursday, May 17, 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

'Always remember, your focus determines your reality." – George Lucas

When was the last time you focused in on your business model? Maybe you've had to re-focus and change gears due to unforeseen circumstances. Are you staying relevant to your mission, to yourself, or to your customer/client? Have you implemented new marketing strategies? Is your business making money? These are just some of the questions we will be discussing in this round-table meeting. Be prepared to participate and learn from your peers.

Register online >>

Xcel Energy: Solar Connect Community


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: TIFs And Other Fun Facts About Municipal Finance

Friday, May 18, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
101 N. Farwell Street
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

City of Eau Claire Finance Director Jay Winzenz joins us to explain how Tax Increment Financing really works, how the city puts together its operating budget each year, how levy limits and other state laws impact local property taxes, and what to expect from the city wide revaluation taking place this year. This is a Chamber members only event.

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Business After Hours

Monday, May 14
5-6:30 p.m.

Pablo Center at the Confluence
Graham Avenue

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 Market & Johnson, Inc., Northwestern Bank, Royal Credit Union and the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Foundation.

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 Business After Hours BUT if you want to TAKE A TOUR of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, please REGISTER BELOW.


The City of Eau Claire has graciously allowed free parking from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. in the parking ramp located at The Lismore.

Register for tours>>

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

Find Out More About Academic and Career Planning(ACP)

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is intended to equip students and their families with the tools necessary to make more informed choices about postsecondary education and training as it leads to careers. It is part of an overall effort in Wisconsin for every student to graduate high school, college, and career ready.

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