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May 15, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Accepting Applications for Class of 2019

"LEC was an amazing opportunity to connect with the Eau Claire community in ways I never could have imagined. I always felt I was active and engaged with the happenings in Eau Claire. However, I found so much more that I hadn't been exposed to. The program really expands your view of our area and gives you the tools to make a greater impact." - Ben Michael, JAMF, LEC Class of 2018

Application Deadline is Monday, June 1, 2018!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™(LEC) Class of 2019. The goal of the program is to enhance participants' community knowledge and leadership qualities through skill building exercises, activities and educational days. During the nine-month program, participants discuss the issues facing the community, develop the leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to involvement opportunities in the community. More information is available here and you can download an application here

"I really truly cannot express enough how profound the experience of making connections, learning about professions beyond my scope of expertise, and making new-found friends has had a positive impact on my personal [AND] professional life." - Nicole Schultz, UW-Eau Claire, Class of 2018

An informational meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 for anyone seeking more information about the program. Register here or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204.

If you have questions, contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615). Application deadline is June 1, 2018.


Please click on the links below for more information.

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

Wednesday, May 23
Groundbreaking: Chippewa Valley Cremation Services & Celebration Of Life Center

Thursday, May 24
Ribbon Cutting: Raggedy Man

Tuesday, May 29
Your Chamber Orientation

Tuesday, May 29
Lunch & Learn: Attitudes Are Contagious. Is Yours Worth Catching?

Wednesday, May 30
2018 Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Thursday, May 31
Ribbon Cutting: BeeHive Homes

Wednesday, June 6
Ribbon Cutting: REALTORS® Association Of Northwestern Wisconsin

Friday, June 8
Breakfast in the Valley

Monday, June 11
Business After Hours

Wednesday, June 13: DATE CHANGE
Ribbon Cutting: Physicians Weight Loss Centers

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Simple Office Solutions

Renewing Members

Month of April 2018

TrustPoint: Lease Space

Awards & Recognition

April 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Rassbach Communications

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

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.

Register Here>>

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 29, Noon - 1 p.m. NOTE CORRECTED DATE
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.

Read more and register >>

Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Thursday, September 20
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Florian Gardens Conference Center

Presenters Needed! Proposal Deadline is Monday, July 2

The Chamber is seeking proposal from individuals willing to volunteer to present a one-hour session for our Annual Marketing & Social Media 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
  • Apps for Social Media and Marketing
  • Branding
  • Content Marketing
  • Do's and Don'ts of Facebook Company Postings
  • Event Planning Tips
  • 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
  • Social Video Marketing
  • Small Business 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 2.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Annual Marketing & Social Media 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 2.

Programs & Services

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.

Read more or register>>

Nominate a Business for the 2019 Small Business of the Year


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


Weekly “Business Advocate” e-Newsletter Now Available

Want to keep up with governmental issues and actions that impact your business? The Chamber's Governmental Affairs staff now offers a weekly e-newsletter to Chamber members with updates related to local, state and national public policies.

The newsletter is part of the Chamber's enhanced Business Advocacy Initiative, sponsored by Miron Construction, Xcel Energy, Banbury Place, Cigan Properties and Eau Claire Energy Cooperative.

To subscribe, simply [[AFFILIATIONUPDATELINK]] to update your Chamber communication preferences. Select the "Advocacy" box and click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.

Or for more information, contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616).

Business After Hours

Monday, June 11
5-6:30 p.m.

Princeton Valley
2300 W Princeton Ave

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 Princeton Valley, The Fairfield Inn & Suites and Morries Chippewa Valley Mazda.

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.

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.


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