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May 16, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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2017 Business Hall of Fame Publication:
Ad Opportunities

On June 20, the Chamber will host the 2017 Business Hall of Fame luncheon sponsored by Peoples Bank Midwest. The Business Hall of Fame award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their business and the community. There are two types of awards:
1) for individuals from the previous 50 years to current year
2) a historical award for any period prior to the last 50 years. The following individuals will be inducted:

L.G. Arnold (L.G. Arnold, Inc., general contractors )
Gene Grengs (Grengs Theaters)
Leonard Haas (UW - Eau Claire Chancellor)
John H. Kaiser (John H. Kaiser Lumber Company)

At the Business Hall of Fame luncheon, we will feature each of the honorees in a special commemorative publication. We are offering businesses the opportunity to place an ad in this publication. For ad sizes and rates please click here or contact Amy Muehlbauer (715) 858-0617 with any questions.

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, May 16
Ribbon Cutting: Oakwood Ridge Apartments

Thursday, May 18
SOHO Coffee Talk

Friday, May 19
Eggs & Issues: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Wednesday, May 24
Ribbon Cutting: Winona National Bank

Thursday, May 25

Ribbon Cutting: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Lovejoy Realty, Inc.

Tuesday, May 30
Lunch & Learn: Office Ergonomics, Principles And Trends

Wednesday, May 31
Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Thursday, June 1
Bob McCoy's Retirement Party

Tuesday, June 6
Women's Golf Workshop

Friday, June 9
Breakfast in the Valley

Monday, June 12
Your Chamber Orientation

Monday, June 12
Business After Hours

Tuesday, June 13
SOHO Social Event

Friday, June 16
Ribbon Cutting: SWEAT Powered By Momentum

Friday, June 16
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Eau Claire Energy: MemberSolar

Renewing Members

Month of April 2017

ADRC:Learn More

Awards & Recognition

April 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Lovejoy Realty

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

Business Salutes Eau Claire: Join Us

While golf is sold out, there is still an opportunity to join us for lunch and dinner plus receive a special gift and a ticket to win more than $6,000 in door prizes. Call 715 834-1204 to reserve you place.

Sacred Heart Hospital


Women's Golf Workshop

Tuesday, June 6, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Wild Ridge & 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!

Read more or register >>

Leadership Success Series:
Featuring Jim Loffler, Loffler Companies
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 - 9 a.m.


Mayo Clinic Health System
1400 Bellinger St
Cost to Attend: $25
Sponsored by: Associated Bank, Banbury Place, Mayo Clinic Health System, Royal Construction, Inc. and Ruder Ware L.L.S.C.

The Chamber's Leadership Success Series offers a platform for executives of high profile companies to share their story of success as well as their vision and thoughts facing business today and in the future. This series is a unique opportunity to hear from leaders at the helm of some of the state's most significant industries and companies.

Join us for our next session of our Leadership Success Series featuring Jim Loffler, the founder, president and CEO of Loffler Companies. He started the company in 1986 with one other employee, his wife, Darcy. They began selling Philips dictation machines and typewriters, then expanded to fax, copiers, IP phones, IT managed services and much more. Today, the company employs almost 500 team members and focuses on long-term relationships.

Read more or register>>

Programs & Services

2016 Business Expo

Business Expo Seeks Food Vendors
Tuesday, October 17
Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center

Wish you could exhibit at the Chamber Business Expo for FREE? Want to showcase your signature food item to hundreds of business professionals in the area? Well, we have the opportunity for you!

Back by popular demand, the Chamber will offer up to eight COMPLIMENTARY exhibit spaces for restaurants and caterers provided that they agree to provide a minimum of 700 "taste" samples to be given out free of charge during the VIP Reception.

Food vendors can choose to exhibit for the entire day including the public hours of the Business Expo & Job Fair OR can choose to just come for the VIP Reception. We ask that you wait to serve your 700 "tastes" only during the VIP Reception, but the public hours are still an awesome opportunity to educate the public about your facility, promote events, share your menu, hand out coupons or even recruit new employees.

The Business Expo Committee requests that you choose an item that best showcases your menu. The food should maintain its temperature well and be easy to serve. Suggestions include everything from prime rib sliders to shrimp cocktail. Anything is possible!

More information including a contract is available here. Deadline to submit an application to participate is Wednesday, May 31. The Expo Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 1 to decide the menu. If you would like to provide samples for the Committee to taste, please deliver two dozen samples to the Chamber by 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 1.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Becky Seelen at 715-858-0615.


SOHO Coffee Talk: Tips, Tricks And Pitfalls Of Hiring Your First Employee
Thursday, May 18
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
101 N. Farwell Street

Sponsored by: The Construction Hub and Everclear Hearing Products, LLC

I am so busy and my business is growing fast! Maybe it's time to hire my first employee but I just don't know where to start. Full-time, part-time, contract, intern - there are so many options. Am I ready, willing and able to find the right skill set for my business? Do I have a clear and specific job description and responsibilities written out for a potential job candidate? What if I make a mistake? If these questions sound familiar, please join the SOHO group for a panel discussion on the tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid when hiring your first person or finding outside support to help grow your business and allow you to focus on the things you are best at.

An RSVP to this event is very important, so please click link below to register. No cost to attend.

Register online >>

Miron Construction


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Friday, May 19, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
$20 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by:

With transportation, a critical component of a healthy economy, the future of Chippewa Valley's mobility and access to the transportation system is an ongoing priority. In this edition of Eggs & Issues, we'll get the latest on the state legislature's debate over long-term transportation funding from Craig Thompson of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, an update on efforts to establish passenger rail service from Eau Claire to St. Paul from the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition, and learn more about the successes and challenges related to local air service from Charity Zich of the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

This is a Chamber member only event.

Read more or register>>

Business After Hours

Monday, June 12
5-6:30 p.m.

Haymarket Landing
202 Eau Claire Street

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. and UW-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 this event.

For more information>>

Bob McCoy's Retirement Party

Thursday, June 1 4-6:30 p.m.
The Halls at the Lismore
333 Gibson Street

The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce will host this event in Bob's honor. We invite Eau Claire Chamber members and invited guests to join us for a night of memories, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

More Information and 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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