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May 23, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber Names Interim President

The Chamber has named Scott Biederman, Musky Tank, as Interim President of the Chamber beginning June 5. Bob McCoy, current President & CEO, will retire on June 2. Biederman will serve in this capacity until the new President & CEO begins. He will also resign his position on the Board of Directors, effective June 2.

Please click on the links below for more information.

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

Tuesday, June 20
2017 Business Hall of Fame Luncheon

Wednesday, June 21
Leadership Success Series Featuring Jim Loffler

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Green Planet Rain Barrels

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:
Northwestern Bank

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

Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Wednesday, May 31, 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 2016 Small Business of the Year recipients:

Kristo Orthodontics
C&M Home Builders and Real Estate

These awards were presented at the Chamber's 103rd 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>>

Sacred Heart Hospital


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


Accepting Applications for Class of 2018

'I admit I resisted joining Leadership Eau Claire™ for a few years. Now after being a member of the Class of 2017, I can say I am disappointed I didn't get involved earlier. This program creates connections to the leaders of Eau Claire that without the program would likely not happen. The friendships and connections that are made through LEC are invaluable, and I will forever be an advocate of this program. Through the Group projects, LEC members have the opportunity to make a lasting positive impact on our community." - Paul Swartos, CCFBank, Class of 2017

Application Deadline is Monday, June 1, 2017!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™(LEC) Class of 2018. 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

"Born and raised in Eau Claire I was shocked by how much I didn't know about Eau Claire before my experience with Leadership Eau Claire™. I am so thankful to LEC for opening my eyes to all of the wonderful organizations and businesses that make our city a community." - Melissa Wilson, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Class of 2017

If you have questions, contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615). Application deadline is June 1, 2017.

2017 Business Hall of Fame Luncheon

Tuesday, June 20, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Golf & Country Club
828 Clubview Lane

Cost to attend: $25

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 - a Business Hall of Fame for individuals from the previous 50 years and a Historical Business Hall of Fame for any period prior to the last 50 years.

Please join us as we honor our ninth class of inductees:

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

Register online >>

Miron Construction


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, June 16, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center
3340 Mondovi Road
$20 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by:

Join our area state legislators for an update on this session's key issues and how they impact the Chippewa Valley. Invited lawmakers include Senators Terry Moulton (R-23), Kathleen Vinehout (D-31) and Sheila Harsdorf (R-10); and Representatives Kathleen Bernier (R-68), Bob Kulp (R-69), Warren Petryk (R-93), Treig Pronschinske (R-92), Rob Stafsholt (R-29), Rob Summerfield (R-67) and Dana Wachs (D-91).

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>>


SOHO Social
The Oxbow Hotel & The Lakely
516 Galloway Street
Tuesday, June 13
4:30 - 6 p.m.

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

Have you been to the Lakely yet? If not, you're invited to join the SOHO group for a casual social hour on the Lakely patio. Come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere while conversing with your fellow Small Office Home Office network. Please click the registration link so we can let the Lakely know how many people we can expect. The more the merrier!

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

Register online >>

Chamber Ticket Night
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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