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May 29, 2018 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Congratulations to YLEC Class of 2018

Last week, 36 area high school juniors graduated from the Chamber's Youth Leadership Eau Claire (YLEC) program. In its 15th year, the program gives students a chance to enhance their knowledge and development leadership skills. During the nine-month program, the students learn about the community and future career opportunities. In order to graduate from the program, students must complete community service projects. This year, the class divided into four groups to complete the projects for the Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity, Clear Vision Eau Claire Food Security Team, Prairie Ridge Early Learning School Fight Against Hunger Project and Triniteam.

Click here for the list of 2018 graduates and other information on the program.

YLEC Sponsors
Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this program possible. For a complete list of sponsors, please click here.

We are currently seeking sponsors to contribute $500 to sponsor a student in next year's class. If you would be willing to support this leadership development program by sponsoring a student, please contact Becky Seelen (715-858-0615.)

Please click on the links below for more information.

Wednesday, May 30
2018 Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Thursday, May 31
Ribbon Cutting: BeeHive Homes

Monday, June 4
Chamber Reception: New Eau Claire City Council Members

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
Ribbon Cutting: Physicians Weight Loss Centers

Thursday, June 14
Groundbreaking: Azura Memory Care

Thursday, June 14
Chippewa Valley Air Show Reception

Friday, June 15
Eggs & Issues: State Of The Wisconsin Economy

Thursday, June 21
SOHO June Social Event

Thursday, June 28
Business Luncheon With Governor Walker

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Advertise Here

New Members

Please welcome new members that have joined the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce in the past week.

Chippewa Valley Realty Group, LLC

Fox 99.1

Schleis Floor Covering

Renewing Members

Month of April 2018

Awards & Recognition

April 2018
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services & Celebration of Life Center

Raggedy Man

Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Prevea Health

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

Chamber Reception: New Eau Claire City Council Members

Monday, June 4, 4-5:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room

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

An informal meet and greet with the four new members of the Eau Claire City Council elected in April: Emily Berge, District 1; Emily Anderson, District 2; Jeremy Gragert, District 3; and Jill Christopherson, District 4. This is a valuable opportunity to get acquainted with these new office holders, talk about local issues of interest to your business, and learn more about what led them to seek public office. This event is presented by the Chamber's Business Advocacy Initiative. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is appreciated.

Register online>>


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


Accepting Applications for Class of 2019
Deadline: This Friday!

"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.


Xcel Energy: Solar Connect Community


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: State Of The Wisconsin Economy

Friday, June 15, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Green Mill Conference Center
2703 Craig Road
$20 per person for Chamber members

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

John Koskinen, Chief Economist for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, joins us to cover the key numbers on indicators like unemployment rates, GDP, standard of living, entrepreneurship, domestic migration, housing, health care and more. This is a Chamber members only event.

Read more or register>>

Business Luncheon With Governor Walker

Thursday, June 28, Noon - 1 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avenue
Cost: $25 per person for Chamber members

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

The Chamber has invited Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker - now in his eighth year in office and a candidate for reelection - to share his successes, challenges, current priorities and vision for the future. In this event for Chamber members, the Governor will focus his remarks on the impact of state policies and leadership on doing business in Wisconsin. (The Chamber will also invite the Democratic Candidate for Governor to address the Chamber membership later this year).

Register online>>

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>>

Chippewa Valley Air Show Reception

Thursday, June 14, 4 - 7 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Regional Airport Grounds

Join us as we kick-off the weekend's Chippewa Valley Air show. This event will take place on the Airport grounds in the Chalet tents. Members of the Blue Angels crew have been invited to attend. Drawing for a ride on B-29 is at 5:30 and the B-29 goes up at 6:30!

There is no need to register to attend.

Chippewa Valley Air Show Chamber Chalet Tickets

The Eau Claire Chamber will be hosting a chalet at the 2018 Chippewa Valley Air Show on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. There are 50 tickets available for each day at a cost of $95 each. For that price, you will receive seating, food and beverages. Please reserve your tickets online.

Saturday, June 16

Sunday, June 17

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

Be Bold III: Accelerate Wisconsin Briefing

Monday, June 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
CVTC Energy Education Center

As a significant stakeholder in the region's economic and workforce development, you are invited to attend and participate in this briefing session on the BE BOLD III findings and recommendations. The program will cover 2 reports on health care and food manufacturing; UW Madison findings; WEDC research findings, Deloitte research findings; and 40+ specific recommendations focused on the health care and food manufacturing sectors.

BE BOLD III: Accelerate Wisconsin focuses on growing jobs and wealth more rapidly by creating smarter, stronger links between high-performance behavior and high positive-impact collaborative strategies and governmental practices. Jim Wood, Chairman of Wood Communications and Competitive Wisconsin, Inc.'s Strategic Counsel, will also provide a preview of a new BE BOLD initiative dedicated to tackling Wisconsin's structural challenges to workforce recruitment and retention.

Hosted by: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Competitive Wisconsin, Inc., Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, Midwest Food Products Association, Momentum West, Realtors Association of Northwestern Wisconsin, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stout.

Registration: No charge to attend, but please RSVP by May 30 to kdollhopf@wcgpr.com

Please include your name and email to ensure you receive a confirmation and parking information for the event.

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