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May 30, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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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 >>

Please click on the links below for more information.

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

Wednesday, June 7
Groundbreaking: Beehive Homes

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

Tuesday, June 27
Eau Claire Express Chamber Ticket Night

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

New Members

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

Beehive Homes

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Renewing Members

Month of April 2017

Awards & Recognition

April 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Culimeta-Saveguard, LLC

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


Congratulations to LEC Class of 2017

Congratulations to the following individuals who have graduated from the Leadership Eau Claire™ program.

Click here for the list of 2017 graduates and other information on the program.


Congratulations to YLEC Class of 2017

On May 24th, 36 area high school juniors graduated from the Chamber's Youth Leadership Eau Claire (YLEC) program. In its 14th 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 Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Children's Museum of Eau Claire, Eau Claire Humane Association, Feed My People Food Bank and YMCA of Eau Claire.

Click here for the list of 2017 graduates and other information on the program.

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 >>

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 Thursday, 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.

Business at the Airport Exhibits: Only One Left

Thursday, August 3, 5-6:30 p.m.
Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
3800 Starr Avenue

This annual event, which takes the place of our August Business After Hours, will be held on August 3 at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. With an average attendance of 240 business people, it is a great way to showcase your business or organization for only $120.

Read more or register for the last exhibit space>>

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>>


AM Exchange
The French Press
2823 London Road
Friday, July 7
7:45 - 9 a.m.

Sponsored by: The French Press

The first AM Exchange was a hit! We hope you can join us for the second one at The French Press.

Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for registration and some great coffee and food from The French Press. At 8 a.m., Kris and Pat from the French Press will take the floor to tell you more about where they started and where they are going.

Then it's time for some speed networking. Don't be frightened, it's much easier than speed dating!

Registration is required since there will be a maximum attendance (40 attendees for this event). The first five people who register (and attend) will receive a pass to attend Business After Hours. When you register online, it will indicate the other individuals that have registered.

Join us for this fun exchange of information! Hear more about The French Press and meet other business professionals.

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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