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September 12, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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2018 Business After Hours Sponsorship

Is your business or organization interested in sponsoring a Business After Hours in 2018? If so, please submit your name to be the lead sponsor.

There can be up to four (4) sponsors per event. The sponsors must be Chamber members that are in good standing (dues invoices must be no more than 60 days past due).

Sponsors determine the location and food and are responsible for the associated costs.

Sponsorship Details

  • The location of the event must be able to accommodate 180 people which is the average attendance at this event.
  • Please note that if the location indicated does not have a liquor license, special licensing is required from the city. The sponsors must then partner with a qualified non-profit organization to apply for the license. Application should be made at least three months in advance. The Chamber will only allow two of the eleven Business After Hours to be held at a location without a liquor license.
  • The sponsoring businesses will provide a minimum of four door prizes valued with a value of at least $50.
  • The Eau Claire Chamber will promote the event on its website, The Update e-newsletter and an individual email.
  • Chamber staff and Ambassadors will handle registration, which includes collecting of admission fee, name tags and the program at the event.

To Sponsor 
Please complete the online application form by September 29, 2017. The Chamber Ambassadors will conduct a drawing in October. Businesses will be contacted by Thursday, October 19, 2017 to confirm sponsorship.

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, September 12
Ribbon Cutting: Massage Envy

Wednesday, September 13
WMC Webinar: The Future Of The Manufacturing Workforce And How Wisconsin Can Win

Wednesday, September 13
Ribbon Cutting: Tactical Escape

Thursday, September 14
YPCV Summer Camp Extravaganza

Monday, September 18
Groundbreaking: CCFBank

Tuesday, September 19
18th Annual Age Of Opportunity Job & Volunteer Fair

Wednesday, September 20
9th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Thursday, September 21
SOHO Coffee Talk: Success Is No Accident - Strategic Planning For Small Business

Thursday, September 21
Ribbon Cutting: Property Shoppe Realty, LLC

Friday, September 22
Ribbon Cutting: 22 Chevaux

Tuesday, September 26
Lunch & Learn: Data Breach Awareness - Data Privacy And Security For Businesses

Tuesday, September 26
Ribbon Cutting: Shear Serenity

Friday, September 29: NEW DATE
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Tuesday, October 3
Affordable Care Act Update - What Employers Need To Know Now

Thursday, October 5
Policy Leadership Institute - Making A Difference In Public Policy

Friday, October 6
AM Exchange

Monday, October 9
Business After Hours

Thursday, October 12
Leadership Success Series Featuring Mike Soley, Sr., Miller Bradford & Risberg

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Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

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New Members

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

Bug Eyed Bettys

Copper Key Home Solutions

Human Endeavors

Renewing Members

Month of August 2017

Awards & Recognition

August 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:

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

Eggs & Issues

Policy Leadership Institute - Making a Difference in Public Policy

Thursday, October 5, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, October 19, 6-9 p.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
$30 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by: Miron Constuction and Royal Credit Union

In today's political climate, it's becoming increasingly important to ensure public policy decisions are made with the full benefit of the insights, experience and common sense judgement that can be provided by members of the business community. The purpose of this institute is to offer Chamber members the education, guidance and collaborative skill development to be effective in influencing those local, state and national policy decisions that impact our local economy.

This two-session program provides non-partisan, unbiased training to equip business leaders for greater involvement in the political process. It's designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills to be more effective at influencing legislative decisions, serving on appointed boards or commissions, or running for public office.  Experienced speakers and instructors will provide practical, real-world insights to help you become more confident in your approach to involvement in public policy.

This program is open to employees of Chamber member organizations and is limited to 30 people.

Read more or register>>

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


9th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

Wednesday, September 20, 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
2340 Lorch Avene
Cost to Attend: $79 for member, $109 for non-members

Sponsored by: Leader Marketing Solutions, Satellite Six and Spectrum Reach

Get ready for a dynamic conference packed with a sensational keynote, intriguing breakout sessions on a variety of marketing strategies and an informative panel discussion during our Ninth Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference. Bigger than ever, this conference will provide an intensive review of marketing and social media tools, tips and strategies that businesses can use to reach out to customers and grow their bottom line.

New this year, we designed a special track for non-profit organizations or those with no or very little marketing budget. In addition, we are offering three additional sessions and extending our conference an additional hour!

The Conference will kick off with the engaging keynote session "Tell Me What You Want: Success in Marketing Through Audience Profiles" from Ben Stroinski, founder of Satellite Six. The session will explain how building a complete and living profile of all your audience will guide everything you do in marketing, messaging and brand experience. Looking at a case study of how this process guided decision making through developing campaigns, website, taglines and other materials. If you listen to your audience, they will tell you exactly the things they struggle with and what will get them to pay attention and engage with your marketing.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Responding to Complaints and Negative Reviews on Social Media by Jen Ekblad of WESTconsin Credit Union
  • Design, Content Marketing & SEO. Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together by Graham Barnes and Meghan Bauer of JB Systems
  • Skinny Marketing: Low Cost and No Cost Advertising Ideas for Maximum ROI by Jacqueline Van Hemert of Children's Museum of Eau Claire
  • 8 Simple But Powerful AdWord Tips by Brianna Willer of Satellite Six
  • Get IN the Game with Inbound Marketing by Mary Steffl and Gary Volbert of Loffler Companies
  • How to Photoshop - Without Photoshop by Kelsie Beckfield of Nestle Nutrition
  • Want to Stand Out and Sell More? Say Yes to Social Media Video! by Sarah Stokes, Chris Herzog and Taylor Pelissero of Stokes+HERZOG Advertising, Public Relations and Video Studio
  • Branding and Rebranding - Finding Your Voice by Tara Graff of Royal Credit Union
  • No Cost/Low Cost Tools and Metrics to Fuel Your Digital Marketing Efforts by Linda Pophal of Strategic
  • Measuring Digital Campaigns: With Transparency Comes Great Responsibility! by Nichole Cerillo and Megan McGown of Spectrum Reach
  • Photoshop: Helping to Define the Projects, Purpose, Audience and Intention by Amy Hahn of Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Do's and Don'ts of Company and Civic Organization Facebook Postings by Briana Farb of Quality Care Staffing Group
  • Make Your Content Wow and Sell Them! by Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence
  • Lovin' Your Brand by Brooke Brokaw, Kayla Mullen and Kristina Schoh of Courtesy Corporation - McDonald's
  • Marketing for Non-Profits by Dr. Tammy Tillotson of Dr. Tammy Tillotson Consulting

The conference concludes with a networking lunch featuring table topic discussions on a variety of social media and marketing topics.

Read more or register>>

Download conference flyer>>

Affordable Care Act Update: What Employers Need To Know Now

Tuesday, October 3, 9 a.m. - Noon
Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center
3340 Mondovi Road
Cost to Attend: $10

Sponsored by: Affiance Insurance Group, Employers Benefit Group, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals, ReforMedicine, and Spectrum Insurance Group

From your Chamber Health and Wellness Committee: The information needed to make health care decisions for 2018 based upon the current status of implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including your mandated responsibilities as an employer, reporting requirements, notifications you're required to provide to employees, and how to determine your classification as an employer. We'll also touch on key decisions and options as you look to 2018, including strategies for controlling health care costs, insurance alternatives, working with your insurance agent, and the new Health Reimbursement Arrangements available to small employers. This program is for organizations of all sizes.

Read more and register>>

Programs & Services

Age of Opportunity Job & Volunteer Fair

Tuesday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Oakwood Mall, Younkers Wing

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center, Gold Cross Courier, Grace Lutheran Communities, Oakleaf Surgical Hospital, Royal Credit Union, and TTM Technologies

Anyone 55 or older and interested in employment or volunteer opportunities is encouraged to attend the 18th Age of Opportunity Job & Volunteer Fair. More than 30 employers and volunteer organizations are exhibiting, plus there will be free resume and job search assistance available.

The Age of Opportunity is presented by the Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie chambers of commerce, in cooperation with the Aging & Disability Resource Center.

Click here for more information or contact Scott Rogers (715-858-0616).


SOHO Coffee Talk:
Success Is No Accident - Strategic Planning For Small Business
Thursday, September 21
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Dove Healthcare - South
3656 Mall Drive

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

Join other SOHO small business owners for a guided discussion on strategic planning led by Kelly Berry of ResourceAbility. Learn more about the importance of strategic planning and work through your own SWOT analysis as she guides you through the steps. Share your perspectives on strategic planning with other business owners if you like, or just work on your own to come up with some action items that can help move your business forward in the coming year!

The Coffee Talks are meant to be interactive, so please bring your questions, comments or concerns to the discussion.

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

Register online >>

Market Your Business Here


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, September 29, 7 - 8:30 a.m. NEW DATE
Clarion Hotel
2703 Craig 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 Summerfield (R-67), and Dana Wachs (D-91).

This is a Chamber member only event.

Read more or register>>

Business After Hours

Monday, October 9
5-6:30 p.m.

Local Lounge
2106 N Clairemont 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 Loffler Companies and Local Lounge.

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

AM Exchange
Sam's Club
4001 Gateway Drive
Friday, October 6
7:45 - 9 a.m.

Sponsored by: Sam's Club

Please arrive at 7:45 a.m. for registration and some beverages and food from Sam's Food. At 8 a.m., staff from Sam's Club will take the floor to tell you more about the store.

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 Sam's Club and meet other business professionals.

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.


Other Information

SBA Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Roundtable

Thursday, September 21, 10 a.m. - 12:00 noon Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room

This is a unique opportunity to share your concerns about federal regulatory challenges your business is facing directly with the SBA's Acting National Ombudsman and representatives from SBA and other federal agencies.

At the Roundtable, you will be able to learn how the SBA's Office of the National Ombudsman and other federal partners can help your small business. Save time and money resolving complex regulatory compliance and enforcement issues. Provide real-time input on regulatory fairness issues impacting your small business, and discuss ways the federal government can help small businesses to grow and thrive. Learn more about resources and assistance available through the SBA, the Office of the National Ombudsman, and other federal agencies. Meet local SBA representatives and SBA resource partners.

Please pre-register online>>

To learn more about the National Ombudsman, please visit www.sba.gov/ombudsman or call 888-REG-FAIR.

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