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September 19, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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2016 Business Expo

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Business Expo & Job Fair:
Tuesday, October 17
Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road

The Business Expo & Job Fair is only a month away. Mark your calendars for the largest combined Business Expo & Job Fair in the area. This is a fantastic networking opportunity, and you'll definitely want to be there.

Public Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

VIP Reception: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Watch your mail for your exclusive invitation to this reception. You'll invitation also will include three tickets for entrance during the public hours. Be sure to share these with your staff members, customers and clients!

Booths Available
Have you reserved your booth yet? To see if your contract was returned and to review a list of all exhibitors, click here.

There are a limited number of booths still available. But, don't delay - take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your business to hundreds of area professionals and the general public. All exhibitors are listed in the Business Expo tabloid distributed at the event and inserted in the Leader-Telegram. Plus, it is a great opportunity to recruit for new employees.

More information is available here or contact Amy Muehlbauer (715-834-1204).

Please click on the links below for more information.

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
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

Thursday, October 12
Business Expo & Job Fair

View Full Calendar on Website

Month-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Simple Office Solutions

Renewing Members

Month of August 2017

Awards & Recognition

August 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Westgate Sportsman Club

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

Leadership Success Series featuring Mike Soley, Sr., Miller Bradford & Risberg
Thursday, October 12, 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 Mike Soley, Sr. of Miller Bradford & Risberg. Born and raised in Eau Claire, he began his career with Uniroyal in 1965 upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 1966, Mike launched his career in the construction equipment industry with Miller Bradford & Risberg, and in 1969 purchased the business with two partners. Mike obtained sole ownership of the company in 1989.

Both Mike and his wife Nancy had goals and aspirations that this would be a family business and would train and mentor their two sons, Mike and Dan, in all aspects of the business. Passionate about construction equipment and the customer needs, he added offices in Michigan, Illinois and five offices in Wisconsin.

In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his six grandkids and their activities. Mike also enjoys fishing, reading books, travelling and Badger football and basketball.

Cost to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. Breakfast will be served in the atrium outside the auditorium. The presentation will be held in the auditorium from 8-9 a.m. with a short time allotted for questions and answers. Please park on the first or second level of the hospital parking ramp. Follow signs to the hospital entrance. Once in the building, take the main elevator in the Luther Building to the lower level.

Read more or register>>

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


Lunch & Learn: Data Breach Awareness - Data Privacy And Security For Businesses

Presented by: Laura Fay, Bureau of Consumer Protection within the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection College
Tuesday, September 26, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $20 Chamber members; $40 non-Chamber members (includes lunch)

Sponsored by:

Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals
PESI, Inc.
Weld Riley, S.C.

There were 1,093 reported data breaches in 2016 - approximately 36 million records exposed. Understanding the common causes of data breaches and identifying data security risks within your business is the first line of defense in protecting your company and valued customers.

This month's Lunch & Learn session will feature the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection's presentation on data security and data breach awareness. We will look at recent data breaches, common causes and why small to medium size businesses are targeted. We will discuss ways to identify risks within your company and how to minimize them. We will review best practices for setting data privacy and security policies for your business. You will also be given helpful resources to take with you, including a guide for small businesses.

Read more and register >>

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


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:

(Note new date: Changes in the legislative schedule in Madison made it necessary to revise the date of the September breakfast to Friday, September 29.) With the long-anticipated wrap-up of the delayed state budget, join our area members of the WIsconsin State Senate and Assembly as they discuss its outcome, key issues that remain on the legislative table, and their impact on the Chippewa Valley.

This is a Chamber members-only event.

Read more or register>>

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>>

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.


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