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September 26, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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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 >>

Please click on the links below for more information.

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

Tuesday, October 17
Business Expo & Job Fair

Friday, October 20
Eggs & Issues: State Business Update With WMC President Kurt Bauer

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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.

VIBE Nutrition

Renewing Members

Month of August 2017

Awards & Recognition

August 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Fit Lab Nutrition

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

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>>

HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals


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>>

Programs & Services

Wage Survey

2017 Chippewa Valley &
Coulee Region Wage Survey
Now Available

The 2017 Chippewa Valley & Coulee Region Wage Survey is now available for purchase.

To purchase a copy of the wage survey, please contact Casey Schumacher (715) 858-0614.

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Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, September 29, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
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

Eggs & Issues:
State Business Update With WMC President Kurt Bauer

Friday, October 20, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
$20 per person for Chamber members

Sponsored by:

Kurt Bauer, President of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, provides an update of key issues of importance to the state's business community, including a look at his organization's policy priorities in Madison, and the current political outlook for the fall legislative session. WMC is the state's chamber of commerce and its largest business trade association, representing more than 3,500 employers of every size and from every sector of the economy.

This is a Chamber members-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, Local Lounge and United Bank.

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>>

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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