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September 5, 2017 The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, September 15, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
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>>

Please click on the links below for more information.

Tuesday, September 5
Welcome Reception for Dave Minor

Thursday, September 7
Lunch With WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross

Monday, September 11
Business After Hours

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

Friday, September 15
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

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

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

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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.

Azara Smoke N Vape

Infinity Dance Center

Renewing Members

Month of July 2017

Awards & Recognition

July 2017
Ambassador of the Month

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings Newsletter Archives Job Bank

Featured Job Posting:
Prevea Health

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

Welcome Reception for Dave Minor

Tuesday, September 5, 4 - 7 p.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
101 N. Farwell Street

Open only to Chamber members. No cost to attend.

Please join us for a welcome reception honoring Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO David Minor.

Some of you may have already met Dave Minor at Chamber events or personal meetings. But, many of you may not have had that opportunity. Please stop by the Chamber office at any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to meet Dave.

The Chamber will be providing appetizers and beverages at the event. There will not be any program at the event - just time to network!

Click here for a flyer>>

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.

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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.

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Programs & Services

2016 Business Expo

Get Your Booth Now!
Tuesday, October 17
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Public Hours
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.: VIP Reception
Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road

The Business Expo and Job Fair is only a month and a half away. 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).

Sponsorship Available
Conference Bag Sponsor: $525 + 1,000 - 2,000 bags

  • Company bag distributed to all attendees at front entrance of the Business Expo & Job Fair. Suggested quantity: 1,000-2,000
  • Free 1/4 page ad in the Business Expo & Job Fair tabloid distributed via Leader-Telegram and at the door of the Expo
  • Recognition in the Chamber's The Update

WMC Webinar: The Future Of The Manufacturing Workforce And How Wisconsin Can Win

Wednesday, September 13, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Chamber Members Only: No cost to attend

About the WMC Webinar: Right Management has partnered with the Digital Manufacturing & Design and Innovation Institute on workforce strategy, presenting a uniquely tailored perspective on the implications of digital transformation on critical roles and skills of Wisconsin's future workforce, including leadership and culture change. You'll learn: What's on the roadmap to being successful in adopting Digital Manufacturing and Design technologies? How can small and mid-size companies win? Where are the skills and capabilities to lead and deliver on the promise of digital technology? No charge to attend. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you wish.

Register online>>

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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.

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Lunch with WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross

Thursday, September 7, Noon - 1 p.m.
Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: $20 Chamber members; $40 non-Chamber members (includes lunch)

Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Dave Ross joins us to talk about the scope of the department, reforms, the budget and the role of transportation in fostering economic development projects in Wisconsin. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A. WisDOT is one of the largest state agencies, with about 3,500 employees and an annual budget of more than $3.5 billion.

Ross was appointed WisDOT Secretary in January after previously serving for six years as Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services. He is also a former Mayor of Superior.

This is a Chamber members only event. Lunch is provided in the registration fee.

Read more or register>>

Business After Hours

Monday, September 11
5-6:30 p.m.

Westgate Sportsman's Club
4909 Sportsman Drive

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 Wisconsin Independent Network, M3 Insurance, Royal Construction and Westgate Sportsman's Club.

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>>


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 >>

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.

Online Tool Available for Wisconsin Companies Interested in Being Part of the Foxconn Supply Chain

Wisconsin companies looking for potential business opportunities with Foxconn can use a new online tool, to connect with the electronics manufacturer. According to Governor Scott Walker, who announced the tool at CVTC in Eau Claire, the company plans to purchase more than $5 billion from Wisconsin companies during its construction phase and an additional $1.4 billion in the state annually once the campus is operational.

The online tool is free of charge, and all Wisconsin businesses are eligible to create a profile at on the website.

The deal to bring Foxconn to Wisconsin is currently awaiting legislative approval. Eau Claire is one of 43 of the state's chambers of commerce who have signed a letter encouraging the Joint Finance Committee to move forward with the legislation. Click here for more information, including the text of the letter and list of chambers who signed.

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