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    April 23, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

Upcoming Events
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's Annual State of Altoona

Friday, April 26, 2019
Leadership Eau Claire Informational Meeting - Class of 2020

Monday, April 29, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Anu Family Services

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
2019 Excellence in Education Banquet

Monday, May 13, 2019
Business After Hours: May 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: General Communications

Monday, May 20, 2019
2019 Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: River Valley Architects

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
2019 Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
May Workplace Wellness Network - Taking Care of You

Thursday, May 30, 2019
LEC Closing Retreat

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Hope Gospel Mission

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Awards & Recognition

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Eau What a Night it Was!

A record crowd of 873 guests attended Eau What a Night, the Chamber's 105th Annual Meeting on April 17th.  Held for the first time at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, the event was a night of celebrating the Chamber's past year's accomplishments, honoring outstanding Chamber and community members and networking amongst attendees.  Guests were also treated to a live performance by "The Voice" contestant and Barron, WI native, Chris Kroeze.  Congratulations to the following award winners:  

  • Community Development Award - Marshfield Clinic Health System - Eau Claire, accepted by Scott Polenz
  • Small Business of the Year (1-25 employee category) - The Coffee Grounds, accepted by owners Eric & Julie Nelson and their daughter and son-in-law, Megan Kremer and Will Martin
  • Small Business of the Year - (26-150 employee category) - Precision Quality Systems, accepted by Stephanie & Chad Butero and Larry & Debbie Butero
  • Public Employee of the Year - Office Jason Ruppert and K-9 Officer Duke
  • Outstanding Young Professional - Liz Lemke, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Ambassador of the Year - Mary Glassbrenner of Group Health Cooperative and Marianne Klinkhammer of Gator Garb Promotions
  • Woman of Achievement - Natasha Plank-Ottum of Plank Enterprises
  • Volunteer of the Year - Monica Obrycki of Eau Claire Energy Cooperative

Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers and attendees for making this truly a night to remember! 

Mark your calendars for next year's event which will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.




2019 Small Business of the Year Breakfast

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Wild Ridge  
3647 Kane Road
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Market & Johnson

Please join us at a breakfast to honor our 2019 Small Business of the Year recipients:

The Coffee Grounds (1-25 employee category) - Owned and operated by Eric & Julie Nelson, their daughter Megan Kremer and son-in-law, Will Martin

Precision Quality Systems (26-150 employee category) - Owned and operated by Stephanie and Chad Butero 

These awards were presented at the Chamber's 105th Annual Meeting/Eau What a Night. The awards are based on the following criteria: growth and sustainability of the company, entrepreneurship, innovativeness of products or services, response to adversity, community involvement and stewardship, commitment to good business practices, workplace culture and employee relations.  

Click Here to Register>>>




Excellence in Education - Sponsors Needed 

Wednesday, May 1
The Florian Gardens Conference Center

Each year, the Chamber hosts the Excellence in Education Banquet where we honor 60 area high school seniors and their honored educators from 10 high schools. This year's event will be held on May 1, 2019 at the Florian Gardens Conference Center.

Sponsors Needed
Help! We are still in need of a few more sponsors to make this event possible. We would like each student to sit with their own sponsors, but we are in need of more sponsors to make this happen. Would you be willing to help us?

Sponsorships help pay for the honorees' meals and gifts. All sponsors will have the opportunity to attend the event and sponsor a student. If you know one of the honorees and would like to sponsor a specific student and educator, we will be happy to honor your request. A list of this year's honorees is available here.

If you would be interested in sponsoring this event, please click here. The sponsorship deadline has been extended to this Friday, April 26.  Completed forms can be emailed to Danielle Kummer.

Thank you so much for your consideration!



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  
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Leadership Eau Claire
Accepting Application for Class of 2020

Application Deadline is Monday June 3, 2019!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™ (LEC) Class of 2020. 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 on the Chamber’s website and you can download an application here.

“I really truly cannot express enough how profound the experience of making connections, learning about professions beyond my scope of expertise, and making new-found friends has had a positive impact on my personal [AND] professional life. " – Nicole Schultz, UW-Eau Claire, Class of 2018

An informational meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019 for anyone seeking more information about the program. Register here or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204.

If you have questions, contact Casey Schumacher at 715-858-0614. Application deadline is June 3, 2019.

May Workplace Wellness
Network Presentation

Wednesday, May 29th
8:00 – 9:30 am 
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

101 N Farwell St, Ste 101
Cost to Attend: Free!

Join the Chamber's Health & Wellness program for a session on "Taking Care of You" - a session focused on stress management.

Taking Care of You (TCY) is a research-based program that offers practical strategies and experiences to help people deal with the stress in their lives. Managing life’s challenges in healthy ways allows participants to take better care of themselves and their overall health. 

Participants will consider ways to:

  • Become more aware of the mind-body connection and how to use this awareness for better health
  • Develop habits that can lead to a healthier person: body, mind, and spirit
  • Respond versus react to the stress in life
  • Discover opportunities in life’s challenges
  • Find ways to bring more joy into life
  • Simplify life
  • Live more in the moment

About our presenter: 
Jeanne Walsh works for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Division of Extension, as the Human Development & Relationship Educator for Chippewa County. Jeanne has been with Chippewa County for the past 4 years, and her primary program areas include both financial stability and health and wellbeing. She is a Master Trainer in Taking Care of You: Body, Mind, Spirit, a research-based stress management program for adults. Jeanne will be sharing some practical strategies and experiences from the Taking Care of You program, and participants will come away with a unique stress management approach designed to help them deal with the stress in their lives.

Thank you to our program sponsors for making this seminar possible: 
Achieve Wellness, HSHS Sacred Heart St. Joesph’s, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Optimum Therapies, Prevea Health and UnitedHealthcare.

More information or to register online >>


Programs & Services

Women's Golf Workshop

Monday, June 6, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Mill Run Golf Course
3905 Kane Road
Cost to Attend: $35 for Chamber members, $65 for non-members

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center for Eau Claire County 

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!

Click here to register >>


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: State of Altoona

Friday, April 26, 2019
7:00-8:30 a.m.
River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place  
Cost to attend: $20

A Chamber Business Advocacy event.  Investors: Partner Level - Xcel Energy; Advocate Level - Miron Construction; Supporter Level - Banbury Place/Cigan Properties, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's hospitals

Our annual update on what's happening in the City of Altoona, presented by Mayor Brendan Pratt and City Administrator Mike Golat. 

To register, click here or call the Chamber at (715) 834-1204.

Survey: Autonomous Vehicles and Public Transportation

The City of Eau Claire is working with researchers from UW-Madison to understand how well its public transportation system serves the community, the role that emerging technologies like automated driving could play, and how to better plan for the future. Whether you ride public transit or not, you can help by filling out a short survey about your experiences and your views of advanced vehicle technologies.

Click here to take the survey



Business After Hours
Monday, May 13
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Manny's Cocina

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.

May's Business After Hours is sponsored by Weld Riley, S.C., Ayres Associates, Commonweal Development and Wipfli

A note to attendees:  Oakwood Mall has given permission for guests to park in the lot by the former Sears store.  

Admission is $6 at the door for members. Passes may be purchased in advance for $5 each (minimum of four).  Registration is not required for this event.

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Small Street Journal

Read the current Small Street Journal for updates and announcements from Chamber members. Please submit your updates to Chrystal Mills.



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