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    April 30, 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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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

Friday, May 17, 2019
Eggs & Issues: Washington Update with the US Chamber

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

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

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Working Mothers' Luncheon

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

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Women's Golf Workshop

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Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

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Job Bank

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A note from Dave Minor: New Chamber Staff

I'm very excited to announce the Chamber’s two new employees.

Kaylynn Stahlbusch will be filling the role of our Workforce & Program Director. As the new Workforce & Program Director, she will be taking what Scott Rogers and the Workforce Committee have been developing for the past 18 months and putting those goals into action as well as continuing to develop new goals and action items that will help you our members solve your workforce problems.

Kaylynn comes to us from the Eau Claire County Aging & Disability Resource Center. She is also a member of the Young Professionals and a member of Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club.

Phil Swiler will be taking on the role of Membership Development, formerly Amy Muehlbauer’s role. Amy is leaving the Chamber to follow her passion and dream in real-estate. Phil comes to us with over 10 years with a strong sales and networking background.

Both Kaylynn & Phil bring vast experience and a proven track record of success in their areas, which will be invaluable moving forward with the Chambers goals and objectives in our new three year strategic plan. I am confident that both will be an excellent match for their position and a strong asset to the Chamber.

Please join me in extending a heartfelt welcome to both Kaylynn & Phil as they begin their journey here at the Chamber.

- Dave Minor, President & CEO, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce 



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>>>




Working Mothers' Lunchon

Thursday, May 23, 2019
11:30 a.m. - Registration and check-in
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch, Keynote Speaker and Panel 
Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center 
5872 33rd Avenue
Cost to attend: $25

Sponsored by: Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, Dove Healthcare, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's hospitals, Northwestern Bank and Weld Riley

This is a unique opportunity for working moms to gather to address the challenges they face in today’s business environment. Soon-to-be mothers and those who are planning for motherhood someday in the near future also are encouraged to attend. Although this event will be geared to working mothers, all are welcome to attend. 

During lunch, keynote speaker, Julia Johnson of Pablo Management will tell her story and share her thoughts on how to maintain a healthy work/life balance.  After lunch, we will have a panel discussion featuring a variety of Chippewa Valley working moms who will share some helpful tips and useful information on topics including organizing, cooking and technology safety. 

Panel members will include Bridget Coit, Public Information Officer for the Eau Claire Police Department, Laurel Robertson, Professional Recruitment Manager for Manpower and personal chef and caterer and Nancy Rothwell, owner of Straighten-Up Organizing.  

Gather a group of friends or come alone to connect and share with other working moms.  Registration deadline is Monday, May 20.

Click Here to Register



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

Application Deadline is Friday June 7, 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

If you have questions, contact Casey Schumacher at 715-858-0614. Again, the application deadline is Friday June 7, 2019.

May Workplace Wellness
Network Presentation

Wednesday, May 29th
8:00 – 9:30 am 
Metropolis Resort & Conference Center: Skybox Room

5051 Fairview Dr
Eau Claire, WI
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

Thursday, 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 >>


2019 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey - Our 20th Year! – Deadline approaching - submissions due back by May 31 and is published in mid-July.  We are proud to be covering employers from nine chambers of commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids.  Also included are the local chapters of Society of Human Resource Management in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau & Winona, MN. 

We need area employers to contribute their data in order to keep the wage survey viable and relevant; data is kept confidential. We have made it easy to participate, so please review the instructions and complete the forms. All documents for survey participation can be found on the Eau Claire Area Chamber’s website.

There is a minimal cost to receive the report when it is available in mid-July, and Chamber or CVSHRM membership qualifies businesses for discounted pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Kummer at (715) 858-0618.

Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Washington Update With The US Chamber

Friday, May 17, 2019
7:00-8:30 a.m.
Holiday Inn: Eau Claire South I-94
4751 Owen Ayres Court  
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

Attend this edition of Eggs & Issues to get a valuable update on what's happening in Washington, DC, that impacts our local economy. We'll dive into the outlook for trade policies - the impact of tarriffs and the outlook for international negotiations - as well as what's happening with the hot button issue of immigration. We'll also get a perspective on expectations for action on infrastructure, the reauthorization coming up for surface transportation, and get insight on how federal tax reform actually turned out. The U.S. Chamber's John Kirchner will join us to bring a candid, business-focused perspective on these issues that you won't hear from political parties or the national news media.  John serves as the manager of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Midwest Region, where he develops and implements the Chamber's grassroots legislative and political activities.

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


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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