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    December 10, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

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Upcoming Events

Front Page

Friday, December 13, 2019 
Community Connections - Member Orientation

Monday, December 16, 2019 
Ribbon Cutting: Northwoods Elementary School

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 
CEO Roundtable Orientation

Thursday, December 19, 2019 
Ribbon Cutting: Hope Gospel Mission - Renewal Center for Women and Children

Friday, December 20, 2019 
Eggs & Issues: Holiday Legislative Breakfast

Thursday, January 2, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Dexafit

Wednesday, January 8 2020  
Progressive Networking Lunch



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


Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings


Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Check out the Chamber's NEW Job Board!

CLICK HERE for more info


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


Eggs & Issues: Holiday Legislative Breakfast 

Friday, December 20, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Davies Center - Dakota Ballroom
77 Roosevelt Avenue
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 

Join us for the annual Holiday Legislative Breakfast, hosted by UWEC Chancellor James Schmidt and Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Terry McHugh. Invited are the members of the State Senate and Assembly who represent west central Wisconsin in Madison. This is an excellent opportunity to get a recap of the session so far in 2019, and hear the key priorities that our local lawmakers will be taking to Madison in for 2020.  

Legislators invited to participate include Senators Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), Patty Schachtner (D-River Falls) and Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire), and Representatives Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire), Jesse James (R-Altoona), Bob Kulp (R-Stratford), Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), Treig Pronschinske (R-Mondovi), Romaine Quinn (R-Cameron), Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) and Rob Summerfield (R-Bloomer).

Click Here to Register>>>




26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Best Western Premier Park Hotel & Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison

Bringing the Chippewa Valley's Voice to Madison. This annual event is organized by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance, representing the Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and Eau Claire Chambers of Commerce. It's is a unique opportunity to bring the collective voice of Chippewa Valley business and community leaders like you to Madison all at one time. With workforce issues at the top of the agenda, we'll be there to emphasize the impact on our region of initiatives being undertaken or considered by state government, including education, infrastructure and more. 

How It Works: You'll be part of a team of several dozen area business and community leaders traveling to Madison for small group meetings at legislative offices, a luncheon, informal discussions with lawmakers and staff at the closing reception, and networking with others from the area who are interested in state government policy. 

Optional round trip same-day bus transportation is available from Eau Claire (choose that option when you register).

Discounted hotel rates are available to those traveling on their own and staying overnight.  Call the Park Hotel at 608-285-8000 and ask for the Chippewa Valley Rally Room Block. 

Cancellation policy: If you find later you can't attend, cancel at least 7 days before to receive a full refund. 

Sponsorships will be available for local businesses and organizations who want to show support to help make this annual event possible.  For information, contact Scott Rogers at the Eau Claire Chamber: rogers@eauclairechamber.org

To register, click here




Giving Tuesday

Thank You to Our Contributors!

Thank you to those who contributed to our Eau Claire Chamber Educational Foundation Giving Tuesday campaign last week! Our donation total was just over $3,500 – see the full list of donors here. We cannot thank our members and supporters enough in our first year joining the global Giving Tuesday movement.



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

Cyber Security and Technology Conference 
Seminar Presenters Needed!

Thursday, March 5, 2020 
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Independent Network (WIN)

The Chamber will be holding its first Cyber Security and Technology Conference. We are seeking proposals from individuals who would be willing to volunteer to present a one-hour session on an aspect of cyber security or business technology. Do you have experience that you would be willing to share? We are looking for topics on a variety of subjects.

Benefits of Speaking
While this is a volunteer opportunity, speakers receive recognition in marketing material and at the conference. All speakers are invited to attend the entire conference as our guest, and best of all, you are able to promote yourself and your business to hundreds of Chamber members. If interested in presenting, please complete this form and return to Phil Swiler by January 31, 2020.


The Perspective: A Local Resource To Area Businesses

The Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Task Force is comprised of approximately 30 representatives with a passion for sharing information and learning best practices about diversity, inclusion and minority business development to improve our workforce.

The Perspective aims to provide Chamber members with access to information, individuals and ideas that will help them build more economically and socially inclusive organizations.

In mid-2019 the D&I Taskforce worked diligently to survey the almost 1,200 members of the Eau Claire Area Chamber as a means to gather information on knowledge and interest in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion.  To read the survey results, click here.

To receive The Perspective and be added to the Chamber's Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce communication list, please click here.


Programs & Services


Progressive Networking Lunch - Only 8 Spots Left!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce - PESI Conference Room
Cost to Attend: Chamber Members - $22, Non-Members - $35

Sponsored by: L.E. Phillips Career Development Center 

Attention all networkers!  The Progressive Networking Lunch is back!  This event will offer a chance for you to connect with 23 other business professionals over lunch.  The format is fun: you will start by having your salad with seven other individuals, then after 20 minutes, you will have your entree with seven different individuals, then after 20 minutes you will move to a new table to have dessert with seven new individuals.  This is a chance to have lunch AND network with 23 other business professionals in an hour!  

This will fill up fast so get your spot at the table NOW!  Limited to the first 24 networkers - we will not be adding tables.  Be sure to bring plenty of business cards!  

Click here to register for this fun and exciting event!


Community Connections - Member Orientation
Friday, December 13, 2019
7:30 a.m.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce - PESI Conference Room
No cost to attend

As a new or current Chamber member, this orientation will provide an overview of your chamber as well as provide insight for a more consistent value with membership.  It will be a chance to learn more about your chamber and a chance to share ideas with other business professionals.  

Community Connections will be the forum for valuable Chamber program and sponsorship content in a round table open environment and will provide an opportunity to discuss the many Chamber benefits and why your membership dues matter.  

Click here to register>>



Eau Claire Transit Survey

Eau Claire Transit is updating its 5-year Transit Development Plan and is looking for community and business input on the use and future of the system. Whether or not you currently use the transit system, you’re encouraged to complete their community survey:

Click here to take the transit survey



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