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    December 31, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

Trust Point Leadercast Live Banner Ad

Upcoming Events

Front Page

Thursday, January 2, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Dexafit

Wednesday, January 8, 2020  
Progressive Networking Lunch

Wednesday, January 8, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Angell Mirror Photo Booth

Monday, January 13, 2020
Business After Hours: January 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Leadership Success Series: Featuring Cindy Brown, Chippewa Valley Bean & Doane, Ltd.

Friday, January 17, 2020
Eggs & Issues: State of the County

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Workplace Wellness Network - Financial Health

Thursday, February 6, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Fierce Freedom

Thursday, February 13, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Achieve Wellness at Curt Group

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally



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


New Members

Extreme Thunder USA

Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Featured Job Postings

City of Eau Claire

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley


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



L.E. Phillips CDC

Leadership Success Series: Featuring Cindy Brown, Chippewa Valley Bean

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7:30-9 a.m.
Mayo Clinic Health System Auditorium 
1221 Whipple Street
Cost to Attend: $25

Sponsored By: Banbury Place/Cigan Properties, Marawood Construction and Wipfli

Join us for our next session of our Leadership Success Series featuring Cindy Brown of Chippewa Valley Bean. Cindy is the co-owner and President of Chippewa Valley Bean & Doane Ltd, a family-owned agribusiness that grows, processes and markets kidney beans. Chippewa Valley Bean is known globally as the premier supplier of kidney beans, providing their customers with unparalleled quality, service and food safety.

Click Here for More Information and to Register>>



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness Network – Financial Health

Wednesday, January 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 discussion on Financial Health.

Todays financial world is incredibly complicated!  Employees and employers together face many challenges.  On top of that, financial health is a leading cause of stress in the workplace today.  This discussion, led by University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Finance Professor Mark Alfuth, will explore the issues of financial health and the importance of providing opportunities for employees to discuss these critical issues.  Providing financial health education and resources can lead to more productive, efficient employees.

About our presenter: 

Mark Alfuth is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  For the past 4 years Mark has been a full-time instructor teaching advanced investing techniques, wealth management, and principles of finance.  Prior to being full time, Mark was an adjunct lecturer for 14 years in the department.  Mark “retired” from the business world after 28 years of experience.  Mark spent 15 years with American Express in a variety of financial roles and then 13 years as CFO of American Public Media Group (at the time consisted of Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, Classical South Florida, American Public Media, and other entities).   With this experience in both for-profit and non-profit businesses, Mark has also consulted on a limited basis.  Mark has an MBA from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  
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 REALiving.

More information or to register online >>


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.


Programs & Services



Chamber Job Board 

Until December 31st, 2019, Chamber Members can post UNLIMITED job listings on the NEW Chamber Job Board for free!

To check out the new Job Board, click here.

When you are ready to post your job, click on “Post a Job” at the top of the Job Board page.  From there, you will be asked to log in.  If you need assistance with your Chamber member login information, please contact the Chamber.  For members who have active postings on the Chamber website, your postings have been transferred to the new Job Board.  

Please complete as much information as possible regarding your position, including an application deadline if applicable.  Also, there is an area to include your company logo which will make your posting stand out even more.  

Once you fill in the information about the job and select the post duration, fill in your contact information and receive your free job postings!

Effective January 1st, 2020, and thereafter, each Chamber member business will receive four job postings free of charge per calendar year.  Additional postings will be subject to the following pricing structure: $25 for a 30-day posting, $50 for a 60-day posting or $75 for a 90-day posting.  Please use the code: FOURFREE2020 to receive your four free postings. 

If you are interested in posting a job or have questions regarding the new job board, please contact Chrystal Mills at mills@eauclairechamber.org

2020 Member to Member Advertising 

The Member to Member email is sent to more than 3,400 individuals every Friday morning.  It includes up to ten messages from your fellow Chamber members and is a great way to promote your business, spread the word on an upcoming event or introduce a new member of your work team.

The cost to place an ad is $70. Your ad should be a JPG that is sized to 540x485 pixels, 72 dpi.  You may also include a click-through link for your ad. 

Important Information:

The business or organization that reserves your ad MUST be a Chamber member and be the entity that is responsible for payment. That entity's name or logo must appear somewhere in the ad.

To place an ad in the Member to Member, please register here: or email Chrystal Mills at mills@eauclairechamber.org.


Eggs & Issues: State of the County 

Friday, January 17, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
The Lismore, a DoubleTree by Hilton
333 Gibson Street
Cost to attend: $25 

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 

The Chamber's annual "State of the County" breakfast with remarks by the Eau Claire County Board leadership and Administrator, Kathryn Schauf.  Hear the highlights of the county's work over the past year and its priorities for 2020.

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.


Business After Hours
Monday, January 13
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Golf & 

  Country Club

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.


January's Business After Hours is sponsored by Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, General Communications and Gold's Gym

Admission is $8 at the door for members. Passes may be purchased in advance for $7 each (minimum of four).  Registration is not required for this event.

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Chamber Holiday Hours

The Chamber will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31st for New Year's Eve and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year's Day.  Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, January 2nd. 

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