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    February 12, 2019   The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

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Upcoming Events
Front Page  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Northstar Middle School

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Chippewa Valley Rally

Thursday, February 21, 2019
SOHO Social Event

Friday, February 22, 2019
Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's State of the City

Thursday, February 28, 2019
2019 Sales Conference

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Business Day in Madison

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Eau Claire City Council President Forum/Meet & Greet

Monday, March 11, 2019
Business After Hours

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Eau Claire School Board Candidates Forum/Meet & Greet


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Please welcome the new members that have joined the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce in the past week.

King Embroidery & Apparel

Clearwater Entertainment

Pro-Form Solutions LLC

Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Newsletter Archives

Job Bank

Featured Job Posting
GrandStay Residential Suites Hotel

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



Sales Conference  

Are your 2019 sales falling behind with all the snowy Wisconsin weather?  Join us for the 5th annual Sales Conference and put a new plan into action!

2019 Sales Conference

Thursday, February 28
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Florian Gardens
2340 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire, WI
Cost to Attend: $79 for Chamber members, $109 for non-members

It’s back and bigger than ever! The Chamber will present its fifth annual Sales Conference to help sales professionals learn new tips, discuss different strategies and refresh ideas to help boost sales performance. From seasoned sales professionals to those just starting their careers, this conference will empower YOU with better tools to make this the best sales year ever!

Conference includes the opening keynote session, four different breakout sessions and a Progressive Power Lunch! Kathy Wright of WEAU 13 News will kick off the conference with a keynote address on building relationships in today’s no-talk world. After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend four of the following breakout sessions:

  • Relationship Building/Getting in the Door by Katey Fortun of Five Star Telecom, Inc.
  • Develop a Top Sales Force - by Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence LLC
  • Sales for the Non-Sales Person - by Wally Wheeler of Image 360/Insty-Prints
  • Knowing Your Value by Phillip Swiler, Clearwater Entertainment
  • Speak Your Prospect’s Language with MBTI Personality Profiling – by Ann Werner of National Presto Industries, Inc.
  • A Modern Approach to Prospecting – by Sarah Gordee of Hookd Promotions
  • Organization=Sales – Connie Kees of Consult an Organizer
  • A Salesperson’s Guide to Relationships That Matter ­– by Matt Middendorp of Sales Math Consulting
  • Use a Sales System to Win More Sales – by Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence LLC
  • From Lead to Raving Fan ­by Sheila Wall of The Music Therapist Company, LLC
  • Engaging a Diverse Customer Base – by Cathi LaFontaine of Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Digital Trends for 2019 in Sales and Marketing – by Renee Bonjour of Holiday Vacations

Progressive Power Lunch
We will take a break between sessions, and attendees will participate in a fast-paced networking lunch. The Progressive Power Lunch is an easy way to make contacts fast. Here's how it works: attendees will be assigned to a different table for each course of lunch (salad, entrée and dessert.) At each table everyone will be asked to share business cards and give a short infomercial on their business/services. By the time lunch is over, each attendee will have gained 15+ business contacts. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards.

Registration includes the keynote presentation, breakout sessions and the Progressive Power Lunch.  Deadline to register is February 25.  

To register, click here>>


HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  
Excellence in Education Banquet Sponsors & Nominations Needed

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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 in need of sponsors to make this event possible. Sponsorships help pay for the honorees’ meals and gifts. All sponsors will have the opportunity to attend the event and sponsor a student. Sponsors are recognized in the program, at the event and in the Chamber Update. If you would be interested in sponsoring this event, please click here.  The sponsorship deadline is April 1.

Nominate a Special Educator!
Do you know an educator who deserves to be recognized? At the banquet, we will give special awards in three categories: Innovation in Teaching, Contributor to Education and Unsung Hero. We are seeking nominations for teachers, school staff and volunteers who have made an exceptional impact on students, educational service or leadership. To nominate an educator, submit this form by Friday, March 15 to the Chamber.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Ziegler at (715) 858-0615 or email ziegler@eauclairechamber.org


Business Hosts Wanted: Middle School Career Tours

One of the ways to encourage young people growing up in the Chippewa Valley to stay here and begin their careers is to give them an opportunity to see those jobs in action right here in the area.

The Chamber has upcoming opportunities for employers to host groups of up to 20 Middle School students at a time for brief tour experiences. This complements the Academic and Career Planning curricula being taught in local schools, and provides a chance for local employers to give them a taste of the kinds of jobs available right here. The next set of tours are being planned for the morning of March 20 for students from DeLong Middle School in Eau Claire.

If you’re an employer interested in participating in hosting one of these tour experiences, contact Scott Rogers, the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs & Workforce Director at rogers@eauclairechamber.org


Programs & Services

Highlight Your Business Through Business of the Week

Want to highlight your business on the web and social media? The Chamber has a new opportunity for its Chamber members to do just that!

Each week, one Chamber member will have the opportunity to be highlighted with a photo on the homepage of the Chamber's website which will then hyperlink to a blog page on the site with an article on the business. You can also have additional photos or a YouTube video on the page.

For more exposure, we will share this information on our social media platforms, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. In addition, the top ad position on The Update will indicate the member as Business of the Week with a hyperlink to the article.

The photo on our homepage will be featured from Monday through Sunday but the other information will remain indefinitely!

Take advantage of this new opportunity by reserving your spot online. The cost is $250 per week.

For more information, contact Chrystal Mills


New Date: Chippewa Valley Rally
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Madison 

Postponed last week because of the weather, the new date for the 25th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally is Wednesday, February 20.

There’s still time to sign up and join over 100 business and community leaders from the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie areas to bring important economic issues to policy makers in Madison. Same-day charter bus transportation is available from Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire or Menomonie, or you can travel on your own.

Key issues for the 2019 Rally will include: Providing vigorous state leadership on workforce challenges, investing in critical infrastructure, and leveraging the economic impact of public education. One of the top priorities is the proposed new science building at UW-Eau Claire needed to replace aging Phillips Hall.

The event is organized by the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie Chambers of Commerce.

Sponsored by Market & Johnson, Northwestern Bank, Xcel Energy, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Foundation, Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Momentum West, Royal Credit Union, and Weld Riley S.C. 

Click here for details and to register>>


Eau Claire City Council Primary Election

Next Week: Tuesday, February 19
Good Government Council Questionnaire Now Available

Voters in the City of Eau Claire go to the polls for a Primary Election on Tuesday, February 19. At stake are five At-Large positions on the Eau Claire City Council. The Primary will narrow the field from 12 to 10, who will then face off in the April 2 General Election.

All 12 candidates participated in the Chamber’s Good Government Council Questionnaire, answering questions about their qualifications and their views on important city issues.

Click here to download the Good Government Council Questionnaire

Election Day: Polls will be open on Feb 19 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, go to myvote.wi.gov

Early Voting: Weekdays through Feb 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City's Downtown Election Office (enter from the alley behind 203 S. Farwell Street - follow the signs).  More information: City of Eau Claire Election Page


Eggs & Issues: The Chamber's State of the City

Friday, February 22
7:00-8:30 a.m.
The Halls of the Lismore, Wilson Hall
333 Gibson Street
Cost to attend: $20

Sponsored by: Partner Sponsor - Xcel Energy; Advocate Sponsor - Miron Construction; Supporter Sponsors - Banbury Place/Cigan Properties, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's hospitals

The Chamber's Annual "State of the City" breakfast. An update on the priorities and accomplishments of the City of Eau Claire with City Council Acting President Andrew Werthmann and City Manager Dale Peters. This is a Chamber member only event.   

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


Business After Hours
Monday, March 11
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Lazy Monk Brewing LLC

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 L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, Lazy Monk Brewing LLC and Security Financial Bank.

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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SOHO Social Event
Thursday, February 21
Cowboy Jack's
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

You're invited to gather with other Small Office Home Office members for a networking social and we're going to try something new too! This is an informal event but we'd still like you to register so we can get a head count. Come for the fun and stay for the friends!

Sponsored by: Musky Tank LLC and S.A. Wallace LLC

Click here to register>>>


Small Street Journal

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



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