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    February 18, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update


Upcoming Events

Front Page  

Tuesday, February 18, 2020  
Business Lunch with Congressman Ron Kind - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Tuesday, February 18, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Achieve Wellness at Curt Group

Thursday, February 20, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: ESPY Specs

Friday, February 21, 2020
Eggs & Issues: State of the City

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020  
Business Day in Madison

Thursday, March 5, 2020  
Cyber Security & Technology Conference

Friday, March 6, 2020  
Community Connections - Member Orientation

Monday, March 9, 2020  
Altoona School Board Candidate Forum

Monday, March 9, 2020  
Business After Hours: March 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020  
Lunch & Learn: Enhancing Your Employee Benefit Package


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

Awards & Recognition

Ambassador of the Quarter: 
Kyle Yudes


Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Red Coal BBQ

New Members


Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Featured Job Postings

Weld Riley, S.C.

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



Cyber Conference

Thursday, March 5, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4955 Bullis Farm Road
Cost to attend: $79 for Chamber members, $109 for non-members - only 14 spots left!

Sponsored by: Cyber Sponsors: Five Star Telecom and WIN, Tech Sponsors: Citon Computer Corporation, EO Johnson Business Technologies, Marco and WESTconsin Credit Union, Badge Sponsor: Wipfli, Table Sponsor: Imagineering

The Chamber is proud to be hosting its first Cyber Security & Technology Conference. This conference will focus on the latest trends in cyber security, wireless security, video security, cyber insurance and disaster recovery.  The breakout sessions will be educational and informative and ideal for the person, regardless of title, who is involved in your daily IT security process.

To register, click here>>





Now Accepting YLEC Applications!


Accepting Applications
The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Youth Leadership Eau Claire class. Do you know current sophomores from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North or Regis high school who want to develop leadership skills and become more involved in the community? Encourage them to apply! Application deadline is April 5. More information can be found here on the Chamber's website!

The Eau Claire Chamber Education Foundation is seeking sponsors to support its Youth Leadership Eau Claire program. Each year, about 70 students apply for the class with enrollment of only 36. The program is made possible with $500 sponsorships for each student. Please consider becoming a sponsor and helping us develop our future community leaders. If your business would be interested in providing a $500 sponsorship for a student to participate in the program, visit our website or contact Casey Schumacher (715-858-0614). Thanks for the consideration.





HR Conference

2020 Human Resource

Conference Registration

Now Open 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
The Florian Gardens Conference Center

2340 Lorch Ave., Eau Claire, WI
Cost to Attend: $89 for Chamber/CVSHRM Members, $119 for Non-Members, $49 for Students

The Chamber and the Chippewa Valley Society for Human Resource Management (CVSHRM) will present its eighth annual Human Resource Conference specifically geared for human resource professionals, small business owners and managers. The conference will provide a variety of sessions to keep the HR professional or business owner in the know about key issues affecting the workforce. SHRM credit approval is pending. 

Welcome and Opening Keynote – 8 – 9 a.m.

The conference will begin with a keynote presentation from Stacey Whaley, Owner of Fire Up & Lead.  There are three core steps that impactful leaders follow to achieve results; crafting a Vision, building Alignment around that vision, and bringing it all to life by championing Execution.  Sounds simple enough, right?  Well, whether you are a leader of people or you are a leader of projects you’ve likely experienced real-world situations where reaching a goal was certainly anything but simple! Even hard working, well intentioned teams can get off track and struggle to build momentum, causing conflict decreasing engagement. This presentation will help you understand the three tangible steps of leadership, the primary drivers behind each step, and the leadership best practices that will transform and ignite your workplace culture. Be ready to explore your unique leadership style and how to stretch and connect your natural style to the real world demands of your organization.  Walk away with an actionable path toward more effective leadership!

After the keynote session, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the following breakout sessions:

  • Is Mary Jane Joining Your Workplace by Sara Ackermann of Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C. 
  • All Employers Are in the Healthcare Business by David Usher of ReforMedicine, S.C.
  • Culture Matters by Katie Walk and Deb Clarke of Chippewa Valley Technical College 
  • Why Employers Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Training & Development by Dominic Amegashitsi of Boost Your Motivation
  • POWER of Self by Donna Weber of Dale Carnegie Training of Central Wisconsin
  • Employee Loyalty vs Employee Retention by Neal Bennett of OCA
  • Seize Common Occasions – How to Put the “wow” in your Candidate Experience by Valerie Grube and Beth Mathison of MRA
  • Human Resource Security Concerns when Terminating a Potentially Violent Employee 2019 by Ted Hayes of M3 Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation Basics and Claim Investigation by Melissa Kirschner of Weld Riley, S.C.
  • The Secret Sauce to Successful Succession Planning by Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence
  • Departing is Such Sweet Sorrow: Legal Considerations When Employees Leave in a Tight Market by Bryan Symes of Weld Riley, S.C.
  • Benefits Benchmarking for Western WI by Jill Gorres of JA Counter

Lunch Keynote Address: “The Best of Both Worlds: Marketing to Retain and Recruit” by Sarah Stokes of STOKES|HERZOG Marketing + Consulting 

Registration Information
Cost to attend is $89 for Chamber or CVSHRM members, $119 for non-members, and $49 for Students and includes the keynote presentation, all breakout sessions and a presentation over lunch featuring the Think Eau Claire initiative.

To sign up for the conference, click here to register or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204. Registration deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020.

Sponsored by: ReforMedicine, Edvest - WI College Savings Program, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., United Healthcare, M3 Insurance and Marshfield Clinic


Business at the Airport

Lunch & Learn: Enhancing Your Employee Benefits Package

by Jessica Fandrich and Jim DiUlio, State of WI Department of Financial Institutions 

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
PESI Conference Room
Cost to attend: $20 

You want more ways to differentiate and enhance your employee benefits package. With workforce challenges growing more each day this Lunch & Learn will provide you with an opportunity to offer a different kind of benefit to your employees.

A New Employee Benefit at No Cost to You
You want more ways to differentiate and enhance your employee benefits package. With automatic payroll deduction, your employees get a hassle-free opportunity to save for their children’s higher education costs with low, budget-friendly minimums that make saving easy. And the best part? It costs you nothing and creates no additional administrative burdens. In fact, we’ll do all the work.

About the Presenters

Jessica Fandrich serves the State of Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions as an Officer for the 529 College Savings Program.  She directs program operations for both of the State’s College Savings Plans, Edvest, and Tomorrow’s Scholar.  In 2019, Jessica provided oversight to these two plans as they reached a significant milestone, with over $5.5 billion in assets under management, while serving as a fiduciary to over 325,000 accounts.  Jessica also worked for the State as a Capital Finance Officer, underwriting infrastructure projects in debt management, and bond issuance. Jessica has over 15 year’s professional experience in economic development, municipal finance, and comprehensive planning. She also proudly served her country as a member of the armed forces in the United States Air Force.

Jim DiUlio is the Administrator of Wisconsin’s 529 Program, which includes the Edvest and Tomorrow’s Scholar College Savings Plans. He is also the investment officer for the $5.5 billion of assets held in trust for families nationwide, and is an active volunteer with the state’s college financial aid officers group. Earning a degree in biology and social sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, he is a frequent speaker and podcast guest on family investments, asset allocation, and financial wellness topics.

Click here to register>>>


Programs & Services


2020 Eau What a Night/Chamber Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Registration Now Open!

The Chamber, along with Title Sponsor, WEAU 13 News, invite you to join us for Eau What a Night, the Chamber's 106th Annual Meeting! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
The Pablo Center at the Confluence
128 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire
Cost to attend: $80 

Cocktail Reception with Cash Bar & Hors d'oeuvre Stations: 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Main Lobby, Jamf Theatre and 3rd Floor Market & Johnson Clearwater Recital Hall 

Special Entertainment: The Blugold Marching Band - UWEC Corporate sponsored by WNB Financial
Presented by Marawood Construction Services, Inc.: 7:00 - 7:30 pm - RCU Theatre

Program and Award Presentations: 7:30 - 8:30 pm - RCU Theatre

After Party Sponsored by Group Health Cooperative: 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Jamf Theatre

Free parking will be available in the North Barstow parking ramp, the municipal parking ramp (SW corner of Farwell Street and Gibson, at The Lismore) and valet parking will be available at The Pablo Center for $10.

Click here to register and learn more>>>


Business at the Airport

2020 Business at the Airport
Monday, April 6, 2020

Sponsorships Now Available

This annual event, hosted by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance, will be held at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport on Monday, April 6, 2020. It is a great opportunity to showcase your business to 250 people that attend the event. This networking event will take the place of the Eau Claire Chamber's April Business After Hours.

The following sponsorship opportunity is currently available:

Co-Pilot Sponsor & Exhibitor - $120 (Only 14 spots available!)

~ Exhibit space at event
~ 4 passes to the event
~ Recognition on the Calendar of Events, The Update and in the event program
~ Opportunity to provide a door prize

To become a sponsor, click here


Community Connections - Member Orientation
Friday, March 6, 2020
7:30-8:30 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>>


Eggs & Issues: State of the City 

Friday, February 21, 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 City" breakfast.  An update on the priorities and accomplishments of the City of Eau Claire with City Council President, Terry Weld and City Manager, Dale Peters.

Click Here to Register>>>


26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally

Workforce Issues Top Agenda for the Chippewa Valley Rally

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

There’s still time to sign up and join 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, or you can travel on your own.

Key issues for the 2020 Rally will include: Providing vigorous state leadership on workforce challenges, leveraging the ROI of public education, investing in critical infrastructure, and assuring government effectiveness and value. We’ll also be there to thank lawmakers for funding the new science building at UW-Eau Claire needed to replace aging Phillips Hall and last year’s budget action on education and transportation.

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

Sponsored by: Headline Sponsor: Market & Johnson, Major Sponsors: Mayo Clinic Health System, Miron Construction, Xcel Energy, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Foundation, Sponsors: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, Marshfield Clinic, Momentum West, and Royal Credit Union.

Click here for details and to register>>


WI Supreme Court Primary Election
Tuesday, February 18

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, February 18, for a non-partisan primary election to decide which two of three candidates for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will appear on the April 7 general election ballot. Running are incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly, Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone and Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky.

Early voting for the primary is open through the end of this week. In Eau Claire: Feb 11-13, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Feb 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Elections Office is located at City Hall in the alley behind 203 S. Farwell Street. In Altoona: Feb 10-14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Altoona City Hall, 1303 Lynn Avenue. In other Eau Claire County locations: Click here for municipal clerk contact information

Election Day: Polls will be open on Feb 18 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place, go to myvote.wi.gov

Click here for the Chamber’s Guide to the 2020 Election



Business After Hours
Monday, March 9
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence 

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.

March's Business After Hours is sponsored by L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, CCFBank and Pablo Center at the Confluence

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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