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    February 25, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update


Upcoming Events

Front Page  

Wednesday, February 26, 2020  
Business Day in Madison

Wednesday, March 4, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Nostalgic Bean

Thursday, March 5, 2020  
Cyber Security & Technology Conference

Friday, March 6, 2020  
Community Connections - Member Orientation

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

Monday, March 9, 2020  
Altoona School Board Candidate Forum

Tuesday, March 10, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Eau Claire Children's Museum

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020  
Eau Claire City Council Candidate Forum and Meet/Greet

Friday, March 20, 2020  
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Tuesday, March 31 2020  
City Council Election Business Issues Breakfast


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

Achieve Wellness at CURT Manufacturing

ESPY Specs

New Members

Austin Bower LLC

Upper Lakes Foods

Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Featured Job Postings

Weld Riley, S.C.

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



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Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic

Registration Opens Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 a.m.


Mark your calendars for 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd! That is when you will receive an email to register for the Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic on May 18.

The registration process will now be online so don't delay because it will fill up fast!




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2020 Breakfast in the Valley
Save the Date!

Save the Date for this year's Breakfast in the Valley held on Friday, June 12 at the Eau Claire County Expo Center from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.!

Our annual event celebrates local agriculture and serves more than 3,000 community members. With new attractions, partnerships and educational opportunities we hope to see you there!

With three different sponsorship levels, there are many opportunities to get involved. Breakfast in the Valley is made possible because of the generous support of sponsors and volunteers. By sponsoring, companies also receive priority for volunteer registration! Please click here for further details on what each level of sponsorship receives. Please contact Kaylynn Stahlbusch with any questions.

Sponsorship Information>>




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 and Chris Herzog 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




Cyber Conference

Thursday, March 5, 2020

4955 Bullis Farm Rd., Eau Claire
Cost to Attend: $79 for Chamber Members

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 law, 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.

Welcome and Opening Keynote – 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. - It's An Exciting Time to Be In Business by Michael Pynch and Jeff Olejnik of Wipfli

It is an exciting time to be in business. Companies can leverage technology to innovate, improve time-to-market, expand the customer base, and deliver better service. Enhanced collaboration, business/artificial intelligence, process automation, blockchain, and mobile solutions enable companies to be more agile and deliver superior results. At the same time the cybersecurity threat landscape continues to evolve, and compliance and regulatory burdens are increasing. Companies need to have a balance that allows them to take advantage of all the benefits that technology offers, while being able to do so in a secure way.

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

  • When Business Goes Wireless: Are You Protected? by Josh Hanson and Ryan Poutre of Imagineering
  • Video Surveillance 101 by Matt Kjin of Citon/Axis Communications
  • Protecting your Network Against Today’s Cyber Threats by Ben Potaracke of EO Johnson LOCKNET
  • Printers: The Cyber Threat You’d Never Expect by Jay Brown of Marco Technologies
  • Facing the New Faces of Fraud: Tackling Today’s Biggest Security Threats by John Kolar of Wells Fargo
  • Cyber Insurance: What’s Covered by Darrel Zaleski of Spectrum Insurance Group
  • The New Standard in Enterprise Video Surveillance by Kyle Egan of Verkada
  • Ransom Ware: More Dangerous than Ever by Chris Gensicke of WIN Technology
  • Visualizing your Data to Make More Informed Decisions by Michael Pynch of Wipfli

Registration Information
Cost to attend is $79 for Chamber Members and includes the keynote presentation, all breakout sessions, lunch, and the exhibitor’s reception.

To sign up for the conference, click here to register or call the Chamber office at 715-834-1204.

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, Exhibitor Hall Sponsor: NetTel Communications


UWEC Campus Closet

Please join us in supporting a Leadership Eau Claire Class of 2020 Non-Profit Project by donating your gently used professional clothing and accessories to help our future UWEC workforce! The Eau Claire Chamber office will be a drop off location for the entire month of March 2020. For more information on this program, visit the Campus Closet website or contact Demetrius Smith (SmithDem@uwec.edu). Thank you in advance for your support!



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.


Programs & Services

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 

~ 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



Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast 

Friday, March 20, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 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 

Join our area State Legislators for an update on action in Madison as the session winds up. Invited are members of the State Senate and Assembly who represent the Chippewa Valley. They'll discuss their top policy priorities, and answer questions submitted by attendees.

Note: This session of Eggs & Issues will conclude at 9:00 a.m.

Click Here to Register>>>



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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