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    February 26, 2019         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

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Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update
Eau What a Night Upcoming Events
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Thursday, February 28, 2019
2019 Sales Conference

Friday, March 1, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Silly Serrano Mexican

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
March Workplace Wellness Network - Sleep Wellness

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Business Day in Madison

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

Friday, March 8, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: King Embroidery & Apparel

Monday, March 11, 2019
Business After Hours

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: North High School 

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

Friday, March 15, 2019
Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Ribbon Cutting: Farmers Insurance John Volgren Agency

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Eau Claire City Council At-Large Candidates Forum

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

Ganther & Associates

Silly Serrano Mexican

Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings

Newsletter Archives

Job Bank

Featured Job Posting
Fahrner Asphalt Sealers

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





Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic

Mark your calendars for 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11! That is when you will receive an email to register for Business Salute Eau Claire Golf Classic on May 20.

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



Eau What a Night: 105th Chamber Annual Meeting


Wednesday, April 17
5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence
128 Graham Avenue
Cost to Attend: $80 per person 

This premier event is quickly approaching so be sure to register now!  With the move to the Pablo Center, there'll be a lot of exciting changes this year so get all the details by clicking on this handy fact sheet.  

To register, click here>>>


HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

Sales Conference

2019 Sales Conference

Thursday, February 28
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Florian Gardens Conference Center
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 TV-13 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
  • Develop a Top Sales Force - by Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence
  • Sales for the Non-Sales Person - by Wally Wheeler of Image 360/Insty Prints
  • Knowing Your Value by Phillip Swiler of Loffler Companies
  • Speak Your Prospect’s Language with MBTI Personality Profiling – by Ann Werner of National Presto Industries, LLC
  • A Modern Approach to Prospecting – by Sarah Gordee of Hookd Promotions
  • A Salesperson’s Guide to Relationships That Matter ­– by Matt Middendorp of Sales Math Consulting, LLC
  • 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

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 26.  

To register, click here>>


HR Conference

2019 Human Resource Conference

Wednesday, April 3
The Florian Gardens Conference Center

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

The Chamber and the Chippewa Valley Society for Human Resource Management (CVSHRM) will present its seventh 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 Jim Morgan, Vice President of Member Experience for MRA on trends and opportunities for HR professionals in 2019.  Talent attraction is like the weather...everyone is talking about it but no one can do anything about it...or can they? All over the upper Midwest, employers and human resources professionals are grappling with attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Jim has been working on that issue for 30 years. He helps employers understand that demographics are driving their troubles and provides solutions for talent acquisition based on best practices.  Jim will also look at where we are at in HR today, what’s coming in 2019 and what is keeping HR pros up at night.  This opening session is a “can't miss” opportunity! 

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

  • Act Like a Leader to be Treated Like a Leader by Jim Morgan of MRA
  • Making the Overtime Rule Rate Again: Trump DOL’s New Rule and Its Impact by Mindy Dale and Bryan Symes of Weld Riley
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Prepare for Disruption by Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence
  • What HR Needs to Know About Employment Agreements and Executive Compensation by Mary Ellen Schill
  • The Secrets of Effective Training and Making it Stick by Lisa Arendt and Joel Raney of Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Attracting and Hiring Veterans by Eric Killen of Eau Claire County
  • Four Ways to Strengthen Your 401K Plan by Beth Erickson and Allyson Krause of Trust Point
  • Find Your Purple Squirrel: HR Marketing in 2019 by Chris Herzog of STOKES|HERZOG Marketing+Consulting
  • How Owning Your Primary Medical Care Can Enhance Your Benefits Offering by David Usher of ReforMedicine
  • The Intersection Between Employee Financial Health, Physical Health and Productivity by Grant Argall, Kristin Schmidt, and Tyler Stuntebeck of M3 Insurance
  • Prepared Not Scared: How to Respond to an Armed Intruder or Active Shooter by Ted Hayes of M3 Insurance
  • The VR Talent Pool, a Growing and Dedicated Workforce by Wade Schench of State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Registration Information
Cost to attend is $89 for Chamber or CVSHRM members and $119 for non-members 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, March 29, 2019.


Programs & Services



YLEC Applications:
Due April 5

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 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, please contact Jenna Ziegler (715-858-0615). Thanks for the consideration.


AM Exchange Logo

 AM Exchange   Sponsorships Available

Are you interested in showing off your business to 30+ people? If so, we have a sponsorship opportunity for you.

Sponsorship of quarterly morning networking event that will be held on January, April, July and October at sponsor’s location. Average Attendance is 30-40 people depending on location.

Sponsor: $200

· Opportunity to showcase your business location and product

· Opportunity to address the attendees

· Logo on promotional announcements and Calendar of Events

· Sponsor provides a continental breakfast

Please contact Amy Muehlbauer 715-858-0617 or muehlbauer@eauclairechamber.org


Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues: Legislative Breakfast

Friday, March 15
7:00-8:30 a.m.
Green Mill Conference and Banquet Facilities
2703 Craig Road 
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

Join our area State Legislators for an update on this session's key issues as the legislature tackles the 2019-21 state budget. Hear how their deliberations are likely to impact the Chippewa Valley. Invited lawmakers include Senators Kathy Bernier (R-23), Jeff Smith (D-31) and Patty Schnactner (D-10); and Representatives Rob Summerfield (R-67), Jesse James (R-68), Bob Kulp (R-69), Jodi Emerson (D-91), Treig Pronschinske (R-92), Warren Petryk (R-93) and Rob Stafsholt (R-29). This is a Chamber members-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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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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