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    January 28, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

Trust Point

Upcoming Events

Front Page  

Tuesday, January 28, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Eau Claire Cheese & Deli

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: River Prairie Nutrition

Thursday, January 30, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Rural Mutual Insurance - Chippewa Valley Group

Thursday, February 6, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Fierce Freedom

Monday, February 10, 2020  
Business After Hours: February 2020

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


L.E. Phillips Career Development Center


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

 Angell Mirror

New Members


Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Featured Job Postings

Plastic Surgery Clinic

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

Sponsored by: Cyber Sponsors: Five Star Telecom and WIN, Tech Sponsors: Citon Computer Corporation, EO Johnson Business Technologies, Marco and WESTconsin Credit Union, 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 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.

Conference speakers are being finalized but registration is open now.  If you have expertise in the cyber security field and would like to present at the conference, please contact Phil Swiler at swiler@eauclairechamber.org

To register, click here>>



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 annual networking event will take the place of the Eau Claire Chamber's April Business After Hours.

The following sponsorship opportunities are currently available:

Bag Sponsor - $150

~ Exhibit space at event
~ 6 passes to the event
~ Recognition on the Calendar of Events, The Update and in the event program
~ Sponsor provides 250 bags to give to attendees 

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

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the 2020 Business at the Airport, please contact Phil Swiler at swiler@eauclairechamber.org or click here to register for your sponsorship online.  




Looking For a Cost Effective Way to Expose Your Business?

The Eau Claire Chamber is creating the 2020 Community Profile & Business Directory.  Approximately 3,500 copies of this publication will be printed and ready for distribution in May.  This annual directory is distributed to more than 1,200 current and future Chamber members, area hotels, the Chippewa Valley Regional airport and to potential residents in relocation packets.

This quality full-color publication is an excellent vehicle for you to showcase your business to other businesses and potential residents/current residents in the area. 

Please view the ad specifications and the affordable rate schedule AND check out the additional benefits you get with placing an ad.

For more information please contact Phil Swiler at (715) 858-0617 or swiler@eauclairechamber.org.   



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  
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>>>


Middle School Tour Hosts Needed

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. This complements the Academic and Career Planning curriculum 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 in the Eau Claire area.

We are currently putting together a list of employers willing to host 2 groups of approximately 20-25 seventh grade students from Eau Claire's DeLong Middle School on Wednesday, March 11 in the afternoon.

The exact schedule and commitment will depend upon the overall response from employers. However, we anticipate we will ask sites to host two consecutive sets of students each for an experience lasting about 60 minutes. Depending upon what's the most appropriate way to showcase your careers, this could include a tour, a hands-on experience or exercise, etc. Since these are middle school students, it will be important for it to be interactive and to keep their attention. Students would be brought to your location by school bus, with the first group likely around 11:45 a.m. and a second around 1:00 p.m. (subject to change).

If interested please email Danielle Kummer at kummer@eauclairechamber.org and include the following information:

  • Which careers you can showcase during the experience
  • Your initial thoughts on what kind of experience (tour, interactive exercise, what they would see, etc.)


Programs & Services

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>>


2020 Eau Claire Chamber Award Nominations

As part of the 2020 Eau What a Night Annual Meeting, the Chamber will be accepting nominations for the following awards:

Award winners will be announced at Eau What a Night on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. All nomination forms must be returned by February 7, 2020.  Please send form to Dave Minor at 101 N. Farwell St, Ste. 101, Eau Claire, WI 54703 or email to minor@eauclairechamber.org.  



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

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, February 10
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center

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.

February's Business After Hours is sponsored by Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Mosquito Squad of Northwestern Wisconsin

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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2020 Business After Hours Schedule 

The 2020 Business After Hours sponsors and locations have been selected.  Thank you to all of our members that submitted requests to sponsor.  

Click here to download a list of the 2020 sponsors and locations.  


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