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    January 7, 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  

Wednesday, January 8, 2020  
Progressive Networking Lunch

Wednesday, January 8, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Angell Mirror Photo Booth

Monday, January 13, 2020
Business After Hours: January 2020

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Leadership Success Series: Featuring Cindy Brown, Chippewa Valley Bean & Doane, Ltd.

Friday, January 17, 2020
Eggs & Issues: State of the County

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

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

Thursday, February 6, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Fierce Freedom

Thursday, February 13, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Achieve Wellness at Curt Group

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

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

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

Awards & Recognition

Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings


New Members

Extreme Thunder USA 

Newsletter Archives

Job Board

Featured Job Postings

Royal Credit Union

Asher Lasting Exteriors


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



2020 Decals and Verification Forms 

Be sure to check your mail this week for your 2020 Chamber decal and verfication form.  Please display your decal in your place of business and let us know if you need additional decals.  Also, please review your verification form for accuracy, make any corrections or omissions and return it to the Chamber by February 1. 

The information provided will be featured not only on our website, but also in our printed business directory which goes to print in March.  Updated information can be sent to us three different ways: 

Thank you in advance for keeping your membership information up-to-date!




Eggs & Issues: State of the County 

Friday, January 17, 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 County" breakfast with remarks by the Eau Claire County Board leadership and Administrator, Kathryn Schauf.  Hear the highlights of the county's work over the past year and its priorities for 2020.

Click Here to Register>>>



HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals  

Thursday, May 7, 2020
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Pablo Center at the Confluence
128 Graham Avenue
Cost to attend: $99 for Chamber members, $109 for non-members

Disturbance. Disorder. Disarrangement. Many people think these are negatives in the workplace, but Leadercast Live 2020 will show how disruption is the best way to make positive, lasting changes in your organization and beyond.

Leadercast Live is the largest one-day leadership event in the world! Learn from change-makers, trailblazers and innovators and discover how to upset the status quo to incite positive change that will echo throughout your organization. The Leadercast Live stage will showcase leadership experts to help attendees master the art of developing and leading successful teams. Leadercast Live 2020 is sponsored by Trust Point in partnership with the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and will be broadcast live to the Pablo Center at the Confluence.

Early Registration for Leadercast Live at the Pablo Center will be open until April 3rd at which time the prices will increase. Snacks, beverages, and lunch will be included with the content of the day.

To register, click here.


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 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.)


Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness Network – Financial Health

Wednesday, January 29th
8:00 – 9:30 am 
The Metropolis Resort & Conference Center

5150 Fairview Drive 
Cost to Attend: Free!

Join the Chamber's Health & Wellness program for a discussion on Financial Health.

Todays financial world is incredibly complicated!  Employees and employers together face many challenges.  On top of that, financial health is a leading cause of stress in the workplace today.  This discussion, led by University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Finance Professor Mark Alfuth, will explore the issues of financial health and the importance of providing opportunities for employees to discuss these critical issues.  Providing financial health education and resources can lead to more productive, efficient employees.

About our presenter: 

Mark Alfuth is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  For the past 4 years Mark has been a full-time instructor teaching advanced investing techniques, wealth management, and principles of finance.  Prior to being full time, Mark was an adjunct lecturer for 14 years in the department.  Mark “retired” from the business world after 28 years of experience.  Mark spent 15 years with American Express in a variety of financial roles and then 13 years as CFO of American Public Media Group (at the time consisted of Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, Classical South Florida, American Public Media, and other entities).   With this experience in both for-profit and non-profit businesses, Mark has also consulted on a limited basis.  Mark has an MBA from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  
Thank you to our program sponsors for making this seminar possible: 
Achieve Wellness, HSHS Sacred Heart St. Joesph’s, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Optimum Therapies, Prevea Health and REALiving

Thank you to our conference room sponsor: The Metropolis Resort & Conference Center
***Due to high interest and registration, we moved this event to a larger space to accommodate more attendees. 

More information or to register online >>



Programs & Services


Leadership Success Series: Featuring Cindy Brown, Chippewa Valley Bean

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
7:30-9 a.m.
Mayo Clinic Health System Auditorium 
1221 Whipple Street
Cost to Attend: $25

Sponsored By: Banbury Place/Cigan Properties, Marawood Construction and Wipfli

Join us for our next session of our Leadership Success Series featuring Cindy Brown of Chippewa Valley Bean. Cindy is the co-owner and President of Chippewa Valley Bean & Doane Ltd, a family-owned agribusiness that grows, processes and markets kidney beans. Chippewa Valley Bean is known globally as the premier supplier of kidney beans, providing their customers with unparalleled quality, service and food safety.

Click Here for More Information and 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, January 13
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Eau Claire Golf & 

  Country Club

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.


January's Business After Hours is sponsored by Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, General Communications and Gold's Gym

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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