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    July 21, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update

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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Ribbon Cutting: Harmony Wellness Collective

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Ribbon Cutting: Coulee Tech Eau Claire

Monday, August 3, 2020
Business Salutes Eau Claire Golf Outing

Monday, August 10, 2020
Ribbon Cutting: WNB Financial

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

 September 23, 2020: Business @ the Gardens

September 30, 2020: 12th Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

November 18, 2020: 3rd Annual Workforce Solutions Summit

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

Ribbon Cutting: F45

Ribbon Cutting: Grazie Salon

Groundbreaking Ceremony: Martin Dental

New Members

Please join us in welcoming this new member that recently joined the Chamber:


Job Board


Member to Member Coupons Staff


Critical Business Updates

Critical Business Updates

  • Continually-updated page of must-know information for businesses, including the latest information on state and federal orders, other resources

Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

Eau Claire Chamber COVID-19 Page

  • Information and links about local businesses, resources and more

Chippewa Valley Business Community COVID-19 Resource

  • A Facebook Group for businesses to post and share information

Eau Claire City-County Health Dept COVID-19 page






Exhibitor Registration is Open! Booths Are Half-Way Sold Out, Register Now! 

The Eau Claire Chamber and Title Sponsor, WEAU 13 News invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, for Business at the Gardens! 

Due to the overwhelming support of our sponsors, exhibitors and attendees, we had a very successful Business at the Gardens event last year with over 450 attendees and 60+ exhibitors.

We are excited to announce that we are moving forward with this year’s Business at the Gardens event and it will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Florian Gardens Conference Center. 

New this year, an outdoor Marketplace exhibit area that will be located in the back of the Florian Gardens Conference Center. We are limiting these exhibit spaces to a maximum of 7 and a 10'x10' tent will be provided upon request.  ***Please note: In case of inclement weather, we have established a contingency date of Monday, September 28.

When registering as an exhibitor for this event, you will be able to choose your exhibit location and number with a dropdown feature that will show what exhibit spaces are currently open (click here for an exhibit map).  Please note, some exhibits are currently unavailable, as they have been pre-selected by our partnership package level investors.  If you would like more information as to how you can become a partnership package level investor, feel free to contact Phil Swiler at swiler@eauclairechamber.org

Once your registration is complete, your confirmation email will include a link to a contract that will contain the guidelines, expectations and exhibit policies.  An invoice will be generated upon completion of your contract.  We will need the contract to be filled out in its entirety. 

The most up-to-date COVID-19 safety guidelines as set forth by Eau Claire City-County Health Department, however, should there be any changes in our ability to hold this event, we will contact exhibitors immediately.   

We thank you for continued support and look forward to having you back at this year’s Business at the Gardens!

Exhibit Map

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Afternoon Spots and Door Prize Opportunities Available 

For those interested in playing in the Chamber's Business Salutes Eau Claire golf outing, please note, the morning and afternoon rounds have been combined into one 18-hole round with an 11:30 a.m. shotgun start.  Sign-ups can be made for the entire five-person team or the Chamber will assign individuals to a team.  A boxed lunch, sponsored by Trubilt Collision Center, will be provided to each attendee. Complementing the day of activities will be dinner, sponsored by Group Health Cooperative, starting at 6 p.m. 

To register, click here>> 

Also, if your business is interested in donating a door prize for this event, please click here to submit your door prize information. 

Door prizes can be delivered to the Chamber by appointment no later than Wednesday, July 29 or a committee member can pick up the item if you are not able to drop it off.  




Virtual Eggs & Issues: The State Of Public K-12 Education 


Join us for insights into plans for local school districts this fall as they navigate COVID-19 concerns to deliver education to students in our communities. Confirmed guests include newly-installed Superintendents Heidi Eliopoulos at the School District of Altoona and Michael Johnson at the Eau Claire Area School District.

An online virtual event: Thanks to the Perigon system provided by WIN Technology, you'll be able to participate in this event live from your computer. 

Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, August 20.  An email address and mailing address is required for each attendee to register. A link to login to this session will be emailed to you about 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20.

***PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive the email containing the link to log in to the meeting, please be sure to check your spam folder.

To register, click here>>




Tell the Minneapolis Fed- COVID's Impact on Your Business

Due to the deep stress related to COVID-19, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is tracking the ongoing effects on businesses across the Ninth District, a region that includes Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, parts of Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We are partnering with state and local chambers of commerce, economic development associations and other business groups in each state to collect your feedback.

Please take this 5-minute survey to help the Minneapolis Fed and President Neel Kashkari better understand effects on individual firms as well as local, regional, and state economies more broadly which, in turn, will help the Federal Reserve System shape monetary policy to help businesses weather this economic shock. If you get this survey from multiple sources, please respond to the survey only once.

All responses are anonymous. We expect to share respondent comments with survey partners, and potentially the public, to better spotlight challenges facing all businesses. To maintain anonymity, please do not include any self-identifying information in any comments. We will also share findings with partnering organizations (that sent you this survey), and will publish a summary article on the Bank website (see article on May survey here).

The Minneapolis Fed greatly appreciates your time and valuable insights, and we wish you and your business good health and resilience going forward.




We Ask That You Wear a Mask

Chamber President & CEO, Dave Minor, along with past and present Chamber board members as well as several local business owners and leaders, recently filmed a public service announcement regarding the wearing of masks in local businesses.  To view the video, click on the links below:


In a recent announcement to Chamber investor members, Minor stated “It is our job at the Eau Claire Area Chamber to do all that we can to help businesses prosper and keep the economic environment healthy in our community.  As we all work to restore business activity in light of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, the recent increase in cases threatens to short-circuit the recovery and send us backwards.

That’s why the Chamber is asking all businesses – as well as all community members – to follow the guidelines from the CDC, WEDC and local health officials regarding social distancing and the use of masks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.  Doing so now can keep us all safer and can prevent the need for more stringent limitations on business activities in the future.”

To read more of the Chamber’s official statement regarding the wearing of masks in public area, please click here.




M&SM Conference

Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference - Proposal Deadline Approaching!   

Wednesday, September 30 
9:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Presenters Needed! - Proposal Deadline is Friday, July 31 by end of business day.

The Chamber is seeking proposals from individuals willing to volunteer to present a 45 minute session for our Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference. Do you have experience that you would be willing to share? We are looking for topics for our Marketing & Social Media professionals on a variety of subjects for small, medium and large size businesses. 

An exciting change for this year's conference... it will be all virtual! As a result we are asking for video submissions as part of the RFP process, please plan for this addition. 

Benefits of Speaking
While this is a volunteer opportunity, speakers receive recognition in all marketing materials. All speakers are invited to attend the entire event as our guest. And best yet, you are able to promote you and your business to hundreds of Chamber members.

Access the Request for Proposal Submission Form here.

For questions please contact stahlbusch@eauclairechamber.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities for Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference
Seeking Room Sponsors for our first ever Virtual Conference. Room Sponsors will have naming rights of the virtual room that attendees use for the breakout sessions.

Room Sponsors at the $750 level will also receive:

  • Two complimentary tickets to the event.
  • Recognition on all digital marketing materials.
  • Recognition at the event.
  • Provide a 2 minute promotional video or PowerPoint slide, this will be showcased prior to each session.
  • A link to your website or a downloadable resource to share with attendees in our resource feature. 

If you would be interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact Kaylynn Stahlbusch via email or by phone at 715-858-0615.





   Group Projects Needed!   

The Chamber is requesting service projects for our adult Leadership Eau Claire program. Are you involved with a non-profit organization and have a project that you need help with? Submit a proposal!

What kind of projects?
Each year, we divide our LEC class into teams of 6-9 people to work on community service projects. We ask for project ideas that are more in-depth than simple volunteer tasks. In the past, groups have designed signage for Beaver Creek Reserve, planned large events like the Veterans event recently held at Carson Park and created volunteer manuals and databases.

What doesn't work?
NO fund raising projects of any kind will be accepted. This includes asking the group to plan an event that is intended as a fund raiser. Also, the projects may not be political.

Project proposals due by July 31, 2020
More information and a proposal form are available here.

If you have any questions, please contact Casey Schumacher (715-858-0614).




Welcome to The Workforce Connector, a new publication of the Eau Claire Area Chamber Workforce Initatives. The information provided is meant to be a resource outlining the Chamber's efforts to help navigate workforce challenges, highlight solutions and provide connections to area Employers.

Led by the Workforce Development Committee, (approx. 45 representatives from business and area organizations) the Chamber's role is to serve as a champion for employers as they work to solve their immediate and long term talent and workforce challenges.

In this Issue:

  • Workforce Attraction/Retention and Recruitment tools
  • Workforce resources available to you NOW
  • Employers Needed for upcoming Drive Thru Fair


Workforce Connector


3rd District Congressional Primary Debates

Voters in Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District will have the chance to compare candidates running in the August 11 Republican and Democratic Primaries in debates organized by Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). In partnership with The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, each debate will not only be aired live on WPR radio stations, but also can be accessed via video streaming on Perigon, a video service provided by Eau Claire-based WIN Technology.

Republicans: Friday, Jul 31, 10:00 a.m.

 Candidates: Jodi Ebben of Eau Claire and Derrick Van Orden of Hager City

Democrats: Thursday, Aug 6, 10:00 a.m.

 Candidates: Ron Kind of La Crosse (Incumbent) and Dr. Mark Neumann of La Crosse 

Click here for details, including a list of radio stations and how to access the video stream.


Business After Hours
Monday, August 10
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
WNB Financial

Please join us for the monthly Business After Hours at WNB Financial.  It is a great opportunity to make those important business connections.  Network with other business people in a safe and social atmosphere.  We will be in compliance with the Eau Claire County COVID-19 recommendations.  Mask-wearing will be optional

This month's Business After Hours is sponsored by:  WNB Financial and Dessert Sponsor, Dessert First 

PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED and attendance is limited to 100 people.  Also, if possible, we ask that you pre-pay.  If you cannot pre-register, and simply show up, we will have you fill out a form with your name, phone number and email.  If you will be using a BAH pass, please indicate the number on the pass when you register.  You will be required to present the pass when you come to the event. 

Admission is $8 at the door for members - $12 for non-members.  Passes may be purchased in advance for $7 each (minimum of four).  Registration IS required for this event.  

Register Here>>


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