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    July 28, 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

Friday, August 21, 2020
Virtual Eggs & Issues: The State Of Public K-12 Education


 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


New Members

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

Staybridge Suites Eau Claire-Altoona


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







Last week to register! 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.  



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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Small Business Grants for Downtown Storefront Businesses – The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program

The HartBeat of Main Street program will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts.  Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis.  A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business Administration as minority, woman, veteran, disabled and/or LGBTQ-owned.  Applications will open the week of Monday, July 27 and continue to be accepted until 11:59 PM PT August 23, 2020 or until 500 applications have been submitted, whichever is sooner. 

To read more and apply, 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).




Wage Survey

Now Available for Purchase

The 2020 Western & Central Wisconsin Wage Survey is now available for purchase. 

Due to employers devoting most of their resources COVID-19 pandemic response during our submission period, participation in the recently completed survey declined 25% this year – to 119 vs. 162 last year. This was especially, and understandably, acute in the healthcare sector.  We are optimistic that 2021 will see a return to our previous robust response rate. 

As the survey results are effective April 1, 2020, it is difficult to say if this data will be reliable for compensation planning in late 2020 or into 2021. It appears that average pay increase percentages have remained consistent at around 3% in the area.  As with any emergency situation though, the impact across employers is uneven with some being very negatively impacted and others scrambling to hire more employees in high-demand jobs.  It will be an interesting year for compensation.  Now more than ever, employers will need depend on applying good business judgment to determine their response to the pandemic’s impact on wages and salaries.   

The survey results were compiled from submissions by 119 organizations in various industries, in an area encompassing the chambers of commerce in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Marshfield, Menomonie, Portage County, Rice Lake, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids. Also involved were local chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the Chippewa Valley, La Crosse, Wausau and Winona, MN. The survey is administered by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.

More information on the Wage Survey can be found on the Chamber's website.

To purchase a copy of the wage survey, please contact Danielle Kummer (715) 858-0614.



YP Cares 2020 Initative & Park Adoption

2020 has been a roller coaster year, we're making it better together.

Individuals, families, and businesses alike have experienced many levels of challenge this year.  The Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley is an organization committed to giving one of the most valuable resource we have; our time! With community involvement as one of our core values, we want to emphasize & highlight it with this initiative. Our goal is to give back 2,020 hours over the next 365 days. We also adopted Phoenix Park through the City of Eau Claire & have planned monthly park clean ups along the way! Check out the full initative website here.

If any Eau Claire or Chippewa Falls Chamber member business or non profit could use a helping hand, anything from a simple clean up or to utilizing the professional acumen of one of our 400+ members, please send your inquiry to Casey Schumacher (schumacher@eauclairechamber.org) & we'll share it!



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>>

Early voting underway for August Partisan Primary

Local voters who want to take advantage of in-person early voting before the August 11 Primary now can do so. For residents of the City of Eau Claire, drive-through (or walk-through) voting will be available behind City Hall weekdays through August 7, which is the Friday before the election. Altoona, the Town of Washington, and other municipalities are also offering early voting options. The other option for voters who don't want to vote in person on election day is to request an absentee ballot by mail.
Click here for early voting details...  

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.

Eau Claire wants public input into Carson Park Master Plan

The City of Eau Claire is updating its long-range development plan for Carson Park and wants feedback from the community.  The City wants to evaluate the existing facilities and natural environments and determine the needs for maintenance and upkeep, potential changes and upgrades, and possible new facilities and features.

Survey link and more information:

Carson Park Master Plan public survey


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.

This month's Business After Hours is sponsored by:  WNB Financial

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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