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    July 7, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update


Click Here to check out our all new Event Calendar!

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Upcoming Events


Wednesday, July 8, 2020  
Ribbon Cutting: Grazie Aveda Concept Salon

Friday, July 10, 2020
Community Connections- Virtual Chamber Member Investor Orientation

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Ribbon Cutting: F45 Training East

Friday, July 17, 2020
Virtual Eggs & Issues: What's Next From Washington, D.C.?

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


 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:

Ironside Axe Club

The Neighborhood

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







Virtual Eggs & Issues: What's Next From Washington, D.C.?

Join us for this timely discussion of federal policy in the midst of Congress considering its next  moves related to COVID-19 relief. The discussion will be hosted by Jen McHugh, VP of Community Engagement for Royal Credit Union and Chair of the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee, and Scott Rogers, the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Director. Senator Johnson, who will appear during the first segment, will be acknowledged for receiving the US Chamber's "Spirit of Enterprise" Award for his support of policies that strengthen the economy. Rep. Kind, who will join us for the closing segment, will be acknowledged for receiving the US Chamber's "Jefferson-Hamilton Award" for bipartisanship. Ronald Eidschaug, Vice President of Congressional Affairs for the US Chamber of Commerce, will be with us for the full program and will focus on the current priorities of the business community in Washington.

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, July 16.  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, July 16.

Register Here





Exhibitor Registration is Open!

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 and Morning Spots and Door Prize Opportunities Available 

For those interested in playing in the Chamber's Business Salutes Eau Claire golf outing, there are currently both afternoon and morning spots available.  Once the afternoon round has sold out, you may still register for the morning round and be placed on a waiting list for the afternoon. 

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.  




From the Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force:     

While many people are returning to work, precautions must be taken to ensure safety. Local company, Applied Data Consultants, developed a Jobsite COVID-19 Screening App that contains a series of questions regarding employees' recent health and activities - all in the convenience of an app!

This app is now available to any business that is interested. Learn more about the app and how you can implement it at your workplace here: Download the screening app informational PDF.  

Also released for employers was the 6 Step Guide for Employers with COVID-19 Positive Case downloadable resource.




Annual Marketing & Social Media Conference

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).




Community Connections - Virtual Chamber Member Investor Orientation
Friday, July 10, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 Noon
No cost to attend

As a new or current Chamber member, this virtual 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 orther 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.  

This is a virtual event.  A Zoom meeting invitation link will be sent to all attendees two days prior to the event.  There is no cost to attend but registration is required.  Please click on "Register" or call the Chamber office at (715) 834-1204.

Click here to register>>


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


Business After Hours
Monday, July 13
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Westgate Sportsman's Club

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

This month's Business After Hours is sponsored by: Westgate Sportsman's Club, Marawood Construction, and Woods and Water Realty.

PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED and only 50 people will be admitted inside at one time.  We will have a designated area outside to network, and that area will be in compliance and set up with plenty of space that will allow only 100 or less people.    There will be a few bar options.  All attendee's will be asked a series of Covid-19 Related Questions at registration.  Masks will be optional.  

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 have a BAH pass, please look at the payment options on this registration and indicate that appropriately.  

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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