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    June 16, 2020         The Weekly Newsletter of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce




Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce: The Update


Front Page  

Upcoming Events


Friday, June 19, 2020: Eggs & Issues: State Of Public Higher Education- Online Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Women's Golf Workshop

Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Buzzing About Business Lunch- Business Networking Spotlight

Friday, July 10, 2020: Community Connections- Member Investor Orientation

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

Spectrum Reach

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 these new members that have recently joined the Chamber:

The Current

Grazie Aveda Concept Salon

My Office Lounge, LLC

Wholesome Endeavors LLC


Newsletter Archives

Job Board


To post free, unlimited job opportunities through June 30, 2020, visit the Chamber's Job Board!


Member to Member Coupons New Member Referral Program Board of Directors 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



Literacy Chippewa Valley is collaborating with JONAH (Joining our Neighbors Advancing Hope) to do a community wide survey on how COVID-19 has affected the community.  

Click here to take the survey



WEDC: $2,500 Grants for Small Businesses of 20 & Fewer Employees
Application Period Extended Through June 23   

Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has announced the "We’re All In" Small Business Grant Program will provide $2,500 each to 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.

To be eligible, companies must be a Wisconsin-based, for-profit business; 
employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, including the owner;
earn greater than $0 but less than $1 million in annual revenues.

Full details: We’re All In Small Business Grant (WEDC)




Is Your Business Open or Reopening?  Share Your Information Via the Chamber Website

With the current and eventual reopening of many small businesses in the Chippewa Valley, the Chamber would like to keep the community and its members informed on how businesses will proceed moving forward.  If your business is currently open or taking steps to reopen in the near future, please take a few minutes to email us the following information:

  • Days and hours of business operations
  • Consumer expectations, i.e. masks encouraged, required, not required
  • Is curbside service available?
  • Are appointments required?
  • In-store customer limit
  • Any other pertinent information - steps you are taking to ensure safety, etc. 

The Chamber has created a page on its website devoted to business reopening information.  This page will be continuously updated as we receive information from our members. 

We also encourage you to reference the reopening guidelines provided by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).  The WEDC site breaks down each type of business by sector and gives guidance, resources and best practices to use within your business.  

Please send your business updates to: mills@eauclairechamber.org



Women's Golf Seminar

Last week to register! 

More and more women are recognizing the value of golf as a networking tool. This annual Women’s Golf Workshop will be a fun, interactive afternoon and will provide you with everything you need to know to empower you to get out of the office and do business on the course instead!

The workshop will begin with PGA Golf Professional Jim Buyze of Wild Ridge Golf Course giving pointers on the basics, such as attire, behavior, clubs, rules, and expectations of other golfers. Wild Ridge golf professionals will then give you pointers as you practice driving, chipping, and putting. Lastly, you will be split into small groups to play 3 holes of golf, putting your new skills into practice. Instruction will end by 4 p.m.

You are not required to bring your own clubs.  Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis or golf shoes.  Enrollment is limited, so register early!

Member Registration - $45.00
Non-Member Registration - $75.00

Reserve your spot here!

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>>


Weekly the Chamber utilizes our blog to post condensed versions of members’ news releases in the Small Street Journal Publication.

This free marketing resource is available to all members; we are in search of releases highlighting area small businesses.

To submit your news or press release on a regular basis please email Kaylynn Stahlbusch or call 715.858.0615 with questions.



Eggs & Issues: State of Public Higher Education- Online Virtual Meeting


Join us for a discussion of the present and future of public higher education in the Chippewa Valley with Bruce Barker, President of Chippewa Valley Technical College, James Schmidt, Chancellor at UW-Eau Claire, and Katherine Frank, Chancellor at UW-Stout. They will provide us with an update on their current situations and plans for the future. They'll also talk about the role of higher education as our economy moves forward from the current COVID-19 health and economic crisis. This will be especially timely in light of discussions about potential changes in the UW System.

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. (BYOB - Bring Your Own Breakfast!)

Registration closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, June 18.  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, June 18.

***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>>



Buzzing About Business

We are "buzzing" back to business with a progressive networking lunch!   

Come join us at The Hive on Wednesday, July 1st, for a fun networking experience!  We will provide a safe social distance environment for the first 20 people that register.  The format is a surprise and every professional will have the opportunity to share their business story.  This will sell out so register now!

Please indicate your lunch choice when you register - for descriptions of lunch options, go to www.thehivecv.com  Lunch will include one beverage (coffee, tea or soda). 

Click here to register!




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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