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    June 2, 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

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:

Harmony Wellness Collective

Rural Mutual Insurance


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



Chamber Staff Return to Work On-Site

New Summer Hours & What to Expect

Going Forward 

Effective May 26, 2020, Chamber staff returned to work at the Chamber office after working remotely since mid-March.  Please note that the doors to the front desk area will remain locked until further notice.  To place Chamber Bucks orders, schedule Certificate of Origin and notary services, or to speak to Chamber staff members, please call the office at (715) 834-1204. 

Reopen Video

For more information on how the Chamber will proceed going forward, check out this video featuring President & CEO, Dave Minor and Chamber staff.




Business Decal

"Committed to Safety" Business Decal Application Launches

About this initiative:

The Chippewa Valley Economic Recovery Task Force (“Task Force”) is working to help local businesses recover from and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once submitted, applications will be processed. Pending approval, decals will be mailed directly to businesses applying. If a business has multiple locations, an application must be submitted for each.


About this Task Force:
The formation of the Chippewa Valley COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force is an effort to pull together resources, organizations and talent from across the Chippewa Valley to help us emerge from this crisis in an orderly, successful, safe and stronger position to support our local economy. We are in strong partnership with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

View the full press release here. 



Free Job Board Postings for Chamber Member Businesses

With many Chippewa Valley businesses reopening and looking for skilled workers, the Chamber is offering free postings on its job board through June 30, 2020.  To post a job, click here and use the discount code TOGETHER2020.  For questions or help with job postings, contact Chrystal Mills at mills@eauclairechamber.org



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



WEDC Announces New “We’re All In” Grant Initiative

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has announced the formation of a new grant initiative called “We’re All In”.  This grant program will provide $2,500 grants to 30,000 small businesses.  The grant is designed to help small businesses get back on their feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also encouraging them to adopt best practices to keep employees, customers and communities safe.  Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and announced by Gov. Evers on May 18, the grants will help small businesses with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent, mortgages and inventory.  Businesses can apply starting June 15 at 8:00 a.m. through June 21 at 11:59 p.m.

For guidelines on which businesses can or cannot apply, information on the application process and a listing of documents required to apply, go to the WEDC blog site

WEDC will be hosting a webinar to go over the program and answer questions on Tuesday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m.  To join the webinar, go to https://meet.lync.com/wedc-org/tracy.luber/YTHCCVJT or to join by phone, (888) 315-9920,,611724857# (Dial-in Number)





Leadership Eau Claire™
Accepting Applications for Class of 2021   

Application Deadline is Friday, June 5, 2020!

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for its Leadership Eau Claire™ (LEC) Class of 2021. The goal of the program is to enhance participants’ community knowledge and leadership qualities through skill building exercises, activities and educational days. During the nine-month program, participants discuss the issues facing the community, develop the leadership skills necessary to assume leadership roles and are exposed to involvement opportunities in the community. More information is available here on the Chamber’s website and you can download an application here.

“Leadership Eau Claire™ has far exceeded my expectations. Through the program I have built lasting relationships with people from various businesses. LEC highlighted many of the good things that Eau Claire has to offer but also helped me understand the issues that our community is facing. More importantly, it opened my eyes to the plethora of volunteer opportunities and emphasized how we all play a role in making Eau Claire a better community.”

– Kallie Robb, Xcel Energy, Class of 2019

If you have questions, contact Casey Schumacher via email (schumacher@eauclairechamber.org) or by phone 715-858-0614.


Women's Golf Seminar

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!

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 an online discussion of the present and future of public higher education in the Chippewa Valley. The leaders of Chippewa Valley Technical College, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-Stout have been invited to provide us with an update on their current situation 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>>



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